• Davis Young

It was bound to happen sooner or later.


This past Sunday marked the end of Karen’s 10-day encounter with COVID. She didn’t enjoy it, but fortunately, for her, it was nothing more than a cold on steroids.


Like the fantastic wife she is, Karen did not pass this on to me. I cannot thank her enough.


Instead, I spent those 10 days as part of the growing fraternity of care providers.


For the last 2+ years, I have been in awe of all of the thousands of nurses and other medical personnel working in ICUs, hospitals, urgent care centers and other professional settings, risking their own health, emotional strength and stamina to do all they can to help the rest of us. Courageous medical people are truly heroes. I have even more respect for them now.


I learned some important lessons during Karen’s brief time with this wretched virus. First and foremost, two vaccinations and two boosters gave her the gift of a mild case.


Lesson #2: I never thought I would have to do such a thing, but wearing a mask in my own house while KY was sick was a smart thing to do.


Lesson #3: Moving down the hall to the guest bedroom was also a good decision. Give your better half a box of Kleenex and send her off to bed on her own. Never sleep with a COVID-infected spouse, even if you’re on your honeymoon.


Lesson #4: Anybody can cook, even a helpless male. Where quality falls down is the need to make a salad, cook veggies and grill something on the patio, all simultaneously – and for all that food to be ready to eat at the exact same time. And, when your spouse has COVID, eat in separate rooms. That’s more important than cold lima beans. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with leftovers, especially if they were undercooked the first time around.


Lesson #5: No question the big boy PCR test is the most accurate – I had two of them, both with negative results – but home tests beat no tests. If I were 65 and not just a kid of 38, I would go to my local pharmacy right now to get some free home tests courtesy of the nice folks at Medicare.


Lesson #6: Loading used items in a dishwasher is obnoxious work. I often thought it might be better to just throw them away. But what you rookies will soon discover is that getting clean dishes out of the dishwasher and putting them away is even less fun. A man’s work is never done.


Lesson #7: COVID could care less about your plans. For us, it has already messed up Christmas, Easter, a birthday, a college graduation, Mother’s Day and a lot of golf. Be flexible. Always have a rain date. What’s wrong with Christmas in July?


Lesson #8: There’s a lot of confusing and contradictory messaging out there. Our doctor said 10 days is the right amount of time to lay low. An urgent care center in the same hospital system told me 5 days. Pick your poison.


Lesson #9: Nobody wants to get COVID. At its start, everybody says the same thing – I don’t have COVID. It’s just a bad cold. Get tested.


Lesson #10: Takeout food on a COVID Saturday works well if you leave to pick it up 15 minutes earlier than you think is necessary. Lot of folks will be in line when you get there. The line will be slower than you guesstimate. Remember that restaurants are pretty much all understaffed these days.


I’m grateful KY is ok. I’m grateful I am, too.


One more time for a virtual standing "O" for all those gutsy healthcare workers and scientists, even when they send mixed messages. If COVID is finally on the downside it’s because of all of them wrapping their arms around something new and scary. Nobody can ask someone else for better than their best effort. I believe we have all benefited from that. Job well done!!!

 

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


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It was worth a try.

Have you ever been to Denmark?


I made a pilgrimage to this small Scandinavian country in 1997.


One of the first things most men say about Denmark is they notice the many extraordinarily good looking women there. Not me. I was way too busy looking for my family.


My maternal grandfather (pictured above) came to the United States from Denmark in 1893 when he was just 14-years-old. His mother and two brothers were also aboard the ship. The foursome were among the early arrivals at Ellis Island, which had just opened that year.


My grandfather, who became a proud American citizen, was born and raised in Copenhagen, the most important city in Denmark. His name was Axel Valdimar Beeken.


Axel was an ambitious young man who took full advantage of the opportunities America presented. He set out to become a lawyer. In those days one didn’t have to go to law school. You would do what is referred to as “read for the bar.” The short explanation of that phrase is that if you learned enough through independent reading, you could take the bar exam. After passing the bar, Axel became a patent attorney in New York City, where his client list included Parker Brothers Company (developer of that very popular game Monopoly). Family lore has it that Grandfather Beeken actually filed the papers that patented Monopoly. Too bad he didn’t own the game.


In 1997, Karen and I were on a business trip to the Czech Republic and England, and figured - as long as we were in the neighborhood - we should drop into Denmark. Our goal was to see if we could connect with members of the Beeken family. We were very confident because we had always been led to believe that the Beeken family was one of Danish prominence.


We enlisted the help of a guy working the front desk at our hotel. We just knew we would be successful. He handed us a phone book and we went immediately to the Bs, as in Beeken. Alas, there was but one listing for anyone with the last name Beeken. One in the entire Copenhagen phone book.


So we bet all our chips on this person. There was no other option. The front desk guy dialed the number and gave it plenty of time to ring. He eventually hung up, having failed on his mission. You see, this Beeken’s phone was actually disconnected for non-payment of the monthly bill. There would be no message left or second phone call made. My Danish family was apparently not only NOT prominent, but broke…


So, that’s as close as we ever came to connecting with my Danish family. We spent our remaining three days wandering around the beautiful city of Copenhagen, especially Tivoli Gardens.


No trip to Copenhagen can ever be considered complete without seeing the mermaid statue that has become Denmark’s symbol. That’s the only pretty woman I paid attention to in Denmark - other than Karen, of course. Honest.


I’m done searching for my Danish family. But I recommend to all readers that Denmark is a fine country with lots to see and do. When you go, let me know if you happen to run into any members of the Beeken family. And if they ask you for money.


