What’s Going On?

13 Mar

I went over to the grocery store this afternoon to pick up a prescription, and you’d have thought there was a blizzard on the way. People were lined up ten deep at every single register.  The Governor has closed all non-essential offices until the end of the month, including schools and libraries. Grocery stores are not in that category, folks.  I swung into the library and took out four books to tide me over the coming week.

Bishop Sutton has also ordered Episcopal churches in the Diocese closed for the duration, and I overheard several people in the library saying their churches – Catholic for sure and I think Methodist – are also shut down.  There is a traditional Episcopal parish (1928 Prayer Book) not too far from here, which is not closing so we will trot over there on Sunday morning. It will be good to be “home” and I won’t have to wonder if there are readers or ushers, or if I have to “suit up” and serve as chalice bearer. Bliss!

The high today was 71° F (21.6 C) and most people were out in shorts and sandals, but I crossed paths with one woman who was bundled up as if it was 10 below. Boots, snow coat, and a cap pulled down over her ears. I’d have melted into a puddle!

2 Responses to “What’s Going On?”

  1. tiggerlyss March 14, 2020 at 9:15 pm #

    Here in West Virginia, only large Methodist churches are closing down. We have a wee church, we average 25 a week, are still holding services but offering live streaming services to those who should not be out in public.

    I am surprised by the changes that have occurred from the introduction of the virus. Around here, we are totally out of toilet paper, paper towels, sanitizers, and onions. In fact, there is an almost underground discussion of where one might find toilet paper (or when the next shipment might be coming in).

    One question: Why onions?

  2. thisendoftheswamp March 15, 2020 at 7:08 pm #

    Onions are big in traditional medicine, and West Virginia is the only state that has no reported virus cases. Maybe they’re on to something?
    There is a news story about an enterprising young man who circled through Tennessee and Kentucky, buying up over 17,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, which he hoped to sell for a massive profit. Amazon cut him off at the pass, and he was complaining bitterly about “trying to make an honest buck”. Apparently, we don’t all have the same definition of “honest”, and now he has the AGs from both states on his tail, as well. Here’s the link

    https://tinyurl.com/utauu5o

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