A New World is Evolving thanks to COVID-19

Barbie is back!

Most of us are staying home more than ever. Obviously it’s due to the COVID-19. Museums are closed as are zoos. Theaters are closed. Sports venues offer only limited seating. Even if some places are offering outdoor dining many of us are not comfortable with that arrangement either.

So life has changed in ways that may never go back to what they were. Not just adults but children too. Barbie sales are surging amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hobbies that do not include close interaction with other people are thriving. Model making, drone flying, photography. playing computer games are all examples of those stay way from others are all great examples. Maybe that is why podcasts are all the rage. Broadcast studio equipment is advertised in the Atlantic for $595.

The Milkman is Back!

By Janey M. Rifkin

You’d have to have lived a long time to remember when the morning milk delivery was on your doorstep. But what’s that saying? – “If you milk delivery was on your doorstep. But what’s that saying? – “If you live long enough, everything old is new again.”

So, back in Bridgeport, Connecticut and probably elsewhere as well, COVID has rekindled delivery of the dairy! Doug Wade, Jr., President of Wade’s Dairy in Connecticut, inherited the business from his father, who home delivered milk in glass bottles for near a century.

It just got to be too old fashioned; customers had dwindled, wooed by grocery stores offering cheaper milk that kept longer. Women had gone off to work, leaving no one home to accept deliveries.

By 1992, Wade Dairy shut down home delivery. Now the coronavirus has resurrected that last issue. Everyone is home now. Meanwhile, many of the clients that Wade’s had pivoted to serve – restaurants, schools, corporate dining facilities – are closed.

“Never in a million years would I have thought home delivery would come back like this,” said Doug Wade Jr., age 66. Time to get creative, he thought, and indeed he did. In April, he started a service that charges a $10 fee in exchange for crates filled with everything from eggs to cheese to yogurt placed on doorsteps. More than 250 customers from 25 towns signed up.

“At its peak, the dairy had more than 3,000 home delivery customers,” Wade commented. But by the end of the 20th century, the dairy had evolved into a processing plant, pasteurizing milk from local farms, managing innovations, 80 employees, including 40 drivers. “The pandemic urely jolted the businesses back into action,” said Wade. Wade worries about how restaurant customers will survive. His delivery business model could expire when normal life returns. But he is driven by nostalgia too. He recently purchased a vintage hand-cranked cream separator. And despite his age and asthma, he can’t keep away from his office.

“I probably shouldn’t be coming into work, but you know, this is my life,” he said. I’m a milkman!

Janey Rifkin is a syndicated writer. This article appeared in the Warner Center News. A community paper in the West San Fernando Valley, California.

Something to Consider and Think About!

Someone I know forwarded this article to me.

Subject: Fwd: something to consider

While waiting for life to get back to normal consider this…

 

If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village

consisting of 100 people, maintaining the proportions of all the

people living on Earth, that village would consist of:

 

57 Asians

21 Europeans

14 Americans (North, Central and South)

8 Africans

 

There would be:

52 women and 48 men

30 Caucasians and 70 non-Caucasians

30 Christians and 70 non-Christians

89 heterosexuals and 11 homosexuals

 

6 people would possess 59% of the wealth and they would all come from the USA

 

80 would live in poverty

70 would be illiterate

50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition

1 would be dying

1 would be being born

1 would own a computer

1 (yes, only one) would have a university degree

 

If we looked at the world in this way,

the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious.

 

But, consider again the following :

 

If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than

one million people, who won’t live through the week.

 

If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of

prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation,

then you are better off than 500 million people.

 

If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will

assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion (that’s right) people.

 

 

If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head

and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.         

 

 

If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet and a few

coins in your purse, you are one of 8 of the privileged few among the

100 people in the world.

 

If your parents are still alive and still married, you’re a rare individual.

 

If someone sent you this message, you’re extremely lucky, because

someone is thinking of you ~ and because you don’t comprise one of

those 2 billion people who can’t read.

 

AND SO?

 

Work like you don’t need the money.

Love like nobody has ever hurt you.

Dance like nobody is watching.

Sing like nobody is listening.

and Live as if this was paradise on Earth.

 

I hope you Send this message to your friends.

If you don’t send it, nothing will happen….

If you do send it, someone might smile while they are reading it,

and that will be a positive.