Oh, if only we had a crystal ball. We would have gotten out of all our investments at the first of the year and put everything in toilet paper, hand sanitizer and Lysol stock.
But no, we don’t have a crystal ball, and as this claimed health crisis permeates the American way of life, the economy and the stock market are tumbling with no idea of when it will all stop and turn around.
So far, the biggest effect this situation has in my immediate way of life is the paucity of sports on TV. No major league baseball, no NCAA wrestling tournament, and no college postseason basketball competition.
I guess KU won’t get to choke in the NCAA Tournament this year.
Thank goodness this didn’t happen during football season.
And while all of that is significant to those of us who love that sort of thing, we can only hope that this turns out to be the biggest factor in our lives.
I can’t help but wonder, is this some type of gross overreaction spurred by the politics of fear or are all these drastic measures going to make a difference in much more profound consequences, like widespread illness and death.
Heck, I don’t know.
But life seems pretty much the same for me right now.
I’m still going to the office, eating out and scratching my nose when it itches.
My teenage daughter and her septuagenarian grandmother are still taking their spring trip together.
I might look at this differently if I were in my 80s, or had an elderly loved one confined to a nursing home, or had just brought a new baby home from the hospital.
But, we Americans tend to be a complacent lot. We’ve been blessed by a health system, though not without its flaws, that causes many of us to take for granted good health and a happy, care-free lifestyle.
Let’s hope that doesn’t change, and in a few years this whole coronavirus thing will be looked back upon as just a minor blip on the timeline of history, a trivia question on the game board of life.
For me right now, it’s hard to imagine otherwise.
I sure hope I’m not wrong.
And maybe, just maybe, all these seemingly drastic measures are necessary to ensure that very thing.
In that event, here here and thanks to our leaders in charge of such things.
Better safe than sorry, I suppose.
You still might have a hard time convincing all the bar and restaurant proprietors in the Power and Light District who just saw their most lucrative week of the year go up in smoke with the cancellation of the Big 12 basketball tournament.
If it helps, my portfolio ain’t doing so hot right now, either.
– Ken Garten is a Blue Springs attorney. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.