The “E” stories went live a few days ago . . . and stuff.

. . . and if you read them, you have an opportunity to vote for your favorite HERE. That’s also where you can find links to the stories so that — you know — you can read them before you vote.

Now, I’m no dummy. I mean, some might argue that point, but I have high confidence in the statement. Then again, dummies also confidently assert their non-dummyness , a fact that gives me little comfort.

Anyway, I know the current crisis is on everyone’s mind and that against that backdrop, reading a few stories on this blog is as far from a priority as one can get.

Mind you, some are very dismissive of the whole thing, and I hope they make the effort to read the stories and vote before they get slammed by the unfolding of events.

“It’ll blow over in a month or two,” they say.

Others are looking at a very long time span, like the end of next year and beyond.

Me? I’m more inclined to give credence to a longer rather than shorter scenario. Mind you, we could get lucky . . . I mean, that’s what they say, ain’t it? “It’s better to be lucky than good!” and since we’ve obviously not been good, we dang well hope we’ll be lucky.

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Except, I don’t see much luck playing out.

Instead, each day, I feel like I’m watching the slow unfolding of a 9/11-level event.

Meaning, I know that regardless of how things play out, one thing is certain . . . the world won’t be the same after this.

If someone is telling you we’ll be laughing about this a few months from now, feel free to say stuff like “you’re an idiot“.

9/11 was immediate. Scary as hell, but immediate. And, while life changed drastically, in many ways it also “normalized” fairly quickly because after a few days, it was much more about an emotional and mental shock than widespread changes in everyday life.

Yes, “things” changed, but I don’t recall being concerned about going outside, shopping, traveling, etc. I don’t recall panic buying (there may have been, but we didn’t see it), and there was no immediate followup, despite people being worried about more attacks (something the government took advantage of).

That’s what I mean by normalized . . . we were in shock, but in a relatively short amount of time, we went back to living each day as we were before, except we now had to take off our shoes before boarding planes (it’s true; you youngsters don’t remember the time when you could keep your shoes on and no one checked your privates for weapons).

Not so now . . . the opposite, in fact.

. . . and . . .

I plan a post about what I’m reading and who I pay attention to, but writing about this is difficult because what’s happening has so many ramifications and far-reaching effects. Plus, the situation is — to put it mildly — fluid (hence the toilet paper).

Still, I plan giving it a go . . . maybe I’ll break it up into two or three posts and tackle bits and pieces of things I think may have a profound effect going forward.

Not that anyone cares what the heck I think. Heck, I know fewer than five people will click on any link I provide, and fewer still will read what I write.

. . . but I write stuff down as a way to compartmentalize and make sense of what’s coming at me fast and from all sides. Plus, the act of writing things down triggers a different thought pattern than just thinking about stuff.

It’ll be mostly for my benefit, but there’s a small chance a few might find it useful.

We’ll see . . . meanwhile . . .

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14 Responses to The “E” stories went live a few days ago . . . and stuff.

  1. Eddy Winko says:

    I might even read your thoughts on the subject, I think you are right and that we are in for the long haul. It will be interesting to see how society is affected long term.


    • disperser says:

      Sorry, I missed this comment.

      The jury is still out, but given responses to previous crisis events and the history of governments, I’m not hopeful for improvement. Some things will be better for some, but everything comes at a cost, and often more than we initially realize.

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  2. I read story # 1 the other day. I will be reading story # 2 today. I hope it will be better than story # 1.


    • disperser says:

      I don’t know. . . at least one person voted that they disliked all of them.

      Also, in not sure which you are reading. If by #1 you mean Evangelist, then you’ll be disappointed because that has the most votes so far.

      Then again, it could be all those people have tastes that differ from yours.

      Finally, I apologize in advance if you end up hating them all. . . but there’s an option to tell us so.


      • Sorry. I read the stories in sequence. So story # 1 is Evangelist. And I just finished story # 2 (Endowments) and it was better than # 1. Wow, it was also very short! I will probably read the last story today and then vote. BTW, I don’t think I can either like or dislike all three stories equally and so I will either vote for the one I like the best or dislike the least!


        • disperser says:

          That’s why I worded the option as I did.

          I used to have the option of not liking any of the stories but there’s always a preference even if it’s a negative preference. Meaning, if you hated all of them, which one did you hate the least.

          Still, someone disliked all of them equally. Go figure.


  3. AnnMarie says:

    I finished reading the three E’s and I voted. And many thanks for the wonderfully funny cartoon.


  4. I voted.
    And I needed to get lost in these beautiful photos you shared. Thank you.
    Been a rough day.


  5. mvschulze says:

    Vote is in, as usual, but in one sense we certainly have a lot more time to read. The pandemic is a shocking and un-expected event already taking a terrible strike at our previously, comfortable normalacy. It’s only been a week or so. I’m sure it’s only just begun. M :-(


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