Claire’s Kitchen

Heading into 2021 this January 9th is the start of a big sports football weekend.   The country remains hooked to its digital dripline of social media and breaking TV news feeds.  The pandemic meanwhile runs wild across the states as the calvary associated with Operation Warp Speed is still loading up the vaccine pack horses. 

For nearly 12 months every cable and TV broadcast network employed a full spectrum of expert talking heads, moderators and guests on political science subjects using a checkboard display across our flat screens.  Soon these political experts would need to share broadcast time audiences with public health and medical personnel undergoing an evolving health crisis for which they and the country were under prepared to handle or address.

When broadcasts of pro and college sports resumed in late August restaurant outdoor seating, strategically organized its footprint for a hesitant patron public to return to.  Colder temps and a rising positivity rate would soon return to impact all restaurant services. 

For sports, flat screens could only communicate the obvious venue emptiness.  Corrugated plastic cutout fan images positioned in top dollar viewing season ticket holder seats tried to give context to the game being played.  That application was and still is a valiant visual of comfort for the reality that the pandemic has on sports.

Now, juxtaposition those images against cable and broadcast TV split screens and Zoom meetings during the 2020 political campaigns from studios, homes, socially distanced parking lots and airport runway gatherings. 

It is a static view versus live worldly view.

Add to that imagery a dusting of digital distractions from social media platforms and time on our hands to finger our commentary and what do we get.  A longing to belong.

We want to participate.  We need to cheer a home run, or high five our partners after a game changing play. Belly up to the bar.

Though we may no longer physically play the game we desire that fan part of the game.  Like eating out at a restaurant – it’s ok to order carry out off the online menu but what we really miss is the clank and clamor of dishes, the reverberated patron conversations, the shriek of drinks spilling and the glaring flat screen broadcasts of hometown games.

So, it is no wonder that for many the 2020 Elections season was a substitute for live sports. Add in the social response of Black Lives Matter protests, or runup to November 3rd and its aftermath and we made a participative choice.  Be it to go out and vote, march or just watch.

155 million people voted, how’s that for participation.

Like our favorite sporting venues, we know their sight lines, the best seats in the house, how to get to the game, where and what we like to eat while in the seats at the game.

So, during this pandemic era, we watched cable and TV broadcasts.  A familiarity was garnered with the moderators, and their cadre of guest experts.  We also learned something else, their home screen venues.

Instead of going out to restaurants we began to map out through the omnipresent Zoom broadcasts the homes and working spaces of these personalities during calendar 2020.

Like the mapping of favorite sports venues, we also made choices as to who were the best home decorators or perhaps subconsciously projected ourselves in sharing carry out diners in similar national Zoom living spaces. 

Home Depot, Lowes and Ace Hardware will probably report in FY2020  financials that the Zoom effect on home interior repair saved their financial bacon in 2020.

For me it was Claire McCaskill’s kitchen.  McCaskill, the former Missouri politician became (is) a favorite talking head on NBC broadcasts.  Her passport to the broadcast venues was her valued commentary.  All based on contacts in the US Senate and an insight on Capitol Hill activities.  But it is in her grandmotherly demeanor as beamed live from her kitchen table that made that venue a hit.

Like sitting in Camden Yards in Baltimore, Cole Field House in College Park, Petco Park in San Diego, MSG in NYC, or Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham NC, it’s time to add Claire’s Kitchen for the remainder of this pandemic broadcast era as the must see TV backdrop.

I can smell her coffee pot brewing.

The MatchLID Project.

2020 a Race of Truth – The Bdubb Effect

The sports world gives us many lexicons, sports talk is its own language(s).  Each sport prefers to cross over and use other sports terms coincidentally or in a nod to acknowledge that there is no better thing said from what’s been said before.  It then finds a home in normal conversation.

Why work so hard at creating new lexicons and sayings when you can find it in the sports world.

The words “race of truth” come from my favorite sport, the cycling world.  It depicts the time trial “race”.  It’s just you against the clock, all alone, ass on the bike seat.  No mile markers, cheering fans or trailing support staff.  The clock doesn’t lie.  You alone on a lonely winding road, pedaling fast careful not to cut corners close.

