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Locked down but not out in Italy

Singing from the balconies! One nice thing about this crisis ... solidarity! “Guess you’re not living like a tourist anymore,” was the funny, truthful and somewhat gut-wrenching message of a friend the day the lockdown in Italy began. Today is day 6. My beloved Italia has been hit hard with the COVID19 epidemic. With the second largest elderly population in the world, the epidemic has meant a disproportionate amount of deaths in the country. So though I haven’t been worried about contracting it myself, this isn’t about me or someone like me who, if contracted it would probably have a sucky couple of weeks and then recover. It is about if someone like me contracted it and then spread it to a person with a complicated health history or an elderly person with a weakened immune system. Eerily orderly: Lines for the grocery store, each person one meter apart In a country with no concept (and no physical room really) for personal space, and in a city with reproachable hygie

Around the Virtual World in 80 days

Project 30: Trying out a Yahoo! Video Game

Since I am not in a position at the moment to tour around the actual world, I can do it virtually by lining up little tiles of similar colors, earning me gadgets like binoculars and globes to put in my fake suitcase, and sending me from England to France to Egypt (I think). I never got past France.

My new thing of the day was the Around the World in 80 Days video game on Yahoo! games. However, since I have never played any game on Yahoo! games, I suppose that was also a new thing. This game seemed right up my alley.

This was kind of a fun variation on Tetris, a childhood favorite of mine. However, you will find that the characters are quite gabby, and you have to click through their conversations almost as much as you have to click on the tiles in the game proper.

Maybe I will try to get to Egypt tomorrow. After all, it is my mother country.

Want to try to beat me around the world?

Why am I doing this?