Day 44 – Stories of COVID-19 and Sheltering-In-Place

I’m growing to hate Google Calendar. It is too easy to use, too accessible, and some people should not be allowed to use it at all.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – Live to Blog from the Laundry Room

Apparently, Tuesdays is Towel Laundry Day at our house. That was news to me. I’m guessing it follows Monday, which is Dusting Day and it precedes Wednesday which is Clothes Laundry Day. This excitement could be deadly!


That reminds me of a joke. As you may have figured out, I’m a proud Iowa native. Years ago a newspaper in Florida ran an article titled “What? Iowan’s Lust for Nebraska?” It was picked up and run as well by The Des Moines Register. The article was mostly a string of really funny Iowa jokes, though not all Iowan’s found them to be that funny. In fact, for nearly two weeks a local radio program on a Des Moines radio station fielded calls from people who were deeply offended by the jokes.

I was not one of those callers. In fact, I loved the article! I still have a hard copy of it somewhere and will try to find when I can remember where I put the folder of funny things I’ve collected over the years.

Speaking of deadly excitement, one of my favorite jokes in that article was about the Iowa woman who had been convicted for murdering her husband. She had removed the labels off all their canned goods and the excitement of opening the unlabelled cans killed him. (Ba dum tisssss!)

There’s a Calendar Reminder for That

I’m growing to hate Google Calendar. It is too easy to use, too accessible, and some people should not be allowed to use it at all. It’s bad enough that I have my work Google Calendar but I also have a personal Google Calendar, a university Google Calendar (for when I’m on the teaching schedule), and a shared Google Calendar with Clemencia.

But, then, there is Clemencia’s Personal Google Calendar which nobody can see except her, hence conversations like this:

  • Me: Mi amor, I have gathered up all the towels to be washed today.
  • Clemencia: Yes, it’s Tuesday.
  • Me: What? What do you mean, “It’s Tuesday?” What’s that got to do with anything?
  • Clemencia: It’s on the calendar.
  • Me: Yes…last time I checked Tuesday is on every calendar, everywhere.
  • Clemencia: No. It’s on my calendar that Tuesday is Towel Laundry Day.
  • Me (with a slight chuckle): Seriously?
  • Clemencia (with no hint of a chuckle): Of course. That’s how we don’t miss it.
  • Me (standing with armload of towels and sensing an opportunity): Oh…does that mean I should put these down so you can take care of them?
  • Clemencia: No, you can help.
  • Me: (still standing with the towels, growing more confident): Okay. What should I do with these? Does you calendar say it is okay for me to put them in the washing machine?
  • Clemencia (letting out a deep sigh before responding): Of course you can put them in the washing machine.
  • Me (trying to run up the score): Does it say it’s okay for me to put the detergent in and start the machine?
  • Clemencia (staring at me in a way that told me she was thinking full on “que gueva” but, instead she smiled a bit too sweetly and said): Si, mi pequeña gueva.
  • Me (smiling broadly, confident I had won the day): Okay, then, it looks like I’ve got Tuesday Towel Laundry Day covered. What does your calendar say about tomorrow – is it Window Washing Wednesday?
  • Clemencia (dryly): Yes. I’ll do the inside while you do the outside. (We live on the fourth floor.)

Some days I’m just Wiley Coyote.

Can we bring back the year that clowns tried to kill us all? I liked that one more.


The Adventures of Chickenman – Episode 13

Benton Harbor (aka Chickenman) drops in on a couple visiting Midland City from Dubuque, Iowa. What could the Fearless Foul want? Find out here in Episode 13.

It’s SGN and the 2020 Prom with John Krasinski

This week John Krasinski really comes through as he and few friends throw a virtual prom for high school grads around the country. Enjoy!

Thanks, John! Here in Maryland, we really do need some good news. Many states and communities are rushing to “re-open” but that infamous curve is not flattening here. Not even close. In the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) the cases and deaths continue to go up everyday. I just heard on NPR a moment ago that Mr. Trump has finally invoked the Defense Production Act to keep meat packing plants open in Midwestern states…even as COVID-19 is turning them into hotspots. I cannot comprehend how this makes sense. I’m pretty sure I will become a vegetarian for a while.

Stay safe, be well, keep calm, keep washing your hands, keep wearing your mask, and keep your calendar up to date.


Author: Tom Klaus

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