I hope everyone is safe and well during this pandemic. I have had my ups and downs. Lately, I haven't been doing that well mentally. I freak out when I come home from the store. I wash my face and hands extremely well, even though I had a mask and gloves on. Maybe it is because I was recently diagnosed with asthma. I don't know. However, I do know it is normal.
I am reaching out to connect and to share an article I found helpful. I know a lot of you have never met me in person. I hope we can change that in the near future. If you or someone you know has been affected by COVID, please know this is your community and it is a place you can count on for support.
As always, I'll See You On The Ocean Floor,
Patrick Flynn diving the Sunset House Reef.
We're both looking forward to the cocktail party on May 9. Looks like there'll be a good turnout -- great idea!
AB3 -- 05/06/20
Al, I'm so glad you are well. We do the shopping for our older neighbors too. I started baking bread and it seems to be popular right now. Getting yeast is not easy. The movie night sounds like fun. We have played virtual games with friends. You can look into You Don't Know Jack if you are interested. They have trivia, drawing(Pictionary esq), and a lot of other silly games. You do a zoom meeting and share your computer screen. Everyone answers on their phone or tablet. Please tell Emerson I look forward to meeting him one day. Stay safe.
Here in Manaus, we're living day to day. Watching one of the most sociable nations on earth adjust to social distancing has been strange, and often encouraging. As of today, Brazil as a whole has 40,581 confirmed cases, and 2,845 deaths. In the State of Amazonas, we have 2160 cases and 185 deaths, most of them in Manaus. As in the US, the states and localities are taking the lead; the Federal Government is useless at best, an obstacle at worst. The lockdown seems to be helping, but only time will tell if it's enough. No shortages yet, and hospitals are keeping up (sometimes barely), but this is a big, isolated city with no land connections to the rest of the country, so things could turn quickly. Many towns in the interior of the state can only be reached by water, and they're a particular concern.
Emerson is keeping up his legal studies independently with classes on hold, and we're both working on our Italian every day: our family is planning a trip to Italy when this ends -- and it WILL end! The Internet is a blessing: we had a Family Happy Hour over Zoom the week before last, with 20 or 30 people in about 12 locations, and we have Family Movie Nights, when we all watch the same movie on Netflix and comment back and forth in real time. We did this kind of thing before, but it sure is easier to schedule now!
We order in as often as we can from our favorite restaurants, to help them stay in business, at least the ones doing delivery. The only time we go out these days is on Saturdays to do our grocery shopping. We take Emerson's grandmother with us (masked, of course) to do her shopping, and give her a chance to get out a little, and we take lists from our elderly neighbors, and do their shopping, too. And, like them and all of you, we wait for better days!