The new coronavirus Covid-19 is turning life upside down in the whole country. You tend to realize, and feel, that you are no longer in control of a lot of things you've been taking for granted. I'm going to really miss seeing movies on big screens in a theater, for example. My favorite one, the Angelika, has closed for now.
A couple of days ago I read an article in the LA Times that suggested one way to have some control. It pointed out that small movie theaters having to close because of the coronavirus are going to be hit hard financially. Some may not even survive. The article mentioned that it was possible to support them by buying a gift certificate. Well, I thought, I want to support Angelika during these weeks, so I just bought a gift certificate for myself. I bought it online and had it sent to my email. I plan to do it once a week until they reopen. I post regularly on my Facebook page and so this morning I suggested that others who also want to keep their favorite small theater alive and well might want to do the same.
An article in today's LA Times also suggested that it's important to continue to pay the people you depend on, even if you don't use their service. They also depend on you, and they have bills and mortgages to pay and groceries to buy. In my case that will be my hairdresser and the massage I treat myself to once a month. I will miss the one I was to have today but I'll call in, pay, and leave a tip nevertheless.
Life must go on, and we indeed are all in this together. And there are many things we can control until it passes.
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Dr. Judith Hand writes historical fiction, contemporary action/adventure, and screenplays. Hand earned her Ph.D. in biology from UCLA. Her studies included animal behavior and primatology. After completing a Smithsonian Post-doctoral Fellowship at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., she returned to UCLA as a research associate and lecturer. Her undergraduate major was in cultural anthropology. She worked as a technician in neurophysiology laboratories at UCLA and the Max Planck Institute, in Munich, Germany. As a student of animal communication, she has written scientific papers on the subject of social conflict resolution.
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