Every day there seems to be more of a push to re-open the economy. The longer the COVID-19 shutdown continues, the more hardships occur.


Mental health experts are now raising concerns about it. There are many people who are just hanging on financially. At least 26 million people have lost their jobs, creating an economic disaster. There are people who are running low on food, and depending on food banks.


“I need to go back to work,” one woman, speaking for many, told a reporter.


There are business owners who don’t know if they will be able to re-open when this is all over. As I write this, Congress is moving to appropriate more money to help small businesses. Let’s hope it is not too late. Also, as we re-open the economy, we hope the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t an oncoming train.


In the shutdown, there are kids stuck at home all day while trying to learn. There are parents trying to work while having kids at home. A youngster I know told her parents that when she was in the school during the week she looked forward to the weekend. Now every day seems like the weekend, and she wishes she could go to school.


I really feel bad for high school seniors who are missing out on their last days with their friends, and experiences like prom and graduation.


The pandemic has changed the lives of almost all of us. I got my knees replaced six years ago. Before he performed those operations, the FHN doctor gave me a diagnosis I could understand. My knees, he said, were “shot to hell.” Well, for almost all of us, our routines have been “shot to hell.”


Even as a retiree, I notice the change. Retirees, like others, can’t go to the places we used to go. We can’t go out for breakfast. We can’t go to a fitness center to work out. We can’t have lunch with our friends. We can’t eat out anywhere. The best we can do is pick up food. We can’t see our children or grandchildren. We can’t go to the movies. We can’t attend service club meetings or volunteer the way we used to. We can’t go to our houses of worship. We have no live sports to watch.


As a White Sox fan, I was really looking forward to this baseball season. The Sox won the offseason with a series of signings and trades the likes of which they hadn’t had in years. The baseball season should have started a month ago. Who knows when it will begin, or even if there will be a season at all. The same goes for football. Golfers are wondering when and if courses will open.


There’s no going to the library to get new books. In many ways, this is like being on house arrest without the ankle monitor. “I miss my old life,” a senior citizen said to me recently. Don’t we all.


This is a time for postponing routine medical procedures. That particularly affects older people. I know seniors who must wait for surgeries or even less drastic medical attention. One person I know chipped a tooth, but doesn’t want to go to the dentist. Another needs cataract surgery. Another should get new glasses. A fourth is waiting to see a cardiologist. A fifth is waiting for a colonoscopy. Apparently, we just have to get by for now.


Getting by involves finding new pursuits and things to do. I’ve discovered a 1950s’s cop show on an oldies channel. “Highway Patrol” starring Broderick Crawford wasn’t a show I watched as a kid. To be honest, it isn’t very good. Some shows age well with time; this one didn’t. Still, these days it’s mildly entertaining, so I watch it.


I’ve discovered that one of the great film noir movies of all time is available free on Crackle. It’s “Sunset Boulevard” starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson. If you haven’t seen it, tonight make some popcorn and settle in. I think you’ll enjoy it.


Also, thanks to a friend, I’ve learned about a new app for my phone. FlightAware lets you track every airplane flight. If you hear a plane, you can click on the app and find out how high it is, how fast it is going, where it is going and the like. Currently, there aren’t that many flights, but I find the information interesting nonetheless. Maybe it’s a good thing I’m easily amused right now. As such, here are a couple of jokes that were sent to me that you may like:


I’ve eaten nine times and taken five naps and it’s still today.


Dear, what should I wear to the couch tonight?


Stay safe.


Contact Dan Moeller at newsguy20@gmail.com.