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You’ll be all right tonight …
Some days, you just don’t have it—and for me, today was one of those days. I had a long list of things to do, and … well, most of them didn’t happen.
On days like this during “normal” times, there are a handful of things I know I can do to get my head into a happier, more-productive frame of mind. Watching or listening to baseball, for example. A quick dip in the apartment hot tub helps. For some reason, a quick Aldi run does the trick. Yes, I am weird: Grocery shopping normally clears my head.
But … there’s no baseball. The apartment hot tub is closed, per state orders. And grocery shopping is daunting these days, and should only be done when absolutely necessary.
Because many of my usual mental-reset techniques aren’t available, I’ve been seeking new ones … and I think I’ve found one: cheesy ’80s music.
Hey, don’t judge. We’re all just makin’ do here, OK?
In all seriousness: As embarrassed as I am to admit it, the ’80s on 8 channel on Sirius/XM saved my butt today, productivity-wise. The catchy sounds of songs like “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger, for some reason, help.
I know I am not the only one out there who had an off today. If you’re in the same boat … hang in there. We all have off days, even in good times … and they’re usually followed by better days, even in not-so-good times. Right?
Here are today’s links—and there is a whole lotta info here:
• I was again a guest on the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast today. I joined the usual hosts to talk to the amazing Dr. Laura Rush, as well as Daniel Vaillancourt—who has a daunting tale of going through the COVID-19 test process—and mask-maker Clay Sales.
• The new small-business-loan program that was passed as start of the stimulus package? Well, it’s a mess—so much so that some banks are refusing to start accepting applications until things get clarified.
• First there was a problem with an accessibility of COVID-19 tests (and there is still a big problem). Now there are increasing concerns about their accuracy, according to The Wall Street Journal.
• Now after that shitty news, take solace in the fact that serious progress is being made in developing a vaccine—faster than has ever been done before.
• The New York Times, using cellphone location data, has made a fascinating map showing which parts of the country have been staying home, and which parts have not.
• Eisenhower Health brings us this short hand-washing demonstration.
• Due to the coronavirus and resulting blood shortages, the FDA has made its restrictions on gay men donating blood slightly less stupid.
• The Conversation explains in detail how plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 may help treat people suffering from it.
• The Los Angeles Times tells the story of another group of people who are risking their safety by working through the pandemic: farmworkers.
• Cactus Hugs’ Casey Dolan speaks for all of us when he kindly requests that other people stay the hell away.
• Hey, fellow Dodgers fans: You can work out virtually with head trainer Brandon McDaniel twice a week.
• A whole bunch of journalism professors have written to Rupert Murdoch, asking him to make his Fox News Channel stop spreading coronavirus misinformation.
• Time magazine looked at newspaper ads from the last pandemic, and they prove that the more things change, the more things stay the same.
• Bill Gates offers up his thoughts on what we can do to make up for lost time in quashing this pandemic.
• If you didn’t set up direct deposit with the feds for your tax refunds, it may take a while for your stimulus checks to arrive.
• Have time on your hands? Wanna learn an instrument? Well, Fender is offering free guitar, bass and ukulele lessons during the pandemic to 100,000 people.
• You know some of those “ventilators” Elon Musk donated to the cause? Well, they’re actually CPAP machines. Sigh.
• The fantastic folks at Rooster and the Pig are offering anyone who needs it with a free lunch.
• Greater Palm Springs’ Anndee Laskoe offers up this trip to some fantastic local places you can take from your couch.
• And finally, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark—you remember her, right?—offers us this important message from “Elvirus.”
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Stay safe. Hang in there. Wash your hands. More tomorrow.