Saturday, April 18, 2020

Covid-19 Experiences

Here are some personal videos I have done since March.  The coronavirus has come to dominate our lives.  So far nobody I know has been diagnosed with it.  However, life has come to resemble a sci-fi movie.  I would love to be able to walk out of this theater.

Each of us has a unique perspective on history.  Quite literally, a lot of us have an easy chair view as it is happening and as we are experiencing it.  My viewpoint is no more or less special as anyone else's.  So, please, do not take me posting my pictures and videos in a vlogging format as a weird form of narcissism.  I am just sharing my personal experiences with the covid-19 pandemic -- nothing more or less.

We start in the run up to the quarantine in March, with life seeming to be normal, but we could see on the horizon the trouble coming...

Stocking up at Costco on March 11.  I sensed that there might be shortages.  I never thought that toilet paper would be something people would hoard in mass quantities...
 The lines weren't bad yet, but in the next few days all hell would break loose...
This video is titled a Week of Covid-19.   I think after all the sports events and St. Patricks Day were cancelled, it finally dawned on everyone how serious and historic this pandemic is.

Oh boy!
What can you say to all the problems and adaptations we have to go through.  It could be worse.  We found that the weekends are actually the roughest part.  Who would think that going to work would be a welcome relief.  Many people are jobless...

This was the last time we got to eat in at a restaurant.  We were celebrating getting our taxes done....

People buy up everything in order to make themselves feel in control.  Unfortunately, even this shows how out of control of the situation they really are...

Things start to calm down as we get used to what people are calling the new normal.  Things could be a lot worse!

People really need to calm down!

In order to shop at Best Buy, you have to pre-order what you want and pick it up at the store.  In store shopping is not allowed.

April Fools!  How we wish it was all a joke!  However, the one thing that seems constant is change.  I went in to get tested for Covid 19.  I started showing some symptoms, which I think are more related to left over bronchitis from the flu I had earlier in the year.  However, all the women in my life insist that I am coming down with it.  I didn't get tested, of course.  Don't get me started on that.  I did get quarantined for two weeks though.  That means that I am one of the lucky ones who get to work from home now.  I am so glad that the people I work with figured out a way that it could be done.  I really feel blessed during this time.

Oh, and trying to find things you need like thermometers are just as bad as trying to find toilet paper...

 Schools are cancelled for the rest of the year.  So kids are using technology to distance learn.
 Our kids receive a video greeting from their teacher after spring break.
 The schools were delivering lunch via school bus at the bus stops to their kids.  However, after two weeks the school bus deliveries were deemed to much of a risk, and now we have to go to the schools to pick up the lunches.  It sure helps out a lot as it stretches our supply of food and means we have to make less risky trips to the grocery stores.

 The only relief many people are getting is going to parks to exercise in the fresh air.  It is allowed as long as people keep their distance.
 Parkville, Missouri seems eerie with no cars.
 Going into businesses is also a thing of the past.  To get our cat treated we had to wait in the parking lot while the staff came out to get our cat.
 The same is true at the bank, we are allowed drive through only, no more lobby service.
 Downtown North Kansas City is also looking eerily deserted....
 Lesser traffic on the highways is nice but eerie...

Then comes holy week!  Celebrations like Easter during the pandemic are quite an interesting affair. 

In the week after holy week, we try to maintain healthy routines.  My hours changed yet again at work, back to my old schedule.  I continue to adapt to editing from home.  We work hard at school and being teachers and at work.  Suyen is still suffering from whatever she has.  We can't know if it is Covid-19 because she can't get tested.  Again, don't get me started on that!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

20200405 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Kansas City, Miss...

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Friday, March 20, 2020

A Week or So of Covid 19

It takes a worldwide pandemic to build a village...
We're all in this together.  I hope everyone is staying safe and heeding the warnings to take precautions.  I have been documenting the historic events through my lens.  Here are the links...

June 4, 2009 at 8.06am PDT
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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Grand Canyon and Route 66 Adventure

At the end of a momentous summer, we decided it was time to squeeze in one last adventure.  

We left early on Friday and made it to a truck stop in Salina, Kansas.  It was great to have a working generator, as for the last year the generator would not start.  I turned out to be mud daubers in the intake port for the Onan generator.  We had a lot of work done on the Navion before this trip.
Most people think Kansas is flat, and it is in spots.  But there is a variety to the landscape, and gradually, we rise in elevation to meet the rock mountains as Kansas becomes Colorado.  Our route took us mainly on US highways, which is alright by me.



Stopping to eat breaks the monotony of travel...

We randomly picked our first camp ground from the googles and got lucky....

South Fork, Colorado

Our next days travel took us through the mountains of Colorado and over the dreaded Wolf Creek Pass.

Wolf Creek Pass

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We survived the pass and made it into the desert and 4 corners region and into Arizona.  Southern Colorado's big industry is tourism.  The area is gorgeous.  I was wishing we had time to stop and explore the Durango and Silverton railroad.
 All the towns seem to have a hard tourism bent in this part of Colorado.  It was hard to find reasonable prices even for campgrounds.
 Our second day of travel was one of the longest.

 We stopped at a casino on old route 666.
Dennehotso is an interesting desert stop.  We stopped for a little break, but mainly we stopped to make sure we had fuel as service stations are a long distance apart and you don't want to get stranded in the desert.

Dennehotso, Arizona

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We enjoyed, shopped at and got souvenirs at the market...
We crossed the painted desert on our way to our destination.

 Reaching the park by late afternoon, we still had a long drive to get to our camp ground.

First Day at the Grand Canyon
We walked and walked until we could walk no more.

We took pictures....

more pictures....

2nd Day at the Grand Canyon
We rested from the first day, and rode the bus everywhere.  We finished the day with the sun set.

Sun Set over the Grand Canyon

Zack and I used what we learned to build a tiny model of a pueblo shelter... need some work...

Last Day at the Canyon

We went to the eastern part of the south rim at Desert View...

Leaving the Grand Canyon and Traveling Route 66
On our way back, as I had planned, we took route 66.  Our first stop was the birthplace of historic 66 and a major inspiration for Radiator Springs in the movie Cars -- Seligman Arizona.

Seligman, Arizona

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The kids did not get to meet Angel, but they enjoyed the Snow Cap Drive In...

Angel Delgadillo

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Our first overnight on route 66 was at the Flagstaff KOA
Standing on a Corner

Jack Rabbit Trading Post -- Joseph City, Arizona
New Mexico

San Fidel, New Mexico

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San Fidel was a great opportunity to stop, take pictures and stretch our legs...
Our last stop, and goal for the day was the Route 66 RV park and casino, just west of Albuquerque, new Mexico...

Tucumcari New Mexico


Our overnight stop was at the Cadillac Ranch RV Park

We had a brief stop over in Alanreed Texas.
Shamrock Texas

Shamrock, Texas

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U Drop Inn

We blazed through Oklahoma this time around as time was running out for our vacation.  Kids had to be in school and we had to be back at work.  Our goal was Pops in Arcadia, east of Oklahoma City...

We had one last overnight stopover at Matfield Green Rest stop on the Kansas Turnpike, (I-35) due to severe weather rolling in.  I didn't want to punch a core of a severe thunderstorm at night in an RV to try to make it home.  We pulled over and had a good sleep as the rain pattered our our roof.

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