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The World Is Coming To Me!

Updated on December 28, 2020
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I got a new job! One that won't make me rich! One that might keep me up all night, And make my skin itch! (Sorry, Huey Lewis!)

Branson Landing at night
Branson Landing at night | Source

Yes, I have a new job!

With Silver Dollar City experiencing concerns with the Coronavirus, and the requirements associated with going back to work there and mingling with guests from all around the world, I was hesitant. Well, mark me seriously concerned about returning to work there post furlough. My lovely wife and I had deep, in depth conversations about our work possibilities, what we needed to do for our remaining child at home and his schooling, and where (and how) to live.

I applied for a job as a business manager in the area we desired to live in and lo and behold, I was interviewed then offered the position! We are now back in the Branson area, and I am hard at work making this business the best it can possibly be.

And we were able to move back to where we wanted to live, where we lived before! So we are now fully immersed in the condo culture once more, back where we desired to be, where our son loved to be, and he will (might?) get to finish out his high school years in the school he has enjoyed the most.

Here in Stone County...

Last week, there were eight cases of Coronavirus. I know, I checked. Less than a week later, those cases skyrocketed. A local kid's camp in Lampe has almost 50 cases, and they were social distancing AND wearing masks! Silver Dollar City had six cases among their employees, and THEY were wearing masks! In both locations masks were mandatory and yet, people still caught this virus.

And now, the world is coming to Branson.

Will the virus spread even further here because of the influx of visitors? Or will they catch it here and take it with them home? The country is exploding with a virus that was supposedly going to diminish during the summer months and yet, it isn't. In more than half of the country, cases are rising dramatically. Including Missouri.

Branson is seeing more cases and this is before the influx of travelers this weekend. So, who am I seeing coming to visit me here in Branson?

When I went to Walmart yesterday in that one parking lot I saw the following:

Delaware, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, California, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado. Oh, and I saw a New York plate on the way home, and in the parking lot here at the condos I can add Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa. Oh, and of course Missouri. That's almost half, 50% of the country here in my immediate area.

I feel so safe.

I feel like the sheriff in "Jaws"

Few there are who are wearing masks...

Some; not many. I would say perhaps 10%, not much more. And at Lake of the Ozarks (a notorious party lake) the locals are saying this is the best (read: most visitors) summer EVER!

Cue the mayor in Jaws.

"This is gonna be one of the best summers ever, and those beaches will be open!"

The governor of Missouri, the honorable Mike Parsons has declared Missouri to be wide open, with few if any restrictions, and the country is flocking to our area. States which are on lockdown are escaping and coming to the middle of the country (here) and bringing their ways with them. They do not want to wear the masks because "They are on vacation!" and want to fly free in the face of common sense, discarding conventional wisdom and either bringing the virus with them, or will be taking a gift home when they leave.

But honestly, I think it is already here and has been for a long time. If we haven't been exposed to it we will be shortly then our makeup will take over from there.

The doctors and "experts" are saying O+ blood seems to be resistant to it; thank God my wife, son and I all have O+!

We do what we can but...

Do we even know if masks work? I read a story today saying that the aerosol aspects of the virus can hang in the air for a long, long time, making it highly likely that someone walking through the mist will inhale deeply enough to catch it. And I am also reading that these same experts are saying that if you are wearing a mask, and can smell someone's scent (be it cologne, perfume, or a gaseous emission from the anus) you are breathing in air that might contain the virus, through the mask itself.

Really, I don't know if there is a damn thing we can do about it. And the ability to move freely about the country which is guaranteed in America causes us to assume we have the right, nay the obligation to travel about and to spread diseases and viruses, common sense be damned. Americans are arrogant in a way few other countries are and this time it just might harm us more than anyone else, regardless of how good our medical system is.

At any rate...

The world is on my doorstep, protocols are being ignored, and we will be cleaning up the mess for weeks and months. Some might not ever be cleaned up and some people might lose their lives due to someone's carefree attitude regarding safety. Someone like me, who had to endure a near septuagenarian's close talking ways when they informed me that they imbibed daily to the tune of a six pack each and every day with no ill effects; all while within a foot of my face, regardless of how many times I took a step back.

