Mugged at Thanksgiving!

A mug every four years to commemorate milestones in a physician’s career.

Just another Saturday morning except this day starts the second half of a long four day Thanksgiving holiday break. We have given our thanks for the things we are grateful for. Today I’m asking all who read this post to give thanks for all of our front line healthcare workers for whom there is no break from work. We have many dedicated people who are spending the holiday away from their families while most of us are spending time with our families. These brave souls are putting their own health and safety on the line for the rest of us.

  • Thanksgiving – 3:00-11:00 PM
  • Friday Nov. 27 – 1:00-9:00 PM
  • Saturday Nov. 28 – 1:00-9:00 PM
  • Sunday Nov. 29 – 6:00 AM-2:00 PM
  • Is it too hard to wear a mask?

I’m getting better at writing effective click-bait blog post titles.

The Main Thing Art Does Is To Let You Know You’re Not Alone

“We don’t need to generalize, we don’t need to say let me explain the whole world to you as an artist. You don’t have to do that. Just tell the truth about your own life, what you’re experiencing, what you’re seeing and dig into it. Don’t be afraid of it, confront it. Let’s see where it comes out. Let’s describe our most intimate relationships with the hopes that other people can see themselves in our work.”

Steven Van Zandt — https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevebaltin/2020/10/18/qa-e-streets-steve-van-zandt-and-nils-lofgren-on-the-making-of-the-new-bruce-springsteen-masterpiece-letter-to-you/#7bc47c7877e3

Quote for Today – 11.06.20

We come together on this special day
Sing our message loud and clear
Looking back, we’ve touched on sorrowful days
Future pass, they disappear
You will find peace of mind
If you look way down in your heart and soul
Don’t hesitate ’cause the world seems cold
Stay young at heart, ’cause you’re never, never old

Earth Wind & Fire

Tonight I traveled back in time 45 years to a world full of peace, love, and understanding. Nowadays we can do better. We must do better.

Meanwhile in Oklahoma – 2020 Halloween Ice Storm Cleanup

The sounds of chainsaws are buzzing in the neighborhood. A few days ago I promised some pictures. It has been a week from hell.

Our power at the house has remained on for two full days in a row. We were planning on cleanup work this weekend until our longtime yard services provider showed up. The Boss took a tour of the property with the crew leader who told us not to do anything and that they would take care of all debris, trim up the trees, and stack along the curb for city pickup. I don’t have to buy or borrow a chainsaw. That’s the good news. The bad news is I feel my checkbook getting lighter.

Meanwhile in Oklahoma – 10.28.20

Day Three. We heard from a neighbor the electricity came back online around 3:00 PM. The Boss and I spent the day in her business office working. I was impressed with her company’s new co-working office. The electricity was online, wireless internet was amazingly fast, free drinks, snacks and HOT COFFEE. We are back home now doing many things that require electricity because we’re not so sure how long the power will stay on.

It’s very messy outside and the clean up starts this weekend. I’ll be taking lots of pictures to capture what has been the worst ice storm I’ve ever experienced. Stay tuned.

Covid-19 Buzz Cut – Done – 05.31.20

Getting WAY longer.  Note the Andy Rooney eyebrows.  The time had come to go back to my barber.

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Meanwhile in Oklahoma…we’re reopening but nearly nothing appears to be pre-Covid.  The outside world feels different from all of the behavioral changes.

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19

Screenshot_2020-05-31 COVID-19 Oklahoma State Department of Health

One of the changes at the barbershop was opening on Sunday mornings for cleaning and taking a few customers for haircuts by appointment only.  Business at the shop has been slow which tells me the customers here are still pretty much staying at home and sheltering in place.  They may have discovered the joys of cutting your own hair.  Or maybe money is tight, less frequent trips.  Or worse…

But for me this visit was about trust.  Trust in a man who has cut my hair for nearly fifteen years.  This is a man who would not put himself, his customers nor his business at risk.

Thanks Kevin.  I’ll see you again in a couple of weeks.

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Covid-19 Buzz Cut Week 4 – 04.25.20

Getting longer…starting to pop out all over.

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Meanwhile in Oklahoma…we’re getting ready to reopen.

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19

Screenshot_2020-04-25 Coronavirus in Oklahoma 3,193 confirmed cases, 194 deaths

We have an estimated population of 4,000,000. Doesn’t look like we’ve tested a lot of people…

A week ago I was having one hell of a time contemplating the future.  One of the things I wrote was:

Online ordering and curbside pick up or delivery are probably here to stay.

Earlier this week I placed an online order with a Big Box Store, drove down to their parking lot and got my groceries delivered into my trunk.  The store however did not allow me to buy wine in this fashion.  So today I placed an online order for chardonnay at the wine shop, drove down to their parking lot and got my wine delivered into my trunk.  I can get used to this.

Retail shopping will be changed forever.

Restaurants and other out of home dining options will be changed forever.

Barbershops will all do very, very well from the pent up demand.

But I needed one more home-style buzz and The Boss graciously volunteered.

These were the instruments used, an old beard trimmer and an old pair of scissors.

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And here’s the result.

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I should be OK for another few weeks.

Stay safe.  Stay home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Normal

Phil Kneen

I’m fortunate; I have a part-time job that gets me out of the house everyday, a virtual hall-pass that allows me to drive the corridors of the Isle of Man with my camera. For most other residents, it’s been a long few weeks, thus far. On Friday 27th March, the Isle of Man started an indefinite lockdown – nobody in and nobody out (unless you want to stay out).  I’d already started my own personal document of the COVID19 pandemic during a trip to London at the beginning of February – the sight of people wearing surgical face masks was less of a novelty and there was an obvious anxiety in public spaces with a lack of ‘social distancing’. I realised then that things were starting to escalate. 

Having already embarked on the project, sharing four images daily on Twitter, I was contacted by Breesha Maddrell, director of…

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