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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

A Small Victory in an Otherwise Security-Crazed World

Today, 6 months after divulging all my residences, my friends, my work experiences and practically my love life, I received security clearance (well, the most basic of security clearances). Which in my case just entitles me to keep my belt, shoes and bracelets on as I walk into work.

No longer will I need to be prey to suspicious security guards and touchy machines. I have proven with fingerprints, criminal background check, references and oaths that I am, in fact, reputable enough to avoid a metal detector.

Yay for D.C.!

Perhaps tomorrow I will wear a suit of armor to work- just because I can.