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2/26/2020 | G. Michael Dobbs


So how are you doing?

As you read this there is a possibility that we may be “re-opening” the state. Since I’m not Kreskin and since I’m writing this column about two weeks before the date of May 4, I know that a lot can change.

I bet Kreskin can’t even figure this one out.

So how has stay-at-home been working for you? For me, working at home has had certain advantages. For instance, shaving is optional. Changing your shirt every day is optional. I find I can go four days without changing the shirt as long as I’m not spilling something on it.

Pants are required. We must still have some standards.

My wife and I are trying to support local businesses with some take-out orders but we are cooking much more for ourselves. It requires more thought and planning, though.

I do find myself getting into ruts, though. Lunch is almost always a hot dog sandwich – dogs, mayonnaise, bread and butter pickles on bread – unless I push myself to be creative.

Working from home also means trying to keep your eye on the prize. Distractions are everywhere. Maybe I should put a load of laundry in. Maybe I should watch this video on YouTube. When did this stuff get so dusty? Are there enough dishes in the sink to warrant washing them now? Maybe I should check in on a friend.

Decisions. Decisions.

Luckily, I suppose, deadlines rule my life and fear of the consequences of missing them is a great motivator.

We are very fortunate, though. We have enough money to pay the bills. Our family members seem to be doing well, also. And, knock wood, everyone is healthy.

I’m well aware that not everyone can make those statements. This is indeed a time where we have to pull together as communities, states and as a nation.

I am longing for a field trip or two. I get together with two of my buddies for what I call “old men tours.” My friends Joseph Citro and Stephen R. Bissette and I – go ahead look them up, they are quite accomplished, I’m the slacker in the trio – take trips around New England. Joe is the author of many books on New England oddities and folklore and we visit places he has covered in his books.

I enjoy a good road trip and in this issue of Go Local we feature some neat destinations that are close to home.

Several of those destinations will get you out of your culinary rut. Copper Hill Farm in Somers, CT, has a wide selection of organic vegetables, pasture-raised chicken eggs and chicken and pork raised without chemicals.

Russo’s Italian Bakery in Enfield, CT is a dangerous place for me. There are a wide variety of things I should not eat, but I must!

My wife is not a quilter but she is a crafter and Quilts & Treasures looks like a road trip 15 minutes from our home but would provide hours of enjoyment for her.

And in case when you read this issue we are still not out of the woods, there is a great list of ideas of activities you can do with your children.

In the meantime we hope you enjoy this issue in the safety and comfort of your home. Wear a mask outside, practice social distancing and make plans for the future.

- G. Michael Dobbs, Managing Editor

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