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: Tom Klaus

My name is Tom Klaus and I am the founder and president of Tenacious Change. I am convinced the secret to almost any good thing happening among people is relational trust. Want to be loved by your spouse, children, and family? Want to work well with others? Want to be an effective leader? Want to help your neighborhood, community, state, or country change for the good? Want world peace...actually, peace with anyone? Building relational trust is when fear, animosity, conflict, and the status quo begins to transform into cooperation, respect, collaboration, peace, and working together for social change and the greater good of all. A good day for me is when I can help social profit, nonprofit, and public leaders and their organizations grasp the importance of relational trust, let it guide their decision making, and inform their strategy. This is just one of the ways that I am animating and equipping leaders, organizations, and communities to lead change for the greater good. Tenacious Change is about changing forward into a future that prioritizes the greater good for all. We can do this better together. Come on along!

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