Day 33 – Stories of COVID-19 and Sheltering-In-Place

We live in zip code 20707 in Maryland. According to data from the State of Maryland, we have 85 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In the five contiguous zip codes next ours there are an additional 449 cases. Hence, we are living in the midst of 534 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of this moment (7:00 PM Eastern) today.

Friday, April 17, 2020 – Live to Blog from a Hot Spot

Pardon My Rant

Add to this we live in Prince George’s County which has 2,966 of the 11,572 confirmed cases statewide – the most of any county. Our county also has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the state – 77 of 425. As a result, we live in the midst of a “hot spot” in the State of Maryland which, as a whole, is becoming a hot spot nationally. We are in the midst of the peak and nothing is leveling off yet.

Add to this both Clemencia and I are considered to be part of a vulnerable popluation. Our age makes us vulnerable. Underlying health conditions we both have add to our risk.

So, what are we to do?

We stay at home. When we have to go out – usually to walk the Girls or to go for a real exercise walk – we mask up, we avoid people, and when we get back home, we take off our shoes and put them back in their place outside our door. Then we wash our hands. Then we hope the Girls don’t have to go out again for a while so that we don’t have to do it all over again. It’s a pain in the neck and sometimes we even have a lower opinion of it.

But we do it. Why? Four reasons:

  • First, helps to keep us safe.
  • Second, it helps to keep our neighbors safe.
  • Third, it is the ethical, right thing to do.
  • Fourth, it is a genuine act of patriotism.

To every Stupid Person who has been showing up to protest the shelter-in-place, stay at home, or “lockdown” orders from their governors: You are not being patriotic, you are just being Stupid. (Remember, I’m not being insulting, I’m just making an accurate observation that you are showing a great lack of common sense.)

  • You are not being patriotic. You are just being Stupid.
  • You are not being brave. You are just being Stupid.
  • You are not being funny. You are just being Stupid.
  • You are not acting like a real American. You are just being Stupid.
  • You are not really exercising your right to freedom of speech. You are just being Stupid.
  • If you are showing up because you’ve been incited to do so, you are not being independent. You are being manipulated and you are just being Stupid.

I don’t wish COVID-19 on anyone, not even Stupid People. However, there is a good possibility that several of you (or your parents or your children) will have been exposed through your protests. You or they may test positive for it. You or they may become ill. God forbid, you or they may die a horrific death and, possibly, all alone.

When any of this happens, I suspect you will suddenly become very smart. When that happens, I hope you also have the good sense to use your freedom of speech then to speak up and tell your friends how Stupid you and they have been. That simple act of honesty will be your redemption for being so very, very Stupid.

In a national emergency, the patriotic thing to do is anything and everything we can to pitch in and help. Neither of us can work on the frontline of medical care because we do not have the appropriate training. Clemencia can sew masks. We both can (and do) reach out to people to check on them and offer whatever moral support we can. However, the most important thing we can do is stay home and when we have to go out mask up, keep a distance, and minimize our time outside.

Frankly we still have way too many Stupid People running around not paying attention to the risks of COVID-19 or the proposed public health remedies. We also have too many Stupid People encouraging them to do blow off the risks and the remedies. Please don’t be one of the Stupid People. Be a real patriot.

Uh oh, the White House Coronavirus Task Force Update just started…there goes another 2+ hours. Okay, I choose not to exercise my freedom of speech about that but, instead, my freedom of silence.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled dose of daily drivel.

Day 33 of homeschooling: Only three students. Two suspended for fighting. The third called in a bomb threat. One teacher about to be fired for drinking on the job.

Chickenman – Episode 2

Benton Harbor (aka Chickenman) introduces himself to the Police Commissioner of Midland City and reports for duty. Take a 1 minute 41 seconds with Chickenman!

And now for Some Good News!

John Krasinski, who was a cast member on The Office and who is now playing the title character on the Netflix series Jack Ryan, recently began a live-from-home YouTube series titled, Some Good News. He’s using this platform to remind people that in the midst of this pandemic, there is still some good news. The link below is to his first episode. It is about 15 minutes in length but it does give you a nice alternative to the reality of the day. It won’t disappoint! Enjoy!

Some Good News with John Krasinski – Episode 1

Coronavirus M.A.S.H. Up

The groundbreaking television show M.A.S.H. educated a new generation about the realities of the Korean War through the powerful genre of dramatic comedy. There has been a YouTube video going about that uses clips from the TV progam to remind people about the things they need to do stay safe during the pandemic. Please take a look and share.

Stay safe, be well, keep calm, keep washing your hands, keep wearing a mask, keep away from Stupid People and choose to be a real patriot.


Author: The Driveler

Tom Klaus is the Driveler. On March 16, 2020, the first day of the Novel Coronavirus shelter-in-place order for his state, he started writing a daily blog to keep himself from stressing too much about the pandemic situation. He thought the daily blogging would last for only a couple of week but it stretched on to 77 consecutive days. Then he continued writing daily for a while after that as well. At some point the blog became The Daily Drivel...mostly because he was mostly writing the stream of consciousness drivel that was pouring out of his head, running down his face, and, sometimes, out of his mouth. In November 2020 he launched The Daily Drivel as a free-standing website/blog.

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