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Day 97: Getting Closer or is there a Worse Enemy?

Safety First

In some ways we are getting closer. There are at least others with small businesses who are trying to make it so. My brother emailed me last night that I seemed to indicate things were getting better and in a way I think it is. But the problem now lies in the best practices to not be ignored. Now more than ever we need to be safe or it will all go up in smoke again.

The Start of Armageddon?

Also, this is a tough time for America with cities being upended by those opportunists who recognized a kink in the armor. What no one is talking about is the fact that this is the perfect time for not-nice folks to take over, especially young ones who are not at risk for COVID-19.

Hope I’m Wrong

Behavior that is counter productive for America has happened all over the country as a bonus feature of the protests. We are told that the bad behavior was not the demonstrators but rather a strategic underground group. We are also told that this same group is engaged in gradually taking over a city. Careful America. Something worse than a virus could be on its way. When you take your eyes off of the ball, others will play. I desperately hope I am wrong.

Day 96: Commitment to Health

Family Carnivores

Day 96 has us only being aware of those outside of our apartment when we hear and participate in the cheering for medical and essential workers across the neighborhood. Once in a while we look out of our window and see those below. But for the most part we are inside in our quiet living environment. Though, one thing we are committed to is health. We do our best to eat good foods. I am the vegetarian in the family and my wife as well as our 11 year old daughter are carnivores.

More than Just Potatoes

I am happy that my wife and our daughter are meat eaters. For the longest time it was difficult to get our daughter to eat food with protein and other desirable qualities for nutrition. When we introduced meat into her diet she took to it quickly including chicken, turkey and beef. I know there are issues with eating meat, but we were so happy that our daughter was finally eating something of more substance than just potatoes, we went with it.

Commitment to Health

And now when I do the ordering of the food for my family I include these meat items. The way we got our daughter to further eat good things was through adding side vegetables on the meat plate. What do I eat? Not enough of the good stuff quite frankly. My diet could use some going over. In theory I’d like to be eating lots of vegetables. My brother from across the country suggested having cut up vegetables available to munch on. Sometimes I do this, but all too often I do not. I need to be more committed to health!

Day 95: Back to Not Normal

Ambiance of Danger

As we mentioned yesterday, the plan for level 1 is being implemented, Some New Yorkers are coming out of their apartments. But unfortunately not everyone is taking caution. Members of our neighborhood which is in upper Manhattan, are not paying attention to precautionary methods. No social distance, no masks and probably not a lot of washing hands. Instead they are partying, shouting into literal megaphones and creating an ambiance of danger.

New Normal

We have still not come out of our apartment and it is day number 95 of our quarantine. Because we have access to the opinions of several medical professionals, we have learned that loosening up is not a good idea. Also, it could be premature to start living life “normally.”

Bye Bye De Blasio

Our governor Andrew Cuomo has made some mistakes but appears to be taking the right tone when talking about issues like taking subways. He actually rode in one to show that they have been cleaned up a lot and are safe to travel in. Our mayor on the other hand seems to be pissing people off with his lack of a plan, showing weakness, and appearing totally clueless as a leader. Especially the youth in our NYC communities are dising De Blasio and asking for his head.

Day 94: Today is the Day

Demonstrations

Today is the day that New York State Governor Cuomo has designated as being phase 1 of his plan to dismantle the quarantine. We don’t fit under the categories of those who can officially venture out, but even if we were we wouldn’t let down our guard totally. As we mentioned yesterday we are going to be interested to see if the Coronavirus spikes due to all the close quarters demonstrations going on.

Getting Tested

It appears that Cuomo has set up a way for many thousands of protestors to be able to find out if they have or are carriers of COVID-19. The success or failure of this method of taking the pulse of the disease, is only as good as those willing to get tested.

Caring About Our Country

Cuomo has even stated that those who were in demonstrations should assume they have the Coronavirus and to tell other they have it since they likely do. Does that sound like something that a bunch of twenty-somethings would do? Maybe if they really care about our country as they say they do.

Day 93: Tomorrow is the Start of Phase 1

Stepping Out into the Sunshine?

Tomorrow, June 8th, is the start of phase 1 of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 strategy. Some New Yorkers will come out of their apartments. We started our lockdown earlier than most, seeing the writing in the sky before it was official. But tomorrow is when many here in Manhattan will step out into the sunshine.

Various Agendas

We’re waiting though. Because we want to see how the protestors fare after sweating all over each other in the recent demonstrations. We’re also curious about the vandals and looters. Of course the demonstrators are not the same demographic as the vandals/looters. For the most part demonstrators were peacefully seeking justice. Though in the end, they were all physically close together pursuing their various agendas.

A Vote Not Well Placed?

What will we do if we see that many of the demonstrators don’t have symptoms? Hard to say, because a lot of the demonstrators were not in age groups that were at risk. Speaking of the demonstrators it is interesting to note that our mayor is lifting the curfew. He has done this seemingly due to the negative feedback he’s been receiving from New Yorkers, including those of us who unfortunately voted for him.

