Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

 

“You’re it. Lucy.”
“I’ll give you to the count of three cause it’s Friday.”

Another Friday in isolation. It’s no surprise that the number of cases is going up. Not sure everyone takes the warnings seriously. I read about those 70 some odd kids going on spring break to Cabo San Lucas after the CDC advised against travel. Well, we have 44 darlings all tanned and self-satisfied, fanning out in the population with the virus. These kids ought to have their butts kicked after their parents get the same treatment.

I wonder how you are all doing? I hope you are able to cope with the continuing shortages at the store and the long hours with the family. I have to admit there have been some pretty funny memes going around. I guess when times get tough a little humor is the best thing. I liked this one.

Friday

Today’s JohnKu talks about going the distance. I hope you have a super weekend.

Race by John W. Howell © 2020

We are in a race,

To beat the virus hands down …

Hang in, don’t give up.

 

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  1. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Good analogy, John. It’s a race in which we can’t tell if we are ahead of the curve or behind it. Either way, there’s little comfort – except in the little things of life (the robins outside my window, the eagles flying high). Hang in there, it appears we’re in for a race of a lifetime. ♥

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    1. So true, Gwen. Let’s all get to the finish line. Who cares who is first. Stay well. ❤️

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  2. You’re right, John, some people aren’t using good sense, and sadly, we will all pay the consequences. Wishing you a quiet, safe weekend…

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    1. They are just now discovering that people can pass the virus without even getting symptoms. Real scary for sure. Thanks, Lori. Stay safe.

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  3. I heard about those kids, John. Even when I was that age, my parents still gave me guidance. Sadly, I see many adults still ignoring the advice from experts. Perfect JohnKu today. Wishing you all a peaceful weekend! ❤

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    1. You as well, Jill. ❤️

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  4. I’m still hunkered down in my house.

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    1. Good idea too. 😁

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  5. The mayor of Houston finally had enough and got creative. He ordered every basketball hoop in the city removed, as a way of discouraging the kids (from 14 to 34, apparently) from gathering for games. There are a lot of people who still haven’t learned that behavior has consequences.

    On the good side of the ledger? When I went to the grocery store yesterday, it was clear that things are settling down a bit. There were far fewer people, the baskets weren’t heaped high, and I could find everything I wanted: even produce, dairy, and chicken. Fresh salad greens were the highlight. I might even have a salad for breakfast!

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    1. We noticed the salad was back as well. How about a greens and bacon breakfast?

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  6. Laughing at that meme, John. It hits close to home. We are coping pretty well. Hopefully, we can all hang in for the duration.

    Take care.
    1-2-3 go find Twiggy.

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    1. Thanks, Dan. We are all hoping the “spike” comes sooner than later.

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  7. My day to day life hasn’t changed all that much … I never went out a lot anyway. Just now I can’t get any groceries unless friends go foraging for me (so grateful to those friends). And dear hubby is around a lot more! lols. Great Haiku, John. I wish more folks would follow the lockdown, because then we could all end it sooner. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

    For a giggle, here’s a link to a tweet I put out after hubby sent a meme to me that had me guffawing 🙂 https://twitter.com/harmony_kent/status/1246040144643330049

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    1. This was a guffaw for sure. Thanks for sharing, Harmony.

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  8. It’s both busy and boring. Spending most of my time doing schoolwork with my son and for my students. Then I just collapse at night and on the weekend.

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    1. Are your students online or do they have work packets?

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      1. Online when we can get them there. Been using various apps, so it’s been a lot of meetings. Trying online sessions today.

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      2. The school system in Austin gave all students laptops and then set up WiFi hotspots using school busses in areas where internet service was spotty. Amazing.

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      3. A lot of schools supplies chromebooks or iPads. My son’s school did a device survey beforehand too.

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  9. We’re hanging in there, John. Ventured out for groceries earlier this week and shelves were pretty well-stocked – no complaints from me. Happy Friday!

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    1. Good. Happy Friday to you as well.

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  10. Hunkered down up here in Canada, picking away at jobs around the house. I have a 1000 piece puzzle on the go that is kicking my butt but I just keep working away at it. I figure I’ve got time😂. Happy Friday John!

