Surviving COVID19 and Corona-mania

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BobLee
March16/ 2020

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March 16, 2020

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BobLee’s Survival Tactics for…

COVID19 and Corona-mania

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America has not been so discombobulated since Lucy & Ricky Ricardo had “Little Ricky” in 1955.  With Everybody and their Crazy Uncle Earl telling you how to cope with COVID19… and its evil twin Corona-mania, I would be remiss to not post my BobLee’s Survival Guide… so HERE IT IS!

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I am tied for the last person you should ever take Health / Medical advice from … tied along with anyone appearing on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, WaPo, NYT, The N&O, WRAL-TV5 et al.

I CANNOT tell you how to avoid getting “The Virus”.   I CANNOT tell you – (1) – how to avoid having a tornado or a hurricane hit your house … or – (2) – how to avoid “being shot and killed on the streets of South Chicago” which is, apparently, still a Pandemic but “who cares?”  Right?

The purpose of this Survival Guide is to offer alternatives for dealing with the severe daily life upheaval currently afflicting America. Of course, what works for me may not work for you.

As I did with Monsters on Maple Street… I am serious about trying to keep my overtly partisan socio-political opinions off of this page.  Reserving those strong opinions for our SAIDWHAT? page.  I respect everyone’s choices of Who To Blame for Whatever.

Publicly Blaming Whoever for Whatever is a unique “right” in our Capitalist Republic.  One can do so without fear of being hauled off to a gulag in the middle of the night… so far.

Some of you who visit here regularly are suffering from terminal TDS – Trump Derangement Syndrome.  There IS a cure for TDS involving a life style choice you are unlikely to make.  I won’t even bother to mention it.

TDS-sufferers should NEVER go to our SAIDWHAT? page.  There is not enough Purell Sanitizer in the Universe to protect you “over there”.

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Brer Rabbit

With intense “social distancing” becoming de rigueur for all of us for the time being … I find myself uniquely adapted to this forced solitarianism.

Telling BobLee to practice “social distancing” is like threatening to throw Brer Rabbit in the briar patch.

Back in the mid 70s… interviewing for an entry level position with Marriott Hotels, I described myself as “a people person” –  a popular catch-phrase back then.  I recall that 50 years later because it was the last time I EVER described myself by that phrase.

I practice “social distancing” as a secondary religion.  I believe in Personal Reclusiveness as a Life Style Choice with the passion of a Vegan … a Cross-Fitter… or a new AMWAY distributor.

I was fortunate to find “Blondie” 35+ years ago… who shares my passion for “social distancing” before it became a Woke term.   Corona-mania might lead to millions of new devotees to our Just Leave Me Alone… Cult.  It is highly addictive and contagious.

There was a period 10-12 years ago when I gave presentations to civic clubs on the Joys of Social-Distancing… until it dawned on me that being invited to anything described as a club gave me the heebee jeebees.

I am currently a member of a “group” of around 50 gentlemen that meets weekly.  There are 5-6 others of my ilk. We have our own special table – like a little leper colony.  The 8′ chainlink fence separating us from the general population is a bit much; but it works.

PLEASE … DO NOT tell me how much you love being a social gadfly “with oodles of dear friends you love to spend time with…”… and how I “oughta be like you”.  YOU be like you and I’ll be like me.

Blondie and I used to have friends who had a boat on Lake George in Upstate New York.  They invited us up for a weekend “on the boat”.  We went… we didn’t care for it… they kept insisting we should “like it”.  That was 33 years ago.  No clue what ever happened to them… or their damn boat.

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As noted in “Monsters”…  I have 100s of audible books stored on my IPhone and miles/miles of greenway trails to walk all by myself.   Involving zero personal contact with anyone.

Sherlock Holmes

I recently downloaded – (1) -a 70 hour MP3 of the complete Sherlock Holmes collection … and – (2) – CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia … and – (3) – Tolkien’s Ring Trilogy… AND – (4) – several James Michener mega-novels.   If I converted my Audible Library to toilet paper rolls … they would fill The Dean Dome Lower Level.

We have not turned on our living room TV in five days and counting…  We stream Amazon Prime movies / documentaries on our IMacs.

With all the sports cancellations, the only two that caused me to blink were -(1)- MLB, of course … and -(2)- The Masters.  I will “soldier on”.  I have not filled out a March Madness bracket in four years…now five.  Not bragging… just saying…

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For all the catastrophic social ills created by The Internet / Social Media  this communications / information medium is perfect for the current situation.   And… Perfect for Me. 

Communicating “this way” with (most of) you folks over the past 20 years is a personal daily joy.

I “know you”and you “know me” in a fashion we have all adapted to.  This will certainly continue thru and beyond the current circumstance.

I intend to post more frequently on both web pages… giving you something to look forward to several mornings a week.  I have an on-going list of 20+ BLSays discussion topics that are as socio-politically “pure” as I can make them.

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FINAL NOTE:  “Kid & Pastor Danny” up in Wisconsin are very concerned about various friends who own small businesses already being hurt by decreasing customer traffic.  With hesitation, I suggested that she, Danny and their friends might consider one “minor” life style adaptation.  Reduce their daily PBS / NPR listening by 60%.

