Kathy & I love to eat out but we had already cut back a lot in order to offset all of the “travel eating” we have done lately. We aren’t big fans of “takeout” food, generally preferring to “dine in” or just cook at home. About the only things we’ll do takeout with are Chinese and pizza. Last night we had planned to get Chinese from our local restaurant, but they didn’t answer their phone so we don’t know if they are open or not. We talked about alternatives, including driving over there to see, but in the end we just decided to eat in. In “normal” circumstances we would never have hesitated to just go somewhere else, but these times seem to be far from normal.
Our recent “stay-at-home” order states that we should limit travel “upon public streets, alleys, or roadways or other property except by those in need of medical assistance, food or other commodity or service necessary to sustain the well-being of themselves or their families or some member thereof.” But in a publication of FAQs, the hypothetical question of “Am I allowed to go out on the lake?” is answered with “Yes, you can take your boat out on the lake, but practice social distancing if you go out with others.” So I can’t get in my car and drive around, but I can go out in my boat? Seems a little silly, but if I decide to go out driving and someone stops me, can I just say that I’m going to the lake to ride around in my boat? If that’s not necessary travel I don’t know what is! Now I just need a boat…. 😉
It’s pure coincidence that the first two objects are related to adult beverage consumption. That just happens to be the drawer I opened first. Really! 🙂
One of the things that I hope comes out of all this stay-at-home business is a shift away from the gross consumerism of the past several years. My daily walk takes me past a Walmart and 2 fast food outlets. None of them seem to have slowed down much. And work continues on the self-storage monstrosity that is going up nearby. I understand that the American economy is very consumer-driven. But when people have more stuff than they can store at home and need to rent space to keep the overflow, that might be a sign that maybe they should stop buying more crap!
Mecklenburg County, NC is under a 3-week “stay-at-home” order starting today through April 15. I’ve need another project, so I’ve decided to start a “Photo a Day” project based on closeup photos of ordinary household objects. It may take a few days to get my bearings & directions, but I think it will be fun! Kathy likes it because it will keep me from bothering her (maybe!). 😉