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    1. Slow and steady on the puzzle is the key. Thank you, Lynn. Happy Friday and stay well.

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  11. Safe and hunkered down in Cincinnati. Humor and the ability is more important than ever. Stay safe.

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    1. Yes it is. Thank you, Frank.

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  12. Sadness and Madness!

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    1. Yes it is, Billy Ray. But you and I have bourbon.

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  13. Cin-cin, dear John! Friday comes even in the madness or the World…however I regard the current affair as the Divine punishment for our human greed & disrespect towards Nature.

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    1. Well it certainly plays out that way when people continue to expose each other to the virus. Stay well, Maria.❤️

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      1. Same to you, dear John! Please, disinfect Friday too! You never know where it wanders…:-)

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  14. When we left Port Aransas two weeks ago, the beaches were crowded with spring breakers. Sigh…

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    1. Oh I know and the town has four serious cases (out of 3000 people) That mayor (who I never liked when I lived there) should have been more worried about the townspeople than the friggen income from spring break. He should have called it off. No, he waited until the county took responsibility thus saving his butt from criticism. “Sorry you are losing money now but It’s not my fault.” Typical politician. Gutless wonder.

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  15. Safely hunkered down here, John … and have been for three weeks now! Yes, I still have to get out sparingly for groceries and such, but I sterilize real good when I return. I’d line up to kick those kids’ bottoms, too — sure, they want to have fun, but these are unprecedented times, and their “fun” could very well lead to someone’s death. Stay safe, everybody!

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    1. I agree, Debbie. Stay well.

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  16. It’s a marvelous Johnku.
    We’re doing fine physically and hanging in there mentally. Crystal has to eat prescription hypoallergenic food. Since they’ve had it on back order a few times over the years, I already keep plenty on hand. As for me, being picky with food and supplies was a luxury for most of my life. So I adapt. Stay happy and sassy, John. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. PS: It’s fine for the kids to go party for spring break. They just need to have to stay there and not come back until all this is over. When the alcohol and drugs run out, it won’t be any fun. Might teach them something when they’re all stuck with each other and have to stay there indefinitely.

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      1. I agree. These dope gave up their right with this kind of behavor. Oh, and a horsewhip for the charter service that took them there.

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    2. Thak you, Teagan. You can always fall back on a dirty martini is things get too tough. Stay well and happy. Hugs.

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  17. I don’t know what it’s going to take to get everyone on board. Both the younguns who think they are “invincible” and the old ones who feel it’s “their right” to keep going out. When this is all over – and we are far from that point – I can only hope we are a more enlightened species.

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    1. I would hope so, Dale. Thank you.

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      1. We’ll do our part…

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      2. Of course you will. ❤️ Stay well.

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      3. Aw will you! 💞
        You as well!

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  18. This invisible deadly virus has taken over our lives and caused the entire world to grind to a halt. People who aren’t taking it seriously are putting themselves and others at risk. I love the JohnKu!

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  19. This!! >> These kids ought to have their butts kicked after their parents get the same treatment.

    Good to see you are staying safe and I very much enjoyed the positive haiku 🙂

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  20. Yup, every day seems the same, especially when you’re retired. There does seem to be a difference in that’s it forced rather than voluntary. At least it seems that way from all the millennials in my neighborhood. They whine about it as they wander around trying to figure out how to pass the time. Stay well and keep smiling.

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  21. I like the two dogs staring at each other.

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  22. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Life hasn’t changed much in our house. My husband still works and I’m at home as always:) We do feel the shortages though and having to gear up to shop now. I do miss hugging my grandchildren and was happy with a distant wave this week. I know it will all pass if we all do that right thing.

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  23. ME – after 2 weeks of quarantine…….

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  24. The meme cracked me up. Ha ha ha. To be honest, my life looked like quarantine before. And darn those people who aren’t taking the “stay at home” orders seriously. They’re just going to prolong this thing, so instead of seeing the end of it this summer, it’s going to be extended indefinitely with a bunch more sad families. The dogs are cute and great distractions. Enjoy them.

