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Viewpoint: Ten Silver Linings From the Coronavirus
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10. No matter what anyone does, my backyard is still mine. I can enjoy the space, the quiet, the budding plants, the birds, the sunrise and the sunset and no one can make me wear a mask, stay in the house, or monitor what I do while I am in my back yard. I love my backyard.

9. There are no door to door salesman in my neighborhood. I have not been presented with an opportunity to buy a new vacuum cleaner, sign up for a free siding estimate, or explore the possibility of getting a proposal on what it would cost to replace my roof.

8. With the office door locked I get a lot more work done. I donít know if youíve noticed but I can always think of something to talk to you about. With the office sanitized, cleansed, and basically vacant except for Lori and I, lots of work gets done.

7. Our $50 thermometer never reads higher than 97 degrees. What a comfort on those days when you have a symptom or two that matches some of the symptoms in the media. You just pop the thermometer in our ear (we used to pop the thermometer in our mouth) and your temperature is below normal. Serenity.

6. We havenít had to drive in a traffic jam for weeks. It just seems to be smooth sailing on the highways. No wrecks to slow things up, less speeding than normal, and pretty much enjoy the scenery to and from work.

5. I get a lot of kind looks and concern because Iím old. The news tells us that old people, unhealthy people, or old, unhealthy people are more likely to face a physical crisis if they get this virus. I have to admit I donít really feel very old and I certainly donít feel unhealthy but itís just like when I go some place and they have a senior citizen discount; I donít really want to admit I am old but Iíll take it.

4. I was on the leading edge of the toilet paper revolution. Unfortunately, the excess I was able to find was the single-ply-leave-you-raw kind. The whole shortage thing is a mystery to me. The other day we ordered some groceries for pickup and one of the items we didnít get were chocolate chips to make chocolate chip cookies. How does that happen? I mean I understand a run on meat and potatoes and eggs and Tylenol, but chocolate chips? Is that an effort to torture us? Anyway, have I got a deal for you on single-ply toilet paper.

3. I can wear my pajamas to church. Since everything is live streamed it is really easy to have your favorite cup of coffee and wear your favorite pajamas. It is really relaxed although I really do miss having friends to visit with after the service. Now, I have learned some new vocabulary as part of the live stream. Words like ZOOM.

2. My Clorox stock options are doing very well. How I ever decided to invest in Clorox, Iím not even sure. I donít have much stock at all. I passed on Microsoft because I thought it was a brand of microwave. Who would invest in a computer company named after a piece of fruit? Apple? I passed. But for some reason I kept my Clorox stock. Good decision, right?

1. Most of all the coronavirus has put life into perspective. There is nothing like a pandemic to point out what is really important. Family, friends, health, my relationship with God, suddenly have all moved up the ladder in importance. The virus has also given me pause for so many things I have taken for granted. Like each of you.


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