3:10 To Yuma
My Contribution to KOVID Konfusion

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Janet

During the week?

AMDG

Mac

Yes, thank you. I was thinking "except for the weekend" at the same time as "during the week."

Janet

You will be happy to know that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are eating Vegemite while suffering from coronavirus.

My phone tells me such weird things.

AMDG

Mac

Do they like it?

Janet

Didn't say, but maybe Google will let me know tomorrow.

AMDG

Rob G

Here in Western Pa. most people seem to be taking it in stride and using their heads. The schools and some non-necessary things have closed for two weeks, and folks are being encouraged to stay home when possible. Seems like they're giving everything two weeks then will re-evaluate. I don't see much evidence of actual panic, but there are people who are buying more stuff than they have to. Even so, as of yesterday afternoon there was still a lot of food on the shelves, especially canned goods. Toilet paper, bottled water, and hand sanitizer are in short supply, but there's a lot of soap, both liquid and bar. So far in Western Pa. there are only five confirmed cases. As expected, the Philly area has had the most cases, but even there it's not terrible.

Mac

That's more or less the same as here. And yet you read reports from doctors like the ones Dreher quotes here:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/coronavirus-christian-country-doctor/

and you think that anyone who isn't reacting like Homer in the above clip is in denial. Reacting emotionally, I mean--better not to actually run around screaming.

Rob G

Yeah, I don't get it. Being realistic and prepared is one thing. But panic helps no one.

Mac

The paranoia is beginning to take hold on me now. I just ran an errand which involved touching things that have been touched by other people. I'm now wondering if, on getting home, I should have gone inside, washed my hands, reversed my steps wiping down everything I touched on the way in, and then the door handles, steering wheel, and other surfaces in my car.

This is going to play havoc with people who already have serious neuroses about cleanliness, hand-washing, and so forth.

Grumpy

My Polish cleaning lady us coming on wednesday. Sounded surprised to be asked. . DG

Mac

Hope she doesn't kill you, or you her.

Rob G

Went to the grocery store last night to stock up a little more. There are still lots of imperishables -- canned goods, pasta, that sort of thing, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Still no toilet paper, but paper towels and bottled water seem to be back. When the paper towels were all gone over the weekend I just bought paper napkins instead, which were in good supply (and still are).

Mac

Pretty similar here. The toilet paper panic is sort of funny.

Rob G

Yeah, I don't really get it. It's not like it's a dysentery pandemic.

Janet

It's because you are men.

Mac

:-)

Robert Gotcher

"I hope the priests continue to say Mass even if the public cannot come." They have to. There are intentions and stipends.

I think this is all surreal. I've been telling people that it is like being in the movie, Inception.

For me, protecting the vulnerable and "flattening the curve" is the main thing. It isn't about me not getting it, although I am technically in the high-risk category (I'm 60).

Our bishop has cancelled all public masses. It is going to be very hard emotionally not to go to Mass until after April 3. We went this morning (the last public mass at the local parish) and people cried at the end.

My school is going all online. I'm working from home (I'm an administrator, plus I'm a mentor for faculty who are converting their courses to online.). It was sad leaving work yesterday knowing I won't see people again for weeks.

My son is coming home from the university for the rest of the school year--going all online.

My daughter, who is a senior at a Catholic university, is done because she was student teaching. Now she just sits and waits until whatever, since there will be no graduation ceremony. Her college career fizzles out. Everyone is leaving now. All events have been cancelled.

My main emotional reaction is sadness, but then again I'm a melancholic! What do you expect?

I went to Aldi on Saturday. All normal except no toilet paper. Things seemed normal at the big box hardware store, also. Fast food restaurants are going to all-drive-through.

I have a lot more time on my hands now. It will be easier to get the garden in and the taxes done. And to help my son with home schooling.

I saw a post on Babylon Bee, the headline being, "Homeschoolers To Continue Quarantining Themselves From Everything Like Always." It is really funny. I don't know if Mac wants us to put links in his comments.

Stu

That was funny, Robert (the Babylon Bee piece). I texted it to a few people that have that experience and will laugh.

Janet

Kind of funny, and I know there are homeschoolers like that, but I am not sure I knew many. A friend's husband used to call us all Roamschoolers.

AMDG

Mac

I saw that headline but didn't read the piece. Thought the headline was basically the joke. I didn't take it to be negative but I guess it is, sort of. "Roamschoolers" is funny.

The Bee is really pretty consistently funny. I looked just now and saw

Italy Totally Fine Thanks to Universal Health Care

Man Glad Science Has Finally Affirmed His Natural Instinct To Stay As Far Away From Other People As Possible

Posting links is fine, btw.

Robert Gotcher

I think it was spoofing the stereotype.

Mac

A couple of hours ago I got a text saying that the Perpetual Adoration chapel is going to be closed until further notice. There go my Friday nights.

Then a little while ago I heard that the archbishop has announced there will be no more Masses until at least Palm Sunday. So I'm about to go to the last daily Mass at my local parish.

And there's a news story going round about the possibility that this would need to go on for 12 to 18 months. No way. You can't just order society to stop breathing for that long, not and preserve anything like the normal order of things.

Janet

I am going to interrupt the gloom and doom to say that this morning I got a call offering me a chance to win a free cruise in return for taking a survey. I almost choked.

AMDG

Mac

Bon voyage!

My phone wanted to change “Bon” to “Non,” which I guess is more appropriate.

grumpy

We heard today that the University is closing down all masses on Campus. So no more Byzantine Catholic mass. I can hardly believe - no more mass. Im not sure about elsewhere - down to now, the Bishop Rhoades has lifted the obligation to attend mass but wants the normal mass schedule to continue. Im not sure if that will change with the 'ten person' rule.

I didn't realize that all restaurants in Indiana had closed until my neighbour told me his son has lost his job at Corndance. I thought the quietness around was more voluntary than that.

Dog park still full of people today, everyone chatting, not much social distancing.

A friend of mine's son is a doctor, and he told her that in fact Covid 19 does give people the runs. So there is a real reason for stocking up on TP.

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