“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” By Mark Twain
“Got a Ticket to Ride…”
This time a week ago I was enjoying the sunshine and the Pacific Ocean in the small town of Depoe Bay, Oregon. Today, I am in east Tennessee for a week-long stay. I make my way back home to Washington state next week.
Traveling gives you interesting insights into the health attitudes and safety measures different locations are applying in response to Covid-19. The only consistency I have seen is the “non-consistency”. Some stores are open and others are not. Some places demand a mask be worn and some do not. Some preach social distance and some seem to not care. All in all these differences reflect the overall range of thoughts and concerns from coast to coast.
Air travel is a major challenge. I was on two different airlines traveling east and both constantly proclaimed the need for masks and distances while waiting to board the planes. After you board, you find each seat if filled with travelers…a few even without masks. Social distance was checked at the door. Just another inconsistency!
During my nearly six hours of flying, I was treated to 2 bottles of water and two packages of snacks (crackers). There were no Wi-Fi connections or TV monitors available. There is food available in the airport if you have time to wait in extremely long lines…(six feet apart). Fortunately, I packed my own power bars and mixed nuts.
Wherever I am, Copey Learning Center and “Friends of Copey” are topics of discussion. My location is about an hour drive from Emory & Henry College across the border into southwest Virginia. This is Copey Land…a hot bed of very supportive “Friends of Copey”.
Costa Rica Covid-19 Update…!
Still, no information can be found in the news regarding schools reopening. Costa Rica was poised to reopen its commerce this past weekend but the report on new cases on Friday shut down these plans. A spike of 119 new cases emerged making it the highest single day total to date. Businesses already operating were permitted to continue with the same restrictions in place over the past two or three weeks. (Source: The Costa Rican Star Newspaper dated June 19, 2020.)
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