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P.S. Recently, my good friend Bob Paulson sent me something that really fits my writing style. I pride myself in using everyday language and simple terms. This is a great example of that. Author unknown.


Don’t use a big word when a singularly unloquacious and diminutive linguistic expression will satisfactorily accomplish the contemporary necessity.


That pretty much sums up what I try to do for readers every Tuesday. Have a great rest of the week.

 

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


This blog is a product of DY Author & Speaker LLC. Feel free to quote content with attribution. Respond. Agree. Disagree. Share the content with your friends. Heck - even invite him as a speaker for your group! Enjoy!

Am I the only one bothered by this?


My daughter, Tracy, is my partner on the blogs you receive. She edits my prose, finds the artwork you see every week and comments on content. Her first reaction to my initial draft for today was that it would offend a lot of my loyal readers and she needed to rework it a little. She did a second draft that - much to my surprise - was even more outspoken than my original one. The point of telling you all this is that what follows - our 85th and final draft - is intended to be an equal opportunity offender, both left and right. I am appalled by the condition of our country and the distant relationship with the truth on both sides. There is more than enough blame to go around to extremists and opportunists on both the left and the right. So, happy reading of this week’s snarky edition. I hope you join me in getting angry about where we find ourselves these days. Enough intro. Here we go.



Hip hip hooray! Today is Primary Day in the Buckeye State.


I am saddened by the fact that we will no longer be watching really thoughtful candidate ads on TV. Candidates promising things any reasonable person knows they cannot deliver. Candidates stretching the truth (AKA lying) about both themselves and their political rivals. Angry candidates in each other's faces. Two top-tier candidates (great role models) nearly getting into a fist fight with one telling the other, You don’t know squat. That is a false claim if ever there ever was one. By now, these political animals all know squat and they are in real danger of becoming squat themselves.


Here in Ohio we have a high profile celebrity candidate who, in advance of the 2016 presidential election, said, I’ve never been a Trump guy. I never liked Trump. He’s reprehensible. Backed by some serious money from Silicon Valley, this candidate has now been endorsed by Trump (even if President 45 cannot seem to remember his name). He says how wrong he and Trump were about each other. The odd couple. Hmmmm!


I have been especially taken by one unnamed candidate’s shrill voice proclaiming, Liberals are trying to destroy our country. To be honest, I have many liberal friends. I don’t admit this fact very often, but it’s true. I also have many conservative friends. This I NEVER (until today) admit publicly. Just for the record, not one of those liberal friends has ever called me to say, Davis, why don’t you come to our meeting tonight. We’ll be talking about how we can destroy America. I have, however, overheard more than a few conservative friends chatting about a stolen election and how we need to restrict voting to keep “this” from ever happening again.


Attention election doubters… Let. It. Go. Move forward with fresh ideas. And - this is a message for both parties - find much younger high-level candidates to run for president, not old fossils in their mid-70s to 80+. I can say that because I am an old fossil and, after much consideration, I have dropped the thought of running in 2024. Biden and Trump and Bernie Sanders should, too.


Then there is the candidate who keeps saying It’s China, It’s China, It’s China. He’s right, it is China that’s eating our lunch. But, that’s not China’s fault. It’s our fault for losing our competitive edge. That’s what happens when a country becomes complacent and fails to focus on what’s important, like education, healthcare, hunger and research. We are well on the road to becoming a nation of entitlement. Get a grip, America. There is no free lunch.


And, how about the constant fighting between political parties and among the various factions within the parties? It’s hard to remember a time when they agreed on much more than what day it is. Case in point - the southern border. Immigrants are streaming into the United States every day. Heck, some days they are flooding in across the Rio Grande River. No one in either party can really argue this point. But they also can’t agree on how severe the problem is and how to best solve it. I actually heard one Senate candidate ask in a commercial, Do you hate Mexicans? I couldn't believe my ears.


I gotta be honest, though. As a card carrying Ohio independent voter, the southern border seems very far away to me. What is in my backyard is the NORTHERN border and our very real issues with illegal aerial border crossings. (Come on, you didn’t really think I could make it an entire blog without finding a little humor in our rudderless direction, did you?) Every day, thousands of Canadian geese are flocking into our country through the northern border looking for a better life in my backyard. Wave after literal wave. Nobody stops them at the border. And yet, no candidate from either party has said a word about Canada. Nothing about putting up a wall and making Canada pay for it. All we hear from time-to-time are vague pronouncements that, A country without borders isn’t a country. And then what happens? Nothing. The Canadian threat gets buried by the treacherous, socialist mainstream media never to be heard about again.


In my opinion, Canadian geese are by far the greatest threat to our cherished way of life. Day after day, they leave visible warnings on our car windshields. And, nobody does anything about that. Because some liberal tree hugger in the Senate long ago drafted legislation to protect geese, there’s no retaliation. That’s just plain crazy. I don’t want to be an alarmist, but any one of those Canadian geese could be armed and headed for the Capitol Building in D.C. right now. Let’s get focused on what really matters.


Out-of-touch candidates for high office may not know squat, but those of us who live under constant threat of a Canadian geese bombardment sure do. Mexico and China are just political diversions to keep our attention from focusing on the real threat - Canada. Make no mistake about it, Canada is the enemy.


There, I got all this out of my system and I feel much better. Back to a normal blog next week…..unless, of course, something newsworthy happens.

 

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


This blog is a product of DY Author & Speaker LLC. Feel free to quote content with attribution. Respond. Agree. Disagree. Share the content with your friends. Heck - even invite him as a speaker for your group! Enjoy!

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