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Social Distancing, Shelter in Place and the Dierker Space

Updated on March 18, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Hunker Down

Corona virus. Someone came up with the terms, social distancing and shelter in place. It has to do with a pandemic. I am sheltering in place and social distancing. Oops I am an isolationist. I like it. I think the terms shelter in place and social distancing means to stay away from others. Now that is just wrong. But I am doing it. Social distancing and Shelter in place make sense with our corona virus.

Here is a fun one for you. I have cancer. But unless I told you, you would not know. I am a bull. I just charge ahead. Now you say that is a good thing. Yes indeed it is. But here is the problem. I am a bull and I just charge ahead. Silly old me, I might have the virus and still just charge ahead. I am fully cocked and loaded and bull my way through life. A fever means I am hot and a sneeze means I hit dust. Not the best attitude to protect others.

My neighbor and I talked over the fence. We almost did a social connect. But not really. OK really. Too much stuff to talk about. His name is Chris. We have talked over the fence for years. He thinks my cancer may be contagious. He calls me counselor as I am the legal adviser for the 12 in his family. Truth be told he is a bestie friend. His mom is old, Alice. ‘ bout 94 or 95. Don’t know and do not care as she is one of my 10 year old’s best friends. We really stink about age in these here parts. I am told I am old. Kids at the school say I am the grandpa and we all laugh. Funny I just picked up my 90 pounder son with one arm. Fully serious there. I also picked up my wife with one arm. I do not do sissy pants.

Not doing so well and that be fine. You might as well pick me up and toss me garbage wise. Them folks say I am fully at risk. Something about getting a disease and the dying from it. Sounds right to me. So I smacked a ball over two hundred and fifty feet yetterday. I did that with a three iron. Some folks do not engage in ridiculous sporting constructs.

I act old sometimes. Seriously like an old man who can barely walk. Life is fun. It is just that life’s aches and pains hit me hard. Then my young son complains and I have to jump to commands and act like a 20 year old. Hells bells and Cocker shells, both are just an act. That is the deal of love.

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I love life. It has hit me hard sometimes. Silly old life. I act. A born performer. I can act sick or all well. They are an act. Do not look this way for reality. I make my own. My wife likes me all old and crotchety and my some wants to play some ball. Careful not to show one the other. Or is that the other one not the other? I am just the actor in this play called life.

Back in the day I was the producer and the director and the actor. I gave that up. Just being the actor is plenty enough. My son says I walk into a room and everyone knows me. Nope. I walk into a room and act like I know everybody. I act at being a socialite. I do not belong there. I am the actor.

We tow a line. Not really us but our bravado. Have you ever been happy at a funeral? Well I am that way. I get uninvited. Death just seems like an allowance to be free to me. I got invited to eulogize the other month. My friend killed himself. I figure the cousins needed an uplift. Well there I was. Celebrating my main man. Oh baby I was crying like nobody’s business. And I was touting about the time I got him to crawl up into the lemon tree. I just cannot do a bummer. O’ I try but my sons just laugh at me.

Funny and strange deal. I have to act at being old and sad but loving and happy or joyful comes altogether natural. Someone once told me “Dierker you cannot change you stripes”. I was dying and trying to play the juice harp. Now I am back to the clarinet. I just cannot do the miserable. That feller is over there somewhere.

The clock says it is 4:30 AM. I believe it, although it does seem to lie sometimes. Perhaps I shall go back to bed. Oh my the dreams I can conjure up. Can you do that? I can. I lay my head down and set my intentions toward a thought and they come to pass in a dream. Now my erstwhile shrink for free says that is nuts. It does not work that way.

And now you think this article is going nowhere? Hang on.

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Who Talks and Who Has The Job to Listen?

Peace be with you. No really they say that in church. Well that is a fine notion and I wholeheartedly agree. Inside I just do not get it. Of course I say to myself. I mean really? You folks don’t have peace with you? Yikes, that would scare me to death. I reckon I just have peace. Not “peace” but peace. Boy does that piss people off. Walk into a shit storm and smile and it really irritates them that want you on their side.

