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Austin Lockdown – Coffee

Austin has plenty of coffeehouses and seems to start the day with breakfast tacos and coffee, frequently espresso drinks. The Starbucks in Austin without drive-thru windows are closed in line with the city’s “lockdown” to slow the spread of the … Continue reading

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Coronavirus and the Economy, a Third Path

Most countries are using one of two strategies to deal with coronavirus pandemic: lockdown or herd immunity. Because this is a novel (to humans) virus, no one’s immune system has seen in before and has no immunity to except possibly … Continue reading

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Austin Lockdown – Coronavirus tests

Last week 185 test kits were available for drive-thru tests in Austin. The CDC eligibility criteria is still in place: fever and difficulty breathing, or contact with an infected person. This week there are 160 test kits available. Two Fridays … Continue reading

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Austin Lockdown – Money

On Saturday our pharmacy stopped accepting cash. Credit cards and checks are okay. Today our credit union was ATM and drive-thru only. The cash from the drive-thru was all new bills. China is destroying a lot of cash and printing … Continue reading

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Austin Lockdown – Churches

You go to war with the army you have. Donald Rumsfeld Rumsfeld took a lot of flack when he said this during the Iraqi invasion. It didn’t comfort the families whose members were dying due to shrapnel from Improvised Explosive … Continue reading

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Austin Lockdown – Parcel Delivery

Yesterday, I received a text telling me I had a parcel in the lockers. Expected but several days late (2 days usually, 4 days this time). It’s a refill of some OTC anti-viral supplements. Today (Sunday), I received a text … Continue reading

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Austin Lockdown – Days 2 & 3

Austin has slowed way down. Wednesday we went to the supermarket early to get staples that weren’t on the shelf the previous trip. (To get some idea, see “Austin, Ides of March, 2020“.) This was in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Austin on Lockdown

Tuesday around noon, the Mayor of Austin and a Travis County judge announced a shutdown of all bars and restaurant dining areas (take-out and delivery are still allowed) and a ban on all meetings or gatherings with ten people or … Continue reading

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Austin, Ides of March, 2020

Laurence Musgrove, an English professor at Angelo State University and the author of The Bluebonnet Sutras, has started Tejascovido, a Web journal for Texans writing about the COVID-19 crisis. He is publishing several pieces a day, both poetry and prose. I’m reading … Continue reading

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Know It Owl

Couldn’t resist. A Burrowing Owl in Berkeley, CA, home of the University of California, Berkeley and several other fine institutions of learning.

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