Full Moon and Possible Flattening of the Curve

Journal Day 16: Life in my little corner of NYC in the age of the Coronavirus, Monday, April 6, 2020

I set out late today for my walk, when the sun was low, and missed the best part of a beautiful spring day. But that turned out to be happy hour for the birds, who were over the top with their singing.

Even though the sun hadn’t yet set, the full moon was easy to see:

Full moon in the evening © 2020 Jorie Mar

I saw the chickens again. I haven’t been able to get a good picture of them because I don’t know how to get my phone to focus on the chickens instead of on the wire:

Seeing the chickens made me feel like I was out in the country © 2020 Jorie Mar

Blossoms were still falling off the trees:

Magnolia tree on my favorite street, shedding blossoms © 2020 Jorie Mar

But while the time of the blossoms is coming to an end, the time of the leaves is just beginning:

Buds on tree © 2020 Jorie Mar
New leaves © 2020 Jorie Mar

I went back to the street that had the long row of cherry blossom trees that I photographed yesterday and took a picture from a different angle:

Cherry blossoms near Forest Hills Gardens © 2020 Jorie Mar

On my walks, #23 buses have been going by every few minutes, almost always empty or with one person inside. This is strange because in the olden days before the virus, they didn’t seem to run that often. Today I saw two of them bunched together:

Q23 buses rounding the Forest Hills Stadium © 2020 Jorie Mar

Today I also figured out how to get my DIY mask to work. The problem with these masks is that the ends of the fabric extend out past the hair ties. Previously, I had followed the instructional videos and folded the ends in towards the center and stuffed them into the mask’s folds. If the ends were short, they fell out right away. If they were long, there so many layers of fabric that I couldn’t breathe.

So what I did was double-loop the hair ties — the same way I would if I were using them for their intended purpose in my hair — pulled them tight, and then tucked the ends of the fabric into the loops.

Do-it-yourself face mask with fabric ends tucked into hair ties

That held throughout my whole walk! There was one more problem, though. In the video, the woman had the elastic strap going around her head above her ears. Mine wouldn’t stay and slipped down below my ears. The whole contraption would have slipped right off my face except, as it turned out, my ponytail held up the strap.

Today there was a new Randy Rainbow video:

I love Randy Rainbow, but he needs to back off of Andy. He’s MY television boyfriend.

Speaking of the governor, this morning he said that the number of deaths has been basically steady for the past two days. Hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and intubations were all down. It’s still too early to tell for sure, but this could mean the curve is flattening earlier than expected, which would be great news and an indication that our social distancing has worked.

Meanwhile, 653 people have tested positive in my zip code according to data compiled by the city. The governor extended the “pause” order through the end of April, which makes sense and is no surprise.

I usually watch Trump’s news conference but didn’t have time today. Or maybe I didn’t have the stomach for it. I did watch part of Chris Cuomo’s show on CNN, and he looked much better, which was encouraging.

Semi-hopeful New Yawka. Baby boomer. Inactive attorney. Content mill veteran. Aspiring humor writer. semihopeful@gmail.com Twitter: @semihopeful