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July 5, 2020

5/27/2020 11:09:00 AM
Not talking about . . . You know
Is anyone else getting tired of the non-stop coronavirus discussion.
I realize it's a serious situation, one that takes away friends and family in the worst possible way. And, I know it is an ever-changing situation with steady chatter about new treatments and potential vaccines. But enough is enough.
"It has taken over our lives," a guy said to me the other day.
Could you go a full day without mentioning COVID-19? Although I'm eager to talk about something else, it feels like an impossible challenge.
Oh I've tried to steer away from the topic. I've even brought up subjects I felt could not possibly enter the "COVID-19 zone."
However, it seems there's a COVID-19 tie-in for every conversation.
A little NFL draft discussion should be safe, right? You can talk endlessly about the Vikings' solid picks, the Packers controversial quarterback pick, and so on.
Then some guy innocently replies, "So do you think the NFL will have to expand rosters this year, you know, with the coronavirus and everything? By the way, how will they handle the quarantines?"
In the words of Michael Corleone from The Godfather Part III, "Just when I thought I was out, they keep pulling me back in."
In just a few short weeks, COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into countless graduations, funerals, weddings and parties. It has canceled celebrations and even shut down the state fair.
However, I am confident that we will beat this. And, there will come a day when someone will ask, "Do you remember that year when we fought the coronavirus?"
I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to that day.
Restoring faith
The other day, while in a checkout line, the guy in front of me asked the clerk to add a Skor candy bar to his bill.
"I don't really want a bar, I just want to pay for one," the guy said to the bewildered clerk. "The other day, I came through the line and grabbed a candy bar. My hands were full and I meant to put it in my shirt pocket for just a second. Well, I forgot about it until I was driving home. Today, I'm paying for it."
That's character and honesty. This country needs more of it.

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