2 years and counting

About two years ago, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. Covid-19 entered the rolls of “where were you then?” along with 9/11 and a list of assassinations.

I know where I wasn’t—at a conference in San Diego. I’d cancelled the trip 3 days earlier, thus beating the WHO to the punch.

At the time, we (I) thought it might be a couple of weeks, then a couple of months, and now a couple of years, two shots and two boosters later, and we’re still not to the next stage.

In April of that year, 2020, I wrote this blog. Something silly. It’s still necessary.

Are you ready for something silly?

These days I’m finding it hard to be cheerful, to see the humor in life. I wake up in a land I’d thought of only in fictional terms. A flare-up. An outbreak. An epidemic. A pandemic? When someone cracks a joke (rarely), my smile or laugh seem foreign to me, as if my lips and mouth are not used to the configuration.

So for this week, I thought I’d look for Quotes that make me laugh, or, at least not depressed.

from Steven Wright: I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place.

from George Carlin: May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.

from Woody Allen: My one regret in life is that I’m not someone else.

from Steven Wright: A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me. I’m afraid of widths.

• and this one is an original from my colleagues in our physics lab at Fordham U., c. 1965.

Me: the spectrograph is off kilter again. It’s going to take hours to adjust it.
Ron, a classmate: Let’s just rotate the Bronx.

Keep safe, everyone.


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4 Responses to “2 years and counting”

  1. Lynette K. says:

    My husband and I were in a restaurant when the governor was giving the speech about restaurants being closed starting the next day. Sadly, too many never reopened.

  2. Camille says:

    I was at a meeting with about 30 people on that March 6 weekend, Maryellen. I remember that we were bumping elbows and laughing at it thinking this was some brief interruption to our normal lives.

  3. Maryellen says:

    I was monitoring the BBC European News and stocking up on essentials while family members joked about my “hoarding”. I broke my arm on March 6 and was unable to attend a function on March 7 with female family and friends. I had previously made them little favor bags which included a small sanitizer and a mask which they all thought was so humorous. Even I did not expect it to last more than a few months. And certainly not after we found a vaccine.

  4. Liz V. says:

    May you stay safe as well.