Adam Ellwanger and I have started a podcast of sorts called Informal Conversations, where we talk about issues in higher education. The first three episodes are on Youtube. I know, I know, it’s a Google entity, but Adam put them there, so I feel reasonably absolved of much responsibility. The first one is short as it only sets the scope of the show; the next two are close to an hour and both concern whether folks should be pursuing Ph.Ds. in the humanities these days.
I went to Home Depot a few days ago, tentatively, hoping it would be deserted. It was not. They were limiting the amount of people inside, but not the amount of idiots. Half weren’t wearing masks, and three-fourths thought six feet was two feet. I did not stay long as HD’s usual problem of keeping enough heavy carts inside the store to actually get anything to the registers was multiplied x10.
When the two-week-out effects of this partial Texas reopening manifest in the numbers, I wonder who will get the blame.
This is a good summary of how infections happen even to people that are seemingly being careful: https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200511&instance_id=18384&nl=the-morning. Needless to say, a secured mask is necessary equipment outside our yard or the car.
H and I need to run back to UHD in the next few days to get books. I am not looking forward to it. But after June 1 it will be an even worse idea than it is now.
I think Texas is screwed. We will be New York City by June 1st.
I don’t think the average person is discerning the difference between a decrease in the rate of infection and a positive rate of infection, or how critical it is to realize our current situation is only as “good” as it is because of the lockdown. This includes a number of state governors.
About the only silver lining is that enough people are convinced to stay at home and stay safe as they can, without government or workplace intervention, to keep us out of the original worse-case scenarios.
UHD, along with many other universities, is poised to make decisions about the format of the fall semester by the end of May. I don’t see any likely May scenarios that allow anything other than a locked-down campus in August.
I hope I’m wrong.