I thought a little cheer (or cheers!) is needed in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. We can all use a little pick-me-up to take the edge off current events. So what if the bars are closed? Check way back in your cabinets and I’m sure you’ll find a bottle of something to add to your orange juice, cranberry juice, or even that opened tonic water that’s been taking up space on your refrigerator door for the past month. I plan to make corned beef and cabbage on Tuesday, as well as carrots and those little potatoes that are too cute to eat. And you can bet I’m having a drink. Maybe two. Gin and flat tonic. Just like Colleen Caruso. After all, I’m half Irish, too.
Writing-wise, I’m not as productive as I should be. It’s been a difficult few months with health problems. Thank God they’re nothing compared to some folks’ medical woes – especially lately. But I’m sticking to home as much as humanly possible because of this virus, as I’m sure so many of you are.
Other than writing, how else am I occupying my time? Well, because I’ve always been fascinated with weird things, I’ve been reviewing some interesting reading and viewing material on my shelves. I’m rereading The Stand. Yeah. I know. That’s a hell of a book to read during a pandemic, but it’s right there in the bookcase gathering dust and contagious diseases that spread like wildfire captivate me. Then again, so do serial killers, but I digress.
Several years ago I ordered a History Channel DVD entitled The Plague, which I plan to watch tomorrow. It’s fascinating. So is Contagion, the movie with Gwyneth Paltrow as patient zero. And The Crazies, Cabin Fever, Outbreak, Virus, and my personal favorite – The Andromeda Strain (the original version and not the remake). The book (written by Michael Crichton and released in 1969) is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. If you’re not squeamish and have an interest in how these viruses and microorganisms spread, these are mandatory reading and viewing materials. Think of them as valuable lessons in what not to do if you want to stay healthy.
No, I’m not making light of such a serious situation. Just engaging my mind – as all readers and writers do. Remember, this too shall pass. If we’re all careful and thoughtful of our fellow beings, we’ll make it through this.
Be healthy and strong, everyone. Stay safe!