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The column this week is short and sweet. I have been obeying my clan’s dictum to remain at home and I try to spend my time, as best I can, doing some constructive things around the house. The other day, I was watering the many plants around the homestead and I struck up a conversation with a rather large spider who turned out to be quite an interesting fellow. My beloved Grace pointed out the fact that I was actually speaking with a spider, which might give cause for some to question the state of my mental well-being. I told Grace that this guy was one of the best web designers I ever met.

I know many of you are becoming somewhat angry regarding your inability to be tested for the coronavirus. The truth of the matter is that you are fairly well towards the bottom of the testing pecking order as there are still many essential cultural icons out in Hollywood with no symptoms who have not been tested yet. These supercilious celebrity clowns are proving to be the most disposable and annoying aspects of this pandemic crisis.

The people who matter in this country, who really matter, who will always matter, are not scribblers like myself, and are certainly not the performers in Hollywood and the media. No, the men and women who matter are the ones with the most difficult, dirty, thankless, and now dangerous jobs in the world. The doctors, nurses, all related health staff, cops, fireman, sanitation workers, postal workers, truck drivers, supermarket workers, bodega staff, delivery staff, subway and bus service staff, etc. And all these individuals have been getting up, leaving their families and the comparative safety of their homes to do their jobs every single day. God bless them all. We can never thank them enough.

As I stated prior, this week is a short one and I really want to get back to discussing web design with my new friend so, in closing, make it a point to thank these guys and gals when you interact with them because once this is all over, we all know the stupid American pecking order will return just as it did after 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy — a pecking order where the working class who took all the risks and did all the dangerous grunt work to keep our civilization civilized, will at best be forgotten and taken for granted again. Their title of "essential" workers, which by the way was never reflected in their pay checks, will be effectively tossed down the memory hole until the next crisis blows in to perturb the entitled lifestyles of our elitist brethren at which time, they will reach down and resurrect their status with much ado in order that they may continue to live their lives of the rich and famous they believe they are entitled to.

But at least for now, we are well rid of our cultural aristocracy as we realize just how unnecessary they truly are.

 

Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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