Friday, March 20, 2020

On Sheltering and Shelf Space


Today, we have gone on what is variously being called a “lockdown” or “shutdown” or a “shelter in place order.” These terms have been flying around for a bit now, and there is no clear agreement what they mean. In general terms, all “non-essential” businesses need to shut down. So grocery stores, pharmacies, and laundromats: still open. Bars and exercise places: closed. Restaurants: takeout only. This prompts questions about coffee shops & roasters: do they get to keep running if you take your coffee to go?

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Sorry: got sidetracked there. Anyway, one thing that seems clear is that we individual humans are not supposed to go anywhere we don’t absolutely need to (again, open to interpretation — my thought is that if you’re out and there isn’t a dog on a leash in front of you, you should be prepared to say why you’re out, and make a case that it’s essential). So last night, when this was announced, I hopped on my bike — in the rain — and tore up for campus. Filled the saddlebag with the remaining books I thought I’d need, and headed home.

My old blogfriend Squadratomagico remarked, when she visited me in my newish abode, that I had hardly any bookshelves. “My books live at my office” I said. Well, Squadrato, I should have taken your comment as an omen and invested in more shelves.

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squadratomagico said...

Well a vertical stack on the floor can look quite avant-garde and nice!

Hunkering down here in lockdown as well, along with a staggering amount of rice and beans, pasta, veggies, sake'... and my hunky fella'.

Be safe, Notorious!

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Your fella made it? Excellent! I'm about to join a virtual cocktail hour. :-)

(And hey -- thanks for visiting)

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Yes, Fella' made it... and then his flight back was cancelled.

I swear I had NOTHING to do with that!

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Live it up!

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It somehow feels like bloggeing is gonna juice back up now, doesn't it!?

Historiann said...

I'm lucky bc I've always kept my "real" books at home; living 33 miles from the office made that a necessity before our modern plague.

Not sure I'm up to blogging myself, but I'm still master of my own domain, & occasionally check up on comments there. I will be checking in regularly here too--what about Squadratomagico? No link in her name there I see--(sniff!)

Feeling lucky that I live in a space where I have ample uncrowded access to the great outdoors, & even my own front, side, & backyard. Hope everyone is well & that you're keeping your spirits are up, too!

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We're like Jake & Elwood, Comrade PP: "We're getting the band back together."

And yes, I'm looking forward to seeing what I'll do with this. After I published my book and got tenure, the blog lost purpose. Now it's a plague diary, and god only knows what else. It may also become my refuge when I *finally* decide to bail from other social media when the crisis has passed.

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