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I'm Sailin' Right Behind

Rich Galen

Monday March 30, 2020

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  • I need to get this off my chest.

  • You know my story. 73 years old. Heart disease. Diminished kidney function. Had bronchitis last Fall.

  • If I get COVID-19, I am in the highest risk cohort.

  • So, I'm trying very hard not to get it. I've been out of the house three times in the last four weeks - all to go grocery shopping. When I was out I went early to try and go when it was not likely to be crowded. I paid attention to where others were. Wiped down my basked (there were plenty of wipes at the front door, but I brought my own just in case). I wore a mask and gloves. Wiped the buttons where you put in your number. Didn't chat nearly as much with the checker as I have over the two decades I've shopped there.

  • And, I got out of the store as quickly as possible.

  • When I got home, my wife met me at the door to the garage, armed with bleach wipes. She took every item out of its bag, wiped it down, and put it into a long-held paper bag. I undressed and left my jeans, shirt, and jacket in the garage and changed into fresh clothes I had stashed there before I left.

  • I am taking this very seriously and you should, too.

  • I was texting with friends about all this over the weekend and the three that are local, at one time or another, have each offered to shop for us.

  • Yesterday, I thanked them all again and I got to thinking about what I believe is the best lyric in the history of pop music. It occurs in the third verse of Simon & Garfunkle's "Bridge over Troubled Water."

  • All around the U.S. younger people are offering to help seniors. My local American Legion Post sent out a call for retired "officers, non-coms, and soldiers" with any medical experience to volunteer to help out active duty and active reserve personnel.

  • We know about truck drivers delivering food and supplies to stores where staff are restocking empty shelves. Police, Fire Fighters, EMTs and all the other first responders are responding.

  • And, of course, the medical heroes there are no words.

  • Not everyone has the intellect and/or training to be a Dr. Anthony Fauci. He, in his New York accent, calmly contradicts Donald Trump almost on a daily basis by speaking as a scientist, not as a politician.

  • Either because of that, or in spite of that, he has gained the trust and esteem of a nation.

  • But, everyone can do something for someone else.

  • If you're over 60 years old, shopping for your friends is probably not the best idea, but if you are younger and bored, reaching out to pick up a few things for a neighbor might well brighten both of your days.

  • Yesterday a younger friend who lives nearby rang our doorbell. She stepped back as I opened the door and said she just needed to get out of the house for a walk and thought she'd check in.

  • I Tweeted that, other than my wife and grocery store people, she was the first person I'd spoken to face-to-face in three weeks.

  • Here's something we all can do. Go through your Contacts and look for people who you know live alone.

  • Send them a note. Or a text. Or call them.

  • If they're older maybe they need some milk or eggs and don't want to be a bother. Maybe they're frightened to risk their life for a six-pack of Coca Cola.

  • Maybe, they just want to hear a friendly voice; a voice that doesn't come out of the TV and doesn't require them to make a political calculation.

  • I'm not at all sure how well I would be doing if it were not for the Mullings Director of Standards & Practices and Missy the Cat.

  • The lyric?
    Oh, If you need a friend;
    I'm sailin' right behind.

  • We all have a friend who needs a friend.

  • Sail right behind.

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Dr. Anthony Fauci's bio and a link to a live performance of Simon & Garfunkle singing "Bridge over Troubled Water."

    The Mullfoto is some comic relief via our cat.

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March 2020

03/30/20 - I'm Sailin' Right Behind
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03/23/20 - OK, Boomer
03/18/20 - Bye, Bye, Bernie
03/16/20 - Virus/Debate
03/12/20 - Bernie, Bernie, Bernie
03/09/20 - Coronavirus
03/04/20 - Super Tuesday
03/01/20 - Biden Wins Big


February 2020

02/26/20 - Bernie!
02/24/20 - Bernie!
02/20/20 - Debate #9 - Pregame
02/17/20 - Next Up: Nevada
02/10/20 - The Political Coriolis Effect
02/5/20 - Iowa, a State of the Union
02/3/20 - Big, BIG Week


January 2020

01/27/20 - Impeachment Trial - Day 5
01/24/20 - Impeachment Trial - Day 3
01/22/20 - Impeachment Trial - Day 1
01/16/20 - No Heat, No Light, No Debates
01/13/20 - Off the Ledge
01/09/20 - Off the Ledge
01/06/20 - Hard Questions; No Easy Answers
01/02/20 - Finally, the Election Year


December 2019

12/30/19 - Fifty Years Ago
12/25/19 - Christmas 2019 - Six Words
12/19/19 - Walk Time
12/16/19 - When You're a Jet You're a Jet all the Way
12/12/19 - Impeachment Moves Ahead
12/09/19 - Bulldozers and Airplanes
12/05/19 - Impeachment (Ver. 1,205,736)
12/02/19 - How Many More Democrats?
November 2019

11/21/19 - Political Ambassadors
11/18/19 - Impeachable? Maybe
                 Ugly? Absolutely

11/14/19 - And So it Begins
11/07/19 - Is Past, Prologue?
11/04/19 - One Year to Go


October 2019

10/31/19 - A Reason to Celebrate
10/21/19 - Doral
10/17/19 - Pennant
10/14/19 - Meanwhile, the Dems
10/09/19 - It's Government, but is it Good Government?
10/04/19 - Slow Down, You're Movin' Too Fast
10/01/19 - 2019 Subscription Drive


September 2019

9/30/19 - Main Event
9/26/19 - Impeachment - I
9/23/19 - Bullying Ukraine
9/16/19 - Iranian Drones
9/13/19 - Democratic Debate - III
9/12/19 - Boone
9/09/19 - NOT a Sharpie Column
9/03/19 - Aaaaand ... They're Off!


