I find myself wondering, were I not a Muggle, what would the consequences be of a spell that enforced social distancing?

Feels good to sit in front of a keyboard without having work obligations attached to it.

Wow! New Thievery Corp album starts strong!

Kwik Trip. When you buy TP from a gas station

Imation Corp..

Target.

Hy-Vee. No TP. But dinner items…

Best Buy.

Target. Paper towels on the shelf but alas, no TP

Put together an IKEA Hemnes chest of drawers. Only needed these simple tools, six hours, and six hands.

Have worked from home for four days out of five this week. Partially because of a new program at my work place and partially because I have the flu (not COVID-19). I have had easily as many “meetings” this week as any other. Even as an introvert, I was feeling disconnected. I did not expect that.

The Paradox of Preparation

Along the same lines, Jason Kottke wrote an excellent article explaining why, in a pandemic like COVID-19, appropriate actions to “flatten the curve” often seem like overkill both at the time they are taken, and in retrospect. He quotes physician Dr. James Hamblin:

“The thing is if shutdowns and social distancing work perfectly and are extremely effective it will seem in retrospect like they were totally unnecessary overreactions.”

and epidemiologist Mari Armstrong-Hough:

“You won’t ever know if what you did personally helped. That’s the nature of public health. When the best way to save lives is to prevent a disease rather than treat it, success often looks like an overreaction.”

From an email newsletter from Chris Kresser

My clinic does not want me to visit the office. I suspect they will ask me to self-quarantine. I get it.

Target.

Volkswagen of Inver Grove.

Hy-Vee. Handing out sanitizing wipes at the entrance

Southview Animal Hospital. Vigilance

Starbucks. Awake, please

Target. To make the detectable become audible

McDonald’s.

Apple Rosedale Center. Shiny!

Target.

Heritage Middle School. Swimming lessons tonight with Sofia

Target. Needing the coating, soothing, and relieving

Target. 6’ doesn’t seem like much and 25’ seems much too much.