All the words that can be used to describe the first presidential debate, the president’s bout with COVID-19, and his remarks and behavior following his return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, have already been written. Now, as we enter fall and approach Election Day, we face what may be a double whammy, the convergence of COVID-19 with the flu season.

There can be no argument that 2020 has been very stressful. Between the politics and the pandemic, and the inevitable mixing of the two, things have been rough. I’m going to try very hard not to write about either. Here’s a potpourri of information to take your mind in other directions rather than dwelling on the perilous days that may still await us.

The three-way mayoral race in Emmitsburg is over, the winner being Don Briggs who is now serving his fourth term. I note with great pleasure that the race was civil and ended with everyone saying nice things about each other. You don’t see that every day, well actually any day on the national level (Oops!)

There is a new snazzy looking Dunkin’ getting ready to open in Emmitsburg. Although I haven’t had a donut in years, I’m looking forward to checking it out. We’ll see if the first bite offers that bliss I remember.

If you’re driving through Emmitsburg, take note of the large American flag mural on the side of the Jubilee grocery store. This non-partisan symbol of pride and hope was nicely done.

We managed to take an “isolation vacation” with our daughter and son-in-law at Deep Creek Lake in mid-September. A cabin in the woods, with a natural well-worn wildlife path running right past it, cable television and a pool table were all we needed. We ate our breakfasts and lunches in the rented house, got take-out from local restaurants for dinner, took walks, ooh-ed and aah-ed at the deer and wild turkeys right outside our windows, watched football, and played pool and word games. You can’t beat that kind of relaxing. It was made all the more enjoyable because of our mutual agreement to avoid the non-stop Trump news while we relaxed. (Oops!)

State and national parks have had more visitors than normal during the pandemic. Being outdoors doing anything after a lockdown is invigorating. I am surprised at how much I enjoy masking up and going to the grocery store once a week or so. It used to be a chore, now it’s an outing.

With the initial lockdown and continued caution surrounding COVID-19, there is less to talk about with friends. The old “what have you been up to?” is likely to elicit a “nothing” rather than “I just got back from Hawaii.” Because of this, you are more likely to talk about current events. That can lead to learning something you didn’t want to know — that a friend, relative or acquaintance, someone you always thought was a moderate, has surrendered to the rantings of shock jocks, conspiracy theorists or their Promoter-in-Chief. (Oops!)

Did you notice that the leaves are changing colors? Some years they seem to suddenly explode with color, but this year the change seems to have taken place gradually and the colors seem less vivid.

Reading recommendation: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. There was criticism surrounding this book which asserted that the author had no dog in the fight on the specific topic of immigration. I seldom take the words of critics, thank goodness, and read the book anyway. It was exciting and believable, a real page-turner, well researched and written, and relevant to the times.

Movie recommendations: Dark Waters, based on the true story of a West Virginia farmer whose land was knowingly contaminated by chemical giant, Dupont, and The Marriage Story, which as the name implies is the story of a marriage in free fall with all of its missteps, misunderstandings and interference by others trying to “help.”

I can’t imagine the impact of COVID-19 combined with the seasonal flu. How will we handle Halloween, let alone celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas? Will we opt to order take-out feasts for ourselves instead of attending large family dinners? Will relatives just be getting curbside service at our houses to pick up their Christmas gifts?

More importantly, if Donald Trump wins the Nov. 3 presidential election, we will have to get our heads around how so many people can believe what is statistically impossible — that 100 percent of the time, everything is someone else’s fault and every single accusation is a hoax. (Oops!)

I apologize. I tried. I really did, but the two topics du jour crept in here anyway. 2020 — so ready to put it behind me.

Patricia Weller writes from Emmitsburg and can be reached at jpwburg2@gmail.com.

(25) comments

pdl603

New Bidenz campaign slogan, Hi I’m Joe Biden a proud democrat, I’m running for the senate, and I have forgotten my message. You see it is great because the last sentence can be manipulated to suit the gaffe du jour. For instance, substitute ‘no’ for forgotten my, ‘flip-flopped’ for forgotten, etc.

phydeaux994

Did you watch the Town Halls last night piddle? Trump spent his ONE hour spewing the same LIES he has been spewing for five years. Biden answered every question from citizens, sometimes for a little too long in my opinion, for the two hour televised time, and then stayed until everyone got to ask their questions. A lot more coherently than Don ever could. You are blinded by 🖤LOVE🖤 piddle. Is it the hair??

