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Pandemic thoughts in the midst of a different disaster recovery

March 25, 2020

Those of you who know me pretty well know that I’m not much of a planner (I was told on more than one occasion in the Navy that one of my stronger traits was thriving under pressure and could be pretty unshakable in chaos). That said, I do make lists. This one is pretty important and important enough to share:


1. Remember we’re all in this together. Remember that life has a 100% mortality rate eventually. (Yeah I use dark humor as a coping mechanism, it doesn’t mean I find the pandemic frivolous).


2. I really do love my friends and family, I may not say it often enough, but I do.


3. Now to the more practical, next week will probably be worse than this week. Prepare for that eventuality. #SocialDistancing


4. If you own a home, contact your mortgage company and see if they have an option to suspend your payment for a few months and tack it on the end of the loan. If you don’t ask, the answer is always NO.


5. If you have other loans, including student loans, call and ask for options on suspending those as well. (See #4 above).


6. If you have life insurance, make sure it’s up to date with the beneficiaries you wish, which may not necessarily be the same people you started the policy with! (My brother once listed his dog when he was in Desert Storm).


7. Pray, do what you do to relax, meditate, love your neighbors, and remember #1 above.

If you’re so inclined, there’s an effort to use your spare computing cycles to help speed up the search for a means to combat #COVID19. Check out https://foldingathome.org/covid19/ for FAQs and how to use your PCs/laptops to use spare cycles in the background. To put it in round numeric terms, if there’s a 1% mortality rate in 30,000,000 that’s still 300,000. If you make it 1% of 300,000,000 that’s 3,000,000. That’s a pretty large mortality rate for a pandemic isn’t it?

(fist bump from my six foot social distancing space).

-CMW

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