The New Yorker Lets Me Down But Then Back Up; Prudent and Optimism Defined: Personal Driver, A Friend In Need is a Friend Indeed; Being Played Out; Pessimists Be Gone

Yes, indeedie do they did. First of all, stop calling this The Coronavirus Crisis and perhaps call it the Carnivorous Happening – it is after all happening, I am not in denial. I am not in denial in my life nor on this blog sharing positive (not alarmist views). Recently praising leaders, four of them mentioned in Atlantic Daily, trying to bring laughter and also, publishing the letter from Joo Kim Tiah, bringing words and helpful suggestions from Christian leaders.

But here we go again, a person who is not thinking things through – I will quote her words and then expose the faulty and alarmist thinking. Ms. Glasser but since David Remnick is her editor he gets to share some of the blame. .

“But the numbers are the numbers, and, notwithstanding Trump’s relentless happy talk, the coronavirus epidemic has, as of this week, already produced some fifty thousand American dead. This is not, needless to say, a best-case scenario, or anything close to it. Just a few weeks ago, a survey of scientific experts predicted forty-seven thousand U.S. dead by the beginning of May, according to the Web site FiveThirtyEight. Instead, forty-seven thousand deaths were recorded by this Wednesday, April 22nd, well before the experts had anticipated. On April 8th, a leading model at the University of Washington had revised its projections downward to forecast a total of sixty thousand American deaths by the beginning of August. But the nation now looks to hit that number by May 1st, meaning that, just a few days from now, more Americans will have died from covid-19 than the entire toll from the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, Trump talks of reopening the country, and of the “tremendous strides against this invisible enemy.”

This is what is wrong with this alarmist thinking. A great many of those that died had compromised health to begin with – they might have died from a hang nail, as I say in all candor and humour. How many people die in the past year, how many people die in car accidents? Does that mean we do not drive in cars? Life is risky at the best of times. Alarmist thinking makes everything worse – one’s immune system becomes ineffective when individuals are stressed and unhappy. And do not become critical of me. I do what I am supposed to be doing – did not even leave my apartment for eight days. HOWEVER I do not sit around and count bodies, the way the New Yorker seems to be doing. They are using this mess as a way of attacking Trump – believe me I am no fan of the spotlight loving sociopath however if he was hanging around wringing his hands we would be in worse shape in this country. The New Yorker should hire me to write for them. I have adequate retirement income so it is not necessary for me to work but a young man does want me to be his Sugar Mama and he can cook and clean so perhaps I could take on a part time job and support him in greater style. He is rather good looking – nice eye candy. However, it would not be prudent in this troubled times. What is prudent – it is acting with or showing care and thought for the future. Its synonyms are: cautious, careful, provident, farsighted, judicious, shrewd, circumspect; thrifty, economical. ANTONYMS reckless. Even he says that we should wait until this is over – he does not understand that it is not going to be ‘over’ for at least a year. He is out in the world, I do not have to be.

But nothing is all good or all bad because this by Emma Allen of the New Yorker,” lot of people texted me on Tuesday, when Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, and Matt Walsh—the co-founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade, an improvisational-comedy colossus—announced that they would be permanently closing their swanky Hell’s Kitchen theatre and their bustling training center, near Penn Station. Essentially, they would be withdrawing from New York, the city where they’d got their start, in the mid-nineties, as a scrappy improv troupe from Chicago with plans to proselytize the “yes, and” approach to comedy and life. People were texting me the way they do when a beloved but long-toothed public figure dies of natural causes—accompanied by a frowny emoji, no condolence note necessary.To be clear, I am not an improv fanatic. I am not one of those guys who initiate unwanted conversations in bars about their Harold teams. But, five or so years ago, I took a U.C.B. Improv 101 class “undercover,” to write about the experience—and the rapid ascent of U.C.B., the institution—for this magazine. So the news was of interest. For many months, as I wrote the piece, I found myself obsessed with improv comedy, and might even have started some unwanted conversations on the subject, in bars and out of them. We’re not so different, improv guy and I”

In case anyone was worried about me, do not be. Personal Driver brought back the phone I left in his car AND a roll of paper towel and two rolls of toilet paper. A friend in need is a friend indeed. What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed’? … If the former, then the phrase means: ‘someone who helps you when you are in need is a true friend’. If the latter, it is ‘someone who needs your help becomes especially friendly in order to obtain it’ Personal Driver took me grocery shopping but people were hoarding paper towels and toilet paper so there was none to be had. He is such a good man, I am so happy to have him in my life. I want this damn thing to be over with so I can meet his wife and his three children. This was a conversation we had one time, not reported. It was during the Sultan days.
Me: Do you feel sorry for the Sultan?
He: Every minute of every day I pity the man.

I will have to ask him how he feels about the situation now I am laughing so hard. I was not able to reach him by phone so you will have to wait on the answer.

CPI semt word of an upcoming production.
She:And on another screen … the National Theatre is streaming Antony and Cleo with Ralph Fiennes starting May 8th. Isn’t that the theatre showing you missed in London?
Me:Such a great memory you have – I do not think that was the one I missed – I did see it in a movie theater with my two gay friends. Can you please send me the site again? I laughingly say that I got played out when I was in London as I was constantly going to the theatre. There and there is a great deal of truth to that. And my life is so damn complicated – I do not need any more drama. I do laughingly say that. Off to blog.

Some say that this virus will result in the survival of the fittest. The other news is this: the pessimists and those that see the glass as half empty (instead of half full) will not survive either because of their compromised immune system. In the end the world might be a happier place to live. How is that for optimism which is: confidence, buoyancy, cheer, cheerfulness, good cheer, sanguineness, positiveness, positive attitude. hopefulness ANTONYMS pessimism. .

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