Coronavirus: Day 65

The outer bits of Tropical Storm Arthur move into Virginia this week and the weather forecast looks like soggy garbage. A greater-than-even chance of rain every day for an entire, seven-day week?? How are we supposed to take our daily walks? Will I be able to squeeze in some bike ridin’ between downpours? We’ve got […]

Coronavirus: Day 63

This line from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, on the day some of the state entered Phase One of recovery, is just too, too good: As people approached, a few would slide the masks back onto their faces. Others were too busy scarfing down Chick-fil-A’s large waffle fries to notice. A perfect combination of The Stand, Idiocracy, […]

Coronavirus: Day 62

On the eve of the Governor's planned entry into Phase One of recovery, Mayor Stoney made the right—but hard—decision to ask for a delay in the City of Richmond. I've written a lot elsewhere about the weird/strange/incomplete/shady/confusing data the Governor has used to build his timeline for recovery. I'm proud of the Mayor and his […]

Coronavirus: Day 61

I’m writing this entry from a hammock hung between my back deck and the privacy fence. It stretches through some ornamental shrubs, and lying in it makes me feel like I’m in a forest. I can still hear more cars than, say, a week ago, but the carpenter bees and robins are louder. It’s about […]

Coronavirus: Day 59

Today, I checked off more than two items from my todo list and closed out an entire project. Incredible! Like I said 11 days ago (!), corona-attention is incredibly streaky and unpredictable. I'm grateful to have caught the tail of whatever productivity dragon happened by this morning and held on for most of the workday.

Coronavirus: Day 57

As Virginia lurches towards Phase One of recovery, Mel Leonor at the Richmond Times-Dispatch has a piece that everyone should read. It'll make you mad. The one chart that the Governor has used to make his case for reopening this coming Friday, May 15th, is a 14-day decline in percent of positivity. However, Leonor reports […]

Coronavirus: Day 55

The magical thing about a bike is that it can change your scenery in just a couple of minutes with very little effort. Taking short, unscripted bike rides around this half of Richmond has kept me from getting too stir crazy and too sick of the very limited places to sit in our house. I've […]

Coronavirus: Day 53

The Governor announced that he expects Virginia to enter Phase One of his recovery plan on May 15th. Despite data, despite caution! Return we must so people can order appetizers and bang trims from folks who do not have the privilege of working from home! Anyway, pretty disappointed but morbidly fascinated by what the coronagraphs […]

Coronavirus: Day 52

Easily the best night of coronaquarantine so far. The child retreated to his Fortnite and FaceTime cave, Val and I sang and danced in the kitchen while the fresh air and nighttime sounds slipped in through the screen doors. We drank wine.

Coronavirus: Day 48

My quarantine attention level is streaky like whoa. Some days I can barely stay on top of my ever-dwindling amount of email. Some days I'm checking off things from my todo list that have sat dormant for months. I can't predict when the productivity will hit, and I can't predict what I'll feel like doing. […]