It has now been six weeks that everyone has been stuck at home. Stores are closed and businesses have locked their doors. The COVID-19 virus has struck the world with a vengeance. There have been over one million cases reported within the United States resulting in over 56,000 deaths. In the State of New York alone there have been almost 300,000 cases resulting in over 22,500 deaths.
In the State of Rhode Island where I live there have been 7,708 cases reported and unfortunately 233 deaths. Pretty much everything in the state is closed, Parks, Beaches, Bike Paths, etc.
It is strange here. I feel as though I am living in a movie. I never thought that anything like this would ever happen.
It does look though as if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Daily new cases and deaths are slowing down and the governor of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo (D), has put forward a plan to start opening up the businesses in our state when the “stay at home” order expires on May 9.
I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that I would ever miss my morning commute into Providence, RI and the traffic of the 146, I-95 merge in the center of the city. I miss listening to sports radio on WEEI in Boston or Stump the DJ on 94HJY on Thursday mornings, even though I would make it to work before the winner would be picked each week.
I even miss the idiots that are texting while driving in bumper to bumper traffic and holding up everyone behind them because the screen on their phone is more important than the safety of everyone else around them. I miss the jerks that drive down the right lane because it is quicker, even though they know that they have to go three lanes to the left in 1/2 a mile, and then get mad at you, who has been stop and go in the lane that you’re supposed to be in for the past 4 miles… I actually do miss that.
I miss stopping at Burger King on Thurbers Avenue and them getting my order wrong at least once a week… I order a Large Diet Coke, that’s it, how can you possibly screw that up? But, they do, and I miss it.
I miss the panhandlers standing in the middle of the Eddy St and Thurbers Ave intersection… There is one woman that within three weeks held up signs saying that she was a new mother, the next week she said she was kicked out of her house and pregnant and third week she was new to the country and needed money to get an apartment… I was curious to see what her next sign was before the state shut down due to the COVID-19 virus.
I really do miss this commute, I am hoping that this virus calms down quicker than they expect and everyone is back to work quicker than they expect and we can get back to some form of normalcy… whatever that is going to be.
All and all I am very lucky. My family is healthy and I have been able to work at home through this pandemic. I have great bosses and the company has always had a “family-first” attitude. I have been with Mule Lighting as a Web Designer/IT person for over sixteen years now and my bosses have been the best.
Like I said, it looks like there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for the pandemic, and hopefully everyone will be able to get back to work shortly. Through this time that I have been home I keep thinking of “Remember all those times that you wished you didn’t have to go to work or school? BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR”.
Stay safe everyone and check back soon for new blog posts.