Happy Birthday to An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox!

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 26, 2020 - Features - No Comments

Another year, another birthday. An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox is nine years old!

Last year, I wrote this:

My life seems so different now than in 2011. I have moved into a new house, observed the passing of close loved ones, worked as an unpaid home health aide for my parents-in-law for the better part of three years, found a new job, and made innumerable visits to car repair shops. I have seen the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, the legalization of gay marriage, the end of the Little Depression, and most incredibly of all, the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.

And now I have marooned in my bedroom for over six weeks thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. It has not been a well deserved fun in the sun vacation. The constant drumbeat of negative news about the pandemic can make even Will Rogers and Norman Vincent Peale (the author of The Power of Positive Thinking) into Gloomy Guses.

I have stopped my regular blogging because of the pandemic. I wrote last month that I have more important things to worry about than creating blog posts. What has distressed me most about coronavirus is that the United States is not on board as it was during World War II or even the first couple months after 9/11. This is no average epidemic but a national calamity that will affect us for years to come. Celebrities and Ordinary Joes, young and old, rich and poor, fat and skinny, all colors of the rainbow, straight and gay, and ugly and pretty and ugly–we are all affected.

I have no idea how much longer this pandemic will last. I hope it will end soon because I want to resume my normal life. And I miss writing on subjects like pick-up lines and country and western song titles.

Happy birthday to the Soapbox, but this is not a time for a rapturous celebration.

Joe’s Maybe Memorable Quote of the Day

Birthdays are fun only when they are happy.

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