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When these waves of infections come along it’s much easier in my situation to stay fairly healthy. I work from home and that goes a long way in reducing risk. I curtail my outside exposure as needed but still try to get outside and stay a bit active. I’ll wear a mask indoors and shop or eat at times when others aren’t.

I think I also am able to adapt easier than some. For instance, I’m taking an interest in cooking more and different things at home. Not that I don’t like to eat out, I will resume that full-time again when safer again. Writing, photography, and woodworking aren’t things that are very impacted by reduced contacts. At least the kind that I do.

Welcome to Winter, my least favorite season. Photo by Mike Hartley

I can shop at unconventional hours if needed. ie: CVS at 4 am this morning. I don’t mind the thought of going back to curbside pickup.

But what freaks me out is how we are ripping the fabric of our medical system apart. We are not equipped to service all the possible people who could get sick. Look at the number of people freaking out because they can’t get a Covid test. The lines for those tests. Do you want to stand in a line outside a hospital for a bed to open up?

And what about the people trying to get treatments for heart or cancer and other medical issues? Their difficulty in getting in and out for treatments and risk has gone through the roof. How many are putting off regular visits?

Even if we work together we still might have trouble beating this. Working apart just makes its job easier to make us sick or kill some of us.

Well, enough doom and gloom. Christmas day is fast approaching. Good feelings should be coursing through our veins, in our hearts and good deeds should be flowing from our hands and mouths. Guess I should get busy. I think I can afford a few more donations. I haven’t been out to see a Salvation Army kettle but I’ll find one and stuff some bills in.

I’ll have to do a better job at keeping the giving spirit alive each month of the year this coming year. I want to spread it around to different organizations and people.

And I’m also including a lot more support time for others in my giving efforts.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Isn’t it interesting that the number of solutions to the problems we face is the exact same number as the people that partisipated in the discussion of them.
  • I was always a good tipper before the Virus. Now I’m a very good tipper.
  • I was talking to a gentleman while gettting some carry-out pizza last night. I noted it was strange not to see anyone here and he said the switch flipped and its going back to carry-out. And he was right because the 5 minutes I waited (I was early) 3-4 others came in for carry-out also.
  • What a year to have the flu vaccine miss the mark.
  • I know the NFL has a penalty for too many men on the field. I wonder if they have one for too few men on the field?

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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