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  #219 New May 19th, 2020 02:41 AM
I had to run to the Post Office this afternoon, and discovered that there was nowhere to park. That is about normal for the Post Office that I use on a Monday afternoon. So I drove down the street to the feed shop that some young friends of mine had bought, and chatted with one of the owners. Note, neither of us had masks on, as we both wear glasses, and masks do tend to fog up glasses. As we chatted, I looked at a small strip mall across the street. No cars in parking lot, no sign of life in any of the buildings. When I left the feed store, I drove past a restaurant that has been open about a year. No sign of life there either, no take out or curbside service posts, just a dead building. Driving back to the Post Office, I took at look as the small strip malls I was passing. The currency exchange in one was open, as was a hot dog shop. The rest of the stores, nothing. My favorite coffee and donut shop is still open, and doing well. After that, aside from gas stations and a Dollar Store, nothing. I kept wondering how many of those businesses are going to be able to open up when the lockdown, which is of indefinte duration, is over.

I will be at the City Council meeting tonight of the town my church is in. It turns out that at the last council meeting, all of the city commissioners were there, as mandated by law for a legal quorum. However, the mayor was not there in person, but sitting at home participating by Zoom. His presence is not required by law, so he was playing it safe, while the commissioners did not have the luxury. One of the is a fiend of mine. Then I thought about what is a leader. That is hard to describe, so maybe examples work best. It is Brig. Gen. Norm Cota on Omaha Beach rallying the troops there to get off the beach. It is Teddy Roosevelt, Senior, walking around in full view of the Spanish at the Battle of San Juan Hill, telling his "Rough Riders" to get ready to charge. It is Teddy Roosevelt, Junior, a Brigadier General, landing with the FIRST WAVE at Utah Beach, seeing that the current had drifted the entire wave south so that only one beach exit was covered, and then have the courage to throw the entire landing plan out the window, and bring all of the waves into the one area secured. It worked. Leaders do what they are asking their men to do. The mayor is a joke as a leader.
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