Fifty-first Entry

 

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Wednesday May 6, 2020

The soundscape continues to expand. The beeping of a backing-up truck, the irregular thud of a hand cart with one funky wheel, street banter, and the whine and occasional crunch of distant garbage trucks all find their place.

Disneyland Shanghai will reopen next Monday. Navy Seal training has resumed—with masks, of course. The training sounds rigorous, especially what is called “hell week”; more than seventy percent of the candidates drop out that week. Interesting to think about the varied standards we set and hold for people with different roles in our lives, from doctors to presidents.

Another glimpse back to 9/11: the New York State primary election was canceled last month. Mayor Rudy Giuliani tried to do this nearly twenty years ago, however, the courts overturned it then and now yesterday; the courts ruled that the primary must be held in June.

The average number of passengers on domestic flights is seventeen. The NYC subways are shut down every night from 1 – 5:00 AM. Supposedly there are more buses running. Will 24-hour service ever resume?