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    1. Thank you Diana. We do enjoy them

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  25. I actually do find that a lot of the social cues being instituted now are things I have been abiding to for years!

    Health and safe keeping, Boss

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    1. But you are one of the good guys. Health to you, Pilgrim.

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      1. Back atcha Sheriff.

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  26. Hello John. I think it’s extraordinary that most people in the world are pulling together and taking this seriously and I think it brings people together. I feel a unity with people all over. I also think that others are slower to understand what’s happening. But I’ve seen a big change here in the last 2 weeks, just with the people about, definitely keeping their distance, though I’ve been in my house most of the time except for a trip to the grocery store and to the drive-through bank today. Hope you are doing well and staying healthy 🙂

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    1. I agree with you, Barbara. I think more and more are realizing the social distance is a real thing. 😊

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      1. Just made a mask too – we will be wearing them in Pennsylvania.

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      2. You going to travel????

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      3. Oh no – but I have to grocery shop – our first online order isn’t for another week

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      4. Ah yes. My wife has made hers as well.

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      5. Yes my goal is to not go out for at least 2 weeks after tomorrow but the delivery schedule is jammed and no slots are available for 2 weeks out. I got up at 5:30 last week and got the last open slot for April 14…

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      6. Oh my. Be careful.

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  27. Let’s pray life returns to normal soon, or most of us will be skint. Good meme.

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    1. Thanks, Guy. Yes we need normal. I guess since Prince Charles recovered there is hope for everyone.

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  28. This may not be a popular opinion. Yes, all those spring breakers were stupid. But it’s an age appropriate stupidity. If we’re mad at them it’s like being mad at a pig for having a short neck. At that age everyone believes they are invulnerable and nothing bad will ever happen to them. It’s the blissful ignorance of youth that is developmentally normal. Can we older folks say with any certainty that we might not have done the same when we were 20 and didn’t want to lose the money we put down?

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    1. All good points, Phil yet I wish the parents who most likely funded this venture had thought it through. There is no defense for them. The tour company shares the responsibility. Back to your pig analogy. Would a reasonable person allow a pig to run wild on the road? Such permissiveness would endanger the pig and the hapless soul who hit it.

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      1. Sometimes parents do let their hogs run wild when they get to a certain age which is likely what was occurring

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      2. Yup. I agree.

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  29. Thank goodness my two kids are old enough to know better. My son is super serious, as clean as his wife, and works from home. They don’t have to home school as the daughter was a Senior in HS. My daughter has a husband who works at home, is super careful, and wears a mask and disposable gloves when he goes grocery shopping. They wipe down the groceries and then use Clorox and water to wipe down the inside surfaces. She said their two cats probably wonder why they spend more time at home. It seems Twiggy is always ready to play. Poor Lucy. 😀 — Suzanne

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    1. Sounds like your family is doing all the right things, Suzanne. Thanks for sharing. 😊

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  30. Doing well here, John. My life hasn’t changed that much. Although I’m going to have to look for more out of the way places to hike. Everyone, it seems “needs” to get out! The trails I would normally hike on are suddenly populated with more and more people where before the shelter in place order I’d rarely see anyone out on them.

    I wore a homemade the last few times out and I’m glad I did! One trail was a single track and I came across a whopping 15 people! Only one other person was wearing a mask.

    Deeper into the desert I go!

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    1. I know how yyou feel about folks crowding the usually empty trails. You should get one of those face covers with the goulish grin. Maybe that woud part the waters so to speak. Take care, Deborah.

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      1. LOL! That’s a good one, John!

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      2. I think it would be funny.

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  31. Love the humor. Those parents should be tarred and feathered, or at least shamed in public. They paid for the trip!!

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    1. I know right. One of them tried to explain that the tour company would’t refund the money. So cancel anyway, idiot.

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      1. Yes, cancel anyway.

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  32. Sadly, we all get a closer look at what human nature is all about..the good, the bad and the ugly. Still, it is heartwarming to see the good come out. Stay well.

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    1. Yes, it is, Cheryl. Stay well yourself. 😊

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