Luck is All That’s Left in This “Reopened” Coronavirus World. If You’re Lucky.

Just another immunocompromised guy placing one foot in front of the other, hoping to stay one step ahead.

Walkin’ It Out

Immunocompromised.

I say it only quietly, even in my mind. Coronavirus could hear. It might pick up even the faint whisper. It could come after me, track me down or sic someone on me. And one is all it takes.

One person.

One interaction.

One chance meeting.

One sneeze hanging in the air.

One breath.

One coronavirus infection.

One badass case of COVID-19.

One more potential death.

The “ones” apply not just to the immunocompromised, like me, but to anyone and everyone. My quiet mind keeps coming back to this.

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Watch Those Red-State Coronavirus & COVID-19 Figures, Folks

Truth will once again be a casualty of the politics of pandemic.

“It has to be said.”

The novel coronavirus and COVID-19 numbers for the United States are about to go squiffy.

** Left-Wing Conspiracy Theory Alert **

That is to say, they’re about to go squiffier than they have been up to this point. That is further to say they’re going to go squiffier in states with republican (red) governors who…

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Trump Announces New Coronavirus / COVID-19 Deterrent and Treatment Procedure

President says threat of “blue-leakage” infections of red-state governors and voters with progressive ideology (and coronavirus) too dangerous to ignore.

Painting the Rest of the Nation Red

Washington, D.C. (April 29, 2020) – President Donald Trump announced today a new deterrent/treatment procedure for stopping the spread of coronavirus in the United States and aiding in the treatment of citizens already afflicted with COVID-19.

Military fighter planes are coating blue-state cities and states with an oil-based red paint developed by a company owned by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is also the White House innovations director and senior advisor to the president.

Flanked by Dr. Deborah Birx on one side and Kushner on the other, Trump announced his plan to paint blue cities and states red with trillions of gallons of a special coating developed by Paint by J’s.

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Fargo, N.D., Brothers Receive State’s First “Good COVID Neighbor Award”

Gubernatorial Proclamation: “There’s more than one coronavirus irony here. And way more than one guber.”

Governor Announces Award During “‘Smart’ Restart” Press Conference

Just three weeks after Fargo, N.D., Mayor Tim Mahoney introduced three brothers as the city’s model neighbors for responsible social distancing, North Dakota’s Republican governor has presented them with the state’s first-ever Good COVID Neighbor Award.

Larry, Darryl and “My Other Brother” Darryl Neighbors of Fargo received the award during Gov. Doug Burgum’s “North Dakota ‘Smart’ Restart” press conference on April 28, 2020, in which the governor announced he is lifting restrictions on business that were intended to slow the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19 deaths.

Burgum noted the brothers’ tireless work out in public, getting up-close and personal with people to talk about the dangers of coronavirus.

The COVID Boys
The COVID Boys (l to r): North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Darryl Neighbors, Larry Neighbors, Darryl Neighbors and Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney

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A Ray of Light Through Climate Crisis Smog

Oil companies are on the verge of bankruptcy. Now is the time to pivot.

Let. Them. Fail.

Donald Trump wants to bail out failing oil companies.

Wrong.

The right approach?

Let. Them. Fail.

The oil industry’s “doomsday scenario” is actually a ray of light through the smog for everyone else. Even, frankly, for its own workers.

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Jesus Christ and Happy Days in Three Tiny Towns

We all pay for our sins somehow.

We all pay for our sins somehow.

The cousins ran like mad from the way-back yard where I’d found my Easter basket to the group of adults watching in the spring sunshine.

“Wait!” I yelled. “Stop! Oh– Wait!– No!…,” as their backs receded from me, around the corner of the house to the south side of the Jund home in Zeeland, N.D., to all my aunts, uncles, grandparents… everyone.

“Dad! Dad!” shouted a breathless cousin to one of my many uncles waiting there in the yard with their wives. “You’ll never guess what Marty got in his basket!”

The parents were already looking my way, many with smiles on their faces. Several looked at my Grandpa Ben, hiding a grin behind his hand.

Ten years old. My face, red hot. Shame in a can.

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