Coldplay plays the tiny desk

I’m a fan so I have to pass this along.

How to Shop Safely in a Pandemic. Please share

PSA Safe Grocery Shopping in COVID-19 Pandemic – UPDATED!!! IMPORTANT EDIT FROM NIH DATA: COVID-19 LIVES ON CARDBOARD FOR 1 DAY. SEE SOURCES BELOW. This is the most current video for New CDC data, safe takeout food practices, and an updated practice for safe grocery shopping/handling.

practicing safe social distancing

Screen Shot 2020-03-17 at 11.35.37 AM.pngMy local watering hole was trying to have a last hurrah yesterday, to which I stopped by until more than 10 people showed up. Basically, I wanted to have a sort of sendoff to a bunch of folks I really don’t see very often anyway, as I’ve stopped frequenting bars in an effort to curb drinking and encourage non-drinking ceremonies.

The owner of the bar was super upset about everything that’s going on. And rightly so. When I mentioned our business, she even said, “Damn, I kind of have only been thinking of my business … that’s horrible.”

Everyone there was staying 6ft or more from each other (for the most part). I know it wasn’t the most responsible thing to do, but I feel like everyone else … this is a scary, uncertain time.

I also talked to a friend who said his brother has the coronavirus and for him, it’s been a living hell. He’s now to the phase of just a respiratory issue of shortness of breath, no more fever or other symptoms. But he doesn’t wish this on anybody.

Different people are reporting different experiences.

It was an all around awful and yet enlightening experience.

I came home, and gave my dog Talulah a bath. A HUGE scrub down and then myself. I threw all my clothes in the wash and put on all clean clothing.

I just watched the president’s press briefing, and I’m certainly hopeful that his response to the financial crises reaches little businesses like ours. There was a stock market ticker on the bottom part of the screen and it showed a certain rise in stock activity. Phew.

We had a meeting with our financial advisor yesterday. We’ve seen a $45,000 drop in our retirement plan since January.

I will take a look at it again.

He also, rather rudely and not very sensitively, told us we needed to give over our 2019 contributions. At first we were like, oh yeah. Right. We’ll do that right away.

Tina and I are rule followers. But then I was like, Wait, if we’re about to go through an indefinite amount of time where we have no income, contributing to my 401k is just not going to happen. IRS can come after me. I think our welfare is much more important …

Anyway, stay safe out there.


When the discussion arises that “this is just the flu,” I recommend this chart


Case fatality rates: Covid-19 vs US Seasonal Flu.

Also, this thread is worth sharing:


et-tu, corona?!?

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I decided that I’m going to document my experiences with this Covid-19 pandemic here on the blog.

I’ve started screen capping the John’s Hopkins page so I can compare numbers from day to day. It’s quite informative.

As I think back, I’ve been following Coronavirus/Covid-19 since December at least, because my brother works for a Chinese furniture company and travels to Asia six to eight times a year. He’s based in North Carolina. “Is coronavirus affecting your travel schedule?” I asked him a few times over the holidays. “No. Not right now.”

Chinese Tariffs forced his company to pull a lot of their production out of China into Vietnam over the past year. So he wasn’t scheduled to fly anywhere near ground zero.

On Friday, his Chinese leadership forced strict standards on their NC and Canadian offices. Stricter than anything I’d heard of so far at the time. His leadership is using the internal information from Wuhan’s containment procedures to inform their business practices here.

Meanwhile, I’ve been watching our business dates drop off our schedule. We are primarily interiors and architecture photographers. We just saw a big job on Tuesday postpone indefinitely. Another job is still on for the time being. As soon as we finish what’s on our docket we will be driving down to North Carolina hoping the weather and less density of population might be advantageous.

We live in Chicago, but own a house in NC that we Airbnb. Every booking we had has cancelled because the events the guests were planning have been cancelled. We’re small business owners with no major income scheduled in any foreseeable future. I can’t imagine what so many others are going through. Fortunately, we have a bit of a buffer that we can live on. So many do not.

My brother-in-law is a 50 year old, house music DJ. For as long as I’ve known him, his main source of income is a Sunday night show at one of Chicago’s largest house music venues. On Sunday, our governor and mayor shut down bars and restaurant gatherings for the next two weeks. So if he can’t work to pay rent … he’s screwed. His business is a record store that he takes no income from.

Like all of you, we’re reading and hearing rumors. Palmer House Chicago is operating at a measly 5% capacity. We just heard a rumor that Illinois might close schools for the remainder of the school year.

Apart from my brother and his family, our NC friends and family are much more skeptical than in Chicago. My brother reported that some church parking lots were packed yesterday (Sunday, March 15) as well as a fun house, trampoline place for kids. He was shocked.

The Ides of March never had such a dismal meaning since Mr. Ceasar was attacked.

Et-tu, Corona?

I’m having trouble concentrating on the work we do have. We watched movies and read all weekend. Maybe had a few too many beers!

I have a ton of library books on my iPad. If you don’t borrow books digitally, this might be a GREAT time to start. I hear that some states are experiencing their local libraries are closing.

I also wanted to keep in mind that it wasjust two weeks ago (!!!) that Trump was calling this a “hoax”.

Now he’s on board, daily briefings, and in charge of shutting the whole country down.

I spoke with one person who claimed Trump jumped on this so fast. That’s not what the facts show.