It’s hard to know what to say on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11. The terrorist attacks changed the world. Operation Enduring Freedom was launched, and the far-reaching, expensive, devastating, decades-long “fight” against terrorism worldwide continues. This year, we’re having the coronavirus pandemic.
Miami, Orlando, New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco. These are cities that have been on the top of my lists for Labor Day travel in past years. But not this year.
As Labor Day approaches, it’s a time to celebrate American workers and take a look at how they’ve been impacted by the covid-19 pandemic. Although the United States is slowly regaining lost jobs, the national unemployment rate is still higher than normal at 10.2 percent as of July 2020.
As cases of coronavirus spike and scores of people ignore the pandemic, boomer bloggers are venturing out into the new world we have now. It’s tough. You have to weigh the risks of going out and continually be on the lookout for people not wearing masks.
When Labor Day comes, many of us think about the end of summer. This year of the pandemic is so different. Rather than having a big barbecue, we’ll probably have a gathering with our small social group.
In Washington state, the primary election is Tuesday. Last week, I voted on the ballot send to me in the mail, then I took it to the drop box about 10 blocks from my house. I’m a big fan of our state’s vote-by-mail system. There are a number of important elections on the primary ballot: selecting a new representative in Congress, retaining our great governor, Jay Inslee; and choosing a new lieutenant governor. On the county level, we need to vote out two right-wing county commissioners. They ran as Independents and fooled voters. Meanwhile, my baby boomer blogger friends are writing about:
One of the big things that’s been canceled in my life due to the pandemic is all the celebrations that were being planned in my community to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women winning the vote in the United States. Events and parades have been canceled.
It’s week 18 of covid-19 restrictions for many of us. I dawned on me the second week in March that I should be staying home. I had been walking in the mall during the winter, but I thought heading there wouldn’t be wise. I’d ride my stationary bicycle for exercise instead until the weather warmed up.
The baby boomer bloggers in our group are located all over the United States so we’re dealing with the pandemic in different ways depending on where we live. In Washington state where I live, things have opened up somewhat, but cases are going up.
It's an unusual year for the annual July 4th celebration in the United States. The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything, and now that cases throughout the nation are spiking, it's time to rethink things again. The best plan for celebrating is to stay home.