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The Waiting Game
Greetings from Social Isolation. I hope everyone is doing okay. I am fine, thank you.

I remain positive that we're gonna get through this. I remember reading accounts of survival a few years ago, and consistently the people who survived had hope. They stayed positive.

What's the alternative? Negativity? I don't want to be miserable. I'd rather go out with a smile on my face. I wonder if in a past life, I was part of a group facing a firing squad, and I was the one who said, it's okay, we're gonna be okay, right before bang-bang-bang. Oh well, that's that.

Let me reassure you that I'm not happy all the time. I have moments of worry, concern, stress, and stagnancy. But they pass. I'm going to keep on keeping on. Let's do this. I'm writing this for me as well as you. Chin up, stupid grin, drink some gin. It's okay.

Right now, I feel like we're in a waiting game. In America, this is hard. We're people of action action action. We do do do (a dah dah dah). We have to do something, but there is nothing to be done. All we have to do is isolate and wait. For pointers on how to wait, I recommend Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot. Those guys waited for two acts, and one of them had bad shoes.

How do we win the waiting game? There's no way to win the waiting game because there's no action you can take to move farther down the board. The time has to pass. That's all. How do we lose the waiting game? Sadly, there are ways to lose it. It makes me sad to think of that, so I won't go there.

In the meantime, keep doing your thing. I'm still doing my thing---which is very much like the thing I did last month. I like to keep to myself anyway. Now that everyone is keeping to themselves, it's like a community of solo artists.

If you want wisdom, look to the great Jedi Master and social isolator, Yoda. He spent decades on the swamp planet Dagobah which wasn't so bad except for the swamp creature that tried to eat R2D2 and the cave where the dark side lives. Otherwise, it's a pretty nice place. Yoda said: Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you, here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes, even between the land and the ship.

And if you don't believe in mystical fields, it's okay to fall back on simple tricks and nonsense.

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