March 29, 2020
Unlike my last entry, today is a rainy, drizzly, chilly Spring day. It certainly wasn’t a beautiful day to get outside but get outside I did… for a nice ruck road march. Got some exercise and got some perspective. That’s what I needed.
I’m writing this from what has become, my alternate, alternate office. We are now more than 2 full weeks into the national emergency that has been spurred by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Had we taken the trip to NM; we would have been back for a week now. However, as you know, we didn’t. Instead, I shifted into full-time emergency management mode. I’ve spent very little time in headquarters. My work office is a small space in a former jail that is being converted into and Emergency Operations Center and a Coordinating Center for resource management and information flow. My second, alternate office is a corner of my living room, with a laptop, a tablet, 2 cell phones and a pile of folders, where I can keep working, even when I mark off-duty. Technology is amazing.
Short report on the pro-reading. No excuses, but I’ve only gotten my morning reading in about ½ the time. I’m still working on dare to lead: Daring Greatly and Rising Strong at Work,” by Brené Brown (Brown, Brené. dare to lead: Daring Greatly and Rising Strong at Work. 2018. New York. Random House.) I like it. As I said, it’s different, but I’m enjoying the different perspective.
On top of my personal pro-reading, in the interest of full disclosure, I have also read more about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) than I ever expected or hoped too.
I’m pushing through with the Jordan Peterson book, but to be honest, after going to bed very late one night and opening it on my Kindle, I just couldn’t. I backed out to the home page and downloaded a Terry Pratchett fantasy novel. I’m most of the way through The Wee Free Men, and I needed it. A little perspective from an imaginary world to distract from this one. I’m not sorry.
Other Learning Opportunities
The City’s response to the Coronavirus has been pretty much my full-time job for the past 3 weeks. I have definitely learned a lot about my team and their capabilities. I’m very proud and very grateful.
I have also learned a lot about remote access, video conferencing, conference calls, and working out of the front seat of my cruiser. On the other hand, I’ve had a couple of training travel opportunities cancelled as a result of this. Over the next month and a half, I’m going to have plenty of chances to take advantage of my Online Teacher Certification to figure out how to remotely delivery supervisory training and critical incident management training. I’ve got to look at that as a silver lining.
I don’t want to belabor this post tonight, so I’m going to break fun for the last 2 weeks into 4 buckets. Here we go.
I have had a lot of fun discovering and learning how to “do” Date Nights while relying on takeout and dancing in the living room. Re-purposing “prompt” cards from my writing for discussion prompts with my bride has been a blast.
While I miss my dojo family, I have had a lot of fun learning how to replace my Jujitsu sessions with other exercise. I’ve definitely gotten more ruck marches in than I normally would in a 2-week period. I’m blessed to have invested in some pretty cool workout gear that I don’t use nearly enough. The past couple of weeks have reintroduced me to my kettle-bells and my sandbags and have caused me to reexamine how and when I use some other tools. I’m getting great workouts, despite not being able to go to the dojo and I’m learning a lot that I can keep when life goes back to normal.
I have had a lot of fun learning how to support my friends and neighbors who own restaurants and other small business. Our local downtown association created a one stop shop for going online and buying Gift Cards to support member businesses. This online “store” let’s you select any of a number of businesses and buy cards in a variety of denominations to give them some needed income now and redeem later. I had a blast sitting on my couch thinking about different experiences I’ve had in these stores, and why they’re important to me.
Finally, late last week, I decided to jump on an online bandwagon and start reading children’s stories and recording them to share with the community. I was a little apprehensive about this project, but it has been very well received and I’m glad that I decided to pursue it. I might have to go record some more content now.
Well, I think that is more than enough for now. In these unusual times, my ordinary salutation doesn’t seem like enough…in addition to the below…STAY HEALTHY AND KEEP SMILING!!!
Be Safe, Keep the Faith, Do Good Work, 1*