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Apr 23, 2020 - make the best of it

After much hemming and hawing and consultation with apps and weather forecasts, we've decided to make a run for it and head home starting tomorrow. It would be easy to stay here although the weather is getting more hot and humid and the weather at home should become more pleasant. It is also a good idea to be near our doctor just in case. We're expecting some rain here as we leave and then smooth sailing with little traffic until we get home again. Gas prices are so low they may be paying us to take it off their hands. Our thinking has...

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Apr 21, 2020 - excitement

At the moment it is hard to imagine a time when we will attend a performance and be in an audience with others. It wasn't quite the same thing, but the Florida Classic Car Society put on a show for us, driving nearly every one of the twenty miles of road in our resort. I'm not sure who had more fun: the audience cheering from their lawn chairs or the performers honking their classic horns. We were grateful for the break in the monotony, that's for sure. Yesterday when I turned on the TV news while I prepared lunch, I was shocked to see that...

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Apr 16, 2020 - better

When I was younger, I used to wonder why old people seemed to have nothing to talk about but their health problems. "Aren't they interested in anything, but themselves?" I used to wonder. Now that I am old and have been possessed by the devil for the last ten days, I have much more empathy for those obsessed by their aches and pains. When they take over your whole life, it is hard to think about anything else. So I will simply say that my back is feeling much better, although there is still a spot on my thigh that feels like a 6" incision...

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Apr 11, 2020 - possessed by the devil

Exactly a week ago after doing not much of anything (these days there appears to be less and less that we can do), I awoke with a sharp pain in my lower back. At first it did not feel significant. I wake up with aches and pains every day; many improve as the day goes on and most are easy to ignore when we are busy having fun. But this pain got worse and worse and worse. The worst charlie horse I have ever had. I could not find a comfortable position standing, sitting or laying down. The pain got so bad I was screaming as if I was about to...

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Apr 4, 2020 - we're still here

Until yesterday Florida's governor has been getting a lot of criticism for not establishing a "shelter in place" order for the entire state. Republican governors are struggling with balancing their desire to keep businesses functional and containing the virus. Disney laid off 77,000 employees this week. Initially, the governor let local municipalities decide, but people travel back and forth between those places carrying the COVID-19 with them. There appears to be a lot of pressure here from church folk who want to hold services where...

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Mar 29, 2020 - wishin' and hopin'

March 16 we were notified that both our Princess cruise across the Atlantic and Viking river cruise to see the tulips in Holland were cancelled. Both companies offered refunds or 150% of what we had already paid for future cruises. They said they would follow up with more specific information about how to handle this and how to let them know what we wanted to do. Not only are we anxious to get back on the road, but we also want to support the cruise industry and their ultimate return to business as usual, if indeed that's possible. Ken...

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Mar 26, 2020 - noteworthy

Today was the day I was finally going to see my sister for our annual visit in South Carolina. She was at home having taken the day off to see us, when she got a call from work. She works in a medical facility and was notified that one of her co-workers had been diagnosed with the Corvid-19 virus. Due to privacy issues she was not given the person's name, but when you work in a small setting it's easy to remember which person was recently coughing and sneezing. I guess when you work in such a setting, it was inevitable no matter how careful...

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Mar 23, 2020 - Plan B

According to Plan A, today was the day we were going to leave here and head north, preparing for a cruise across the Atlantic to Europe. Plan B has us staying here about three more weeks. According to the news conference today, the president feels that in one more week all this sheltering in place and social distancing will come to an end and we can resume normal life. We wish we could believe him, but all evidence says otherwise. People hope that the approaching warm, humid weather will lessen the virus' lethality, but I read that now that...

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Mar 21, 2020 - self quarantined

Following the lead of the governors of other populous states, the Florida governor has now closed all the restaurants as well. Some will try to make a go of it with carryout, but we wonder how long they can last. We have a curfew from 11pm - 5am which doesn't affect us at all. All the beaches are closed now as well, doubtless a response to the immortal Spring Break crowd who partied like it was 1995. With all the schools closed it's not clear that Spring Break will ever end, but if it does, being widely spaced on the beach as we were for...

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Mar 19, 2020 - feeling a bit guilty

If we did not turn on the TV or read the news, we almost would not know that the world is in crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been living a semi-quarantined, socially distant life much of the winter, I guess. We go to the grocery store every 4 - 5 days list in hand and find most of the items on that list. The atmosphere in the store is busy, but not manic. After talking to friends at home, it is clear to us that we are better off here than there. Here we can stay outside in the fresh air for hours, ride our bikes for exercise,...

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Mar 17, 2020 - pulling the plug

If we didn't read the news or watch TV, it would be hard to know that the world is being swept by a pandemic. The weather is great and we spend much of our time outside in nature, riding our bikes and bird watching on the nature trail. Other campers are also out and about and it is easy to fall into a conversation with our neighbors. We don't feel isolated at all, but I guess that most of the time we are. When we go to the grocery store it is busy, but I am able to buy everything that is on my list. We went to our favorite seafood store and...

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Mar 15, 2020 - cancelled

Our friends from home left for home today. This was the date they had planned to leave The Great Outdoors, but until 36 hours before it was cancelled, they were planning on driving to Fort Lauderdale and getting on a cruise to South America. Instead they are heading back to the frozen north with snow flurries in the forecast. We encouraged them to stay. Now that they have sold their trailer, we can easily share our campsite for a few more days before we have to leave. It would be nice to stay on ourselves, but our campsites are scheduled to...

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