Normal.

Everybody can hardly wait to get back to normal. Everybody can hardly wait until some government official declares everything is open.

Ain’t happening.

At least not until we can distribute some solid testing, and create a vaccine. I’d add herd imunity to this, but that means a lot of people have to die.

Normal. I’ll be very disappointed if we went throught this nightmare only to return to the way things were a couple of months ago. We very clearly saw the cracks and the fissures in every leavel of society. Physical creations have been severly tested too. I’m sounding like a broken record, but lets try to make things better.

Wait. Forget the word try. There is only do or not do. Yoda said that.

Everything is open. Yeah, right.

Let’s use Las Vegas as an example. The mayor has been screaming for an open city. She’s an idiot. Luckly, the Nevada governor said no. Think about it. The city thrives on the tourist trade. Do you think a bunch of people who are pretty broke are going to want to fly in an aluminum can so that they can stand in a crowded casino risking their lives?

The same goes for my fair city.

We have no real industry to speak of except for tourism. The same risk factors that apply to Las Vegas apply here. We even have casinos. Many people come here to eat, and with good reason. If a restaurant can afford to reopen, the owners will have to cut back service, maybe by half. How much fun will it be to eat and drink through a mask? The culture? Same crowding issue as Las Vegas casinos.

Bottom line.

This is gonna take a while.

Forget the big gatherings. If we don’t have viral surges as business does reopen, we will be lucky to hold huge events. Mardi Gras 2021? French Quarter Fest 2021? Jazzfest 2021? I’m not a betting man, but I do know that unless a little magic happens and we get very lucky, musical tours will not start until October 2021. Draw your own conclusions about festivals. And, Mardi Gras.

I know, I know, I know. We need music. We need art. We need culture. But, we are dealing with a virus who tells us what to do, not the other way round. I can’t speak for you, but I think I am positioned to deal with the issue of patience. After all, don’t I say, “don’t take the picture, let the picture take you?’

An old boss of mine used to say that the river flows in its own time. Embrace that. Live with it.

I saw some goodness today. I had to run an errand at Home Depot. The heroes who work there let people into the store a few at a time. Nobody pushed. Nobody ran from the parking lot to get in front of somebody moving slowly. Everybody kept their distance.

That’s the way you do it.

Stay safe. Enjoy every sandwich.