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March 23, 2020: No End in Sight

Or perhaps I should have entitled my dispatch, “This is Just the Beginning.” I guess they mean the same thing. It appears as though the virus situation is getting more dire. It’s hard to say. There are no longer any more reputable news sources. Everything we hear is now suspect.

Odd, when I first read 1984, in 1970, it seemed futuristic. Now in 2020 it seems prophetic. Rather than now being a book that warned of what’s to come, it is now a book that correctly deduced what was to come. Surveillance techniques are now commonplace. And those who go against the government grain are suspect.

We are now all supposed to stay home, so as to not catch or spread COVID-19. This is called doing our part. I fear this government-dictated mandate came a little too late. Those who are poor and live in cities are going to be the hardest hit.

Alaska’s already faltering economy is going to take another blow, this one to the side of the head. The corporations that will benefit are the three chain grocery stores, Carrs, Fred Meyers, and Wal-Mart, none of which are state-owned. I think that Three Bears is – thank dog for small favors.

Pete with water buckets
Pete with water buckets

Pete and my life will change, particularly if the college he teaches at closes next fall. I see this as a distinct possibility. I think that right now, Pete is in denial and that’s not a river in Egypt. We will continue to live simply for the same reason that dogs lick their balls – because we can. We will grow some of our produce this summer, and supplement it with store-bought goods. We’ll get hay for the horses – if this isn’t available, I’ll figure out a way to put up our own.

We don’t have car payments. We don’t have a credit card bill. We do have mortgage payments. Compared to most, we are in good shape.

I suspect that most days will be like today. I worked on Forks this morning – it’s coming along. Time and distance were a good thing – it is now evident to me that I put a lot of time and effort into this book. I nearly abandoned it because I previously thought that it wasn’t any good. It now has thematic unity, good characterization, and narrative continuity. My revisionary changes have also strengthened it stylistically.

I also got all the horses out. I did agility with the mares, which they seemed to enjoy. And Pete and I went down-road, I rode Hrimmi and he walked Tinni. Hrimmi moved out several times and tolted nicely.

The horse pen is near pristine – our diligence, in picking up the manure three times a day has paid off. The horses’ coats are clean, and I’ve seen no signs of thrush in their hooves or scratches on Hrimmi’s legs. And there is absolutely no sign of rain rot – scabby areas on backs where dirt and water pool.

I don’t think I’m going in tomorrow to the recycling center. Best perhaps that I lay low and do my part for dog and my country.

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