Fireside Chats: Closing the Fireplace
On the day when it seemed the world was shutting down and the CDC was calling for eight weeks of quarantine, I put a black “56” on the calendar (‘cause 8 weeks x 7 days per week = 56 days). Each successive day I wrote another number on the calendar, counting down. The lockdown didn’t end the day after I wrote a number “1” on the calendar, but there was talk. Things are slowly returning to normal. All the museums, theaters, and pretty much anything entertainment-related is still shuttered, but restaurants here in Alabama are open again, and I can tell you firsthand that nobody is worrying about social distancing anymore.
If the summer heat and humidity doesn’t take some wind out of the ‘Rona’s sails, we’re gonna see a huge upswing in numbers of the infected in about a month, because of the protests. And even if the protests don’t lead to a massive resurgence, we can be sure that ol’ ‘Rona will be back with a vengeance in the fall. Will we have to go into lockdown again? I don’t think so. I don’t think people would be willing to do it again, not now. I think there’d be riots if the government tried to force it.
We’re moving in baby steps away from the days of quarantine, but we *are* moving. So it is that I will be retiring our “Fireside Chats” feature. I pray to God we never need it again. I hope it helped, just a tad, while we were all going through the lockdown together. I’ve been looking forward to the day that I could discontinue the Fireside Chats. It looks like that day has arrived. If I don’t shout “Hallelujah!” it’s only because Rona is still with us. On the day that it isn’t anymore, *then* I’ll do my shouting.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
Denn die totden reiten schnell!