She scoffed … then two days later – reluctantly – admitted that my suggestion had indeed improved their peace of mind … Score One for Dad!

Hang In There, My Friends!  We Will Persevere…

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BobLeeSays has been a continually  functioning website since 1999… with over 2100 commentaries.  BobLee  is a BabyBoomer who ponders the HowComes of Life.   He is NOT (1) “an Intellectual” … Nor (2) “a Journalist”.

Reader Comments are aggressively encouraged.  In over 20 years, only six have been zapped.

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BobLee

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Doug

Watching the video yesterday of the dumb kids on spring break in Florida made an impression with me on how far our society has devolved. 18 year old kids have gone from storming the beaches on Normandy on June, 1945 and battling back the Chinese Communists at Chosin Reservoir on December, 1950 to storming the beaches of Daytona in 2020.

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former96heel

I really wish DJT had 2 more terms in him. We are in such a mess, it’s going to take more than 4-5 years to fix this, and I am not sure anyone else is going to carry the water afterward. I do hope he understands that helping Wall Street through this mess means he absolutely has to dictate to them how they change their business models going forward. 12 years ago these bailouts fanned the flames of the Tea Party. Now we are right back into this spot, except the numbers are larger. It is time we let these… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

I suggest another cure for Wuhan Kung Fu. Watch and listen to each news conference the president and his team gives. He is doing a phenomenal job and I’m convinced the American people are in great hands. DT and his team are truly impressive.

Fayettewuf
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Fayettewuf

Just curious as to your advice to your folks in Wisconsin. Why do you regard PBS/NPR as more anxiety inducing than other sources at this time? Honest question. I don’t listen to them. Do they slant their broadcasts to be more sensational than other outlets?

Chris
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Chris

I can’t believe you ignored the most important question of all. How will the coronavirus affect recruiting?

SilenceDogood2010
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Excellent Post suh! Keep ’em a coming and say hello to my ol’ pal Br’er Rabbit.

Respectfully submitted by SD2010.

Pyrate
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Pyrate

I’ve gotta admit …. Reading the comments is as much of a hoot as your articles. My mouth fell open when you mentioned “several James Michener mega-novels”. I think I picked up “Centennial” forty years ago and tried my best to slog through it. Excellent mini-series on TV but Michener adds so much detail, that it required more patience that I could muster up.

Rix Evans
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Rix Evans

After reading your columns, I feel more mainstream and normal. Don’t know quite what to make of that.

Doug
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Doug

In an unsettling role reversal from their teenage years our kids now admonish us about going out.
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We were truly blessed to get a FaceTime call yesterday from our little granddaughter. She had a one pink and one blue cupcake. Cutting to the chase. She’s getting a new baby brother come this Fall. God is good.

former96heel
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former96heel

Wife and I are in the same boat as you and Blondie…but now we are more or less forcing the children to follow our path. I figured it would take at least through college before they realized having a smaller group of great friends beat the heck out of a massive list of surface friends. Now we are more or less stuck with each other, which I think may either be the coolest experiment in the world, or could drive us all mad.
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Ask me again in 3, or 8 weeks

RowdyBlueTarHeeler
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RowdyBlueTarHeeler

BL, but what if the internet service fails?

uncleron
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uncleron

Well said During your uber hibernation, you should consider an updated all time list of your audible reads. Not sure this will go through as I haven’t had much luck with the new system

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

BL, We (older than you but with no major “at risk” conditions are self isolating. Why…..common sense. Plus two of my buddies (they were fraternal twins of a lab experiment where Mr. Wizard and Mr. Spock’s DNA went haywire)….two of the most intelligent,, yet blessed with common sense, that I know are doing the same. I also have a nephew (NCSU Chem Eng) that is moving up the corporate ladder at a major Pharma company and we compared “thoughts”. His medical folks send out internal stuff or they text or god forbid….TALK. He and his Chem Eng wife and child… Read more »

Fayettewuf
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Fayettewuf

We had ammo. I was in the NG guarding azaleas in 1968.

Anna.R.F
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Anna.R.F

Would you classify what you “have”as “agoraphobia”?

DM Carpenter
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DM Carpenter

My Social Distancing plans : 1)Tractor: ONE seat, often attached to things that cut/tear/scrape/dig slice, also LOUD. I can be alone with my thoughts. 2) Military vehicle restoration: Man in scary-looking PPE, power tools, attached to things that cut/scour/strip/make clouds of stuff and a big racket, smells of solvent/paint/grease, occasional blood and small chunks of flesh, unprintables in about eight languages, and Mercurochrome!

Thomas.T
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Thomas.T

BL: Can you confirm a rumor that a faction of NC State loonies are blaming COVID19, et al … on “crooked ACC referees”.

robedixon
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robedixon

Same here for the Just Leave Me Alone club. I hit Bojangles about 7 AM ish daily and all the staff know me and make sure I get a fresh out of the oven Cheddar Bo and not one sitting in the bin, upon which I go sit by myself in the same booth daily. Maybe a dozen men assemble at a table there and I just listen and keep reading the web on my phone. Ditto for the sheriff and police dudes who take in a biscuit often. Nice to be and out and near, just not too near.… Read more »