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So, it’s Day 2.  It’s quiet, perhaps too quiet.  I’m safe now, but for how long.  I’m not going to lie, I’m a little scared.  I hear stirring.  I think it’s about to happen.  (creeeeeeek!)  Not yet!  I see it!  It’s awake.  “What’s for breakfast?”  Noooooooooooooo!  The kids are still in the house.  Ugh….

I am not sure if you heard, but there is a virus going around and the kids are home for the foreseeable future.  I have the this morning’s shift before I head to work.  It’s a little crazy out there.  I spent quite a bit of time trying to comfort my department and provide words of wisdom.  I am running out words of wisdom.  At some point, I like many, will want to start acting crazy, but for now, I plan to remain calm.  Don’t panic (roll credits).  It will be alright.

About two weeks ago, my mother-in-law was over to watch the kids, while my wife, my son and I were out of town at hockey tournament.  When I came back she had bought a package of toilet paper from Costco.  At the time, I thought, that is a lot of TP.  Stupid waste of money!  Guess who is stupid now?  I am forever thankful that she made the purchase.  It was not virus related, she bought it because we were running low.  Am I glad she did.  Where would I get toilet paper now if we needed it?  It’s ridiculous!   What’s going on?

Do you realize if everyone behaved normally, we would have everything we needed for everyone?  EVERYONE!! (shout out to The Professional, Natalie Portman’s best movie of her career.  Disagree?  I’ll fight you!)  Show me one announcement of a TP shortage.  One document that states TP production is affected by the Coronavirus.  Nope.  It all because of human panic.  So, don’t panic!

Also, why can’t I get meat at the stores?  Is there a magical meat protection from the virus? People be crazy!  People hoard the weirdest things.  It’s like during threat of snow in North Carolina and all the bread and milk are gone; the two most perishable items in the store.  How does that make any sense?!? So, I have been thinking.  If this was a true zombie apocalypse, what would I hoard?  Here is my top 5 things to hoard list in the event of a zombie apocalypse:

  1.  Rice
  2. Flour
  3. Beans
  4. Seeds
  5. Dog Food

For me rice is easy, especially brown rice.  Rice is easy to store.  Rice last a really long time.  It’s compact, so does not take up much space.  Super easy to cook.  Brown rice has more nutrition than white, so it’s the superior choice.

Flour, similar to rice is easy to store, but not as compact.  However, easy to make edible food with just water.

Beans are highly nutritious and can be stored for a very long time.  Also, easy to prepare.  Seeds of course are for the future and food longevity.  I would probably select seeds of vegetables that grow rather quickly, such as spinach, arugula, green onions and tomatoes (although probably the slowest grower of this group).

And finally, dog food.  We love are dog.  Also great for protection if necessary.  Dog food lasts a really long time if stored probably and can be used for human food consumption in a pinch.


Speaking of zombies.  How do zombies work?  Muscles require ATP or they experience rigor mortis.  What’s producing ATP in a zombie?  Cells are dead.  It’s basic physiology! Oh well, but if there ever is a true zombie apocalypse, we are moving to Montana.  It get cold.  Zombies can’t move through snow well or handle difficult terrain.  Finally, the gun to person ratio is through the roof!  I’m just sayin’ …

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So, it’s your first pandemic?  Hey!  It’s mine too.

I am surprised at the reaction of many to our current situation.  Some are taking it way too seriously, and inciting fear.  Others are not taking it serious enough, and calling all of our preparations a joke.  In response to this, I decided to post something on Facebook, and was surprised at the reactions (positive).  So, I decided to bring my blog out of retirement and post it.  If you have fears or anxiety regarding the coronavirus, perhaps the following words will help.

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Facebook Post:

I will try to keep this brief. Don’t panic. However, it is a big deal. Please stop hoarding. Please stop freaking out. Please stop down playing the seriousness of this virus. Please stop inciting fear. I encourage you to focus on one important goal: Slowing the spread of the virus. The issue is not that we are all going to die. The issue is that we don’t want to overrun our healthcare system. More people will get sick. Unfortunately, a percentage will die, but it will be a lot worse if we act business as usual. If we do things correctly, we will look back and say “That was not such a big deal.” Not because it wasn’t a big deal, but because we did things correctly.

Five suggestions you might find helpful. 1. Wash your hands. 2. Social distancing. 3. Decrease travel. 4. Feel sick, stay home (unless told to do otherwise by a medical professional) and avoid immune compromised and elderly. 5. Relax

Bonus: I know many of you like to stir up the pot on Facebook. Not the time. Let’s support one another. Sorry, not so brief.

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So, that’s what I wrote.  And to my surprise, many found it useful.  I hope you will too.  Perhaps, I will write more often until this thing is all over.  And trust me, one day it will be all over, and hopefully we will look back and say, “That wasn’t so bad.”

 

 

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