And there's not a confounded thing we can do about it. Branson, much like the fictional Amity in "Jaws", is a tourism based community, dependent upon the influx of visiting people to provide the wealth and ability to weather the rest of the year in the span of a few short months. However, unlike Amity, Branson cannot kill the shark and live happily ever after. This particular shark will not leave, it will continue to swim in our waters for weeks, months and possibly even years. This shark, unlike Bruce, is real and will affect far more people than those few stupid enough to swim in shark infested waters; it swims in the air and is invisible; and it will most definitely kill you.

The tourist industries here in Branson are already feeling the heat as places like SDC are seeing dramatic drops in numbers, with retirement prevalent among its people and seeing COVID cases among its workers despite the precautions taken; precautions as mandated by the CDC and WHO. If this continues for another few days I will not be surprised to see Disney World and Land either not open at all or close down shortly after they do open. I fear for SDC, Shepherd of the Hills, and all the other tourist driven businesses in Branson. Without the tourists, and with high virus numbers, they cannot survive.

And then the stuff will really hit the fan as they close and Branson and the surrounding area suffer that reality.

I also saw this morning an article where the Harlem Globetrotters offered to sell the Washington Redskins the name "Washington Generals", their long time basketball nemesis, as a means to help the Redskins change the name of their franchise. A part of me wondered, "Are they doing this as a means of raising money for the business?" Who can say?

Update 12/28/2020

As of this date, I can now declare that I have seen license plates from 48 states in Branson. The only ones I have not seen this year are as follows: Maine and Vermont. I even saw a Costa Rica license plate where I work! Much like the Hawaii plate, I have to wonder how they got here? Did they really drive?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Mr Archer

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    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 

      13 months ago from Central Florida

      Mike, first, congratulations on your new job!

      I, too, live in a tourist destination. Our governor went into phase two of reopening the state far too early, in my opinion. We are now seeing exponential increases in the virus daily. The experts are blaming it on the bars, which were re-opened for a couple of weeks. Now they're closed again. You can still drink in restaurants, but not bars. Several counties, including the one in which I live and work, have mandated the wearing of masks in public places. Prior to now, they were optional. We have to wear them at work once we leave our offices (thankfully, each of us has our own office) and venture out into common areas such as hallways, copy rooms, the bathrooms, and other co-workers offices.

      I hadn't heard that type O+ blood is immune to the virus. I'm glad to hear it, tho because I'm O+. My son, however, is O-.

      Hang in there, Mike. That's really all we can do, right?

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      Ann Carr 

      13 months ago from SW England

      Thank you. I'm staying safe and only doing what seems sensible and keeping my distance!

      You keep safe and well too.

      Ann

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      Mr Archer 

      13 months ago from Missouri

      Thank you Ann. Our area is wide open, not unlike the Wild West of old. And our eldest daughter and her husband cancelled their trip to Florida this week...and went to Colorado instead! Oi vey!! You take care across the pond Ma'am; stay safe and remain inside as much as possible.

      Bill, it was great to hear your voice once more Sir. I appreciate your input and will be doing what I can to make your thoughts about my abilities become reality. Keep gardening, care for the livestock and you will survive this mess we find ourselves in. Take care, Master Bill!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It was good to talk to you the other day, buddy! I wish you well with the new job. They hired a good man!

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      Ann Carr 

      13 months ago from SW England

      Firstly, congratulations on the new job! How nice for you to be able to go back to a place you love to be.

      As for the virus, that situation you describe now seems to be happening here, as England relaxes the rules and everyone goes mad, ignoring the advice that we must all be careful. The government is passing the buck; it won't be their fault, it will be ours. I am barely out of lockdown and not wanting to do things so quickly. I haven't even seen my precious children and grandchildren yet. I understand the economy argument and the mental health side, but what good are those if no one is left to enjoy it?!

      Some days I just stay my usual optimistic self, other days I despair.

      I hope things will become better and the world will be steady soon (it will never again be as it was, for better or worse).

      Interesting article. All the best to you and your family.

      Ann

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