March 15th, 2020

laszlo moholy-nagy_chx


The rain we were supposed to get Saturday turned out to be no more than occasional light sprinkles lasting less than a minute each. Sunday's chance of rain is 90%, though. Despite the mostly dryness and a rather mild temperature, I decided not to try going to Safeway to get the few things I forgot Friday. I woke up thinking about what a zoo the store on East Avenue had been, and since the store near downtown is usually even busier I thought it wouldn't be worth the risk. I did go to CVX, though, on the off chance they might have thermometers in stock. They didn't, but I got one more six pack of my favorite beer, some dish washing liquid, a package of two ultra fine pens, and a snack called Chester's Puffcorn, the "Flamin' Hot" flavor. I've had it before and it was surprisingly enjoyable, if slightly painful.

Of course I couldn't resist stopping at the Goodwill store, and bought two more books. There is a complete collection of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, and a large volume from the textbook company McGraw Hill called The American City, by Alexander Garvin. It has loads of pictures and charts and drawings— just the sort of thing I love to look at and not read.

All the trees in the North Valley Plaza's parking lots have leafed out and are looking very springlike. Some of my recent sneezing and my runny nose are probably down to them. It looks nice,though. Since the parking lot at this end is often free of people, if I get stir crazy once I've sequestered myself, and I haven't come down with anything yet myself, I might go over there and walk for exercise. It should be easy enough to avoid virus-laden people there.

I'm still thinking I just might risk one more trip to the Goodwill store today, as I saw that eight of the blue-tagged items I've had my eye on were still on the shelves Saturday evening. But that will depend on how I feel after I get up, and whether or not it gets really rainy. I certainly don't need any more books, and I still haven't been able to get either of my computers to play the video discs I've already bought, so buying two more would probably be pointless anyway, but still I would like to have them. Not as much as I'd like to have a thermometer, but those just aren't available. I had two in Paradise, and hadn't used them in years, so I guess it's not surprising that I didn't think to replace them until now.

I'm exhausted after the busy day (cleaning and laundry, and also cooking an actual dinner, since each meal could end up being my last or nearly so anymore.) There are dishes to do, and then I'm heading for bed and a bit of light reading before sleep. At least I hope I sleep. The prospect of isolating has me jumpier than I'd have expected. I fear I'm about to totally blow my anti-social street cred.
caillebotte_man at his window

Last Outing

I just realized that I forgot to post a Sunday Verse in the entry I made very early this morning. I've been putting it in the entries I've been making late Saturday nights/early Sunday mornings so it will actually show up on Sunday. Anyway, I forgot. I would have done it after I woke up today, but I wanted to get to the Goodwill store early so the blue tagged items I'd been keeping an eye on would more likely still be there, so I put off writing another entry.

It worked, and I got all eight of the things I'd been waiting for, and found two more things as well. I've got the dvds of Delovely and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, though I still haven't figured out how I can get the computer to play them. There there is volume one of The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham/ I'm pretty sure I've already got volume two, though I haven't dug through the stacks to see if that is actually volume one I've already got. If it turns out it is, well, the extra one I bought today was only $1.50, so not a big loss.

Then I got the remaining five volumes of the the six volume set of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature. I believe these are college literature books. They are printed on that thin but high quality paper that is often used to minimize book-carrying injuries in students. The only volume missing is #5, which covered the Victorian era. The five I've got total about 5,000 pages, so I guess I can do without the other volume, though it would have been nice to have some of the 19th century poets.

I was planning to make one more foray into the disease pool Monday to get milk and a few giant chocolate bars from Trader Joe's, but the long-awaited isolation order was issued by the Governor's office today, and everybody over 65 and anybody with medical conditions that might reduce their resistance to corona virus will now be asked to remain home. It isn't an actual order, I suppose, since I haven't seen anything about punishments (other than a miserable death) for violators, but I think I should probably heed it anyway. Like the state, and the nation, I've probably already pushed my luck too far.

While it rained for a bit last night or early today while I was sleeping, there have been only sprinkles since I woke up, or fine mists. In fact it was misting as I walked back from the Goodwill store. It was quite refreshing, and I enjoyed it very much. There are supposed to be showers again tomorrow and Tuesday, but then the chances of rain drop down to less than 20% until next Sunday. As I probably won't be going out again for at least a few weeks, I won't have to worry about getting wet.

A nephew, or the great-niece who took me to Safeway Friday, will probably be able to pick up a few perishable things like milk and vegetables and bread from the stores for me now and then, so I guess the only thing I have to worry about now is whether or not I've already gotten infected, which I won't know for sure for as long as the maximum incubation period of up to two weeks. Or maybe catching it from my mailbox (or my mail) after an infected postal carrier touches it, or from my wheelie bin after an infected fellow tenant touches it, stuff like that. I'll use the antibacterial wipes, of which I have an almost full can, and wash my hands a lot.

Anyway, Sunday Verse. I thought about posting something like a plague poem, but I guess that would be too grim, or flippant. I haven't actually decided yet, so I'll go hunt something down now. I'll try to get to sleep earlier again tonight, as I got up too early again today, and I'm tired. If I had a television I'd probably be falling asleep in front of it right now, as I used to do n Paradise. But here I wouldn't have any cats curled up around me.

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