THURSDAY's LIVE ONLINE EVENTS added Thursday, most recently at 3:12 pm!
More NEWS added Wednesday morning, April 15th, 11:25 am; noon; 5:19 pm.
LIVE ONLINE, 5 PM Wednesday until ?
"Worldwide Concert for Our Culture: Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2020 Virtual Gala"Tune in live: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=IjJbZetCvGw
We just learned about it, late Wednesday, and we're sharing for all those who happen to check-in here, in time.
We're beyond the point of being able to carry-over things that we reported previously. We can't get into re-listing them just because the artists play multiple times each week, or every Wednesday, or whatever. Maybe we'll catch-up sometime. This is not that time. This is all new stuff. (Except for one story reprinted from five years ago today, because, well, you'll see why.) Enjoy!
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on April 14th...
"Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity."
~ Arnold Toynbee, historian (born April 14, 1889, died 1975)
(our thanks to A.Word.A.Day)
April 15th gets the blame. Maybe because it's tax day. But April 14th is miserable. This, written by the Guide's editor, was published five years ago today in L.A. Progressive. The perspective fits now.
Forget Tax Day: You Won’t Believe All that’s Happened on THIS Day
In the L.A. Progressive archive at:
News for April 15th
Today is the birthday of "the Empress of the Blues," Bessie Smith, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (1894-1937). She was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. Which is all the more amazing because she was black in time of dismissive racism, and Bessie did not have access to an education because her parents had died and her elder sister was taking care of her.
THOUGHTS FOR TODAY from one born on this date...
Bessie Smith is a gold mine of quotes thst embody the spirit of the blues. We can't pick just one.
“It's a long old road, but I know I'm gonna find the end.”
“I don't want no drummer. I set the tempo.”
“No time to marry, no time to settle down; I'm a young woman, and I ain't done runnin' around.”
“I need a little sugar in my bowl and a little hot dog in my roll.”
“I ain't good-lookin', but I'm somebody's angel child.”
“There's nineteen men livin' in my neighborhood, Eighteen of them are fools and the one ain't no doggone good.”
“When my bed is empty, Makes me feel awful mean and blue. My springs are getting rusty, Living single like I do.”
“Listen to my story and everything will come out true.”
On her tombstone: “The Greatest Blues Singer in the World Will Never Stop Singing.”
News items & features for April 15th...
Not all news media is rolling in COVID dough
"The Hollywood Reporter" is preparing to lay off nearly 30 percent of editorial staff this week, while it and its sister publication "Billboard" is reducing print circulation.
Trump Uses Coronavirus Briefing to Play Batsh*t Campaign Ad Attacking Press
Yes, Virginia, it CAN get worse... so much so, we're not polluting our pages with what the Orange Imbecile said. Here's the link:
Our kind of a Member of Congress
The nonpartisan "People for the American Way" (PFAW) are distributing something we like. Good thing, because we missed Samantha Bee's show on TBS.
Last week, TV host Bee asked one of those questions that usually gets forgotten after it gets a laugh. Not this time. Bee asked Orange County California Congresswoman Katie Porter if she is “exhausted from appearing in every Republican’s nightmares.”
It became one of those things that got tagged and circulated, because of Porter's answer. Brace yourself.
Porter said it is a “very comfortable role for me,” and continued, “If you’re full of bullsh*t, I’m coming for ya. I just don’t have time. I’m a single mom. The dinner’s burning. I’m late to something. I have 4,000 emails. My hair is frizzy. I haven’t shaved my legs in a week. No bullsh*t.”
PFAW says, "Porter’s district is one of the most competitive in the country and Trump Republicans have her at the very top of their target list… and they’ve been raising millions to unseat her."
Sounds like we need to find a couple bucks to send Katie Porter's way.
Garrison Keillor -- in New York City, not Lake Woebegone
"I’ve been severely criticized the past few weeks for writing about how happy I feel at a time when there is death all around us in New York City and doctors and nurses are wracked with anxiety and exhaustion, but that’s exactly the point: grief belongs to those who are in real trouble and though I expect to fall into despair, it hasn’t happened yet and so the privilege of anguish is not mine to enjoy. I used to be a tortured artist who wrote anguished surrealistic poetry and, by George, I could do it again, but I haven’t been so moved."
Excerpted from his weekly column. Read the whole thing at:
Feature story for this edition...
