Quarantine Adventures: Paradoxes

The Hawaiian Princess continues to empty out. As of tomorrow there will be even fewer people here. Given the projected numbers of cases and the President’s 30 day continuance for sheltering at home, we are guessing we will be here through at least April and probably into May. Although the Hawaii number of cases are increasing (now over 150) only 12 have been hospitalized. We continue to hope that the heat and humidity keep the cases and the severity of the symptoms down. Unfortunately, many still are not taking it seriously here. There was a big party in a house 2 nights ago across the street from our condo with lots of drinking and aggression. We worry for the women and children who are in abusive situations and have to stay at home. We did call the police but unfortunately they were not inclined to take it seriously.

Turtles are awesome.

Shopping Tip: Because we are cooking so much I decided to up the equipment in the condo and have added a hand mixer and a small food processor. Although we still order a lot from Amazon, it is taking way longer than usual so I decide to try to order it for pick-up at the Target. That worked very well. We drove into Kapolei after sunset yesterday and the store was pretty empty, very clean and our package was ready to go. It turns out Target will also bring your order out to the car for curbside delivery.

Paradoxes: I find myself with conflicting paradoxical feelings. I’m both content and happy to be in this beautiful place and sad, missing my grandchildren and children. I go to bed tired after what feels like a full day of exercise, cleaning, cooking, phone calls and to-do lists and yet I look back on that day and feel unaccomplished. I wake up drawn to read the news and check the most recent updates and yet I’m concerned with the sensationalism and untrusting of what I’m reading. I’m drawn to the statistics and projections and yet I’m not sure they really mean anything at this point. I’m know we will all get through this but I worry about what is coming next.

Facebook the great connector. I’m loving the jokes and all the music on Facebook. Of course we love the streaming NXNX concerts. It is amazing the depth and breadth of talent in our area. I also love the Seattle Symphony musicians creating music together while separated using technology. Here is a lovely piece with Nathan Chan. And this couple is just so creative and cute.

Early in the trip we purchased a conch shell so Jim could blow it at sunset. Turns out he has a hidden talent.

Thanks for reading the blog and a special thank you to Josh and Betty (avid True Love Adventure readers) for pointing out that my first blog wasn’t allowing comments. I don’t quite know how I did it, but I posted it the wrong way. I’ve reposted it correctly and I believe this one will allow for comments.

Stay safe and stay healthy. Tata for now.

5 thoughts on “Quarantine Adventures: Paradoxes

  1. We find the social isolation of self quarantine a difficult aspect of the condition. At least you and Jim have the beauty of the scenery and the good weather of the islands to compensate.
    Jim could write music for a conch shell. It might start a new genre of entertainments.

  2. We are feeling similar things in Palm Springs. Part of me really wants to be back on Mercer Island, but I know we are much better off here. Be safe and enjoy every day in paradise.

  3. I relate to many of your comments. I am also drawn to look at my phone entirely too much and read stories about the virus and who it has impacted and how. It is really quite depressing… and then I think about how lucky Pam and I are.
    She is still working (from home) and being paid. We are OK financially. Her daughter, who worked at a Tom Douglas restaurant, is out of jon with a three year old to look after. Then I think how lucky she is. She has us to help her, financially now, and hopefully with more babysitting soon. Comparatively there are so many others who work(ed) from paycheck to paycheck that have no safety net. Strange and difficult times !!! You guys are lucky to be in such a beautiful place. Stay safe and well

    Bruce

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