Three good things about the lockdown

24 May

We are not fans of the lockdown around here. We have posted links to studies from JP Morgan showing them to be ineffective, a giant bonfire of dollars probably only set ablaze so that the authorities would bail out Wall Street: there was no question that Congress would (unanimously!) pass the bailout bill this time, not when unemployment had hit over 20% instantly.

That said, I cannot help but notice three things about the lockdown for which I am thankful.

1) In March and April, I noticed a glow near sunset in my yard. I pondered the cause: maybe a neighbor had taken down a tree that was blocking late-afternoon sunlight? But then, as I drove around about the same time of day, I couldn’t help but notice that I was having a particularly bad time with the sun.

A few moments reflection revealed the source of the glow: the shutdown had cut so much traffic and industrial production down that the air was quite clean. So, first I’m thankful for the glory of creation; the glow was beautiful. Second, I’m thankful for the slightly polluted air of society because it’s really hard to drive with really clean air.

2) Hordes of businesses are “non-essential.” I was fortunate to be able to work from home, but I cannot even imagine the harm inflicted on people whose work is deemed “non-essential.” There’s the economic harm, and the frank separation into a category like what the National Socialists might call “useless eaters.”

One of these has been barbershops and beauty salons, near us. We might soon get permission from our overlords to risk a haircut; the one I got over 2 months ago is long in the tooth. But then, so is my wife’s, and every other woman’s hair. And it looks good. You grow, girl!

3) Meat shortages and supply chain disruptions caused me to be unable to buy my regular bacon brand. The only thing available was their Canadian Bacon.

Now, putting the adjective Canadian in front of any food is likely to cause the food to be perceived less well. This is, after all, the land of poutine and tarte au sucre, and Tim Horton’s as national obsession. But I have to commend the Canadians for affiliating their brand with this stuff. Yum. Even better when it’s actually made in the USA, of course: we don’t want to take a good thing to extremes. That would be Uncanadian.


Posted by on May 24, 2020 in Uncategorized


11 responses to “Three good things about the lockdown

  1. Will S.

    May 24, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Amen; thanks for reminding us to count our blessings, EA! 🙂

    An uplifting post for the Lord’s Day; thank you, brother!

    BTW, we don’t call that stuff Canadian bacon. We just call it back bacon or peameal bacon if it has the ring of fat with yellow pea or cornmeal around it.

    That name was given it by you Yanks. But thanks for the compliment! 😉

  2. bluecat57

    May 24, 2020 at 10:32 am

    You forgot saving water because you don’t have to shower due to social distancing. But I guess that might be offset by obsessively washing your hands.

    • electricangel

      May 24, 2020 at 11:17 am

      The obsessive hand washing is over: we now know that, duh, a respiratory virus is spread by, you know, breathing. Whatever OCD person got that into common practice deserves a medal for propaganda. Probably a shill for Purell Corp.

      But I’ve saved on razors and other items: Sunday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Friday morning means less use of my blades.

  3. Dirtnapninja

    May 24, 2020 at 10:51 am

    back bacon with toutons and maple syrup. The most canadian breakfast possible

    • Will S.

      May 24, 2020 at 10:53 am

      I actually had to look up toutons, never had them. 🙂

      But sounds great! 🙂

      I also like the Newfie tradition of having bologna at breakfast, with baked beans. Yum! 🙂

      • electricangel

        May 24, 2020 at 11:14 am

        Fried bologna is also delicious. If the baked beans aren’t too sweet, they make a nice addition. All those calories are needed when you’re gonna row out to the Grand Banks and harvest some cod.

        Btw, the book Cod is a fascinating tale of the history of that fish. A bit like the passenger pigeon of the sea, “capitalist” strip mining of the stock has destroyed the Newfie way of life. Acting as stewards, we could have enjoyed that resource for thousands of years. Now it’s gone.

      • Dirtnapninja

        May 24, 2020 at 6:24 pm

        My old man was a newfie. Newfoundland has its own cuisine that almost no one knows about.

      • Will S.

        May 24, 2020 at 8:19 pm

        @ Dirtnapninja: Yep.

        I’m fond of much of it; fish’n’brewis, cod tongue, jiggs dinner, etc.

        But for some reason, I didn’t know toutons; weird…

  4. feeriker

    May 24, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    There have indeed been silver linings and blessings to this debacle.

    Although everyone knows that I’m no fan of Ted Beale (a.k.a. Vox Day) in general, the minions who frequent his blog do occasionally have good things to say. One of them, poster “Felix Bellator,” had this to say the other day:

    “Corona-chan has blessed us with:

    1. Demonstration of the feebleness of the public education system and the ease/ benefits of home schooling: lack of disease transmission, reduced school violence, isolation of problem students, recognition of the fact that parents can educate their children, how little infrastructure is actually needed to support education.

    2. Expansion of teleworking, how individuals and teams can still work and be productive in a distributed environment, and reduced traffic congestion and fuel consumption.

    3. The bankruptcy of government: poor medical guidance, bad statistics, contradictory directions, tyranny, etc.

    4. The benefits of federalism.

    5. The importance of community.

    6. The total artificially of the financial system.

    7. The strengths and weaknesses of the current market and medical systems.

    8. The absolute horror of globalization, the benefits of nationalism and local production / control.”

    Original post article found here:

  5. adamantia83

    May 25, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    plus there’s lots of people getting really good at making sourdough bread, starting gardens and hopefully it leads to more homeschooling this fall!


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