Food and Pandemic:
He's been sending in the clowns. It's time to send in the National Guard
By Larry Wines
We have not yet seen the worst of this, and we're not talking about how everyone knows we will see more of the same. This is another dimension entirely. Our food supply is in imminent danger.
We've all been forced to increase our exposure, going from store to store in search of essentials that once occupied now-bare shelves. Imagine it from the standpoint of store employees being exposed to the parade of humanity, yelling at them, maybe getting violent, as less and less is available.
Marc Perrone, president of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union International (UFCW) wants his workers declared "extended front-line personnel" during the pandemic. He points-out that the forced shutdown of the country's largest pork-processing plant, Smithfield in South Dakota, is its own COVID cluster outbreak. He emphasizes all the supermarket employees, nationwide, who are working with inadequate or no protective (PPE) gear. He asks where will we be "If they go down sick?" Perrone says "essential" status seems to be the only way to get access for needed protections for those who handle our food -- and for the food supply itself, before it reaches us.
That's not even the worst part. There's an even bigger problem looming.
Billions of dollars of crops are starting to rot in the fields. Farmers face immediate ruin because their south-of-the-border workforce -- despite being able to display signed contracts of employment -- aren't being allowed into the country to reach the waiting fields and orchards.
Food banks -- with their hours-long lines of automobiles holding worried and scared out-of-cash people desperate to feed their families -- are getting tiny portions of the food. Most is being plowed-under, and milk is being poured down sewers, because there simply is no infrastructure to get the food to the people who need it.
In a letter to members of congress and California's US senators last week, I said it is past time to call-up the National Guard in every state, and send them to agricultural America. Before any more farms are lost to repossession by banksters because no harvests bring no cash to pay bills for last year's seed; before alfalfa and corn is lost before it can become feed for yearlings and other livestock; before surface runoff from inadequately tended feed lots ruins water supplies; and before there isn't enough being produced to feed the masses.
Most "citizen soldier" members of the National Guard are sitting home like the rest of us. Those trained to drive tanks across battlefields can rapidly adapt to piloting tractors and mechanical harvesters. Those trained to look for land mines, being detail oriented, can learn to identify which plants to harvest, which pieces of fruit are ready to leave the tree, and just what stays in the ground or on the tree limbs, and why. And those who carry weapons can take-up hoes, shovels, rakes, baskets and boxes.
It's not a crazy Pollyanna notion. I was a volunteer in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Chaos prevailed there until the Pennsylvania National Guard arrived.
Within 48 hours, efficient distribution of food and water were in place. Emergency shelters were being constructed, along with latrines, showers, and coordination of clothing and other donations arriving from civilian volunteer efforts and donations. That was the difference that military organization made.
Did I like the ubiquitous presence of M-16-armed soldiers in Robocop gear of their "secured perimeter"-? Of course not. But inside that perimeter, a route for cars produced efficient movement, and soldiers without weapons were filling the back seats of each car with military "MRE" field rations and bottled water.
Before that, the big organizations, like the Red Cross, were there, but they were as overwhelmed as everyone else. That included our grassroots California volunteers who had been supplied and dispatched by Southern California members of "Veterans for Peace" and all that came-in through on-air appeals from KPFK radio.
Was the uniformed presence a fix-all? No. Remember, Katrina, and Rita that followed it, were abject regional disasters that wrecked water supplies and tore roofs off buildings that were not shredded across the landscape. The rest of America was still whole and prosperous enough to send aid. From the Salvation Army to the little converted school bus that was the "Food Not Bombs" field kitchen, help poured-in. That little bus, by the way, fed all the volunteers in our storm-wrecked campground. However they coordinated their own resupply, we got an early breakfast and a very late dinner from the exhausted cooks inside, handed-out through the side windows of that bus, bracketing their day of feeding storm victims as far away as Mississippi. And they did it every day.
So, the differences are duly noted. This pandemic didn't leave a zone of immunity to send in the cavalry, stocked with essential supplies. Nobody has any toilet paper, anywhere, except the hoarders.
But the central point still holds. The National Guard is trained and experienced in coming to the aid of the nation in an emergency. River valley floods. Runaway wild fires. Rescue and mitigation after killer tornadoes and hurricanes and earthquakes.
They can bring in the harvest and prevent impending food shortages. They can do the spring planting and prevent the next food shortage that is assured if new crops do not go into the ground in time.
