With our amazing community of people, charming downtown and phenomenal sweeping lake views, who would have ever thought that Kirkland, "Washing-hands-a-ton" would make global news for being the US epicenter for COVID-19? But here we are. It looks like we may not make the "Best Places to Live" list again this year, but that's the least of our problems. Lucky for you, I'm not the news, so instead of throwing a bunch of up to the minute statistics at you and current local advisories, I thought I would try to keep it light and look at the bright side, because sometimes we need that. Especially w some kids home from school and spouses working from home and 2 rolls of toilet paper left.
Here are some of my random observations and not-always-particularly-wise tips on how to look at the bright side:
- I'm so proud-you guys are eating your fruits and veggies! Nice work, Kirkland. Of course the TP, hand sanitizer and water are depleted from all of the stores, but I was really impressed to know that you realize the importance of fresh produce for your overall health and have decided to also clear out most of the hardy greens and fresh fruits. A+ people. I've noticed a post that Met Market was cleared out of kombucha, artisan breads and black truffle burrata. Aren't we fancy!
- A few weeks ago I was looking for face masks online and came to realize some of them were being shipped from China. I could have COVID-19 delivered straight to my front door? How's that for irony?
- I'm worried for our local businesses that have seen a tremendous downturn in the past month. It's good that you're staying safe and following guidelines to minimize the potential spread, but maybe we can do some online ordering to help keep them afloat? By the way, WowWow Lemonade has permanently closed their Kirkland location. And there is a Grand Opening event this weekend for Mr. Wish at 320 4th St (next to the Shell on Central Way) and they are excited to be here with their freshly brewed fruit tea, smoothies, bubble tea and milk tea. Here's their flyer for a "buy one get one free" event 3/9-3/10.
- We all know how to wash our hands while singing happy birthday now. It's easier than chewing gum and tapping your head. And I mean REALLY wash our hands, nothing like pre-Corona hand washing. We are paying extra attention to fingertips, thumbs, that meaty blob under your pinkies and the back of your hands. And using the paper towel or an elbow to turn the water off when done drying. And then there's Ellen's way.
- Handshaking is so 2019. Hugs? Don't you dare. It's a foot-shake now folks, and here's how you do it.
- On the upside, traffic is non-existent. And I went to the gym yesterday and rolled right in to my favorite parking spot, used my sleeve to open the doors and wiped down everything before and after I used it. I appreciate that the staff is visibly wiping down equipment and doorways/knobs constantly. But I was mostly by myself (with my new haircut), as you can see by the sea of empty treadmills. Good news: The lake is flat and I just got word that a boat is de-winterized so my future workouts may be waterskiing- especially since it's a gloved sport and I'm hoping COVID-19 can't sustain the 48 degree water temp like my drysuit can.
- Airfare is cheap. I just got an email from Alaska about flights starting at $20 one way. In case you're plotting an escape...
- Or-stay! This is a great time to organize at home! Before the stir-crazy part sets in, I'm thinking I can clean up some crap piles of paper from my office and re-arrange some furniture to keep things exciting around here.
- Teach your kids negotiating skills by bartering for in-demand quarantine supplies. I'll trade you 3 rolls of toilet paper for that hand sanitizer? In a pinch, you can make your own hand sanitizer. My dad texted to let me know there's a way to make sanitizer with vodka. But I would never waste perfectly good vodka that way. I still have some olives around here somewhere and I could just as easily start my cleansing on the interior.
- One silver lining of having Kirkland unwilling land in the national news is the re-connections that it has sparked. My mom heard from a friend she hasn't spoken to in 20 years. I'm getting Facebook messages from friends all over the country checking in.
- Feel free to share your upside stories and advice for this not-so-awesome time in Kirkland. It's kind of a nice break from the news. :-)