Hello –

How are you doing, eh? Are you bearing up under the strain of COVID19 and the COVID19 police.

For most of us, we’re lucky it’s only an inconvenience but for small business it’s a death knell. The authorities have put a gun to the head of the economy and pulled the trigger. The scale of bankruptcies and the destruction of Main St in towns will be enormous. If it’s not, then, our currency will be worthless because the printing presses will have been working overtime to print dollars to make restitution. Say goodbye to new roads, hospital, schools, and all public infrastructure. The country will be broken. The only good news here is that every other country will be in the same boat.

My take is that the official response to COVID19 has been an ill-thought-out strategy. The issue isn’t the number of potential dead; it’s really about saving the hospitals and the rate of fatalities. We could have dealt with COVID19 by a rifleman approach involving mass testing, proper segregation of the infected, and certificates of clean health for everyone else. But no, we quarantine everyone.

There’s a mouse in the shed (figuratively speaking) but instead of setting a trap selectively we set the traps in every house in the neighbourhood. Meantime, no one can walk around his/her house for fear of stepping on a trap. Crazy nut-bars in charge of the Pandemic. For my part, I don’t subscribe to the hero status of the Public Health Officials, Dr. Theresa Tam, et al. The medical professionals, the janitors, the essential workers, the shop assistants, etc., yes, for sure. The others are out to lunch. Thank God (sorry, don’t believe in God just an expression) we are not at war because if these guys were generals they’d have us all slaughtered for lack of foresight and planning.

Sorry, but, there’s way too much self-congratulations on how we’ve responded. I don’t buy that. The whole thing is a soap opera, like OJ’s trial on CNN.

Mind you, COVID19 has impacted my personal routines in the past few weeks.

I used to be abstemious about food and drink, had a reasonable diet, and had good habits but not now. Now, I’m eating, snacking really, all the time – chips, chocolate bars, candy, sesame snaps. My consumption of cheese and crackers is, well, over the top.

I used to drink one, maybe two, cups of coffee a day but not now. Now, I’m drinking coffee with the crackers and cheese, almonds, and other kitchen goodies throughout the day.

I used to be slim but not now. Now, I have a bulging waistline and my tapered, body fit cycling jerseys are a tad tight. I thought it was the bathroom scales. In fact, I was sure it was the bathroom scales but there’s no denying the fat rolls, as much as I try to.

I used to be a tee-teetotaler for most of my life but not now. Now, i enjoy a regular Bailey’s. It used to be a single drink once a week on a Saturday after a skate ski or long, hard cycle but not now. Now, I enjoy a drink anytime. Well, to be truthful, it’s one or two drinks at a time. Life just seems better afterwards.

I used to be a reasonable person, looking to the future, planning adventure and good time but not now. Now, my retirement $$ have diminished and I’m left enjoying the moment because instead of one more day it’s ‘one day less’. But, really, is there any point of cycling when there’s no coffee stop? It’s a hard grind.

Right, that’s it. Always interested in contrary points of view, ideas, suggestion … .

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

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“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” Seneca