11 August. 2020

Well I’ve been back in the US about a week now. Julie’s parents, are slowly but surely getting back on the right track. Her Dad got out of the hospital while I was over the Atlantic, but then her Mom went into the hospital 6 days ago, and got out yesterday. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers, as they get over their illnesses, and regain their strength. If you are wondering it was not Covid that caused the problems. 🙂

I am pretty sure this is the first time I have ever been in Florida in August. Not sure I want to visit again this time of year. One of my friends compared the pain index to being in Wisconsin in January. My response is this: In Wisconsin I can put on more clothes until I get warm. In Florida, even if I went bare A$$ed naked it would still be much too hot for comfort. I am back to my younger days of going to bed at 9:00 to get up at 5:30. I’m still running down here, but I learned very quickly that I have to be done with my run by 8:00 AM. The area around Ft Myers has also changed a lot since I was here last. I know I came down with Julie once around the time we got married, so it has been sometime about 30 years ago. There is a lot more traffic than I remember.

I learned today the biggest difference between Switzerland and the USA. The craziness of some of the people. I was at a grocery store buying dinner, and the cashier starts going on and on about how Covid is a hoax, and it is criminal that we have to wear masks. She claims that Covid is actually a conspiracy between hospitals and the government. The hospitals are classifying every single patient as a Covid patient, so the government will pay them more money. Being a bit of a jerk, I asked her how “they” were able to get the rest of the world in on the conspiracy. She went on to tell me how it was all just made up. I explained that I lived in Europe now, and was here taking care of my in-laws, and that it was real, and that the rest of the world locked down to get the virus under control. I actually think she halfway believed me. She then started asking me about Switzerland, and we were having a nice little conversation. But then I ruined it… She asked me if I wanted to stay over there, or if I wanted to come back home. I looked her straight in the eye, and said. “You know my wife and I have actually talked about that very thing. We have decided that if Biden wins the election we will for sure be heading back, but if Trump wins re-election we have decided to give up our American Citizenship, and become Swiss citizens.” I thought her head was going to explode!

Talk to you soon!

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