I am up and at ’em today at 5:00 a.m., per habit.

I don my rowing kit, come downstairs to the main floor, greet the Labs, and let them out to the back yard. I move through the basement, where I am met by the kitties. I feed and water them, escort them up the stairs to the kitchen, empty the dishwasher, and start the coffee. I put food and water down for the dogs, and let them in. The four furry friends gather in the kitchen for their morning snacks and attention.

I head upstairs with a cuppa for Karen, awaken her enough for a kiss and to let her know that the animals are happy, the back door is locked, and I shall return. Down I go to the kitchen, for my coffee and snacks, and out the front door.

Good music in the car accompanies my 38-minute drive to the boat launch at Coos Bay Yacht club. I am on the water by 6:30. Today I focus on blade depth and releases. I put in 8,000 meters, mostly at low stroke, half power, average heart rate 105. It’s a good aerobic workout for an old guy in my 72nd year.

I experience light rain today, temperature in the low 50’s, and calm water. An excitable gaggle of Canada geese flaps and honks away off my course, and I see my friend the great blue heron. Aside from the birds and the fish below, the lake is all mine.

I am standing on the dock just before the predictable 8:00 o’clock parade of bass boats roars past from town. The fishing crowd and I are happy. S. Tenmile Lake is theirs for the rest of the day.

I drive homeward though Lakeside and North Bend, and into Coos Bay. I am replete and relaxed, and grateful for all normal goodness I can hold on to.

7 thoughts on “Normalcy in the Time of the Coronavirus

  1. I’m happy to hear your on the water again and have sent out a paragraph about your life. I’ve enjoyed reading your stories no matter how brief. Miss seeing you and the other Men of Steel. I’ve been online with Lesley’s class. Trying to keep fit. Best wishes.

    Enjoy the day. Jim (541)297-6197 Cell (541)756-6197 Home

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  2. Sounds like a lovely morning. 5:00 a.m. though? I didn’t shut down the computer until after 3:00 a.m. last night. Got really involved watching Motown documentaries.

    On Sat, May 16, 2020 at 12:26 PM Rowing Across America wrote:

    > Don Costello posted: ” I am up and at ’em today at 5:00 a.m., per habit. I > don my rowing kit, come downstairs to the main floor, greet the Labs, and > let them out to the back yard. I move through the basement, where I am met > by the kitties. I feed and water them, escort the” >

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