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Damn COVID!  Doesn’t deserve more than 100 words. Here goes:

Tragedy:  Worse than it had to be. (Thanks, Trump.)  So may lives taken and families wrecked.  In so many ways.

Personal silver linings: Streaming galore. Family and friends Zooming.  Zoom mastery.  Immersion in non-profit boards (via Zoom, of course). Immersion in on-line courses (especially music appreciation and lingusitics).  Diet and fitness regimen. Even a little recipe-making/cooking. Ridiculously Easy Slow Cooker Chicken

Most importantly, affirmation of spousal compatability (Thank goodness!).  And Trump loses.

Personal non-silver linings: Wanting to hug my daughters. Travel, especially with my brother.  And waiting for our second shots.


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Characterizations: right on!, well written


  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Good summary, John. I took MANY more words to say something similar. As far as I can tell, you are the Zoom MASTER! Love that you’ve become the health and fitness guru also and confirmed spousal compatibility. Good for you!

  2. Perfect John, you’ve said it for us all in a Flash!

  3. Is Zoom mastery now on your CV?

  4. Thanks, John. Retro-ing is now on my to-do list!

  5. Marian says:

    Perfect summary, John, of how most of us felt, with small variations. The bright side is that we’ll be Zooming for classes and to meet with far-away friends a lot more. We are getting takeout food this evening, big treat. Eagerly awaiting my second shot so I can dine outdoors.

  6. Dave Ventre says:

    I like the part about spousal compatibility. Luckily my wife and I are still enjoying each other’s company as well!

  7. Laurie Levy says:

    Perfect, John. It is nice to discover you are married to the right person and to connect with others in ways you might never have. Hope you get that second shot soon

  8. Suzy says:

    Excellent RetroFlash, John, although we will have to consult the judges about whether including all those links disqualifies you from winning any prizes. I clicked “zoom mastery” and that video cracked me up – I encourage other readers to watch it. Love your featured image too. Hope you get the Fenway button when you have your second shot.

    • John Shutkin says:

      Thanks, Suzy. And, yes, I worried myself that my story might have met the letter, but violated the spirit, of the RetroFlash laws and regulations. But let’s leave that up to SCOTUS to decide. And I’m glad you watched the “Zoom mastery” video; it really is a riot.

      I have decided, in my infinite humility, to allow the folks at Fenway to give me my second shot even if they don’t have buttons. Magnanimous, no?

  9. Khati Hendry says:

    Loved the graphic. You found more silver linings than anything else–so important in the face of the rest.

  10. Nicely done, John. Whoda thunk? The highlight of 2021 to date is doing shots.

  11. Good on you for denying covid-19 the thrill of a long narrative. Wow, what a sexy promo (your final link) for the Pfizer vaccine!

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