Too bad that winter weather came back to the Albany area this morning. It made for a chilly and wet ride on the bike.
Why head out in this kind of weather? To make one small point: If riding a bike is a routine, as it is for me, it ought to continue while many other routine activities in life — from attending school to playing or watching sports and, for some people, going to work — have been shut down in the widespread panic about the corona virus.
You can’t blame officials from the president on down for declaring “emergencies.” They’d be accused or inaction or indifference otherwise. But if this is an emergency, what do they declare it when, for example, we get hit by the huge earthquake that all the experts say we should expect?
Not to belittle the public concern about a contagious respiratory illness — though a mild one in most cases, according to the news — but there’s something to be said for paying no attention and going for a ride instead. Even when it rains and the wind makes the phone’s microphone howl, as you can hear below. (hh)