August 2019

8/29/19 - Back to School - 2019
8/26/19 - G7
8/22/19 - Rooting for Recession?
8/15/19 - Campaigning in Iowa - I
8/12/19 - Jeffrey Epstein is Dead
8/08/19 - It's Not All Trump's Fault
8/05/19 - Running with Trump
8/01/19 - The Democrats' Debate II


July 2019

7/29/19 - The Debate Effect
7/25/19 - The Mueller Hearings
7/22/19 - A Brief History of Technology
7/18/19 - Tranquility Base Here
7/15/19 - The Socialist Envelope
7/11/19 - Acosta
7/8/19 - Good Vibrations
7/4/19 - Happy Birthday, America
7/1/19 - Busy Times


June 2019

6/28/19 - The Democrats' Debate II
6/27/19 - Debates: High-Risk, Low-Reward
6/24/19 - Democrats' Dismay
6/20/19 - Crocodile Tears
6/17/19 - Deter, Safeguard, or Defend
6/10/19 - Military Service Fantasies
6/6/19 - Overlord
6/3/19 - California Dreamin'


May 2019

5/30/19 - Mueller Speaks
5/27/19 - Memorial Day - 2019
5/23/19 - A Clowder of Cats
5/20/19 - Spahn & Sain and Pray for Rain
5/16/19 - Then There Were 23
5/13/19 - Biden Widens His Lead
5/9/19 - That "I" Word Again
5/2/19 - Dems One - Barr None


April 2019

4/29/19 - Devotion to Socialism or Wanting to Win
4/25/19 - Requests, Demands, & Subpoenas
4/22/19 - Get Off the Impeachment Train
4/18/19 - Hung Jury
4/15/19 - Senior Citizenship
4/11/19 - Dis-Barred
4/8/19 - Kirstjen Nielsen: You're Fired
4/1/19 - April ... Ah, You Know


March 2019

3/28/19 - Opening Day 2019
3/25/19 - That's Over. Nothing's Changed.
3/21/19 - Why?
3/18/19 - Those Iowa Caucuses
3/14/19 - Cheating
3/11/19 - Democrats and Socialism
3/7/19 - Gone Fishing
3/4/19 - Just Walk Away, Don J.


February 2019

2/28/19 - Michael Cohen Speaks
2/25/19 - Managing Expectations
2/21/19 - The Mueller Report (1)
2/18/19 - Presidents I have Known
2/14/19 - Enough, Already, with the Wall
2/11/19 - Gals-Gals-Gals
2/6/19 - SOTU - 2019
2/4/19 - Blackface


January 2019

1/31/19 - Disrupter
1/28/19 - It Ain't Over
1/24/19 - Polling the Shutdown
1/21/19 - The Shutdown Offer
1/17/19 - The Fixer Fixed the Polls
1/14/19 - Pelosi Can't Afford a Wall
1/9/19 - Nine Minutes
1/7/19 - Relevance
1/3/19 - Shutdown


December 2018

12/27/18 - Trump in Iraq - 90 Points
12/24/18 - Christmas 2018 - Six Words
12/20/18 - The "I" Word - II
12/17/18 - The Nay-C-A
12/13/18 - The "I" Word
12/10/18 - Close, but No Cigar
12/6/18 - A State Funeral
12/3/18 - H.W.


November 2018

11/29/18 - The Election of 2018 is Over
11/22/18 - Thanksgiving 2018 - Rainbow Shiny
11/19/18 - January 3
11/16/18 - I was Right, This Time
11/12/18 - The War to End All ...
11/08/18 - Elections? What Elections.
11/05/18 - And ... Down the Stretch They Come
11/01/18 - Steve King


October 2018

10/29/18 - On Being Jewish
10/25/18 - Simultaneous Bombs
10/22/18 - Permanent Final Week
10/18/18 - Oil Without Saudi
10/15/18 - 45750
10/8/18 - Moderates?
10/4/18 - That Blue Tsunami
10/2/18 - End Game
10/1/18 - The 2018 Subscription Drive


September 2018

9/28/18 - The Kavanaugh/Ford Hearing
9/24/18 - Supreme Court
9/20/18 - Razor's Edge
9/17/18 - Statute of Limitations
9/13/18 - A Poll Dump
9/10/18 - Whodunit?
9/6/18 - Senate Judiciary Hearings
9/3/18 - Back to School - 2018


August 2018

8/30/18 - Monkey Around
8/27/18 - We Make History
8/23/18 - The I-Word
8/20/18 - Zero Shades of Grey
8/16/18 - 82 Days & Counting
8/13/18 - Stiffing a SCIF
8/9/18 - Ohio-12
8/6/18 - A Tweet Storm
8/2/18 - Audiences, Crowds, and Mobs


July 2018

7/30/18 - Good Numbers, Bad Numbers
7/26/18 - Putin isn't Coming
7/23/18 - Trump's Brove Affairs
7/19/18 - The ServPro President
7/16/18 - CNN is Not an Enemy of the People
7/12/18 - America's Resting Face
7/9/18 - SCOTUS Pick
7/4/18 - Happy Birthday, America
7/2/18 - Ghostbusters


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