Recently my life has taken a major new turn. This began with placing my wife in memory care last November at Aegis Living at Rodgers Park in Queen Anne (Seattle). Our large 4-bedroom, 3-bath house seemed too much for me, so I bought a condo in Ballard (Seattle), emptied the old house and put it on the market for sale. This consumed all of my energy for almost three months (the house is now sold!), and I am adjusting to a new life. Needless to say, I have had little energy or time for the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society. Now the corona virus (COVID-19) has added new complications.
As you know, our last concert was with Bryan Bowers (repeat performance) in February. We will skip concerts in March and May, so the next two concerts are with Steve James (now cancelled due to COVID-19) in April and Claudia Schmidt in June (but may be cancelled also). We may skip other months if I have no suitable bookings or lack the energy to produce a concert. If you miss having these concerts you need to submit ideas for new bookings and volunteer to produce a concert (with my help, of course). I will continue the PNWFS, although at a reduced pace, and I will continue the NW HOOT to the extent that I can write new articles or can find others to do so.
Now COVID-19 adds a new uncertainty to all of the above. It is bad now and will only get worse – the only question is how bad and for how long. The April concert is cancelled due to the virus, and the June concert is uncertain. For myself, I am becoming concerned. My daughter said recently, “Dad, don’t you know you are 82 years old?” and I replied “yes, I guess you’re right.” I feel well, my health is good, but I am still vulnerable. I am now “sheltered in place ” in my condo, along with my cat Igor. The Couth Buzzard Bookstore had cancelled all concerts, and is now closed for the duration – that is sad.
Stay safe, love and care for each other, and make music.