Today was the first day I really noticed the difference in the movements of the general public. I’d say the number of people out and about was less than half of what we’d normally see on a Saturday, and exceptionally glad more are staying closer to their home fronts, instead of heading out for silly reasons. I’m hoping the buying craze at the grocery stores will settle down as well, because I think if everyone has planned appropriately, most should have enough non-perishable food in home storage by now.
I’ve found of late, all the more people talking about having vegetable gardens this year, which means the nurseries and seed houses should be having booming businesses this growing season. There’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has had something to do with it. We’ll see if the people who do tilling for others, are going to mention how much busier they are this Spring. Without question, more people should have gardens because it gets them outdoors, gets them more exercised, along with providing healthy fresh vegetables to serve their families.
I’ve yet to hear or read anything about the percentages of deaths being noticeably higher in the “Latin” language belt of Southern Europe, as well as those in Iran. Irregardless of their cultural differences, I can’t help but wonder if there’s a definite genetic weakness to that Chinese virus than there are with the Northern Europeans. I had to laugh yesterday when someone gave the reason for their higher numbers, being because they’re more “touchy feely” than other European cultures. I know he didn’t like it when I laughed at his reasoning, because I believe the Italians, Spaniards, and Iranians were fully aware early-on regarding human contact, and especially kissing. Irregardless of what others are saying, I’m still of the belief, there’s a distinct underlying cause as to why there’s nearly a 10% death rate within those populations, and unless proven wrong, I’m thinking it has something to do with their genetic make-up.
On another note, I’m also convinced that the “official” head-count of Chinese deaths from that virus is grossly larger than they want to admit. With their “closed system” of government, it’s likely we’ll never know the real truth until years from now. That old saying regarding a circle of thieves, “One will lie, while the others will swear to it.”, certainly applies when it comes to information being released by totalitarian governments like China, Russia, and North Korea. It’s funny when now thinking about it, how there haven’t been any statistics coming out of North Korea, and especially since their health care system is near non-existent.
Unless one of my sellers insists on having a public open house these coming weeks, I believe I’ll be refraining from having any until a relative normalcy returns to North Iowa. Not to worry, I’ll certainly find something to keep myself busied with during those free weekends ahead.
I can say I did have one viewing on each one of the public open houses I hosted today, and both parties seemed to have more than a passing interest which kept me from thinking those four hours would end up being a total waste of time. Thank goodness I did take something to read with me, which kept me enough occupied where I wouldn’t fall asleep from boredom. I’m pretty confident both of those homes would’ve been sold by now if we didn’t have the virus creating for us, a negative intervening circumstance.
This morning I called a dear one and asked if she’d heard about the death of Joan Snell back in September of last year, and to my surprise, she also didn’t know about it. I also mentioned how disgusted I was with the Globe Gazette for not writing something about her and her family’s long years of providing ambulance services to Mason City and North Iowa. I’m sure many would be shocked if the real number of ambulance bills they freely and most generously wrote off their books for those who couldn’t afford to pay. As I’ve said many times, Joan Snell was about as guileless as could be, because everyone always knew where they stood with her. I’m all the more glad I purchased a few things from the “tag sale” she had early last year, just so I’ll continue to be reminded of her and her parents. I’m still very saddened over her sudden death. If I’m not mistaken, she was only 74 years old.
Due to one of my “reads” today, I was suddenly reminded how much I used to doodle while either waiting for a client to arrive, or in casual conversation with someone on the phone. What shocked me, was having suddenly realized that I rarely if ever doodle, and I think the reason for it, is because of the cell phones and computers.
What was mentioned in that article, is how we remain all the more focused on a given mental thought when doing something like doodling, which is supposed to keep us from allowing our minds to wander to the point of being fully distracted.
Because I remember most of my mother’s ways, I recall how she used to doodle when on the phone with a friend or relative, which is why she always insisted on having a working pen, along with plenty of scratch paper on her phone stand. I’d actually forgotten all about it until that article piqued my memories. Isn’t it funny how we’ve grown away from the desire to doodle? You can be sure I’ll be trying to get myself back into that near-forgotten habit of mine.
I have one appointment tomorrow afternoon to show a home, and the rest of the day, I’ll be keeping myself away from the general public, and likely finding more than enough to to preoccupy myself.
Tonight’s one-liner is: When we have world leaders misbehaving, it’s very easy for other people to follow suit.