This week has been, well, depressing. It’s time to dial it down. I realized yesterday that between COVID, the dire straits of our local businesses, the two hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, the fires in California, the shooting in Wisconsin and the two presidential conventions that I am beyond anxious and overwrought. I imagine you are as well.
What I am telling myself is that throughout history, there has been just as much craziness and uncertainty. We are here today, which tells me that those before us dealt with it and life continued. We must steel ourselves to do the same.
While profits are uncertain for our businesses and the direction of the pandemic is not known, to survive this we have to put one foot in front of the other each day and keep on keeping on. In my lifetime, as I’m sure it has been in yours, my personal economic situation has gone up and it has gone down. I learned that while it was down, I still laughed, I still found less expensive things to do and cheaper trips to take. I still experienced joy and sadness. I did spend more hours working and looking for more revenue streams, just as I am doing now for See Plymouth.
Advertising will change its face many times throughout this journey. Kentucky Fried Chicken, for example, is removing it’s “finger licking good” slogan in the U.S. because we should not be licking our fingers right now. They say the slogan will return after COVID. Lipstick sales are down over 32% because, “Who wears lipstick under a mask?” And so it goes…
A bright spot in all this is the continuing conversations with all of you as we make history together. In today’s choices below, new stats to keep you up to date, our latest Visitor Information report from Jack Girard, wine windows from the past, learning from a Roomba, and a complete escape in an article about stars that sneeze.