It’s a very strange time to be alive, and I’m not particularly sure what to make of it all. What I do know though is that the appearance of COVID-19 has definitely increased uncertainty in the future, and as someone who struggles with an anxiety disorder, I. Don’t. Like. It.
It was certainly a struggle to stay calm when I was standing in line for the cashier at the grocery store in southwest Spokane just to get some food to sustain me through the snow storm currently hitting the state only to see a slew of panicked individuals trying to stock up for isolation and quarantine.
I immediately rushed back to my AirBnB to look for earlier flights to Texas, my hands shaking uncontrollably. I just wanted out of this madhouse!
But here I am 24 hours later, and while I did book an earlier flight, I’m still in the state, just passing the time, enjoying the snowfall, and trying not to get too upset about something over which I have absolutely no control. I will say though that I have a great boarding position for my Southwest Airlines flight, which is exciting, but I also realize that the only reason why I was able to obtain such a preferable status is because no one is actually flying right now.
That’s not very reassuring.
If I’m being completely honest at the moment, I’m a prime candidate for contracting the virus. I’ve been traveling. I’ve been traveling to the ground zero state. I’ve been out an about in the ground zero state. I’ve been shaking hands with and standing within six feet of many individuals who live and work in the ground zero state. I mean, I’ve been avoiding touching my face and disinfecting things like crazy, but unfortunately, I’ve learned many times throughout my life that sometimes it just doesn’t matter how hard you try. Sometimes you still fail to achieve your goals.
Like keeping yourself from contracting a very contagious virus that is currently deadly to about 2% of the population.
I know, I know. What the FUCK does this have to do with coffee?!?!?!?
Well, I’ve had a lot of time to think things over, and I have realized that if I am going to survive isolation, which I probably should do once I get home, I am going to need coffee. A lot of coffee. Without coffee, who cares if I get the virus. I’ll self-destruct my own way. So I’ve definitely been making sure that when I get home, I’ll have enough coffee supplies to last me for 14 days. I started this by grabbing some beans from Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters while in Spokane.
But that’s not the only issue here.
Because many people are isolating themselves to help control the spread of the virus, many small business out there are suffering as a result. And that means your favorite local coffee shops are also hurting.
So what can you do to help these small shops in this uncertain time? Well, a few things:
- When stocking up, make sure to grab your coffee supplies from your local coffee shop. If you must order online for beans, then order from a small roaster. Don’t Amazon this shit. If you are concerned about going into the shop, call to see if they would be willing to take an order over the phone and then can bring your items to your car for pick up. This will limit exposure but ensure you get what you need.
- Buy gift cards for when the virus scare is over. This will give your local shop the cash they need to weather the storm, but then you’ll have something for when you can move around freely without fear of getting sick.
- Wash your hands and don’t use reusable cups when visiting coffee shops. I know that we are trying to be more environmentally friendly, but not everyone has the same standards for cleaning their personal drinking vessels. Just get the to-go cup, after you wash your hands for 20 seconds, and call it a day. If your local barista is too sick to work as a result of handling contaminated cups, that’s not going to help anyone.
- If you find yourself in need of childcare at this time, there are some service industry workers, such as your local baristas, who can help with this. It can’t hurt to ask your local establishments if they have employees who could use the money and have great references for babysitting. This may help them manage financially during this uncertain time and can help you while schools/daycares are closed down.
Now, I will admit, I am just a lowly accountant, so if you think something in the list above is not advisable, just let me know, but I think we can all agree that if we are going to get through this uncertain time unscathed, it’s going to take all of us working together.
You know, from the safety of our own homes…
I’m up for it if y’all are.
Reporting live from Washington,
The one and the only Pookachino