In no particular order:

  • We’re reassembling the congregation at West Avenue Church of Christ on May 3, 2020. Service will be “drive-in”. This is to stay within the mandates of the Ashtabula City Health Department. Dad and I spent time packaging communion for individual distribution to attendees. It will be an interesting question as to who shows up.
  • One of my favorite dramas, All Rise, will be back on Monday with a new episode reflecting the current COVID-19 unpleasantness. This could be interesting. The main character to the show is supposed to be the character Judge Lola Carmichael but Jessica Camacho has most definitely stolen the show playing the plucky young public defender that so many plot lines center around. I enjoy the show thoroughly.
  • I am going batty with the lockdown restrictions. Having to contact the Alliance Defending Freedom for help in dealing with the uncertainties out of the state capital is a new one. Their lawyer that talked to me today was a huge help. I am very thankful for them and, if you have them time, donate a dollar or two to them.
  • Telehealth continues. Why? Although Governor Mike DeWine’s easing of restrictions initially looks like medical matters go back to normal they have a nasty buried codicil that telehealth should be preferred as much as possible still. I’ll have to check in to see if I will be making the trek to Beachwood on May 15th or not. I will find out Friday if counseling will return to face-to-face or not though the current contours of the Governor’s order make that look unlikely.
  • Gyms remain closed in Ohio. I am not liking this.
  • We are at risk of losing our last movie theater in Ashtabula County. AMC theatres stopped paying rent on all their properties. The latest owner of the Ashtabula mall complex is a financial mess. AMC might get evicted. I’ve been working on planning out how to fire up an arthouse theater locally and what that would entail. With all the excess commercial real estate that we have locally I should be able to seek out technical support from the Cleveland Institute of Art and be able to round up a couple folks to help raise capital. We accept too much failure locally.
  • I need to remember to write to my state rep and state senator about the November election imploring them to make a firm decision one way or another by August. If we don’t there is going to be chaos.
  • Our local radio stations need shaking up. Unfortunately they mostly have institutional religious owners. Yes, we can have too much Christian radio. Unfortunately there aren’t enough open channel slots to start new stations in competition. Moving to the Internet to compete has not materialized as a working strategy after twenty years of people trying. Making an online television station might be possible but I’m not sure how the captioning would be handled. Unfortunately the work by King Leo shows how many millions it takes to run even a small operation compared to when CNET was independent of ViacomCBS.
  • The Red and White Thunderbirds operation remains on pause.
  • Any White Pine County operations remain notional in planning stages at this time.