Switch hats to other sport sayings and you’ll find how the lexicon adapts, like, “there is no crying in baseball” from the movie A League of Their Own.  Every dad, coach and parent has used this saying at one time or another – to toughen up that whinny child or that wet eyed defiant team player. 

How about “the game is not over till the fat lady sings” given to us from the basketball world about playing the game(s) to its ultimate conclusion.  Taken from a coaches’ view during an opera he/she can’t wait to leave the auditorium until that “fat lady” comes on stage to sing.

Then there is that “Hail Mary pass” from football made famous by a 39-yard forward desperation pass to the endzone from Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson (Dallas Cowboys) with seconds on the clock left and a fervent fandom prays for a miracle winning catch with the game in the balance.

My personal favorite saying comes from the boxing world. 

Mike Tyson constantly asked by reporters and friends about “what’s going to happen” about an upcoming title defense fight.  Tyson responded with “everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”.   Years later Tyson would help define what he meant.  In reality it was about how you react to adversity that defines you, not the adversity itself. “How much can you endure, buddy?” he said, “Most talkers, they can’t handle it.” 

It’s been over three months since the last blog.  Purposely it was delayed until this late in October 2020.

A patchwork of state and local regulations still impacts the restaurant business.  Federal and state funding once provided months earlier to these small businesses has dried up.  At this point, help seems like waiting for the cavalry to come to the rescue in the time of COVID.  All their horses seem to be still in the corral.  And you wonder why the stock market reacts badly.

The sporting world found the wherewithal to stage events.  A few leagues as mentioned in an earlier blog had seasons that were just getting under way. 

Golf pulled off the US Open at Winged Foot, LI NY on the same weekend that the Tour de France crowned a new champion in Paris after Stage 21 on September 20, 2020.

Twenty-one-year-old Tadej Pogecar (Slovenia) bested fellow countryman Primoz Roglic to take the Tour de France’s Yellow Jersey in the desolation of vacant streets along the Champs-Elysees.  The “race of truth” time trial won by Pogecar the day before Paris secured his Yellow Jersey.

Twenty-seven-year-old Bryson DeChambeau, took the US Open with a 3 under par 67, the only under par golfer to be champion with an under par finish on the last day.  Only 600 member volunteers and broadcast personnel were on hand all weekend to view this historic event.

What made these two events emblematic of the year 2020 was in essence the lack of crowds and lack of viewing venues in restaurants, bars, clubhouses across the spectrum.  Yes, there were masked “crazy” cycling fans along the mountainside stage roads in France and voyeurs from fairway homesites that lined the Winged Foot and other TPC and PGA venues.  But both were lacking that fan spontaneity so accustomed to these sporting events.

Simultaneously, restaurants and bars were dealing with the start of NFL and NCAA (college) football seasons.  Their venues were limited in most states to 50% or less occupancy.  Outdoor seating and flat screen TV’s flickering in the distance does not mimic crowded bars of team face painted fandoms. 

Heck, sport venues fared a little better – limited to fan picture cutouts, family and friends who were granted tickets and sports photographers all fighting for empty seating space in 80,000 plus seated venues.

Some would conclude that a pandemic ruined Bdubb (Buffalo Wild Wings) weekends.  I’ll call it the Bdubb effect.

Sports leagues, like the NBA and NFL were taking the heat for low TV ratings because some of our US Senate leaders would like to blame them.  Blame them that is for:  1) insulting their fans and 2) by turning every game into a left-wing political lecture.  Some league owners took that type of thinking rational as weaponizing the ratings and rightfully objected.

Sports Media Watch reported (as reported in the Washington Post, 10-18-2020) viewership for the US Open was down by 42%, the Kentucky Derby down 43%, the Stanley Cup finals by 61%.  The World Series data awaits tonight’s Game 6.  Only the PGA Championship and PGA Tour showed positive upticks in viewership. 

Hey, maybe that was a result of many Americans renewing a love for golf and used courses to exercise.  The 19th hole(s) was just not as popular as craft beers on picnic tables in the middle of former cornfields being preferred after a round of golf. 