I was a trial lawyer and ate people up for a snack. I loved ripping them a new one and reveled in causing destruction. Reaping havoc and destroying reputations was my stock and trade. Seems I woke up before dawn and started planning how I would discredit people. Now that is sick stuff. Rip off their head and ---- down their throat. Depraved? Yes.

So then I went into preaching. A reproach of me and a reflection of a new attitude. It did not work out after several years. Seems to me churches too often engage in more than love. Do not get me wrong I love churches, but now I shelter in place and socially distance. Went to a bible study and it was cancelled?

Pretty good to shelter in place. Pretty good to social distance. I still do not know what those mean.

I am finding love. Not with hugs and kisses or handshakes but by picking up the danged phone. You can see how I write. I have nothing to say. But those folks on the other end have plenty to say and it is my entire pleasure to hear it.

This love thing transcends this virus thing. We just have to adapt. Phone is cool. Emails are cool. Just prayers are cool and I even like just sending good intentions. Check this out; close your eyes and think about someone else. You do not even need to do another thing. Just that little bitty not so gritty “thinking of” is good. Wave. I walk a whole lot. Waving at folks is an awesome show of brotherly love.

Now it has gotten to the point where things are stressed. Just get over it. You cannot change it.

But yes indeed we can. I strongly suggest listening. Listening is loving. “Hey son, how you doing” and then shut the heck up. God seldom talks, God just listens. We should follow his example.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish I was thinking of that yesterday. I had to scoot around for some stuff and standing a bit away from people makes you concentrate on what they are saying more. Like that billionth of a second delay makes a difference. Almost like a pause.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      I love the message of just listening to people. We don’t do enough of that.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I agree. I encroached a little the other day and the service provider just looked at me "enough said".

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      Compu-Smart 

      3 months ago from London UK

      This current situation (lockdown & self distancing) is an ultimate test to see/prove who are the most mentally strong and resilient people in life.

      Keep safe and keep strong peeps!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting Chris. I am an open book 1 858 736 4432

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nithya thank you four your comment. We are pretty much having essentials delivered now. Kind of amazing that the whole world is following very similar protocols.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel I just had a laugh on me I read it "that I have a chance to stop annoying people". My life is better that way.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Venkatachari thank you for your comment and thoughts. I always admire you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda that listening part is so hard for me.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, the hugs and kisses died abruptly as I had some symptoms and got out of there. No biggy just precautionary.

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      Chris Mills 

      4 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      Eric, I listen too. I'd love to hear from you privately, my friend. I just keep doing what they tell me...stay home, keep the distance. I work in a hospital, so I go to work everyday and wear a mask. Stay safe. Love your family.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 months ago from Dubai

      God listens to us, always, and we should learn to listen too. You are brave and strong. You must be patient listening to all the folks have to say over the phone. Here the place looks dead; people go out only to get the essential stuff. I wish things would improve soon, and I hope God is listening now and helps us out in these tough times.

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      Mel Carriere 

      4 months ago from San Diego California

      Writers like you and I social distance and shelter in place by nature. We create fake worlds and fake friends in our heads. Better that way, because the fake friends are not often contagious.

      I am sort of an introvert anyway, so the corona virus isn't bumming me out as much as it is others. It gives me an excuse to ignore annoying people. But I don't want to do cyber social distancing, especially to inspiring stories like you.

      Keep it up Preacher Man with the inspirational words.

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      Venkatachari M 

      4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      it's a good piece of the message- "God seldom talks, God just listens". You conveyed it very correctly. We should follow Him. Talk less and listen more.

      I like your attitude of enjoying life instead of worrying about the pains. God's blessings to you and your family.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      "Listening is loving." I love that thought. Truly listening to somebody and paying attention to their concerns is very important.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Life is fun. It is just that life’s aches and pains hit me hard." And you just wince and carry on with the fun. Eric, I love that about you. Happy that your family reciprocates all the love you give.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I am enforcing a nasty strict group hug regiment here. Some exposure maybe. But I say exposure to love is right on.

