How are you doing everyone? Got enough toilet paper? You aren’t coughing or running a fever?
I was supposed to be in Chicago most of this week for a work meeting. I was originally excited to be in Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day. Our meeting venue overlooks the river that is dyed green and our hotel was right in downtown Chi-Town. Ranchdude even talked about flying in to join me for the evening with the intention of heading home this morning.
Obviously that didn’t happen. The shit hit the fan pretty quickly and life changed drastically over the course of 48 hours. Our work meeting is now virtual and Chicago cancelled its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
I have worked from home for over 20 years, so I’ve got this ‘social distancing’ thing down pat. However, my peaceful workplace has been invaded by teenagers who are not schoolin’ right now. All three ranchhands have been at home for two days. As a result, we are running the dishwasher 2-3X per day and the X-box is overheating. Fortunately, they are old enough to cook their own food so I can focus on work and not focus on feeding all these hungry males.
There are many people suffering out there. People who are out of work or watching their business’s bottom line cratering. My job is intact. My family is healthy. My biggest worry is over the lost experiences for the ranchhands. R1 was supposed to do a study abroad this summer (he didn't’ want to and was actually relieved when they were all cancelled). R2 is supposed to graduate in May and play his final season of high school golf this spring. He may not get a graduation ceremony or party. If we’re lucky, he’ll get a “college send-off” celebration in August. R3 is supposed to be confirmed in the next few weeks. That seems unlikely to happen. Even if it does, the grandparents will not be in attendance - it is too risky for them to travel to a part of Nebraska where there have now been two confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Even with all of this doom and gloom, I am quite convinced there is a lot of good that could come of this. We are being forced to rethink how we connect with other people - whether that be for education, socialization or work. There will be all kinds of new ways people find to connect, learn and do business that will become signposts for the future.
So, while we all buck up to deal with the negatives, please don’t lose sight of the positives either.
I’m a doctor at Nebraska Medicine. Here’s what I’m telling my family about COVID-19. | Nebraska Medicine Omaha, NE
This is an email from Nebraska Medicine critical care anesthesiologist Dan Johnson, MD, to his friends and family about the seriousness of COVID-19. It is shared with permission from Dr. Johnson.
10 Huskers honored with Student Luminary Awards | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Ten University of Nebraska–Lincoln students have been honored with Student Luminary Awards for their exceptional leadership and commitment to improving campus life.
Huskers map out plans for the “most pure part of football”
Husker coaches eager to dig in on improving special teams – no matter their roles.
‘It was like a movie’: What led the NCAA to shut down competition
Behind the scenes of the board rooms and locker rooms during a chaotic two-day period that resulted in the shuttering of NCAA sports for the rest of the year.
You totally knew that Nebrasketball would be involved in the “end times” of NCAA basketball, didn’t you?!?
As Nebraska heads into 2020, improving the play at the outside linebacker position remains a major priority.
Huskers trying to shake things up at the outside linebacker position
Two championship rings stolen from Husker volleyball player
Lincoln Police are searching for stolen Nebraska volleyball championship rings after they were stolen from a Husker athlete’s home.
Who in hell would do something like this? Ridiculous.
Huskers looking for leaders to step up in offseason - KLKN-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com
The Nebraska football team could hold player-led team workouts despite the Big Ten’s moratorium.
Denver Broncos trade FB Andy Janovich to Cleveland Browns for draft pick - Mile High Report
A fan favorite gets traded.
NOOOOOOO! Not the Browns!!!!
Sports-ish Stuff (As Much as Possible Right Now)
Brown promotes Heather Marini to QB coach, making her first D-I female position coach
Brown promoted Heather Marini to quarterbacks coach on Monday, making her the first female position coach in Division I football.
NCAA suspends all recruiting in Division I through April 15
All recruiting, on and off campus, for Division I sports has been suspended by the NCAA until April 15
Coronavirus NCAA cancellation spurs impromptu wedding - Sports Illustrated
After the coronavirus canceled NCAA basketball tournaments, two Portland State staffers turned the empty court into a wedding.
More Noise and Other Disturbances
Inventors Killed by Their Own Inventions | Mental Floss
From the man who died because of a failed parachute suit to the daredevil who perished in a stunt gone wrong, sometimes brilliance comes with a price.
Hiker finds bombs dropped into Mauna Loa volcano in 1935 | Live Science
A hiker in Hawaii rediscovered evidence of a 1935 attempt to use bombs to redirect a lava flow from Mauna Loa's flank.
Starving monkey 'gangs' battle in Thailand as coronavirus keeps tourists away | Live Science
Video from Lopburi, Thailand shows two gangs of monkeys brawling in the street over a scrap of food. Coronavirus may be to blame.
Coronavirus: Oregon Police says stop calling 911 for toilet paper
“Do not call 9-1-1 just because you ran out of toilet paper. You will survive without our assistance," said Newport, Oregon police early Sunday.
Then There’s This
Here’s your coronapocalypse tweetcap
I laughed at this one far more than is probably healthy. Maybe it is because I was part of the Pac-Man generation?
Ummm, what did I just watch?