Ah, the Bdubb effect.

Is it just an oversupply of premium simultaneous sporting events?  A new social law?  Perhaps it can be attributed to Sir Isaac Walton, or gee maybe include it in the MatchLIDProject laws of Organic Viral Resonance – let’s call it the Bdubb Reverberation. 

As outlined back in the blog of June 9, 2020 under Bending the Intersection – the laws of Organic Viral Resonance were defined.  Sadly, the Bdubb Reverberation just doesn’t qualify. It is just a law of supply and demand – too much TV sports to view and too little time to safely enjoy the weather outdoors with family.

So why did the MatchLIDProject wait till now to write this blog – well it was in hope of a pandemic solution (an awaking) and to see how America progressed during these 3 months.  Basically, I posed the oversupply question and response for sports back on June 11 at this URL

It does not matter the readers political persuasion, sports and restaurant/bars are linked in our American DNA at this point of the 21st Century.  It’s the glue that holds both of these to our hearts.

The view on the other side of the pandemic may look like it did back in 2019 – but our favorite bars and restaurants may no longer be a hangout or be like they once were. 

Yes, we will buy tickets in friendly venues, cheer our favorite teams on the weekends from Bdubbs, recall the good times and the bad as well.  We will belly up to the restaurant bar or maybe flip on the Roku switch to our favorite streaming app or perhaps just buy a craft beer to sip in the middle of a former cornfield as we watch on a smartphone.

But we will have changed – and thus await those new lexicons.

Till then let’s go back to the tried and true.

Because it is a “race of truth” for conquering the pandemic, its who can point us safely on a route to a finish against the clock.

For “there is no crying in baseball” to get beyond the fatigue and to toughen up for the next inning.

No matter how long we sit or stand in line with our masks on the “fat lady still has to sing.”

Hoping and wishing for that “Hail Mary pass” vaccine sometimes it works and sometimes not. Be not afraid of taking the chance at that pass.

You need a plan because “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”  For it can happen and you need to react positively to the adversity.

The MatchLIDProject™

A Yearn for the Return

Today, Thursday July 23, Major League Baseball (MLB) will make its return.  NIH’s very own Dr. Anthony Fauci will toss out the first pitch in Washington DC.  Will he be wearing his now famous Washington Nationals face mask?

A return for MLB in the COVID Season

A return from what or to what is perhaps a better logical second paragraph starting statement.  Why? Because of course it is a return to the arena sports experience.  Where does that leave our restaurants and bars experience?  Well, stay tuned to the end of this blog for that perspective.

Hardly, a day went by since March 13, the day when the NBA suspended its pandemic influenced season in mid stride, when those observers of everything sports began plotting for a return of live sporting action.

Yeah, NASCAR, the WWE, the PBA, the PGA, professional volleyball and soccer leagues both here and across the “pond” are now finding some wiggle room to perform live.  All attempts are just that, attempts at recreating what once was, so that now at least those sporting venues can be used surrounded by a visible void. 

This just reminds all of us on what it could be like with us there watching the action.

Now, with the potential return to major sports action I sold the farm and bought a smart 32” TV. 

The unit is light enough to carry indoors from its semi-permanent outdoor deck perch.  I bought it so I could view games in similar like arena conditions.  A beer by my side and a pot of chili with hotdogs or wings on the grill close by while sitting in an easy chair.

Fireflies will light the backyard deck night.  Pumped in music and crowd noise will echo over the tiniest of speakers enclosed in that “smart” tv.  Perhaps a bud or two will be invited by to socially distance themselves between the beer bucket and grill as they watch with me “a game” in this temporary arena.

The NBA has its Magic Kingdom arena bubble in Orlando.  They will join the fray within the next two weeks sans fans.

The NFL has canceled the shortened preseason scheduled for August as the full season is now in jeopardy.  They, the owners, players and fans, all await the pandemic performance scores from the MLB 60 game season. 

Can the MLB make it work with or without Canada?  Can the NFL safely put on the field 32 competitive teams along with a newly minted mascot in DC?  All very good questions, with no definitive answers.