      The call to the great today was for Jesus to cover. He does that brand spanking new and fine. Let our lord shine upon you as he does here.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita our mats are sanatized. Tree pose still kills me. My boy Gabe says I am the best upward dog. My Tai Chi maybe more in line. You know that one that is not there.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John sometimes I get laughed at. Australia is south of the border to me. I have never really seen a border. Even East Germany during that olden days. Congo for sure. Vietnam never. I reckon this virus is a bitty like me. You and I live without borders. Back up to those otherwise.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey now Mr. Singh I would dare to figure it is a month of Sundays since I heard from you. Glad to hear from you.

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      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, we're 15 days into this social-distancing thing and it ain't easy. I'm a hugger. But Mr. and I are in the senior citizen category and daughter is fragile, so we need to behave.

      We can't change the environment but we can certainly control how we respond to it. I agree with your thought that we can still email or pick up the phone. It's that easy to connect. And, in true Eric fashion you saved the best for last. "God listens and we should heed his example."

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Trying yes.

      There are Yoga exercises you can do. Look for the five rites but there are many. Peace.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, my wife busted out some Christmas stockings/socks last night. We try to maintain every single day a spirit of our beloved.

      O' my what will we do today, but we do have a 4x4 birthday card under my bed. Nope no one's birthday. Celebration of life!!!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika let me put it this way; You are a character. A personality outstanding. Thanks for being my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kyler you and I could not be more different while we are so much the same. I am a past Mensa member with a doctorate. And that is what you will be.Your son is your stepping stone to help thousands of people.You have already helped me.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela we had some issues to work through. I need to be more loving. You give it to me, I need to give it more better passing it on. Aloha.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey a big old howdy to all. We had movie night and cleaning day yesterday. I got this gal and this boy. And sometimes they just drive me crazy -- in about the happiest way ever. Thanks for your patience.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby my elder son and I were going through this piece. He remarked at your comment. We hold you in high esteem.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This was all very relevant Eric. I am reasonably heal but my wife is in the susceptible category, anyway we are not really social people so it isn’t a problem keeping our distance especially from crowds. It is times like this you can really appreciate the Internet though. I am spending spare time mowing the lawn and weeding the garden..damn..can’t find excuses not to.

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      MG Singh 

      4 months ago from Singapore

      A hub with a central theme of the coronavirus. That's great and it was nice reading your thoughts.

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      You finshed with Mehta (Loving-kindness). I was only recently speaking of this in another Hub.

      I think it's fair to say that a good many of us know you are dealing with some stuff. Naturally, A corona environment may not be the best for it, but yes, you laugh and have fun and do what you have to do. I admire and appreciate that.

      Hold fast Bro. Lots of hugs!

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whoops, Bill they decided folks can go home. We are talking about one of the largest military base/deals in the world. Now wait a minute the lady is encroaching on my space of work at home and raise the boy.

      Group hug was too fun this morning. Whahoo!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great idea for a hub especially now that you know what it feels like to be isolated. Where I am it is fine normal day-day stuff going on necessary precautions are practiced to keep the virus a bay in this beautiful region of Croatia.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 months ago from Corona, CA

      If it weren't for all the rain, clouds, and cold weather right now we'd be out at the park or lake getting suntans and having barbecues. Alas, I'm stuck at home writing satirical survival guides while my son tears everything apart in fits of boredom. Everyone stay safe out there.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I am not able to conjur up a dream, which sounds kind of cool. As for social distancing, I do not have a problem. I might not want to do that long term but it is important to do it for a while, I hope you can avoid th at virus and stay as healthy as possible.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I woke up this morning with a runny nose and cough. I took my temp. 97 so I guess I don't have the C virus. I feel good. I keep a kleenex in my nose, why not? I'm tired of looking for another tissue. Hee. We're doing the same as you, sheltering in. Please be healthy and keep on being you. Hugs.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This social distancing thing is right up my alley. So far my life hasn't changed much at all because of the virus. There is a certain freedom which comes with being seventy-one, you know? It's like "BRING IT ON" and all that macho b.s., and it feels good.

      Sending greetings from across the fence of life

      And love always

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