began, we were all loaded with hopes and
We were all
thinking about March Madness and prepping our
brackets. Thoughts of getting drunk on green
beer on St. Patrick's Day were on the tops of
our minds. The 2020 presidential elections
were on our minds.
But then, a
virus that people thought would be a 'here
today, gone tomorrow' thing like SARS and
Ebola exploded out of nowhere.
coronavirus started to become rampant,
especially when Americans started to get
infected. When a member of the Utah Jazz got
COVID-19, the NBA suspended their season with
the NHL following suit. NASCAR switched to
virtual races and March Madness was canceled.
The WWE ended up moving Wrestlemania to its
tiny performance center in Orlando.
On March 16
here in Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer
ordered all movie theaters, schools and other
huge places of mass gatherings to close. A
week later, the edict was extended to
nonessential businesses, such as shopping
malls and clothing stores.
The virus has
had its effect on the famous, infecting actor
Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, Prince
Charles, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, actor
Idris Elba and just today, CNN host Chris
Cuomo. Among those killed by COVID-19 include
Country music legend Joe Diffie, Manu
Dibango, the African jazz saxophonist whose
1972 hit "Soul Makossa" was an early influence
on rap music and Alan Merrill, who originally
wrote "I Love Rock 'N Roll" for his band The
Arrows in 1975, but was made a bigger hit for
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts in 1982. Because
of Merrill's death, all three members of
Arrows are now dead.
As of this
writing, 857,000 people have been infected
with COVID-19 worldwide, killing 42,000. Here
in America, nearly 187,000 have the
coronavirus and over 3900 have died from it.
It has now killed more Americans than on
that Drumpf didn't hardly do a damn thing to
stop COVID from happening in America. Same
with Dubya with 9/11. Yes, we can point
fingers and yes, we can play the blame game.
But in reality, we have to look at the good in
a dire situation like this.
years ago, first responders sifted through the
rubble of the World Trade Center day and night
for months. The impact of the collapse of the
Twin Towers was so intense, that what was
inside of the buildings disintegrated into
dust. Today, many of those on duty are either
dead or dying.
fake wars began, many Americans simply refused
to join the military, like myself. But some
had no choice but to and those wars took 4,500
of our brave men and women. It's a shame when
one has to take a bullet for Uncle Sam. But
now, many are taking many more in our own war
Just today, I
was talking with a nurse online. She told me
that she cried a bit yesterday from the
stress. She worries about losing a loved one
but she can't quarantine herself. She couldn't
even go on social media because of the
pandemic. The same goes with all the other
nurses and doctors who have no choice but to
be on the front lines during this pandemic.
Tonight on the NBC
Nightly News, they showed a nurse who
forced herself to quit her job because she
could no longer deal with it.
As we all
know, it's not just nurses and doctors who are
on the front line daily. There's grocery
workers who have to deal with sick people and
people who have the virus but don't know it
yet. Just today here in Grand Rapids, a man
with COVID-19 died and the only place he ever
went to outside of home was the supermarket.
There are those who work in factories, like
me. My shop is still open through this crisis
since we're essential enough to stay open. I
worry that since we're short-handed, we might
end up with a temp worker who can't stay home
because they don't have any type of sick pay.
Trust me, we had a temp who came in with the
flu and SNEEZED ALL OVER THE MEN'S BATHROOM
SINK AND DIDN'T CLEAN UP HIS SNOT. I was
exposed to that shit and I got sick
course, there's my mother, who works in
retail. I worry about seeing her when she
cooks dinner for me. Even my father told me
not to go see her, and I ignore him because,
well, he's more paranoid about the pandemic
than I am. Watching Fox News Channel nonstop
will do that to you.
has been a tough month. It's tough knowing
that we all can't be perfect when it comes to
social distancing and self-isolating. We still
need to do things like grocery shop and for
some of us, work. Every time we get out of the
house, we're at risk.
To those who
are now risking their lives to make others
better, thank you. Without you, this world
can't rotate. As somebody whose aunt was an RN
herself, I owe those who work in hospitals my
deepest gratitude. We need more of you.
everybody out there, take care of yourself and
each other. And yes, wash your hands.
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