Looks like the proverbial shyte is about to get real. Over the weekend Italy out of the blue announced more than 150 coronavirus cases along with six fatalities as per this morning. In a desperate measure to halt the progression of the epidemic officials proceeded to completely lock down eleven North Italian towns – meaning nobody is getting in and nobody is getting out.
I had an interesting chat with Tony this weekend and we somehow ended up delving into the topic of education and in particular the importance of how a person is introduced to a particular subject matter, and in particular by whom. My personal view is that it’s somewhat related to the old adage which states that “you’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression”. For example, how many of you had really boring or uninspiring math teachers and accordingly ended up hating it for the remainder of you life?
I hope you survived the weekend and the ravages of the growing Corona virus epidemic. Over the past few days I’ve seen increased chatter in the comment section about stocking up on food, water, and basic supplies (like hollow point bullets for the impending zombie apocalypse). Let me tell you that this is a much easier endeavor back in the U.S. where a) fridges and freezers aren’t the size of small shoe boxes, and b) population density is a lot lower than over here in Europe.
I think most of us can agree that February is the worst month of the year – by far. Proof of its sheer annoyance starts with its spelling, which even for a born German (we basically invented the R) turns quite into a tongue twister. I could go on about the gloomy weather and the crappy mood but let’s just agree that February is nothing but a buffer period stuck between months of celebrations (i.e. December and January) and months of joy and beauty at the onset of spring (i.e. March and April).