17 March 2020
This is not a normal Tuesday morning
The main front aisle at our local Home Depot, midmorning on a Tuesday. Normally there would be a good number of contractors and suburbanites wheeling carts and dollies down toward the cash registers at the far end. When I was there at 0930 this morning I encountered more staff than customers. Found my kitchen faucet replacement and checked out without touching anything other than the package and the scanning wand.
All the more surreal because we are not under any community lockdown or restrictions other than for large gatherings. And we are in a state with relatively few (known) cases of coronavirus. People in Madison seem to be self-isolating. It's obvious that there will be a lot of businesses hurting in terms of cash flow, and those suffering the most will be small businesses that don't have the financial resources of larger corporations. A reminder to everyone that if you have the wherewithal to be generous, this is the time to deploy those resources. Your barber/hairdresser will appreciate a larger tip, as will anyone in a service industry.