Meanwhile, the NCAA is next up to bat to make a decision on going forward (with arena sports). 

Rutgers University, the birthplace of collegiate football, announced on Monday, July 20, that they along with their NJ NFL football cousins, the New York Giants and Jets, will go forward without any fans.  Rutgers will limit attendance to 500 spectators, strictly family and coaching members.  The governor of New Jersey has spoken.

Back in the DMV, statewide school systems in VA and MD will follow state reopening plans.  Virginia has canceled all fall high schools’ sports, they did so in mid-July.  Maryland is working through the process using a Roadmap for Return of Interscholastic Athletics published on July 7.  There’s that word again “return”.

On July 21, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), poked a big hole in that return Roadmap, by canceling all Fall and Winter scholastic sports.  Of course, with any decision like that both parents and student athletes are sadly impacted.

Restaurants, bars, arenas and the pandemic, it all goes back to that sole sport intersection connection.  They, the frontline support staff and players are all interconnected.

Think about it.

Sporting arenas are built for the experience.  That includes not only the game on the field but the inside service, consumption and tactile experience that accompanies the venue.  Let’s not forget the community facelift that transformed nearby arena surrounding areas.  All those downtown bars and restaurants for pre and postgame revelry.   Think about all the service personnel employed.

In yesteryears, PGA golf courses had its galleries with food and drink services located out of TV camera views.  Baseball, Football, Soccer stadiums had been built with luxury boxes and mezzanines filled with service personnel and food vendors, even restaurants.  High school booster clubs constructed tents for preparation and consumption of brats and Pepsi’s all dependent on donations from local businesses and pizza parlors.  That is was normal.

Yes, we all yearn for the return.

Perhaps in some small way we can help keep that venue experience alive while we await better days.  Think about ordering carryout, or maybe delivery as we sit in our enclosed arena’s watching the return of live action sports.

We might feel thankful as would a frontline worker.  A person wearing a Pepsi logo kamikaze head bandana and fluorescent orange vendor vest pushes the front doorbell “Ring” and yells “Cold Pepsi’s Four dollars” into the neighborhood while working to deliver his cold drinks and pizza to the summer backyard perch in my sports arena.

Cheers

Future Instagram (IG) Image Postings

On occasion the MatchLIDProject will change up its Instagram (IG) postings to add a visual or photograph unique to restaurant signage in lieu of a match lid cover. Why?

Especially in these pandemic times a restaurant or chef will take up a cause or just do good deeds worth noting.  The signage used promotes an event or charitable act. 

Most of these types of images will concentrate on the DMV (District, Maryland and Virginia) area.  Longer distance travel by the MatchLIDProject is limited due to safety concerns.  Basically, there is nowhere to go to vacay. 

Please feel free to comment on these and other Match lid images.

The MatchLIDProject

June 2020

Part 3, Moving pass the Intersection.

Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it”. Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1726), Newton’s second law.

Pandemic, COVID-19.  Change your daily routines or risk being exposed or expose others to a viral infection with no known antidote.  Black Lives Matter.  Change city police restraint tactics , the brutality used against citizens or face political changes that fundamentally change the function of policing.  Action and reaction.  Life,  across the world in 2020, is not in a state of rest.

To recap, the sports world meets the pandemic in March 2020.  The NBA canceled its season, on March 13, 2020 and sports leagues follow suit.  Restaurants felt the immediate impact, as states install stay at home mandates. Where not closed, they attempted to operate on a carryout basis.  Unemployment rose as many in the impacted service industry sectors were laid off. No broadcast or cable sports, no drinks at the bar, your best friend seated six feet away may have an infection.  Stay home.

Earlier in Part 2, of this Intersection blog series, a tongue in cheek hypothesis was unveiled.  The Law of Organic Viral Resonance.  It was built to apply in a pandemic world robbed of enjoying sporting activities.  Civic upheavals , organically grown in America made the colors of the Law come into focus.

Stick your finger in the wind to find which way this hypothesis is blowing.

For wind direction, let’s concentrate on the status of major sport leagues that include the NBA, NFL, MLB, NASCAR, NCAA, Cyclings’ Tour de France, and the Republican and Democratic national conventions.  All viewable sporting events that are ratcheting up their plans for 2020 in August through November. 

