SoCS — I Need Some Welcome News

3E76617D-7297-4862-9514-B49BDDD0E47CI don’t know about you, but I’d welcome some welcome news. All I read, all I hear, and all I see is bad news. And just when I think it can’t get any worse, it does.

Last month my wife and I moved from San Francisco to a suburb about 35 miles east of the city so that we could be geographically closer to our son and his wife who are welcoming a baby boy into the world in late May. But we’ve only seen them once since we moved here. With this whole COVID-19 situation, we are having to resort to video chats to see them.

We have a lovely welcome mat, much like the one pictured at the top of this post, outside of our front door. But I’ll be damned if anyone is welcome to step into my house these days. I won’t even open my door for someone who knocks or rings the doorbell. It’s just too risky. So I talk to them through the door or use my video doorbell to tell them to go away.

I used to welcome going to the mailbox and retrieving the mail, but I just read an article with some very unwelcome news. The article stated that experts are saying coronavirus could be transferred through mail delivery by sick employees. Postal workers, the article continued, are complaining that the USPS isn’t doing much to keep them or their customers safe.

A number of mail carriers said they have been pressured to stay on their routes despite showing symptoms of COVID-19. Others said that they’ve been given little or no hand sanitizer even though they have limited opportunities to wash their hands on their routes.

Medical providers are running short of personal protective equipment (PPE), hospitals are running short of respirators, and many experts are predicting that the demand for acute care hospital beds will far exceed the supply. The death toll due to this virus is increasing exponentially in many cities and states and the response from Donald Trump and the federal government has been woefully inadequate.

And I still haven’t found any goddam toilet paper in any of the local grocery stores or pharmacies. I did see this little quip that I thought was kind of funny, but in an unwelcome way.491983F3-D44A-477A-95A7-92518AF39400I need some welcome news. Do any of you have any welcome news you can share with me? Please!


Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Linda has asked us to use the word “welcome” any way we’d like. I’m sorry to have used the word in a way I don’t particularly like and in a very unwelcome way.

22 thoughts on “SoCS — I Need Some Welcome News

  1. newepicauthor March 21, 2020 / 6:45 am

    I worked with a Russian who said that he would rip out the picture of Stalin from the front page of his paper every morning, because he enjoyed wiping his ass with it.

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  2. Sadje March 21, 2020 / 8:00 am

    Someone said last night that TP is available on Amazon.

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  3. J-Dub March 21, 2020 / 8:17 am

    I wish I had some welcome news. Cute quip though. I needed the chuckle.

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  4. lifelessons March 21, 2020 / 8:45 am

    Well said, and as for good news. . . the only kind of virus your computer can spread is a computer virus. Coronavirus safe! (So long as you’ve disinfected the keyboard…) oox

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  5. ruddjr March 21, 2020 / 9:35 am

    The way social media connects us. There is a sing along at 3pm Eastern time. A group has started on Facebook as a way to help people in my city who need help. An employee of Costco is listing everyday what they have in stock. Still no toilet paper!! A local bakery in my city is taking online orders. A flower farm is making Cheer Up bouquets.

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    • Fandango March 21, 2020 / 11:31 pm

      There are small stories of people trying to help each other out in this nightmare we’re living in. But that is offset by tales of people leaving stores and being robbed in the parking lots at gun point. WTF?

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  6. Marleen March 21, 2020 / 3:40 pm

    This is totally personal, but my mom contacted me to ask that I buy her some medication — yesterday. Then we discovered they wouldn’t let me buy her medication from out of town. However, when I was in her town a few months ago, I had bought extra. So… I was able to tell her to go look in a dresser drawer and find some.

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    • Fandango March 22, 2020 / 11:39 pm

      Some people, organizations, and companies are really trying to do good in this time of crisis. Others, though, are trying to profit from it.

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  7. annieasksyou March 23, 2020 / 8:17 am

    I don’t know if this is welcome news, but if you need a laugh and haven’t see Pluto, the “four-legged,” describe social distancing, he appears at the end of my most recent post. You can skip all the stuff about the coronavirus if you like and go right to the video.

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    • Fandango March 23, 2020 / 11:03 pm

      Great little video at the end. And the fact-based, informative post was excellent.

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      • annieasksyou March 24, 2020 / 5:27 am

        Thank you, my friend.

        Hope your transitioning is becoming easier.

        Big event in Fandango’s world coming soon, yes? When is the baby due?

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        • Fandango March 24, 2020 / 9:53 am

          The end of May. I wonder how old he’ll be before we get to see him in person. 😕

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          • annieasksyou March 24, 2020 / 9:59 am

            Oh, that’s poignant. Well, our only grandchild, now 14, was born in England and didn’t come here til he was two. We saw him a couple of times but missed all those early milestones. I hope and believe you’ll have a better situation!

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            • Fandango March 24, 2020 / 11:16 pm

              I hope so, too. Thanks.

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