Broadcasting from home has a different look & feel during coronavirus

When I watch these news reporters broadcasting from home, I’m reminded of that guy who was interviewed live on BBC from his home in what looked like an official office until his daughter walked in followed by a baby in a walker and had to be dragged out by a frantic lady. To his credit, he apologized and kept on delivering his story. 

A lot of people being forced to work from home are finding it not to be as easy as they’d like. I have one friend sent home with a couple monitors, a computer, and a telephone and told to hook it up in time for work the next day so he can continue his call center duties. Without a workstation, he had to take up half the family’s dining room table. Without a sexy comfy swivel office chair, he had to suffer in a dining room chair. Without the ‘proper’ internet provider, he had to spend endless hours with the helpdesk and have the ‘unproper’ internet provider’s serviceman come to the home only to tell his helpdesk everything was connected correctly. He had to end up switching to Comcast internet to get thing working. 


I want to be Drew Carey for one day during coronavirus

I haven’t watched a full episode of the ‘Price is Right’ for decades, but this stay-at-home syndrome has me doing some unusual things. I’m am totally convinced this show is the therapy many of us need right now. 

When I landed on the channel, the first thing that caught my eye were all the people crowded up in the studio audience not giving a hoot about social distancing. It took a moment, but I figured the show was taped some time ago back when the world operated normally.

That’s where the therapy comes in. Where else are you seeing old fashioned normalcy? This show has regular ordinary people of all races, genders, and ages, from all across America, smiling, laughing, clapping, hollering, and screaming, and just acting a fool. When’s the last time we’ve seen that in our state-of-emergency society.

Coronavirus Opinion

How accurate is the COVID-19 count?

I put as much faith in the COVID-19 count as I do the number the views this blog receives. Both are inaccurate although they both give you a sense of how things are trending. 

If I take a peek at blog’s stats, it’ll say a post has 25 views. Yet, if over 400 people subscribe and receive the post in their email and read it, those numbers never show up. If they forward the email to others, those numbers don’t show. I can think of a few more ways actual views don’t get counted, but overall, I can always tell which posts are trending over others, even though I know the actual view count is way off. 

With COVID-19, I heard a health care worker in NYC being asked if she thought the actual count was higher than reported. She answered, ‘By 10s of thousands.’ 

Coronavirus Health Opinion

How social distance and industrial safety training relate

Working several years in a refinery and other industrial settings qualified me to watch endless hours of safety videos; many over & over again. There’s one video that I remember more than all the rest and it metaphorically relates to the need for social distancing during the coronavirus.

This video instructs on the dangers of working in a confined space like an empty tank or vessel. It usually starts with methods on purging dangerous gases, testing to make sure it’s safe to go in, and keeping someone outside the vessel to watch you in case something goes wrong. Of course, since it’s a safety video, something goes wrong. 

Coronavirus Opinion

It’s time to stop predicting the DELCO COVID-19 curve

Last Monday, Delaware County was at 84 COVID-19 cases. On Tuesday I asked

Will we see 168 cases by Friday and 334 cases by Monday (March 30)?

I came in a tad low for Friday when the actual number was 190 cases, but I predicted 334 for yesterday and we’re at 332 today. Time for me to get out of the prediction business and find something else to do. This is too easy.

Stay safe.

Coronavirus Family Government Opinion

Who should be able to get an abortion during the coronavirus?

I’m almost 60-years-old and other than war, the only political fight I can recall has continued since as early as I can remember is the right to have an abortion. It’s one of those issues that never goes away and never any closer to resolving.

Now, in these coronavirus days, abortion is a big issue again because some state lawmakers are taking a hard line at stopping all abortions to save surgical masks and gloves for COVID-19 care. As if dealing with coronavirus isn’t enough for governments and their citizens, people are out here protecting a women’s right to an abortion in these scary times fighting lawmakers out here trying to save every mask and rubber glove they can.

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West Chester lays off borough employee differently than Chester City due to coronavirus

For my out of town readers, Chester, PA and West Chester, PA are separate municipalities, located in two separate counties, separated by about 18 miles. Chester City is in Delaware County and West Chester borough is in Chester County. These two places couldn’t be more different in demographics, wealth disparity, and livability. Yet, one thing seems common: both municipalities need to lay-off their staffs.

I was disappointed at the lack of information coming out of Chester City Hall regarding their layoff edict last week, and unlike Chester City, West Chester provides a lot of context to who, how, and why they’ve made the staff cuts they’ve made due to the coronavirus.

Let’s assume Chester City faced many of the same issues as I share what West Chester government officials had to say about their layoffs in today’s Delaware County Daily Times and Daily Local.

Coronavirus Health Opinion

Should you be ashamed you got COVID-19?

The media can make anything scarier than it really is. Using words like ‘infected with the virus’ and ‘died from the virus’ is technically correct but is making people ashamed to admit they have it. This is dangerous.

I listened to a doctor who is on the front line of COVID-19 care say getting coronavirus is the same as catching a cold. I have to admit, that sounded a little too casual, but his point was coronavirus is the same bad guy that gives us colds, but this coronavirus we’re dealing with today is new and different in many ways. Still, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. You’re catching it in much the same way you catch a cold and all this talk about washing your hands and social distancing would greatly reduce common colds and flus if we took the same measures every cold season.

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Chester Water Authority is turning on water to delinquent customers during the coronavirus

How are you going to wash your hands if you have no water? Chester Water Authority recognizes the situation some customers are in and are showing compassion in their humanitarian gesture of getting water to every customer in their system.

Chester Water Authority suspended turn-offs as of March 13, 2020.  Since then they have contacted all the customers that they had listed in our system as turned-off.  All of those customers who responded had their water service restored.

CWA is still fully operational.  They continue to respond to request for new services, with same day service.  They also continue to respond to issues of leaks that are outside of the property, with same day service.  And of course any needed emergency repairs to their system are being handled promptly.
Customers should know that for any water emergencies please call 1-800-793-2323 #9.  For billing questions or any other non-emergency customer service inquiry please visit and click on “Contact Us” at the top of the web page.

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Should Chester City be handling City Council meetings differently during coronavirus?

With Chester City Hall being closed to the public, city officials conducted their city council meeting to an empty room but broadcasted it on FacebookLive. My only issue had to do with how difficult it was to hear what was being said, and I offered a suggestion how to fix that.

I was encouraged to see so many people watched the meeting according to the number of views the Facebook page displayed. (However, I think they register a view after only 3-seconds of viewing).

One of my subscribers sent me information the state of Pennsylvania put out concerning public meetings during the coronavirus crisis. I copy & pasted it below for you to read. You decide if Chester City is following the advice from the state or not.