The Invasion – The New Normal – Chapter Two

03/20/2020 – 03/26/2020

“The weather is sooo gray Jackson.”

“Yes it is.  Even snow showers this week!  It makes being indoors and no where to go worse.”

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“But Jackson, what do you think about the Ts friends doing virtual cocktail hours?”

“Yes, coming up with names like ‘quarantini’, ‘lejito’ or the ‘isolone cosmo’.

“I hope this doesn’t last all that long.”

“Well the Ts seem to believe that the virus is spread by just talking, don’t need a cough or a sneeze!”

“If that’s the case then everyone should be wearing masks.”

“They’re saying that’s not necessary.”

“Anyway Jackson, check out the president’s fifteen day plan.”

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“Hey, have you noticed the kitchen counter top has a circular pattern that sort of looks like the corona-19 virus cartoons?” “It’s everywhere!!!!!”

“Fifteen days isn’t so bad.”

“But come March 31st it will end or be modified.”

“Let’s hope that it will end.”

“Ecuador now has 426 cases and it doesn’t look as though Aventurero will be returning as he had planned.”

“Hope he stays safe. They initially had a curfew from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, but on March 25th they tightened it from 2:00 PM to 5:00 AM.”

“I’m sure he will.”

“Hey, do you know of any drive-in theaters around here?”

“Those are all gone, long ago, for the most part, but you’re right, you could have movies, church services, weddings everything!”

“You know Nilla, they just might come back in vogue with this covert deadly infection.”

“The Ts have a great idea for those in our condominium – ‘sunset social at six’ – doesn’t matter if the sun isn’t setting at six.”

“It’s a good way to thankfully celebrate the day, embrace hope and engage a neighbor.”

“Schedule it for Tuesdays and Thursdays, weather permitting.”

“Perfect, or as perfect as it can be.”

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“Jackson, shopping is still a mess – even for senior hours.  The Ts get up early but still find the shelves empty – toilet paper, hand sanitizer still not available.  Can’t get deli cheese and meat cut to order either.”

“But the Ts have been able to find carton milk – the type they have been drinking in Ecuador, it has a really long shelf life too.”

“Costco has started to offer senior hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays – the Ts might be able to find things they need there.  All the grocery stores and pharmacies have to have senior hours in Massachusetts – per the governor as of March 26th.”

“So many people out of work.  The stimulus package is still pending, partisan bickering.”

It’s good that the Ts have lots of projects to keep them busy here.”

“Walks are important too.  On Wednesday they discovered a new sandwich shop downtown, the Purple Carrot.”

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“Maybe during one of their walks once nicer weather is here, they can order a sandwich and enjoy it while they walk along the river.”

“What about the students?”

“The governor announced on Wednesday that the schools would be closed until May 4th.  Remote learning.”

“That’s tough.  No sports or other school activities.  How are the students going to be graded?”

“They’ll have to come up with a system I guess Jackson.”

“Guess Baker is not in agreement with the president – who announced  earlier in the week hoping to re-open the economy and services by Easter.”

 

 

 

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