NBA.  Now three months after it season suspension it is planning to restart in late July 2020.  Games will be played at the ESPN Center in Disney World in Orlando, FL no fans allowed

NFL. Frightened by the possibility of dwindling owners 2020 pocketbooks and declining fandom the NFL addressed its political justice protest policy. In June 2020, the NFL’s Commissioner Roger Goodall, who may have a had a long standing different mind set, confounded billionaire team owners by walking back its policy statement on freedom of speech as displayed by Colin Kapernick.  Remember Kapernick, he in 2016 took a knee in protest to social justice issues during the pre-game playing of the national anthem.  Accused of disrespect to the flag Kapernick was blackballed from the football. Subsequently, Goodall admitted that the NFL was fundamentally wrong in its approach then but not now in 2020.  The NFL will mostly play in reduced fan attended stadiums due to public safety issues resulting from COVID-19.

BREAKING NEWS: On June 16, Commissioner Goodall recommended to all NFL teams that Colin Kapernick should be looked at for possible quarterback positions. Apparently Goodall did not go far enough in his earlier statements concerning displays of public protest during NFL games, Suddenly, that blackball status from 2017 seems to be lifted from the Kapernick’s bended knee position.

MLB. Plans for a 76-game season staring in July are at risk because it is being constrained by ongoing salary negotiations with the players union.  Salary issues aside, the MLB is losing $75M per day that they don’t play.  It has a $787M broadcast revenue bogey sitting behind all the negotiations.  June is fish or cut bait time for MLB and their union employees.

NASCAR.  Up and operating in June 2020 driving in circles in a left-handed manner before empty stadiums seats.  NASCAR will invite 1,000 military personnel to attend an upcoming race.  Then on June 10, 2020 NASCAR made a sharp u-turn to avoid a culture crash and banned confederate flag symbols and flags from being displayed at all future NASCAR events and on race event properties. Next race is in Martinsville, VA

PGA Golf  Tour carded players are itching to get the season on track in the June/July time frame.  Most events will be players only.  However, late news indicates that the Jack Nicklaus Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio rescheduled for July 16-19 will allow fan galleries.

NCAA.   Let’s stick strictly to college football. In May the NCAA released its Resocialization of Collegiate Sports Action Plan.  Basically, it is a phased approach similar to state COVID-19 reopening plans that provides guidelines for athletic departments to prepare for the upcoming 2020 season.  But it is all dependent upon University presidents and state educators to agree upon opening campuses to  students. 

Tour de France That 2,000 mile 30 day cycling marathon will take place in France in late August through late September. Crowded mountainsides and packed urban areas with fans along the route will be common place. Will this activity portend a return of a second wave in Europe?

Republican and Democratic Conventions.  Politics is a sport. It is not played on a green field or on slick surfaces.  It has become must-see TV regardless of where it occurs.  Jacksonville, FL appears to have the lead on accommodating the RNC convention – with the possibility of having 19,000 unmasked fans sitting next to each other in stadium chairs.  Sitting on the FLA-GA line J-ville is home for many military installations. DNC, who’s event is in Milwaukee, WI most likely will be a viral event watched on your smartphone.

The American public will surely enjoy the compressed sport activities funneled into a 3 to 4 month time frame.  It will be a welcomed change after months of watching the Disney Channel, ESPN 30 for 30 specials, Little League and South Korean baseball.

The only question that remains is where you will watch “sports”.  How and when will the bridge be built across this intersection of states Phase 2 COVID-19 responses.

Florida, has in June, entered their phase 2 status which allows restaurants and bars to open outdoors and full capacity with restrictions on interior dining limited to 50% capacity.  Other states will soon follow their lead.  So, bellying up to the “outside bar” may be in vogue soon at your local neighborhood eatery.

Small businesses, restaurants will try to bridge that 4-month gap by taking advantage of better outdoor weather to accommodate customers and sports fans. People hope that the infection rates do not grow or cause a second wave.

