Friday follies.

Prettiness on a Friday.

I actually planned this picture for earlier this week, but CoVid19 killed John Prine. So, I waited. Call this his funeral flowers. Call it art. Call it a confusing mess. Call it whatever you like. I just hope that you like it.

Some of the news that almost fits.

Two things today.

From the city of my birth there is concerning news.

The coroner’s office is taking bodies from homes where they died. The numbers are astounding. Normally, they retrieve bodies at the rate of about 138 per week, which isn’t much considering the population of New York. Now they are retrieving at least that many per day. Common sense says that most of them are virus victims. They can’t be counted as such because the mortuary staffs just don’t know. Think about that. That’s almost 1,000 per week. In six or so weeks, that’s almost 6,000 bodies that are likely not counted as CoVid19 deaths. That’s probably happening in other cities as well.

In New Orleans, at least, some people are dying from something other than the virus. It’s pretty clear cut. You can’t miss the cause of death. Gunshot wounds. For a couple of weeks, the streets calmed down because of the stay at home advice.

Now? Not so much.

The drug dealers are losing money just like every other small business. They are doing something about it.

Meanwhile, back in New York City, mass graves are being dug on an island where there is an ancient potter’s field. Since victim’s families can’t collect the bodies of their deceased because of fear of infection, the city has to do something with them. That is horrible.  You can’t say goodbye and you can’t memorialize them properly.

In New Orleans, we’ve had seven Zulus die, one big chief and a man who meant everything to the social clubs. Normally, there would be a second line for each of them. You know, a jazz funeral. Not Now.

I suspect — no, I know — that when we finally can gather, when the virus is behind us, there will be the mother of all second lines. It will be a combination of celebration and memorialization. As the Indians say, “Won’t bow down, don’t know how.”

That’s pretty much how the city feels right about now.

Stay safe. Care for others.  Wash your hands. Wear a mask in public. Keep your distance. Don’t gather. Enjoy all the cheesy shrimp and grits.



11 responses to “Alchemy”

  1. athousandbitsofpaper Avatar

    I’ve been seeing America’s shattering on the news. My prayers and thoughts go out to you. There is a surreal feeling of watching a movie – then you realise, no, this is actually happening. Stay safe Ray, I also hear the curve is flattening and the rate of new infections dropping. I hope this is true.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      This country will never be the same again. It would help if we had a leader who knew what he was doing. Ours as challenged as they come. He thought it would be a good idea for the federal government to bid against the states for needed medical supplies, which the feeds sold to private resellers. They sold the supplies at very high markups to the states.

      It does feel like a movie. There are all kinds of pandemic movies, especially zombie ones, that this feels like.

      I’m not sure curve is flattening exactly. The dot charts look like you think when something rising or falling. Nothing ever goes straight up or down. What is happening is that certain regions of the world are ahead of us and have already gone through we are going through. That may not be the best thing. People who were sick are getting sick again.

      Thank you for your prayers. As an old army saying goes, “there are no atheists in foxholes.”

      Stay safe.

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      1. athousandbitsofpaper Avatar

        I love that saying. Your leader is a peanut but many of your people are good – at the end of the day that is what will get your through – I think everyone is ignoring the orange one and doing what is best and thinking for themselves

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        I also think that people in his party are starting to understand that he is an idiot. There has been a lot of talk by his advisers that he needs to shut up and let the experts do the talking. Unfortunately, for him, he is so completely ego driven that he can’t do that. My biggest fear is that with his drive to reopen the country for business by 1 May, he is going to create a never ending contagion.

        BTW, I haven’t been liking your posts because I can’t. I have some WordPress issue that won’t allow me to do it. I’ve work across separate browsers and operating systems as well as Windows and Apple products and the result is the same.

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  2. kunstkitchen Avatar

    This news of staggering numbers of deaths in your city, New York and New Jersey is tough to see. Like the tribute to John Prine. Peace.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      It’s horrible. Everything is dictated by not adding to those statistics. If you consider those people who died at home the numbers are beyond comprehension. We’ve been on a JP binge. Stay safe.

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      1. kunstkitchen Avatar

        Gosh, when I read about people dying at home there, I felt the tragedy and travesty of the whole situation. Terrible. Be well,

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        I think that is happening everywhere. In Wuhan, the PRC claimed about 8,000 deaths. Based on the amount of time the crematoriums were working,, the dropping of survielled phone numbers and the amount of ash urns used, the death toll was more like 43,000. I don’t understand that. What do you gain by lying? Stay safe.

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      3. kunstkitchen Avatar

        Boy, that’s really sad. China has a history of hiding these types of stats. Motive? Control maybe? Stay well.


  3. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

    Unfortunately, every country does it, or worse. Consider that the CIA has overthrown governments, started wars and caused civil issues. Th US got caught by the Iranians many years ago. Saddam Housain was our friend until he wasn’t.

    Stay safe.


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