"Teatro in Time of Plague – 50"

We pass the 60,000 cases mark, the same day the US passes 6,000,000. There are of course many more unreported cases. No trace of the disappeared Garifunas. Protests continue, but nothing comes of it. La Prensa carries an article every day about the two mobile hospitals that are being installed in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. Everybody says they will both be put into operation this week. Let us see. There are supposed to be another five in various states of being constructed in Turkey.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 61, 014 cases, 1, 873 deaths.

According to La Prensa today, two more mobile hospitals will ship from Istanbul September 4. Let’s see if that happens. We’re still waiting for the two that are being assembled in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. There another tropical storm, Nana, forming and coming right for us. We had a heavy rain this afternoon – I think that’s the vanguard.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 61, 769 Cases, 1, 888 deaths.

There are supposed to be three more hospitals ready to ship from Istanbul, one for Choluteca, one for Santa Rosa de Copan, one for La Ceiba. They should ship this week, according to an account in La Prensa. Any day now they’ll put the two just assembled ones (in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula) into action. Tropical Storm Nana seems to be upon us. It was cloudy all day; then at nightfall the rain started, I imagine that will last all night. Its eye should be about Roatan; it’s moving toward Belize, and will hopefully just pass us by with a lot of rain. We shall see. So far the rain is light but persistent.

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 61, 769 cases, 1,888 deaths

A day with no new deaths (officially). Tropical Storm Nana passed by last night, turned into a hurricane and pounded Belize, but broke up quickly once it made landfall. It is now a “tropical depression” over Guatemala. Here, it rained all night but the rain had stopped when I woke up. It remained cloudy all morning but that broke up around noon and there was sun in the afternoon. There’s another “onda tropical” (that’s the next degree down from the tropical depression) on its way.

Friday, September 4, 2020 - 63, 158 cases, 1,954 deaths.

It wasn’t my day to circulate, but I went to the office in the morning to get a new newsletter to the printer. Still no trace of the disappeared Garifunas. It was sunny in the morning, but clouded up around noon, and there was a light rain most of the afternoon. I imagine this is the “onda tropical” that has been advertized. It didn’t amount to much here.

Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 63, 798 cases, 1, 984 deaths.

Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 59, 645 cases, 1, 842 deaths.

 This morning I went to a family wedding in St. Louis. Well, via zoom. My niece Colleen (the youngest of my brother Ted’s clan) got married to Jake Bingley. It was in a park (I think Kirkwood Park) and was very simple, with only immediate family present and a lot of us virtually. (Well, not all that many I guess, but we had a good representation of aunts and uncles). They set up a camera which made everything look like a security camera take, but it was weird how in a way you felt you were there in some way. All was correct: masks and distancing. The ceremony was short and to the point; we didn’t get a virtual piece of cake afterwards. But we did get the feeling of being together for a family affair.


It rained heavily in the afternoon. This must have been the onda tropical.

Sunday, September 6, 2020 - 64, 352 cases, 2, 006 deaths.

A grim milestone is passed in the official number of deaths. (The real number is undoubtedly much higher).

Rainy in the afternoon. I spent the afternoon reading Baldwin. He is a fabulous stylist.

Keep safe and wash your hands,





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