You should be @solojones but regrettably Kansas City thinks they can pray away COVID-19 therefore even if it winds up like the Dakotas and Utah are becoming (admitting they have to ration care) they still be in denial over the whole thing. Just shelter in place the best you can is my suggestion. We are started hybrid learning ironically today just as they announced our region will suspend indoor dining therefore the feeling is schools will be joining that list shortly. If you cannot have indoor dining, then even hybrid learning seems like a reach. Still it was nice to have the kids back in the building as it finally like I worked at a high school again. Granted it was a high school in a bizarro world. It felt kinda a first day as the Freshmen in particular were clueless on where to go which made us all laugh. I kept it simple and did my lecture during the beginning of the class and then had the students on zoom going into breakout rooms to work on the in class assignment (which turned into their homework) while the kids in the room worked together on the same thing before we reconvened and had a class discussion I did by streaming the zoom kids online and having them simply watch me. We have like 4 monitors with a camera to do this all LOL! Worked well enough I think as the kids in the classroom said they could hear okay since they only interacted with the kids on zoom when we had our classroom discussion on the overhead at the end of class. Crazy to think it's Halloween this week and the kids are just excited to no end for obvious reasons. We did a small drive thru trick or treat last Saturday via the park district and then are planning on taking them to a couple drive thru haunted houses later this week, at least the boys. Will see about my daughter. She is four and a half so most likely it will be too scary for her though lately she is watching all these Halloween things on Disney+ so who knows LOL! Everyone finally has their costumes which took forever plus we finally have a plan for Halloween. We are just staying in our neighborhood as everyone is putting out tables for kids to pick up the candy on and then a small group of us dads are following what a few of you said and putting a Easter Egg hunt like event at the large open area near the local park. Then our parents and my brother with his family (minus the oldest) is coming over for pizza and dessert. Left over candy this year will be insane especially typically we bring it to school and have it for the kids. Last few years we even donated some to the local senior home which I am going to call and see if they will do it again. Will have plenty of candy this year! That and well I fully admit we are getting in hibernation mode here given everything. Boys golf is over with and right now, only my daughter is in a sport as she still goes to gymnastics once a week since it's a family owned gym where she is with the same three girls every week and the same coach. It is really well run as even us parents are sitting 10 feet apart and only the younger parents really stay in the building. Older ones typically drop off their kids and either wait in the car or as one mom said, it's my time to run errands. So she still gets her gymnastics in but the boys are right now completely sport less other then twice a week at school (which is going away I think soon). A group of dads and I are talking about if we can rent out the local church gym for an 60-90 minutes a week. See if they just let them play as it be the same small group every week. We already said no to basketball this winter and swimming is not a go either since we are not going back to the gym until at least spring but really summer (already talked to the executive director about paying a fee to keep my membership at a reduced rate so his staff can still get paid but I get a break since were not using it until most likely June or so). So we have to come with something and there is only so much they can do around the house. But yes we are getting ready for hibernation. I upgraded my longue clothes as I told my wife, sorry we are not getting anywhere until next summer so might as well get comfy. We also thanks to Amazon Prime Days got a new TV for the bedroom as old one is now in the kids playroom (their bedrooms are for sleeping as we say therefore no TV's, no tablets, toys etc..only their beds, clothes and books) that we have set up for them. Originally it was going to my buddies little brother who FINALLY after five years of being homeless (you read that right) finally got the help he needed and is now back home with his brother and stepmom as they bought a house with a basement suite praying he finally come home which again he finally did. Not much has gone well in 2020. Matter of fact it's been a complete and utter horror show but one of the few good things is my buddies little brother finally got the help he needed (basically he is a schizophrenic) and therefore moved back with his dad and step mom. We were going to give him the TV but we all decided (a group of us who grew up with my buddy and his little brother) threw in $50 for a new TV for him (thanks Amazon!) so he can feel like he can have a fresh start. Plus it's way bigger and newer then old one LOL! Also got more workout equipment for at home, upgraded the WIFI knowing there is a good chance we could have at least four of us on Zoom at once come this winter etc. And if we indoor dining about to end were going to start ordering out twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays picking hopefully mom and pop places that we love. Got to keep them going if we can. So that is where we are at. Just plugging along like everyone else. Trying not to worry too much about stuff out of our control but it's difficult. Really difficult. I know deep down that there is light at the end of the tunnel but as Harvey Dent said in "The Dark Knight", "the night is darkest before the dawn and I promise you the dawn is coming". Just going to be a really rough few months for many different reasons even with the holidays approaching which will do our best to make fun for the kids, those around us and well us to keep our spirits up. And I guess to end this on a lighthearted note, 2020 is turning out to have the most awkward conversions for me. Paraphrasing quite a bit here: New dad in the neighborhood: "Boy the local elementary school is great though". Me: "Yes it is" (has no idea my wife is the principal which btw is one of the main reasons we moved so my wife and kids were so close to the elementary school they can walk there plus yes they are now be attending the high school I work which I am not ready to even think about at all"). New dad: "Yes, it's just an outstanding school truly. Deserves all the praise it gets but I must admit, some of the staff? Wow some really good women". Me: "Really?" New dad: "Yes...we had a zoom call with the principal the other day. Holy cow guy!" Me: "Really...the principal?" (me acting clueless) New dad: "Oh yes! Super nice and very outstanding but it was honestly hard to concentrate when she talk as she was so good looking". Me: "You don't say?" New dad: "Yes and I saw her directing traffic the other day when I drop off the kids. So gorgeous even if with a mask on". Me: "Interesting". New dad: "Not that it matters but I wonder if she is married". Me: "I really don't know. Don't really much about her at all professionally speaking". (he didn't caught on to the last part) New dad: "Really? Your kids have been for two years now and don't know her". Me: "Nope". New dad" "Huh figured you would especially since you both are in education" Me: "Nope. About the only thing I know about her is she has three kids". New dad: "Three kids and she looks like that? I mean she is smoking hot!!!" Me: "Yep" New dad: "Now I am really impressed...she truly is a TOTAL MILF you need to check out ASAP.....*some silence*....Wait a minute. How do you know she has three kids...." Me: *Gives him an eye* New dad: "Oh bleep dude..I am sorry....truly sorry". (honestly turns BRIGHT RED!) Me: "That is okay. I think she is hot as hell as well. Just remember the next time you check her out, who knocked her up and goes with home with her every night" *claps on his shoulder and winks as I walk away laughing* So not in a month I had a mom tell me she needed to finish put on her makeup during a zoom call since her daughter told her I was extremely cute and she agreed, my best friend drunkenly admit he always had a bit of a crush on my wife (which I always knew, she is deep down his type even though he is afraid to admit it) and now new dad in the neighborhood is going around telling all the other dads they need to check out the MILF Elementary Principal aka my wife. 2020. What a bleeping year! LOL!!