Just because the media has been focusing on George Floyd’s murder and all of the protests and looting that have followed, don’t think for a minute that coronavirus isn’t still out there.
Two weeks after they opened the beaches here in Volusia County, Florida and huge crowds showed up from all over the state, the state is having a huge spike in COVID cases. This graph was on the news out of Orlando, showing the highest number of new cases diagnosed in the last three days since they began tracking it.
This doesn’t surprise me, because we had thousands upon thousands of fools on our beaches over Memorial Day weekend. No masks, no social distancing, and no brains. Someone told me the spike is not because they are opening up the state, it’s because more testing is being done. There are none so blind as those who will not see.
As for us, we’re still staying home and away from people as much as possible. Terry had a couple of dental appointments she needed to go to and stopped at the grocery store on the way home, but that’s about it. The hospitals are once again open for elective surgery, and I finally got the call that my long-delayed nerve ablation procedure is scheduled for the 19th. I sure hope it does me some good. Sometimes the pain makes just going about the everyday process of living no fun.
In other news, sales of my new book Big Lake Massacre are doing well, and it already has three 5-star reviews on Amazon. Please keep them coming because reviews really help readers decide on books they want to read.
Speaking of books, I’ve been working on Tinder Street, my new historical family saga, the last couple of days, and I’m over 14,000 words so far. I think it will go slower than my Big Lake and John Lee Quarrels books because of all of the research required. For example, I spent part of Wednesday researching early streetcar lines in Toledo, Ohio, and yesterday I was researching train fares, the cost of meals in a restaurant, and cheap hotel rooms in 1916. It’s fascinating.
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Thought For The Day – My mother-in-law began reading “The Exorcist” and said it was the most evil book she ever saw. So evil that she could not finish it, so she threw it in the lake. I went and bought another copy, soaked it in a sink full of water, and left it in the drawer of her nightstand. I’m going to Hell.