The end of June

Last weekend of June – this month went by with some pep. May was endless, but there was some optimism that hit in June, and while some states are seeing a decline in the rate of Coronavirus spread, others are hitting new peaks. And no, it’s not just because we’re testing more.

Surprisingly, 80% of the deaths that have occurred in New Hampshire are assisted living related. I noticed that in my county the number of deaths (or new cases, really) hasn’t increased in a long time. I think it’s because most people are remaining socially-distanced and masks are still de rigueur. There’s been some lessening of mask wearing, but it’s a very small amount of shoppers (my unscientific view).

Fireworks apparently have been a problem. If we have to stay home, why not release some tension by setting off fireworks? They’re illegal in Massachusetts, but that hasn’t stopped people from coming to New Hampshire to buy fireworks (there’s a reason that there are many fireworks stores conveniently located just over the border of Massachusetts). They can be legal in New Hampshire (I believe it’s town-by-town), and I haven’t noticed that there has been an increase in fireworks (we’ve always had a bunch of fireworks on weekends here – someone close by always seems to be setting some off). All I have to say is that safety needs to be taken not only in wearing masks and remaining socially distant, but also with explosives. People do get their hands blown off, and a few years ago someone in New Hampshire burned down their house when fireworks got out of hand.

Speaking of fireworks, I’ve got a firecracker of a podcast this week (not really, but it’s a transition. Work with me here). So listen up keenly to Stereolab, Nightmares on Wax, !!!, R.E.M., Llyod Cole & the Commotions, the Bats, David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, the Dandy Warhols, Sebadoh, Paul McCartney, and Jefferson Starship.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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