Issac Newton, a survivor of the European “Great bubonic plague” in 1665 would eventually craft the framework for the Scientific Revolution that came on the heels of the plague.  The calculus (invented by Newton) shaped a new rational world view.

Public health officials now await that similar American public and the world scientific view for an “aha moment” when the apple falls and bongs us on our head. 

Will it come in the next four months?

The MatchLIDProject

Part 2, Bending the Intersection

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people” Sir Isaac Walton (1642 – 1726). 

Newton among other things built the first reflecting telescope and created the basic rules of color which separates white light from the colors of the visible spectrum. Today’s photographers/video-photographers owe credit to his science.  Video and digital images of today’s world would not be possible if not for Newton’s science.

The MatchLIDProject is no student or follower of Sir Isaac Newton.  “The Project” came to this moment, to outline a Law of Organic Viral Resonance, in a humorous manner.  Laugh, cry, cheer, scream, you just don’t know, because people, over the past few weeks, are doing maddening things. So here goes ….

The Law of Organic Viral Resonance is a theorem, a hypothesis crafted roughly to relate to Newton’s Law of Gravity.  Or to state his third law in the simplest of his terms, to every action there is always opposed and equal reaction”.

The Law of Organic Viral Resonance – is the speed in which an organic viral notice(s), an action, is distributed grows faster and its angle of reception becomes sharper transforming the notice (reaction) into an unpredictable change or unexpected consequence.

 It is only viewed in its resonance to the viewer and not by the creation of, or attempted control of that viral notice.

The notice is defined as an image, written electronic message, or a song that originates in the digital world as an online internet or broadcast action (a posting). An organic viral notice is grown from a chaotic situation. It is neither organized or a planned response of release. It is of the moment. The action grows beyond the originators’ immediate control.

Think Henri Carter-Bresson, the photographer famous for capturing the decisive moment on the street as opposed to manufacturing a photo opportunity on the street and then promoting it.

Newton never had to deal with 1/0 digitized world.  Or how those digits congeal, then rapidly distribute at the speed of light – to reformulate in a spectrum of colors somewhere else in the physical world.  Gravity in this sequence is measured in importance, severity, magnitude and at times in a physical reaction.  Laugh or cry, feel emotion, feel a tug – it’s all an “equal reaction”.

Like a drug company TV ad disclaimer this law comes with “affects” such as  – Common occurrences that accompany this law are: A shrug-like shit happens justification, OMG expressions, explaining that fat finger moment to the boss, Walk-that-back public statements, claims of being susceptible to brain farts, the cause for hiring social/media consultants, a facial expression of “how did I get here” or where the “fug-r-we”, a sudden recognition that you and Toto are no longer in Kansas,  full faith in artificial intelligence controlling the map or drivers’ steering wheel (aka going along for the ride), the sick feeling that you just got tackled in the backfield for a loss and then there’s jail time. Abuse of the law can be lethal, in a strictly social environment.

Then there is political scientist Christopher Wlezin’s thermostat theory of politics. His theory holds that the American people (TAP) move like a thermostat. When an administration moves the country in one way the TAP worry if the shift is too big and their views move the other way much in the way a thermostat regulates room temperature.

A simpler held view is TAP are really like a pendulum, where the pendulum does not stick in one spot, right or left but rather tries to swing back towards a natural resting central position. Newton’s work on gravity would endorse the pendulum.

Does this silly organic law exist?

Sure, it’s first correlation is in the phrase – “Stupid is as stupid does”.  It is from that famous 1994 Tom Hanks line from the movie Forrest Gump.  The phrase’s lexicon is now defined as “a person’s lack of intelligence may be judged by their actions”.  The phrase is not a metaphor for a slowed intelligent person as portrayed by the Hanks character.

More evidence of the laws’ existence happened on May 4, 1970 at Kent State University in Ohio.  The actions on that date conducted by federal troops dispatched to KSU to control a peaceful Vietnam War protest resulted in Neil Young writing with Crosby, Stills and Nash’s help in recording that viral analog anthem, Four Dead in Ohio. The anthem painted a dark picture of the use and intervention of armed militia upon US citizens.