The people in green are needed to keep the fields green and the food supply secure.
Now, if we can only get the stupid-sound-byte-du-jour / myopic media -- strangely enough, in common with the Orange Bloviator -- to see past their ratings numbers.
THURSDAY, April 16th: today's news & live events
Remembering a legend
Today is the birthday of legendary physical comedian, filmmaker and actor Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), born in London, and whose first foray into show biz was in Vaudeville. He became far more than one of the biggest stars of the 20th century's silent-film era.
Let's let Garrison Keillor pick up the next part of the story: "When Chaplin arrived in Hollywood, he was shocked to see how little rehearsal went into each movie. Hollywood directors at the time filmed each scene in a single take, refusing to waste money on extra film. Chaplin tried to get used to the Hollywood style, and he took all the jobs he could get, saving almost all the money he made."
Keillor continues, "But he [Chaplin] was disgusted at the quality of the movies. The camera often wasn't pointed in the right direction to capture his movements, and many of his favorite moments ended up on the cutting room floor. At the end of five months, he asked the producer if he could direct his own movie, and he put up $1,500 of his own savings as a guarantee against losses."
"That year, 1914, Chaplin directed, wrote, and starred in 16 films in six months. It was that year that he debuted his most famous character: the 'little tramp,' who's always beaten down by life, always the butt of the jokes, but who never gives up his optimism. The character made Chaplin a star, recognized around the world."
But that's not all. After gaining recognition as an audience icon and being recognized in and out of the business as an authentic innovative genius, Chaplin was among those selected as victims by demagogue US Senator Joseph McCarthy for his early 1950s "Stop the communist menace!" Red Scare / witch hunt. While many in Hollywood either caved-in, like Burl Ives, or fought back and were black-listed out of being able to work, like Dalton Trumbo, Chaplin simply told them to screw themselves and he abruptly retired from filmmaking and moved his family to Europe.
The world is left to ponder what great classics we never got from Charlie Chaplin and other creatives because of an attack-dog loudmouth whose own qualifications couldn't hold a candle to the accomplishments of the people he attacked with bluster, lies and innuendo. Sorta reminds ya of somebody these days, doesn't it? And it should make us wonder whose light is eclipsed -- or who is self-censoring out of fear-- because of today's self-aggrandizing harbingers of darkness.
Thu, Apr 16:
5 pm Pacific --
EILEEN IVERS, internationally known Irish fiddler, does a free live online solo performance of her great versatility, presented by Caltech's Public Programming / "CaltechLive!" in Pasadena CA
* As you may remember, Eileen was going to perform on the campus in Beckman Auditorium just a few weeks ago -- it would have happened after things began to unravel. (Good bio and video link still at their site, here.)
* Caltech hopes many of you will "attend" this show and let your friends know.
* It's available on the CaltechLive! website at:
* Also available on Facebook Live, at:
* You can easily give Eileen a little emotional support by clicking the "heart," "like," or even "wow" buttons on FB, or you can leave comments about the show on Eileen's Youtube channel, via the CaltechLive! link. Need help? It's here:
* Eileen's new album, "Scatter the Light," reflects upon positive aspects of life and humanity, even in light of life’s struggles… focusing on moments of joy and gratitude. The array of tracks is inspired by everything from meditations on family, faith, gratitude, and loss, to calls-of-action for living in the moment, taking chances, and finding the strength to survive life’s obstacles. As our friends at the Pasadena Folk Music Society say, "Sounds perfect for our times, doesn't it?"
* This will be a solo show, but she may do a few songs from the album.
* See a short, happy and kinetic clip of Eileen with her band, here:
* Catch a 13-minute live performance set from her "Strings" Magazine show, here:
Thu, Apr 16:
5 pm Pacific --
Prejudice in the Ballet World
Staying sane, things to do / learn / explore...
When you look back years from now...
... and remember what you did -- or didn't do -- with your first long span of time-off since elementary school...
The above quote answers the fully integrated companion question without ever mentioning it. What's that, you say?
HOW you're doing is very much related to WHAT you're doing. Which brings us to our three-part topic.
We continue to encourage you to pursue -- or for the first time since 4th Period Art Class, to FIND -- your creativity, in answer to that small inner voice that's always been there, asking, "Where did you go? I miss you."
