On May 27th, we screwed our courage to the flying point, and traveled from SFO to our farm in Mecklenburg, making connections in Detroit. Many kudos to Delta; the plane was 40% full (Delta promised no more than 60% in Coach). Not a single passenger in a middle seat. I had a window seat, Susan had the aisle; no one sat across the aisle from her, in front or behind her. We'd scored some real N-95 masks from Santa Rosa friends who'd purchased them during the 2017 fires; Susan is wearing hers in the charming photo of us; note all the empty seats.
Delta uses Terminal One in SFO, but the TSA security checkpoint was closed in Terminal 1. We walked (inside the terminal ) to the TSA checkpoint for Terminal Two, and when we arrived, there was no one in front of us. The gate area was nearly empty; no problem finding six seats (and six feet) of space for the two of us. Kind of eerie, as perhaps 10% of terminal businesses were open. The only scary moment occurred when our first flight landed in Detroit. Despite instructions from flight crew ("Please don't stand up until the passengers in front of you have left their seats and walked forward), lots of people were waiting in the aisle to de-plane. Old habits die hard.
Today, we finished 14 days of self-quarantining. I've been taking my temperature daily and checking my blood oxygen on a pulse oximeter--my COVID security blankets. All has been well. Today I entered into several stores, doing my own shopping, wearing a mask. Natch, Satch, and celebrated by jumping in our swimming pond for the first time. Tonight, a socially distanced dinner on the lawn with two dear friends.
Oh, and there's this. The SF Chronicle ran a long review of Cuppy and Stew in their Datebook section today. Kind of mixed, and the reviewer wagged a finger at me about point-of-view--I think it's fair to say I've forgotten more about POV than the reviewer ever knew--but the review was long, my name was spelled correctly, there was a large author photo, and there were some quotable lines suitable for PR.
So all in all, a fine day. I'll say more about the review in a subsequent post.
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