Day 36 – Stories of COVID-19 and Sheltering-In-Place

OMG! Day 36! How did we get here! This means we are starting Week #6 sheltering-in-place. I’m not exactly ready to climb the walls but, then, I don’t do well with heights anyway.

Monday, April 20, 2020 – Live to Blog from a State of Disbelief

Lessons Learned from Sheltering-In-Place…So Far

  1. Socks can be worn for 35 consecutive days without being washed as long as they spend each night on the deck. (They do, however, begin to take on a personality of their own which is a bit disconcerting.)
  2. No matter now many treats I give the Girls, they still prefer Clemencia. To get them to hang out with me, I think I’d have to put their leashes on and tie them to my desk. Sigh.
  3. The “Tiger King” has to be “enjoyed” in small doses.
  4. It is pretty much impossible for me to make a full swing with my driver on the deck. My apologies to the people who live in the house just this side of the cemetery fence. If you find my golf balls, don’t feel like you need to return them.
  5. Be very careful about letting your imagination run too wild. (I’ll let your imagination run wild with that one.)
  6. There are far more Stupid People in the world than I had ever imagined. #FloridaMorons
  7. There are at least as many decent, caring, brave, compassionate, and selfless people in the world as I always believed there were.
  8. I can cook! But Clemencia cooks much better.
  9. Social norms are not permanent. Think about it…did you ever imagine that we’d all be walking around with masks on looking like muggers and still feel perfectly safe?
  10. Masks do make it hard to recognize people…including friends. I still wave at people when I take the Girls out but now I have no idea if I’m waving to people I know or strangers. Doesn’t really matter…just an observation.
  11. I still can’t sleep past 6:00 AM.
  12. It’s much easier to write drivel blogs than it is to write substantive blogs.
  13. People seem to enjoy reading these drivel blogs more than the substantive blogs I write. My number of subscribers and readers has grown steadily. I’m a bit stunned…and only a little hurt…but mostly surprised and pleased. After all, see #12.

So, what are you learning from your sheltering-in-place experience? Send me a comment and let me know.

Chickenman – Episode 5

Chickenman is called into action by the Police Commissioner of Midland City. But, wait, how does he get out of the house without his mother tagging along?

A Musical Distraction

This video was recommended by one our Thursday afternoon virtual Coffee Break/Happy Hour participants. It’s fun. It’s funny. And it’s invigorating. No vocal cords were injured in the production.

And This One is for You Parents…

Stay safe. Be well. Keep calm (especially parents). Keep washing your hands. Keep wearing you mask. Keep hope alive…there are only 52 weeks in a year!


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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