Section one... commit to something that expands everything
Pick Up a new instrumentSection two... impulse recreational
Participate in the Bear Hunt
With kids out of school and so many families practicing social distancing, neighborhoods across the United States and around the world are organizing bear hunts. (Cameras welcome, but no other hunting implements.) The idea is, while you're out on a walk, the kids can be on the lookout for teddy bears (and other critters) in the windows of homes. And now there's a map of all the places with plush animals to be seen with that doggy in the window. View it and post your finds on Twitter using #bearhunt
Or, try this...
Section three... Utilitarian creativity
DIY time... Make-A-Mask
In light of the endlessly contradictory announcements made by the White House in those insufferable daily "Coronavirus Task Force" harangues from the Orange Imbecile -- and how that has everybody scrambling to keep their jobs at the CDC -- masks are now in short supply. Of course, medical-grade N95 masks must ALL go to hospitals and emergency responders. And some state's governors and city's mayors made and announced clear decisions on face-covering rules days ago.
But it all combines to make the things impossible to find without going through a Disaster Capitalist opportunist / extortion racket to get one. So... why not take a moment to make your own? There are instructions in this helpful Youtube Video.
We also recommend this one, from the New York Times:
Here’s our definitive guide to making, wearing and caring for your new face mask."
Section four... relaxing, learning, creating, without commiting to learning a new language
Used to be, people had hobbies
Well, they're baaaaack-!
Sadly, the world no longer comes with spare bedrooms or enough time between multiple jobs in the gig economy to allow time and space (or the necessary disposable capital) for "recreational activity" beyond your now-useless gym membership. That's what all of us had come to accept, with 70% of income going to pay rent.
Hence, all of everybody's time goes into the same thing that's already there as a work tool: the damn computer. Ways to differentiate -- "Lines" between between work activities and play activities -- long ago vanished, because all of them were pursued by sitting on your ass in the same chair.
When's the last time you met a stamp or coin collector, or somebody who builds miniature models of anything? From wood doll house furniture to plastic model airplanes to wood craftsman sailing ships (with billowing cloth sails and intricate "rope" rigging) to model trains (that run and have whistle and bell and steam chuffing sound effects), and the villages and scenery and sidewalks and streetlights and people figures that make come-alive dioramas of all of them?
Here at the Guide, we've talked and listened to numerous artists on subjects tangent to all that. And we fully expect all this stay-at-home time will usher-in a new paradigm, after everyone has had ample time to reconsider what matters in life, and how years of endless grind have only led to years of endless grind.
So learning to play an(other) instrument, and windowbox gardening, and wood carving, and building-and-painting-and-detailing miniatures with miniature people interacting in little scenes, and knitting and needlepoint and crochet and quiltmaking and tole painting and watercolors and sculpture should all make a comeback -- as fresh discoveries by deprived generations whose total immersion in Cyberia never let them know the joy and satisfaction of creativity available in all of these hands-on discoveries of scale and proportion and actual, real-world objects that can become your own wall art or even family heirlooms.
Hence, here's the first of several planned introductions to getting you back to the future of finding joy in a hobby. If the stores aren't open that carry the necessary materials, online vendors and home delivery can set you up!
• Learn How To Knit
Why not come out of quarantine with a homemade blanket, scarf, or even sweater? On Wool & the Gang, you can download free patterns and tutorials to learn how to knit or crochet pretty much anything.
• Try Candle-Making
A pretty candle is the focal point of every Insta-worthy self-care setup, so how about making one of your own? You can concoct custom scents and add dried flowers or coloring to make them unique.
• Create A Painting
Maybe you’re the next Jackson Pollock… or maybe not. Either way, painting can stimulate your creative brain and pass the time. Don’t forget to pick up some canvas if you go the acrylic route or watercolor paper if you’d like to try that method.
• Try Pottery and Sculpting
You don’t need a professional pottery class to craft some bowls or planters. Pick up oven-bake clay and a small tool kit, and you’ll be all set.
• Want more / something else?
Until we revisit the subject, here are two fun resources:
And a huge compendium from WFTV "channel 9 ABC" that'll keep you busy:
"Fun things to do while social distancing"
Cyber concerts -- some live,
some time-scheduled from archives
Note these are NOT on-demand. They happen at the times indicated.
"Drew Holcomb's Kitchen Cover Series"
Tune into the Americana singer/songwriter's daily stream where he'll perform covers every day. Watch on , , or .
