Saturday, October 31, 2020

The ugliness of it all.....

 8:17 am - Saturday - October 31st - Seal Rock, OR - 41° F, 87% humidity, wind 10- mph out of the east by northeast......clear, cold, blue skies today with a forecast high of 57° F.  On this date in 2015, while southbound on US-395, we stopped in Riley, OR to spend a couple of nights until the high winds abated.......↴

It began raining a little after 8 am Friday, and continued raining until early afternoon, just as was forecast by the weather guessers.  After our whirlwind trip south to Bandon last weekend it was nice to just wake up, drink some coffee and enjoy the rain.  

Shortly after the rain abated I drove over to the Seal Rock Post Office to pick up a package for which I had received a delivery notification.  This is a very small PO, and the Postmaster is a man of very few words, but it is only 1/4 mile from SRRVC.  If your package is there he will instruct you to stand on a blue spot near the entry door while he brings the package out from behind the counter and sets it down on a table in the lobby. Only one customer at a time is allowed into the lobby. The blue spot is exactly 6 feet from the table.  You are not allowed to move off that blue spot to retrieve said package(s) until he has closed the door, and returned to his position behind the counter.  He cannot just hand you the package over the counter as the entire opening is blocked off by clear plexiglass.  You cannot pay for anything with a credit card, or check.....only cash is accepted....why, I have no idea whatsoever.  There is a very small opening in the plexiglass for passing through your cash.  This is the most COVID-19 secure PO facility I have encountered since March.  In contrast, the UPS facility in Newport at which I dropped off a return package last week has NO plexiglass between you and the cashier, and there is no restriction on how many customers can be in the lobby other than the capacity of the space itself.  Of course, masks are required in both locations as is the case for every other indoor retail space in Oregon.  There has not been a single new China virus related death in Lincoln County since we arrived 9/15/2020, and yet Oregon continues to treat its citizens as if this were downtown NYC.

We both spent a lot of time reading the rest of the day, and were totally surprised when all of our cloud cover evaporated around 4 pm letting the sun begin to dry out our environment once again.

As I gaze at our wall calendar I see that we are just a few days away from the end of another political season.  The votes will be counted, and results revealed, and then we can get back to just living our lives again.....maybe.  Things are more polarized than every before.....there is nary a sliver of life that is not polluted by politics.  Friendships have dissolved, and families torn apart by it all, which is shameful and pathetic.  We are fortunate to have located ourselves on the mid Oregon Coast where we are somewhat shielded from the ugliness of it all.  Nevertheless, we will continue on with smiles upon our faces, and we will continue to surround ourselves with like minded folks, and seek out the good, and the positive wherever it may be found in rural America.

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