On Mar 20, 2020, at 12:08 AM, ALAN SKEOCH <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I think you should try to get home soon…you
will face quarantine of course but being in Canada
feels so much better than being in the US.
Our leaders know how to lead.
Note that your other air carrier promises to help
get Canadians home. so maybe your tickets are
We can have fun with the ‘Lost in Paradise’ story
but there is an urgent side to it as you know.
We are flying out Sunday the 22nd.
We booked the air tickets and headed to the boat at midnight. Luck was with us. It hadn’t been pulled. Still tied up at a dock. The marina is ridiculously busy because all the Floridians off work are boating. Left a note on the steering wheel “Do not pull.” Up at this ungodly hour (still dark) to go back and add stabilizer to the gas and run it through the motor.
She said …
A second She said …
And a third She said …
Until he reluctantly agreed to try for earlier flights.
One daughter, a former flight attendant, SUGGESTED which flights would actually go and, by 10:30 last night, we were booked on a Sunday flight out of Sarasota.
Motorman thought we would have a better chance with a smaller airport and resulting smaller crowds.
He’s probably right.
So here we are up bright and early ready to get to the boat before 8 o’clock this morning when the Marina opens. Motorman has the stabilizer packed. We will be back from our ride by mid-morning and will request that the boat be put on its trailer before noon.
Then we load it with our gear, tarp it to withstand a hurricane and get on with the rest of the chores to be done before flight time.
View over the pond from our rental condo balcony. Sunrise March 20, almost the first day of Spring!
CORRECTION…THE FIGURE WAS 313 NOT 3133…WITE AN ERROR…BLAME DAMN SMALL BIFOCALS WHICH MAKE PROOFING DIFFICULT
ALAN SKEOCH COVID – 19 This is Day 3 (March 15, 2020)
Hard to believe the world could change in an instant but it has. We are hived away waiting for the arrival of covid-19…must be one of the four horseman of the ————— (forgot how to spell the word).
Having a coffee, looking out the window. Something nagging at my mind as I look out. Got it. No traffic. And all the world stood still.
Store shelves empty according to TV. Focus of the empty shelves seems to be on one product…toilet paper. Curious. Laughable. Perhaps tragic.
Gabriela sent an email saying she had registered us with Longo’s food delivery system where they bring food ordered and leave it on doorstep then take money from an account. No human contact.
Gabriela also ordered Marjorie to cease going to the Salvation Army thrift store. “The things will be there when this is over.” We will see if Marjorie can resist the urge to thrift shop. Doubtful. I just made an odd mistake…instead of thrift I typed theft. I wonder if there will be a breakdown in law and order as this Pandemic spreads across the face of the earth?
Gabriela made another sinister comment about young people should schools be closed (as Nolan’s school). “Parents will not know what to do so will leave kids with grandparents who are most susceptible to Covid-19. Perhaps a fatal decision. “If you are over 70, stay in your home. Make no human contact until he virus passes by.”…”You know Alan seems to have lung trouble…colds and coughs.” Hard for me to say this but that comment gives some idea as to how the world has suddenly changed. There is a bit of a silver lining in that people, i.e. Gabriela and others, seem to be worrying about each other more than usual.
Trouble on the horizon however.
In North America the gap between fact and fiction has narrowed even more. Who can remember President Trump’s last lie when he just continues to spin lie after lie. Makes any action he takes questionable just at the time we need firm and clear and informed leadership. My greatest fear is not Covid – 19. It is the possible re election of Trump. A certifiable narcissistic lunatic with the power to destroy society as we know it. .
What will we do? Marjorie will cook. I will write stories and go to the farm alone…no human contact. We are in a prison of our own making. Not a bad prison. But this is only Day 3.
Movie business will likely be in some kind of hiatus but we have heard nothing. Two movies on … one in North Bay and one at Scottsdale Farm. The need to entertain humanity may covert movie industry into a necessary service. Remember the term ‘bread and circuses’… Movies are really circuses designed to quell the the potential chaos of a world gone mad.
P.S. How are we today? Just fine. A little antsy to get out but no problems yet. Yes, I have a cough but had that long before this recent terror event. Must avoid Covid – 19 if we can.
TODAY CANADA SHUT DOWN
alan skeoch Friday March 13, 2020
Today the city shut down
Today social events shut down
Today sporting events including curling shut down
Today schools shut down
Today air travel shut down
Today Marjorie’s bridge clubs shut down
Today Loblaws was ringed with shopping carts…not quite shut down but close
Today the loaded shelves in normal times were empty…shut down
Today the medical centres were mobbed…slowed down
Today dentists began to reconsider their profession…would that viral containing mouths were shut down
Today parliament shut down
Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was virtually shut down
Today the zoo shut down
Today the library shut down
Today the museum shut down
Today the art centre shut down
Today the white collar crowd were sent home…shut down
Today the blue collar crowd were NOT shut down
Today the garbage was collected
Today the buses were running
TODAY A LITTLE THING SO SMALL AS TO BE INVISIBLE MANAGED TO SHUT DOWN CIVILIZED LIFE ACROSS THE PLANET.
Today the pharmacies were packing pills…some lives were shutting down
Today the paper was delivered
Today a coyote slipped into our back yard….and sat down
Today the clouds were black, the trees were bare, the ground was gray…Today the planet shut down.
Today I had a cough…but no temperature, no weakness…no Covid-19 to shut me down …yet
“Shut up, Alan, …pipe down.”