Tag: Covid-19

A mask is not an imposition unless you’re selfish

A mask is not an imposition unless you’re selfish

One of the biggest problems in America right now is the way people generalize and oversimplify issues. Well, OK, that’s not exactly true because generalizations and oversimplifications barely crack the top 1,000 of problems in America right now. So, allow me to generalize and oversimplify for a moment. (Or don’t, because I’m going to do so anyway.) I’ve realized that there are two kinds of people in America. No, not Republicans and Democrats. No, not Southerners and Yankees. No, not Coke people and Pepsi people. True, those are kinds of people — well, except the Pepsi folks. You can’t love […]

Neighborhood has a new sound during the pandemic

Neighborhood has a new sound during the pandemic

My neighborhood has grown exponentially since we moved in nearly three and a half years ago. Back then, we were the third house built on our street. Now, there are 25 or so. More have built on other streets. For the past few years, though, there was something conspicuously absent from the streets — children. I knew they existed because I’ve seen pictures. They’re like shorter versions of adults. Then something called coronavirus arrived in Georgia and schools began canceling in-person classes. If I’d have known it was possible to shut down schools, I’d have created COVID for my seventh-grade […]

Sorry, Grandma, but, you know, the economy

Sorry, Grandma, but, you know, the economy

(Photo: Remember “Logan’s Run,” where they were secretly killing off folks when they reached age 30?) I’m not much for conspiracy theories, but I’ve heard plenty of them over the years — the moon landing was staged, JFK was not killed by a single bullet, Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya, Melania has a body double, Bert and Ernie of “Sesame Street” are gay, etc. Then again, maybe I’ve never been much for conspiracy theories because I’m not much for following other people’s leads. There are a lot of natural-born followers out there — that’s how cults get started […]

When numbers don’t mean a whole lot

When numbers don’t mean a whole lot

I’ve always been more of a words guy than a numbers guy. I think numbers are from the devil himself. For instance, they say “666” is the mark of the beast. See? Numbers! If words were from the devil, “Larry” might be the mark of the beast. Or maybe “Harold.” Even on “Sesame Street,” they use a vampire — the undead, for crying out loud — to talk to kids about numbers. This is clearly an evil trick. I’ve had a lot of time to think about numbers over the past week. I’ve had a lot of time to think […]

I don’t have coronavirus, or maybe I do — it’s hard to tell in Houston County, Georgia

I don’t have coronavirus, or maybe I do — it’s hard to tell in Houston County, Georgia

Click here for my Day 4 quarantine blog update. Day 2 of quarantine … still alive! That’s right, I’m on a 14-day self-quarantine, along with my wife. It’s sort of a staycation with coughing, except that I’m able to work from home, and she’s trying to figure out how to do it in this nation of no guaranteed sick leave. Over the weekend, we both developed coughs, and my condition felt almost exactly like the pneumonia I was diagnosed with in January. That pneumonia was never confirmed because apparently you need an X-ray to confirm that, and, you know, this […]