Mary Beth Writes

Here we are in our American Quarantine!

What's with the word Quarantine? In the 700’s Muslims were the first to build quarantine/isolating hospitals for people who had leprosy. Lots of diseases came in on ships so it was standard for foreign ships to be required to wait 30 days at offshore islands before foreign cargo could be unloaded in harbor cities. Then people noticed when Bubonic/Black plague hit in 1448 that the disease took 37 days to run it's course from beginning to end/death.  So during that plague Venice quarantined the entire city for 40 days .. and that finally began to slow down the deadly disease. 

Quarantine is the Ventian word for 40.

(My sermon on Julian of Norwich …)

Isn’t this a cheerful topic? 

How weird is it that because the Trump administration threw away  the Pandemic Response team two years ago - we in the US are now fighting the Covid pandemic the same way medieval Europe/Asia did? Quarantine everybody and wait it out.

Yet this is the solution that is coming from actual scientists about how we will have to do this.  We are all on lockdown as much as possible. 

I am moved by this.  80% of those who get Covid will blow right through it; often it is less bother than a cold. 20% of us will get quite sick.  A few percent will be stricken hard and need a hospital and 1-4% of us will die.

On behalf of those who are most fragile our whole damn country is shutting down. This is the American I am proud of, even though it should not have come to this. 

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I’m an introvert. I'm skilled at Social Distancing and am looking forward to a week or two at home writing, reading, and sorting things out. 

At the same time, I know this is a disaster for many.  Just a disaster.  Oh Lord. 

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How about you?  What are you doing? How are you doing?

I will try to write more tomorrow. 

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I am spending my day today making “Get out the Vote” calls for my favorite candidates. We are encouraging early voting, or mail in ballots to avoid crowds at polling sites. Keeps me feeling useful and connected! Sending love from your old, now retired MD, Lois
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Which famous composer had Coronavirus? Dry-Coughski

Living my life as I always do without fear because if it's gonna find me it will...( may have already ) Friday friends who work in stores and other services texted their complaints... Sat called Michael to see if he wanted to brave the world and get breakfast at Yuni's or fav hole in the wall breakfast place ( gotta support the little guys )... Kelli our favorite waitress was bored because it was too slow it's usually wait to be seated but we had no such problem... I told her that a friend in Milwaukee is dating a man who owns a bar/restaurant and business is down 25%... Kelli said it's like that everywhere... Tipped well and went to Michael needed Monster in case he's trapped in his apartment for a month GVS or whatever that food service place is called... People filling carts with toilet paper and junk grocery's that are only going to make Wisconsin body's even bigger than they are now... I grabbed a large jar of peanut butter because it never enters my mind when I shop and I just scraped the last of it from the jar at home... Michael got a large box of waffles, peanut butter and Monster... He paid for mine ( Thanks Michael ) since I paid for breakfast... See it pays to be friends with an extra or two... Stop #3 St. Vincent's just because... Turns out that green tags were 1/2 off so that $9.99 double icecrem maker I've been eyeing for two weeks was on sale...!!SOLD!! Dropped Michael off at his apartment came home popped the freezer container into the freezer and now I'm laying here doing this... Michael is playing at the "Hob Nob" Supper Club tonight so I will update on if they are suffering there as well... Saturday's are always packed...
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I was just saying to Len that if this goes on and on - we might have to make ice cream. Nothing is as delicious as homemade ice cream. I also just sent a small check to Wilson's Coffee and Tea because I want them to be there when this is over. See, you are handling this differently than me, than others. A little less paranoid not not unaware. We pick our own m.o.'s and keep going.
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Wow, Lois! Lovely to hear from you! On our list is to sign up for absentee ballots - which in all these years we've never needed to do. But By Gum, we're voting APRIL 7. And in the next few days we are figuring out how to raise money for Tom Palzewicz - running for Sensenbrenner's seat. We were going to have hosted an open house, but that plan flew....

I have 400 postcards to finish addressing for the vote...so you will find me at my dining table with a cramped hand...
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Oh Man! You are amazing, Helle! I did 25 once - over several days - and it was HARD! But thank you.

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