2 pm Pacific --
"Art Share L.A."
Tune into Art Share L.A.'s Facebook every day to watch local talent live. Stream .
Nightly, from New York City:
The Met is streaming opera nightly. Watch . Each performance will be available for a specific amount of time, follow them on for more info
Wed Apr 15:
10 am Pacific --
David Archuleta, the "Crush" singer, joins "Billboard Live At-Home." Watch .
Wed, Apr 15:
Noon Pacific --
Ella Henderson, the "We Got Love" singer, performs live as a part of "Billboard Live At-Home." Watch .
Wed Apr 15:
1 pm Pacific --
"Lincoln Center at Home" presents Gustafer Yellowgold
New York City's Lincoln Center presents music, dance and theater performances and workshops as part of its Lincoln Center at Home digital initiative. Its #ConcertsForKids series hosts Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show, a funny and touching multimedia performance mixing music, colored pencil animations and storytelling. Watch it on Lincoln Center's Facebook page .
Apr 15 (next show)
4:30 pm Pacific --
ROSIE FLORES does her weekly live show from Austin, Texas.
* Livestream on Face Book every Wednesday at:
Wed, Apr 15:
5 pm Pacific --
"Weir Wednesdays" streams live on and .
Proceeds benefit COVID-19 relief fund.
Daily live streaming, more on-demand
Live concert every day:
5:30 pm-7 pm Pacific --
Pianoman MARC BOSSERMAN takes requests and generally dazzles. He also has quite an archive of recorded favorites. Check him out.
• Live daily: https://www.facebook.com/marcbossermanmusic
• Archive: punch the graphic...
On-demand concerts, etc
The folks at DoLA are very into alterno-pop sorta stuff. But for the sake of sanity during quasi-quarantine, they've widened their horizons to offer watch-when-you-want concerts that span decades and genres. Check it out.
DoLA's "Best Archival Los Angeles Concerts You Can Stream"
You know the Homestead Museum in City of Industry, CA. They're the folks who host the delightful "Ticket to the 20s" Roaring Twenties festival every October. Check out their online programs at: https://www.homesteadmuseum.org
"UnCancelled Music Festival" ensues...
This is frustrating to track-down. There does not seem (at press time, anyway) to be a site with a master list of everyone who is performing across all the days, how many days it lasts, or even a complete lineup on any one of its days. Each artist is left to tell their own list about the date and time their set goes-out.
Try this source for more, in case they add more:
Here's the ONE show for which we received all the partic'lars... It's in the artists' words.
Fri, Apr 17:
4 pm Pacific --
Andy Hill & Renee Safier play the "UnCancelled Music Festival"
Get your tickets early at: https://www.stageit.com/…/uncancelled_music_festival_…/77225
We hope you will join us on the UCPAC Virtual Stage for the "UnCancelled Music Festival"
To participate, you need to create an account on StageIt and then purchase (using PayPal as a member or guest) $5 worth of StageIt Notes. 10 notes = $1.
You can then buy a ticket to any of our shows for 1 note, which is 10 cents. Yes, just 10 cents. Although you can choose to pay more and tip during the show, this event is using the "pay what you want" feature to maximize access to the shows in these difficult times.
Get your tickets NOW! https://www.stageit.com/…/uncancelled_music_festival_…/77225
During the show, you can chat with the other fans and with us, when we're not actively playing. The show will be 30-45 minutes long, and it starts on the hour.
For those with the means, "the pay what you want” feature is also designed to raise money for the musicians and venues who are participating and for the greater music community. A portion of the proceeds from each show goes to MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s Foundation, which provides financial support and addiction help for struggling musicians all the time, but has a special relief program going on right now during this unprecedented pandemic to help all of the music professionals who have lost work.
Share, tell your friends, make the benefit for musicians HUGE! #livemusicisbetter
Union County Performing Arts Center, Hamilton Stage, @UnionCountyPAC
and Facebook UnCancelled
New album from the delightful Marina V
We can't review it because we haven't heard it. So we'll let Marina talk to you about thst, and other things on her mind:
"In V Minor", my 12th album, is out today on every platform!
STREAMING LINKS: https://www.MarinaV.com/v
It's VERY hard to be in a celebratory mood when the whole world is hurting.
But music is such a great positive force.
It has helped me deal with stress all of my life, just as it's helping me now.
I wrote most of these songs to get me through dark times and to ease my fears.
