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This new virtual way of living: It is a culture killer

Beyond the Rhetoric

Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow | 5/21/2020, 12:14 p.m.

This new way of doing business and living everyday has been caused by the Pandemic –

COVID 19. It is a “mass murderer” – destroying lives by the millions worldwide and causing our

interaction with one another to be in continuous change minute by minute. Life is so different

than it was six months ago. What big mandatory changes are in store for us during the next six

months. It seems all we can do is pray. It is out of our control!

Here are just a few examples of what we are talking about:

National Sports: Who would have thought that such venues such as football, basketball,

baseball, car racing, etc. would have bans on seating. It is hard to believe we are going into

baseball season with football and basketball following and no fans will be allowed to participate

by sitting and cheering their favorite teams.

This past weekend was the debut of this season’s NASCAR racing. Missing were the hundreds

of thousands of fans in the seats and the tailgating that would go on for miles. The event was

void of fan participation, crowd noise and boisterous cheering. The cars were racing at top

speeds as usual but there was silence with only the announcers saying anything. You just

could not get into the mood to watch and follow the progress of the event.

We cannot imagine trying to follow a football or basketball game with just commentary from the

announcer and no emotion coming from the stands -what stands? The stadiums will be

completely empty. Who would sit down and devote time and emotion to watch such a dull

telecast? No one!

Let us think of the entertainment industry. That is going to dry up and fade away. We are

supposed to be going to a family reunion this summer in Las Vegas. We guess that is going to

be a flop. The casinos will be closed and the hotel space very limited. There will be no tables

for us to sit down and gamble. So much for family reunions?

One of the painful changes to our lifestyle is the loss of visiting our grandson. He is two years

old and lives in town. Every weekend we would meet at altering locations. Now all we can do is

meet in a parking lot with our cars two yards apart. We get out and wave from a distance. No

hugging, holding, and cuddling is allowed. We watch and shout at each other for about twenty

minutes and that is it. Then we part for about two weeks at least. This is painful!

Cities that depend on conferences coming to town for additional revenue and interaction are

going to have to do without the annual funding that is involved. Washington, DC is a conference

center and the biggest conference is usually the Congressional Black Caucus. Well, it was just

announced, this year they will have a “digital or virtual” conference. All those travels, hotel,

entertainment, eating and dancing venues will no longer be experienced. A Hallmark has just