Leave food on doorstep . . .

Well, it’s official: we have come fully into the 21st century.  Last night my wife, Becky, and I ate a meal that was delivered piping hot from Chili’s restaurant (across the street) to our doorstep, literally, courtesy of DoorDash.com—and my son, Matt, who had graced us with a gift certificate to the food delivery service.  Yes, there actually was a place on the order that gave you an option to have the food left on the doorstep.

Now let me make one thing perfectly clear: This service is not one that I would ordinarily avail myself of.  It’s all due to COVID-19 and the restrictions the disease has placed upon all of us.  However, that is not to say that I am not grateful that such a service exists.  If I had to prepare one more meal, I think I would have screamed!  And, to boot, it was delicious.  So thanks, Matt.  (He also gave us a gift certificate to GrubHub, which I will use at a later date, no doubt when I have once again reached critical mass.)

The Coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on everyone, more on some than others.  Our household has been affected only in a limited way.  It’s been more of an inconvenience, rather than a hardship.  My hair has reached a length it hasn’t seen since the ‘60s, when I wore it in a modified “Afro.”  I finally relented this morning, and took a pair of scissors to it, trimming the front and sides.  For now, the back will have to take care of itself.  The minute the restrictions are lifted, and hair salons are permitted to resume service, you can be assured I will be sitting in a chair in my local Great Clips and asking for “a numer four, please.”

During our self-imposed quarantine, Becky has taken this “opportunity” to catch up on her reading, and I have actually read several books myself, something I’d not done for quite some time.  I haven’t written anything lately, but my publishing company, Escarpment Press, has published two books in the last three months: Monsters & Madmen: A Death Row Experiment, written by Nick Yarris, a man who spent 23 years on Death Row for a crime he did not commit; and  The Laconia Incident, written by Gene Masters, a historical novel about the sinking by a German submarine of a troop carrier during WWII, and the unusual events that followed.  Both are excellent books, and I urge you to check them out.

As of now, South Carolina, where I currently reside, still has many restrictions in place, and we are making the best of a difficult period.  However, once things get back to some semblance of “normal” (whatever that might be), there will be fishing to do and cornhole to be played, and granddaughters and children to be hugged.  In the meantime, I urge everyone to be patient, and let them leave your food on the doorstep.  It beats the alternative!


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