Social Distancing Against COVID-19 and Other Bugs

Yes, practicing safe socialization through social distancing is one way to avoid both catching and spreading COVID-19 as well as other bugs. It makes sense though it’s a tad difficult and painful.

It’s not enough though. Disinfection of all surfaces, maintaining scrupulous hygienic habits are paramount. Washing hands properly with soap, coughing or sneezing in the crock of the elbow  and washing hands (and face) again, change and wash clothes often…. All of that will help.

Now there are many, too many people who still don’t take hygiene seriously. Playing with pets, kissing pets, letting them lick their hands and faces  … somehow many don’t think this is terrible enough because they don’t see it as spreading COVID-19. Well, maybe not this boogeyman, but it will spread other equally bad or worse diseases.

Keeping safe means keeping clean and this includes kids and babies. No amount of dirt is safe and definitely not desirable. Kids don’t build immunity by licking floors and windows. Letting your baby’s soother or bottle fall to the floor or anywhere actually and placing it back in their mouths without properly disinfecting it first is a vehicle for spreading more diseases.  COVID-19 is only one to be feared, but don’t forget all the rest that can infect kids and adults and cause nasty diseases.

I have this vivid memory of an incident that happened about 25 years ago. We were in a restaurant and I took my 5-year old son to the washroom. After he finished, we both washed our hands. At the same time an elegantly dressed lady had brought in her grandchild who, upon seeing my son washing his hands, told her granny that she wanted to wash her hands too. The elegantly dressed lady said and repeated over the child’s protests: not now sweetie, no time, we have to go! I remember being stunned by this elegantly dressed lady‘s shameful response and behaviour. Poor child!

So obviously the fight against COVID-19 and all communicable diseases relies heavily on our attitude to cleanliness. Isn’t it said that cleanliness is next to godliness? Forget god and prayers and holy water and all the mumbo jumbo:  WASH YOUR HANDS AND DON’T SNEEZE OR COUGH ON ANYBODY!  Protect yourselves and others around you at all times by keeping a safe distance.

Oh and to the hoarders of toilet paper, hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes who are leaving store shelves empty, shame on them!

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More of the Same for 2019

Here we go again, a whole year has passed and I haven’t posted anything! For shame!

It’s not like nothing’s happened, on the contrary. Seems like I’ve been busy all the time. But is it worth writing about? Not likely.

Notable events:

  • July 2019: 2 weeks in Club Med, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic where my daughter had 2 gigs back to back and I tagged along just because I love being in a tropical paradise at any opportunity 🙂
  • August 2019: Enjoyed the luxuriant (read overgrown yet again) vegetation that grew in our front and back yards that grew without any help from us and in spite of the squirrels’ best efforts to sabotage it, after having redone the landscaping in 2018. Those pesky squirrels dug up and ate just about all the bulbs I’d planted last fall 🙁
  • September 2019: Garage and shed clean up and organization pretty much done. At least the many sets of tires have found a house in the shed rather than in the  garage. But how do you dispose of several big bags of cement dust that’s hardened to rock? Still a mystery to be tackled next spring.
  • October 2019: At long last the cantilever umbrella was assembled on the deck. Only to be knocked down and destroyed by terrible winds the following month 🙁
  • November 2019: I had my annual trek to Google’s Product Experts meet-up which this year was in Boulder, Colorado. It was a lovely event, but I had no idea that Boulder could experience winter and snow just like Montreal!
    • Painted 2 bathrooms and my office. Finally! But more to come.
  • December 2019: Crazy few weeks from mid November to mid December involving selling of one property and acquiring another property, with me digging through piles of  unorganized paperwork, scanning and sending them to agents and banks. It’s not over yet, so it will probably get more intense before it all settles down, hopefully in the new year. For now it’s just a little lull.
    • Finally finished a big web project. I think, I hope my very patient client is happy.
    • Managed to install some Christmas lights on my terrace. No small feat since winter and snow started so early. The surprise was that the lights acquired last year actually still work!

And of course by now Montreal is in full winter mode.  I don’t appreciate the snow and cold. I’d appreciate another tropical vacation, but it’s not in the cards. Yet.


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