I got the following email from an MNB reader about the decision by the CDC to relax covid-related guidance:
Those of us who disagree with the CDC read the peer reviewed science. We know that the effects of multiple covid infections are cumulative. You may be okay after your fourth infection, not so after your fifth (40-80% of infections are asymptomatic). RAT tests are discussed and the word is getting out to test poop when the RAT test is negative but you feel crummy. We have read the studies relating a covid infection to a 25% chance of dementia (the Brazil study) with each infection. We know that the studies have shown that Covid is a vascular disease that increases people's chances of a heart attack and/or stroke. Long Covid is a part of our lexicon and we know that kids can get it. Most of us still mask in either an N95, K94, KN94 or flo mask. Some of us even mask outdoors because we know that you can be within six feet/two meters of someone, even outdoors. We know that immunity is an illusion for an ever changing virus.
Corporations are being hit by multiple absences and schools lack teachers and/or students on any given day. Thus, the CDC guidance. Yes, some places have improved the air, but not enough to warrant dropping quarantining after an infection.
"Corporations are not going to have enough people to program the robots if Covid is not taken seriously. The actions by the CDC are negligent and will have long term consequences."
Didn't see that one coming.
Also received some nice notes responding to my faceTime video last week about how my life took an unexpected (but not unwelcome) turn.
One MNB reader wrote:
Amen, Brother. Just celebrated our 50th Anniversary and lived all of it in Upstate NY in the snow belt. Thankfully in the world of semi-retirement we’re stationed in Palm Harbor, FL until the end of March. The adoption of technology that enables working remotely is one of the silver linings of COVID.
Not much of my current situation was planned for or even considered in my younger days, but like you, it’s more than I could of ever asked or imagined. (Nod to St. Paul).
It is embarrassing for a former altar boy to admit this, but I had to look up St. Paul to see what he is the patron saint of - and it ends up that he is the patron saint of "missions, writers and publishers."
From another reader:
i grew up in Paramus, NJ with a dream to one day serve in Washington, DC, and the ball was rolling in that direction until I fell in love.
One dream replaced the other - it happens.
From the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
"Love is the greatest force in the universe. It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. He who loves is a participant in the being of God."
I noted last week that spring training has begun, which prompted one MNB reader to write:
What I miss, is when owners held their team players intact for many seasons. Can we refer to them as “The Holdovers?”
I miss pitchers hitting. But life goes on, and I've learned to live with it.
Another MNB reader wrote:
Major League Baseball is a sport played entirely in front of a lynch mob.
I'm not sure what that even means. (The only time I ever worried about a lynch mob at a baseball game was when my son and I went to a Phillies home game, and listened to all the fans around us kvetching about the Mets - who weren't even playing the Phillies that day. Phillies fans can be an angry bunch, I've found.)
And then, this email from MNB reader Jesse Sowell:
We share an appreciation for detective stories, movies, and baseball, among other things. Reading your note today on spring training reminded me of this quote, I think from the late Jim Murray of the LA Times:
"Pitchers and catchers report, and hope springs eternal."
At this time of year, every team is tied for first, and even fans of last year's last place team can find reasons to believe that this will be their year. It's a magical time for baseball fans.
Finally, I did a FaceTime last week about how low birth rates and low fertility rates are teaming up to make life difficult for disposable diaper manufacturers, which are turning to adult diapers as a way to bolster their businesses.
I mentioned that Mrs. Content Guy came up with a great name for an adult diaper line - "Dignity."
Which prompted this email:
Sorry Kevin and Mrs. Content Guy, but the name is already patented and used on adult diapers.
The bad news is that before doing that piece, I'd never heard of Dignity adult diapers. But the good news is that I really don't know the names of any adult diaper lines.