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Friday February 26, 2021

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February 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 8


Publisher's Note

On the Bright Side I Won’t Have to Share My Birthday Cake with Anyone This Year!

In the age of COVID, Carol asked me how I felt about a virtual party for my February birthday. I, of course, immediately became suspicious. Whereas some people might think she was planning this big Zoom shindig that’s just not her style. With Carol, what you see is what you get. If she says virtual, she means a cake I can see, but probably can’t eat, a gift card with a zero balance, not to mention a sparsely populated Zoom screen. (Unlike me, Carol’s not too big on scheduling Zoom meetings.) My special birthday dinner will probably consist of a Lean Cuisine that exceeds her limit of 350 calories.
My mind also immediately “zoomed” in on possible presents. Carol’s response was just take a look around our house. In the midst of our kitchen disaster/rebuild, a stranger might mistake our home for Lowe’s or Home Depot. In the empty kitchen (and I do mean empty – no cabinets, no sink – basically we’re what the Alaskans call living in a “dry cabin”) we have a dishwasher in a box and stove in a box. Enter our extra bedroom and you can find our new sink, microwave drawer, sink faucet and miscellaneous cabinet hardware. Basically, we are living in 2 rooms and our garage aka the temporary kitchen. We travel from our bedroom to our home office to the garage sink and workbench with our toaster oven, Keurig and microwave. (Even our UPS driver knows he can get a cup of coffee in our garage.)
But after an entire year of living with the isolation of COVID-19, masks, sanitizers and a demolished kitchen, I am not complaining. Not only did we get our new floors finally installed, even more important we got vaccinated with our first dose of vaccine. So, there is light at the end of this tunnel, but I have a funny feeling it’s not coming from candles on my virtual birthday cake just yet.

Charles Felix can be reached at

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