Day 92: The Mystery of Long Distant Romances in the Same CIty?

Love Via Video Phone

An interesting phenomena in New York is that there are those having long distance relationships via phone video when both are here in the same city?! My wife and I can’t make heads or tails of it. Why are those in romantic relationships doing the “long distant” thing when they don’t have to be.

Getting Tested

Of course this does not mean not being careful. Each of the two would need to be tested for COVID-19 and/or wait at least two weeks to see if any symptoms exist.

Answers?

But there is probably an answer to why the non-separation-separation occurs and it might be a number of things such as not having a commitment in the relationship? Or fear of intimacy?  Or fear of not being in the “right” relationship? Or fear of being in an unhealthy relationship? And so on and so forth.

Day 91: The New Way to Go Shopping

Full Throttle

Shopping will likely never again be the same in our household. Although we have to pay more for it in fees and tips, it is worth using delivery, especially now when the Pandemic is in full throttle.

Source of Protein

Today is shopping day, in which I get online and figure out what we’re eating for the week. I’m a vegetarian while my wife, as well as our 11 year old daughter, are carnivores. I’m happy actually that my daughter likes meat, because it can be a good source of protein.

Risking Your Life

So on Thursdays, taking everyone’s eating habits into consideration, I organize and put into order, our delivery food. We appreciate the young man who brings us our food each week, because his is not an easy job. Not only does he have to carry bags, but he also risks his life.

 

Day 90: Is COVID-19 Old News?

Contamination

Yeah, I’ve been on my laptop a lot lately. Why? Because of what is going on of course. So here’s the latest from a guy on a laptop who can see all this through his hallway window. There are those of us who have been in Lockdown for 90 days or around 3 months. We’ve done our part to both take care of our family and a role in not exposing others to the virus if one of us got it. Or, even preventing it being carried in latent form and contaminating others.

Vandalization and Robbery

But guess what. The Protestors/Vandals/Thieves Roadshow has grabbed the headlines, or at least did unless something newsworthy happens now (we’re O.D.’ing on watching people sweat on each other). What happened to COVID? It was just a background story to the peaceful protests by day and the tearing up of the city at night with vandalization and robbery. My hands are getting tired of typing in about all this so the news cycle will likely change at this point.

Silver Lining

The story seems to be swinging back to the Coronavirus. There are those of us who are curious to find out if people spitting on each other and sharing fluids for days is going to lead to more cases. True, many of the protestors were on the younger side and therefore maybe not the virus’ target demographic, but surely something will surface? If it doesn’t what have we been doing for the last 90 days? Having quality family time of course and making friends with my laptop!

Day 89: Will the NY Times & Spidey Save Us?

Protection?

“The New York Times” and other neighborhood publications are fast to let it be known that there is a distinction between the peaceful protestors and those doing the looting and vandalism. Tell that to local business owners. Many of them at this point don’t care who is peaceful and who is not. All they know is that their livelihood has been ransacked. Also, despite the Mayor of New York not giving a thumbs up to the idea, reeling NYC businesses want the National Guard to come in and protect them from more destruction.

Folks Getting Sicker

And through all of it, both the press and the protestors forget that we are facing a COVID-19 pandemic. And the irony is that all of this activity involving sweaty people packed closely together is going to spread the virus even more. For those of us who have been in Lockdown for nearly three months – in our case 89 days – what did we make all this sacrifice for? Folks getting sick will go up and for what?

Who’s that Masked Man?

Needless to say it is a good idea to look at important issues. And this activity be it positive or negative has done that. But now it must stop. It is not helping our city and its people. Ask New Yorkers what their feelings are about the protestors and looters (allegedly being two different camps) and they will tell you that for the most part that they want this to end. Nor do the particularly care or give a damn that “Spider Man” is watching over them. Even with all of his so-called Spidey powers, in the final analysis he is really just a guy in a goofy suit reading “The Times.”

Day 88: Remeber When Social Distancing Was One of Our Biggest Problems?

No One To Stop It

Just when we though social distancing (see image) was going to be one of our biggest challenges, everything has been turned upside down. At this point none of us here in NYC understands what is happening including our elected city officials. Where is the leadership locally and nationally? We hear last night that a store in midtown we went to recently has been destroyed and looted. And there was one there to stop it.

Important

How is it possible for all this chaos to happen with no protection for us regular citizens? Why the line of officers instilling fear in the wrong group? It’s the other group guys, not those doing peaceful protest which when last we checked is a right in this country. If you’re going to dress up in that scary outfit and hold menacing shields, at least do it for those who deserve it, not Americans trying to get across an important message.

Punishment?

We love our beautiful city but one thing happens after another to tarnish our cultural mecca. Why now? Why this unprecedented activity? And why is there no one to punish those doing it?