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An empty mall parking lot

My business is essential, at least according to DoD guidelines – our customers build the trucks your cable, power, cell phone, and sundry other utility and delivery companies use to make staying at home a bit less awful. In many respects you could say this shutdown passed us by: you cannot do manufacturing at home, engineers are next to useless after a few weeks if they lack for hardware to test, while everyone else has been needed to answer the phones, place orders, receive goods, and ship. We only had 2 people working from home during the entirety of the shutdown, and 1 person on reduced hours because daycares were basically shut. But our industrial park was otherwise a ghost town tucked behind a ghostly strip mall, with ghostly commuters on drives to work and home again.

As Ohio rapidly progressed through one closure after another, until all that was left were the “essential” businesses, everything took on an unreal character. The last weekend before the stores were largely ordered shut was, of course, the great toilet-paper panic. I was in our grocery several nights before the panic, and the only things the stores were out of were chicken broth and Combos, and that one was because they were BOGO. 4 days later the store was picked clean, except for fresh fruits and vegetables (I don’t know why kale is perfectly suitable for other uses).

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Did you know you can buy a demon on Etsy? I wasn’t aware there was much of a market for that kind of thing, but I learned that for less than a hundred bucks you can invite the devil to come and play in your house. There are plenty available on eBay as well. Read […]

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The battleship Texas is one of my favorite things. I love visiting it, I love its history, and I love exploring it. I recently wrote a book about the Battleship Texas. It was released in September. As a result I get to do book signings.  Read More View Post

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Have you ever encountered a ghost or had a strange, unexplainable event that was so freakish nobody would believe it? I have had a few and in keeping with the season, and trying to get rid of an election headache, I’ll tell you my story. Read More View Post

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Are ghosts real? If not where did this picture come from? Many highly intelligent people have had experiences they can’t explain and they begin to wonder … Read More View Post

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