Lastly, on August 1, 2017, Charlottesville, VA becomes the flash reference point over the conflict on the removal of lost cause confederate symbols, that revive racism and deadly confrontational protest actions. Again, actions here are virally shared.

So how does this all relate to the Intersection of the sports world with the pandemic world and the resulting impact upon, in particular, restaurants. 

To find out follow this next bread crumb to the blog Part 3, Moving through the Intersection.

We build too many walls and not enough bridges. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1726)

The MatchLIDProject

A bend at the Intersection, Part 1

It has been nearly three months since the MatchLIDProject started its support of small businesses restaurants.  As of today, June 8, 2020 most states have opened up for business allowing the restaurant sector to provide limited dine in service.

States and Federal governments have outlined phases for coping with COVID-19 Pandemic for the eventual reopening of businesses shuttered by stay at home policies.  Health officials across the nation continue to warn of the potential for a second and third wave of the disease in late 2020 and early 2021.

Tonight, there are nearly 111,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 virus in the US and about 2 million confirmed reported. Data from Google searches on intestinal problems compared from October 2018 to October 2019 in China shows a spike that may confirm the virus’ earlier existence.

Since January 2020, the heroic efforts of medical and emergency personnel, volunteers and numerous essential workers continue to perform a routine of work of delivering goods and services despite of dangers to themselves.

Meanwhile, the US economy underwent a dramatic downturn with unemployment now back at a post-World War II high of 13.3%.  The stock market has over the past 50 days climbed back to it’s pre-March 13 point before it crashed. The rise may have been a reflection of the $3T (trillion) dollar federal stimulus and news on June 5, 2020 that payroll employment grew unexpectedly by 2.5M jobs in May 2020.  According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) it is still all based on a limited resumption of economic activity.

As if the good news, bad news over the last three months were all the American people had to deal with, then came the bend at the intersection.  Remember, the intersection being described is that place where the sports world met the pandemic world in March 2020.  All to be discussed in Part 2 of this continuing blog.

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd of Minneapolis, MN died while being retained and restrained by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department.  The event captured on video showed for the world to see the last 8 minutes and 46 seconds of his life.  He was a black man who died at the hands of at least one white MPD officer.  Killed by a bended knee held against the man’s neck.

The Floyd death was preceded during this same pandemic timeframe by the death of Breonna Taylor in her Louisville, KY home by mistaken police action and the death of Ahmed Arbery in GA which was documented on smartphone video, then virally released by one of the accused and charged suspects.

In the days since Floyd’s death on Memorial Day 2020 there has been growing public street protests both nationally and internationally.  The phased in reopening in many US major cities have been held in abeyance due to curfews as a result of rioting. 

None of this has been reflected by the BLS as cherry good news about the month of May.  For instance, nearly 230 small businesses have been closed by looting and damage in Washington DC during the rioting.  Nearly 300 small store front businesses were listed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as suffering the same fate.  The toll is now being counted in numerous cities across all 50 states.  Many of these new causalities are restaurants including owners, their employees, suppliers and customers.

The stock market continues its rise fueled in part by a sugar high federal stimulus.

Carry out, or sidewalk dining from the local city restaurants? Hardly, since some have burned to the ground or have been looted.  Indeed, a very cruel twist of fate to these small businesses.

Public health officials now have more reason to worry as hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest, in support of a variety of long-standing racial issues, generally congealed under the Black Lives Matter movement.

Many youthful protesters clad with masks say they know the risk involved but would rather take their chances here exercising their rights in the streets.

Opposite them are thousands of municipal local and state police officers, state militia (as in the National Guard) and in some areas, such as the federal district of the District of Columbia, federal troops from the armed services and the Justice Department.

Part 2, Bending the Intersection – continues in a follow-on blog.  In it will be proposed a tongue in cheek theorem/hypothesis, the Law of Organic Viral Resonance.  It just might help redefine gravity.

So, its hats off to Sir Isaac Newton for his role in this science.  Newton’s Law of Gravity being applied to today’s pull and tug of directional movements around the pandemic modified by, you guessed it, the Organic Viral Resonance.

Stay tuned, stay safe and cover before striking.

The MatchLIDProject.