Greg F

Piddle just reminds me of the defiant old man flipping off the grim reaper as he swoops in. A rather pointless gesture after a wasted life grumbling about wasted opportunities and always being ridiculed for being an imbecile. Flagrant stupidity above all.

pdl603

Apparently you didn’t know that The participants were democrat shills. Also why wasn’t Joe asked about Hunter’s emails?

phydeaux994

piddle, you mean the emails “found” by Steve Bannon and Rudy Giuliani? The Giuliani being investigated by the CIA for consorting with a Russian Agent who was using Rudy to take disinformation to his Client, Donald John Trump?? The RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) have got to be the most GULLIBLE people in the Universe. Starting with Vladimir’s lapdog, America’s POTUS. 🦧🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑 baaah! Did you know that 85% of people that wear masks get COVID-19? That’s what Don swore to last night. Plus he doesn’t have a clue about what QAnon is. Or Right Wing Terrorists. He only knows about Radical Left ANTIFA, he’s not briefed on anything else.🤣😂🤪🤩😜do you actually believe that crap piddle?

Greg F

Trumps current and old slogan. Get bent.

DickD

Trump's supporters just can't help themselves, just like Trump. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything.

bosco

Such as your comments about the Religious Coalition providing mail boxes for those with no fixed address, DickD?

Also, would you send a copy of your memo to Fido and the LLBTT?

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Greg F

Don’t sent your ballot there....guaranteed to be edited if democratic....or lost.

pdl603

Dick, you are as empty as Wheezy.

Greg F

Piddle you are as empty as the vacuum of space. I’m surprised your head hasn’t imploded yet. Nothing there to support anything, ever. Just empty comments...no facts, just repeated Hannity and Fox dribble.

bosco

You must watch a lot of Hannity and Fox to be able to form an opinion on their programming. I'm sure the network appreciates your ratings boost.

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JerryR

This lady is super duper left wing nut liberal. She's had TDS since day 1. I wonder what she thinks of Sleepy Joe now that her hero is corrupt due to his son's shenanigans. 47 years a swamp rat - you can't put lipstick on a pig and call it a beauty queen!!

DickD

Patricia is a very nice lady. We ALL should hope to be as nice.

JerryR

Dick, I'm sure she is a nice lady. All of us are good people, we just don't see eye to eye on our politics. As I say to my liberal friends (and some of my best friends are liberal) that I respect their opinion and will fight to the death to protect to protect those opinions - that's what makes our country so great!!. You don't have to like the man, but his policies work. Unfortunately Mrs. Weller's TDS rantings are starting to wear thin. Because all she focus's on is the man, not the results. With Trump, you always know where he stands whereas Obummer was the least communicative administration in history (he lied about being the most open)! Yes, I am better off today than I was during the Obummer years.

Greg F

No, we aren’t all good people. Example 1-trump...2- McConnel, 3-all of Fox News.

phydeaux994

For instance JerryR. Richer, Smarter, Better Looking, Bigger House, a Maserati,

bosco

Jerry, [thumbup][ninja]

Dwasserba

Wish you'd resisted the "oops" but the feeling of weariness that went with it is familiar now. Everyone get your flu shot!!

Greg F

Too bad there is no immunity vaccine for stupidity other than education. Most on the right side sure need an initial dose and many boosters.

pdl603

Ms. Weller’s, use of ‘Opps’ reveals all we need to know about her and her views. Don’t get me wrong, she is entitled to write her version of how she sees things. What bugs me is the way in which social media and this paper have decided to censor or not print a story that shows the corruption of The Party’s candidate for president.

bosco

Some cracks in the foundations of the Democrat's propaganda wing are starting to show when Pelosi called Wolf Blitzer an apologist for the right when he pressed her on why she's holding up the stimulus bill.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/14/politics/nancy-pelosi-wolf-blitzer-stimulus/index.html

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Greg F

Cracks...better than your Grand Canyon of BS, lies, belief in QAnon and other parody sites...talk about being trolled - trump fell for it hook line and boat.

Greg F

Trump is an ignoramus supreme https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thewrap.com/trump-promotes-fake-news-retweets-satire-post-that-twitter-deliberately-shut-down-to-help-biden/amp/

Greg F

Piddle, the first letter of any of your comments tells us all about you...”derrrrrrrrr.”

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