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"We need everyone to hold the line as the epidemic inevitably gets worse" -- Well, duh.

In the absence of a vaccine, an antidote, mass testing, and a more robust healthcare infrastructure, there's not much left to do except "hunker down" and "ride out" the "inevitably worse." The real issue is that "the line" we're trying to hold against the virus should have been drawn four months ago, when "flattening the curve" via social distancing AND border closing would have had a chance to be effective. I think that's why people have started "cheating" at social distancing -- not out of boredom, ignorance, or defiance, but from subliminally realizing that curve flattening was a fantasy, and that staying home now does too little, too late.

This could have happened in the U.S. -- but it can't now because no one saw the smoke on the horizon and pulled the fire alarm in time.


RE: Rule #1

The bad news: I didn't pack my camera accessories bag, giving me a seven-hour concert to shoot with just one battery to my name.

The good news: I did pack my (15-ounce) charger and my tablet.

The great news: I'd put a PDF of my camera's user guide on my tablet, which I had bothered to read enough of to know that my camera is capable of on-board battery charging. So instead of "calling in sick," I simply looked up the instructions: all I had to do was buy a USB/micro cable, and connect it to the charger and camera between band performances.

Lessons learned:
1. Keep an extra (fully charged) battery, and either an extra camera battery charger or a USB cable and wall plug adapter, in another part of your bag.

2. Thou shalt know thy camera as thyself.

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