Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Never Underestimate...

empty bread shelves at our local grocery store...
...the power of stupid people in large groups...

Panic much?

Yes coronavirus is real and yes there are "at risk" groups and yes we all need to be careful and work together so we "flatten the curve" and reduce the spread of this virus.

But do we need widespread panic and hoarding?

We do not.

America is one of the fattest nations on earth, with - according to the CDC - more than 42% of us qualifying as "obese".

So why do we need to hoard food?

Answer: we don't.

Nor do we need to hoard toilet paper of all things...but that's happening, too...

Because of all the panic spreading 100x faster than the covid-19 virus itself, people are doing truly stupid things.

Remember the H1-N1 panic in 2009/2010?

You know, when the stock market plunged thousands of points...

...schools, bars, restaurants and movie theaters closed, major sports leagues shut down, the only thing on TV 24/7...

...was breathless reporting of statistics about the spread of H1-N1, and every one had to work from home and avoid all social contact?

No?  You don't remember any of that?

Why not?

Because none of that happened.

Given the current panic over covid-19 you'd think the H1-N1 virus MUST have created a tidal wave of terror.

From a report by the CDC on the H1-N1 pandemic in 2009:

"While a vaccine was produced, it was not available in large quantities until late November—after the peak of illness during the second wave had come and gone in the United States.

"From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases, 274,304 hospitalizations, and 12,469 deaths..."

Get that?

Almost 61 million cases of H1-N1 and 12,500 deaths in the United States alone in one year.

Not minimizing the current situation, just giving it some context.

Is covid-19 going to get worse in the US?

You bet; and no doubt more people are going to die.

But so far, this is nowhere near the magnitude of the last pandemic that occurred 10 years ago.

CALM DOWN, people!

Be smart, use common sense, adhere to good hygiene and social distancing guidelines.

Above all, DO NOT PANIC.

We'll get through this.



In keeping with the current norm of covid-19 inspired "social distancing" while still celebrating St. Patrick's Day...
"Ireland Forever"

...this is about as close as I'm going to get to a "quarantini":

...that's basically just good Irish whiskey in a spill resistant martini glass (yes, I know, an oxymoron if ever there was one)...plus a good cigar...enjoyed with all the comforts of home.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, y'all.



Continued mining gold from the silent era of Hollywood...this time including an early Alfred Hitchcock movie, "The Lodger"...

...a 1927 British film dealing with a strange lodger who takes up residence in a home during a series of "Jack the Ripper" type murders in London.

It's interesting primarily to see the early work of the great suspense master as he was just getting started.  His devotion to suspense being created with mood, fog, shadow and implication can be seen in their infancy here.

And speaking of Hitchcock, anyone remember the TV show "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"?

It ran from 1955 to 1962, and I suppose what I remember most was the opening segment...

...that showed The Great One in silhouette walking up to an outline of his profile.

Now there's someone who was apparently comfortable in his own skin.

He was also famously taciturn when it suited him, giving one of the shortest acceptance speeches on record at the Oscars when he won the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1968:

"Thank you...very much indeed."



Another famous silent from 1927...

...7th Heaven.  As with many of these films in the 1920's, this one involves young men being pulled away from their loves and marching off to war.

A typical melodrama of the era, it's well acted and - not much of a spoiler alert - has a happy ending.

Well, mostly...see the film if you want to understand why I say "mostly happy".

Notable to me was the realization my favorite movie, The Artist, gives a couple of "tips o' the hat" to this film in particular.

One is the stairway scene...

...which simply evokes a similarity of style since the "love nest" in 7th Heaven was up 7 flights of stairs.

But the other one in The Artist that is absolutely a formal bow and acknowledgment of a Janet Gaynor scene is where "Peppy Miller" pretends she's being hugged by "George Valentin" using only his jacket that's hanging in his dressing room...

Bejo's scene is better by far, but Gaynor did it first in the 1927 silent film, "7th Heaven".



Some sights 'round and about my general proximity...

my covid-19 home office



prism effect on the ceiling from Karen's chandelier at sunset



that little bobbie is quite the scamp...note the box of cigars under his arm...can you imagine the collective cardiac arrest induced in woke-dom if someone ran that ad today?



Kroydon manufactured golf clubs in the 1st half of the 1900s



"Bad dogs!  Bad!  Now Daddy has to hoard even more TP!"



wish I was there...



Happy St. Patrick's Day...

...binge responsibly and remain calm....

later, mcm fans...



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