Perhaps they can be of help to others.
And, apparently, the album tastes very good too (thanks, Baby V!) :)
See video here:
Because many people are struggling now (and I never want lack of money to prevent people from enjoying my music), I'm making this album available for free, with donation optional:
LYRICS, THANKS, AND CREDITS:
I am very proud of "In V Minor" and am truly grateful to everyone on our creative team and to all who believe in my music enough to have sponsored it.
You are my record label, my village! Thank you so much!!
Thanks, credits and lyrics: https://www.MarinaV.com/v
Extra special thanks to Alex Kharlamov, composer/producer extraordinaire, for producing most of the songs and mastering the album.
ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION:
Sweet reminder and I hope you can tune in today for our Album Release Concert & Celebration, Part 2!
I would really love to see you and share this moment in time together.
Tuesday, April 14 at 7pm US Pacific (which is Weds GMT+11 at 1pm)
on twitch.tv/MarinaVmusic (a.k.a. Marinawood)
ABOUT THE ALBUM:
Award-winning singer/songwriter Marina V's 12th album "In V Minor" features 12 introspective songs about love and loss, healing and depression, hope and despair. Melancholic yet uplifting, "In V Minor" is stripped down, focusing on acoustic piano and guitar, soaring strings and intimate vocals.
The album includes several heavy-hitting guest musicians, including Dan Navarro on "We Belong" (Navarro co-wrote this Pat Benatar hit) and Jim "Kimo" West (GRAMMY-nominated Hawaiian slack key guitarist and guitarist for Weird Al) on "Cold Cold Winter". Sponsored entirely by Marina's fans, "In V Minor" has already been described as "Timeless, yet timely".
I will sign/hug/kiss each copy, as always!
But we won't start shipping until it's safe to do so.
Gotta run, baby is waking up from her nap.
Big hug to every one of you, and see you online for our 3xweekly online concerts!!
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight,
and strings tuned.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove -- you'll prob'ly need to
grab the cards for solitaire, since you
can't have somebody over for a round
of checkers. But we'll be along...
directly, from a safe social distance.
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too)
• Coronavirus lives on inorganic surfaces anywhere from two hours to NINE DAYS; it all seems dependent on temperature, unless it is killed by disinfectant. When tests revealed that, even health care workers were surprised. It brings more emphasis to many of the following points.
• Stop shaking hands. Don't do "fist bumps" because that's still hand-to-hand contact. And don't become a mad elbow-bumper, because of the next point.
• Cough into the inside of your elbow, ANY TIME you cough.
• Make your own hand sanitizer if the stores are out. Formula, from a doctor who makes it with her kids: two parts isopropyl alcohol (drugstore alcohol, at least 70% alcohol), one part aloe vera gel, a dash of any essential oil. Works just ss well as store bought stuff.
• Don't be a transporter. Immediately remove shoes inside your front door and change clothes when you get home. Don't plunk-down on the couch until you shed what you were wearing at work or in the store or on the bus or in the coffee bar. Stop tracking everything from the sidewalk onto your kitchen and bathroom floors and your rug.
• Be mindful of your car. Everything you touch, everywhere, is on your steering wheel. Everywhere you sit is on your car seat. Keep 'em disinfected -- Clorox wipe the wheel, Lysol spray the seats, often.
• Everything you wear goes in the hamper. No multi-day wearings between washings.
• Don't buy-up all tbe masks that medical responders need. Nearly all the masks in the stores are Dust Masks, made to keep carpenters and other tradesmen from inhaling sawdust. Expecting those to protect you from tiny viruses is like trying to filter water with a tennis racket. Plus, wearing masks everywhere is not a good idea -- without training and lots of practice, you'll contaminate the thing and then breathe a stewpot of microorganisms up-close and personal.
~ gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.
~ airline & train tray tables -- who knows when they were last cleaned and to what extent? When we saw a baby being changed on one... (bring a little plastic box of Clorox wipes when you travel).
~ bring your own food on the airplane -- you're probably doing that, anyway, since they stopped feeding you back when they started charging for carry-on luggage and made you ride with your knees in your armpits. Flight attendants have tested positive -- their hands pour drinks, dispense snacks, and pick-up everybody's garbage.
Read AND SHARE The Guide's complete feature story on the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the edition at: https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2020/02/leap-day-weekend-leaping-into.html