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Looks like going forward, changing some of my habits might be a wise move. Like touching my face. This may take me many years to overcome. I’ve always had a beard and mustache and I believe I touch them a fair amount. If nothing less than to pick food from the beard and maybe blue cheese sauce from the wings I’m wolfing down.


My nose itches several thousand times a day and I’m not supposed to touch it. I mean I touch my nose by accident every time I put my arms out. I’ve always had a nervous habit of messing with chapped lips. Another reason I hate winter. Oh and the eyes. Let’s see, I wear glasses and I’m taking those on and off or switching from reading to my normal specs. Not to mention the times I spend rubbing my eyes because of them being ingrained in computer screens for many hours a day.

And not to be ignored are the ears. While not on the hit parade very often they do get a tug or rub once in a while.

So now I have to make a conscious effort to avoid touching my face. That is going to take a lot of conscious thought cycles out of my processing capabilities. Not that the CPU running this is that bold anyway. Well, I might as well get started. Maybe I’ll make a game of it with my better half. And maybe even the kids. Like if they catch me it cost me.

You know, yesterday was the first day I felt very strange. I leaned over to kiss my daughter as she was leaving and as she was closing the door as I backed away and I wondered if it was OK to do that. It was the worst feeling to think that I had to think about giving my family a hug or kiss or hand squeeze. It almost makes me sick to think that I am going to have to change my interactions at all with anyone. It gave me such a pause it’s still with me 18 hours later. But its a new world today and I’m not even sure I can or want to change the unconscious thought I have of hugging my child when I see them because I love them. But because I love them I have to think first.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Practicing common sense is a good thing in normal times and in times of crisis.
  • I wonder if people are drinking more or less now?
  • Remember, it’s love that will get us through many tough times.
  • Call or write someone older to help them take their mind off the news.
  • I’m going to utilize some of my newfound time (hours less a week in a car commuting) to cook a little more. Being there aren’t any sports on the telly, I might find myself watching more food shows.
  • I just thought of a horrible consequence of this virus. Think of how many charity events that will be impacted. Let’s all continue to give as much as we can in the absence of these fundraising events.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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