We have about a 9 hour drive from Flagstaff to Fresno. Toby woke me up at 2:30 am. He had to go out, and his need was desperate, because he went right away when I got him outside. While I wasn’t thrilled to be up, I was proud of him that he is well trained enough to wake me before pooping in a hotel room. I couldn’t fall back asleep, so I decided to stop laying awake in bed and make coffee instead.

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Toby, as usual, has his own agenda.

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There are interesting and crazy days we live in. We all have ideas about whether state, local, and federal authorities have made the right decisions, and really only time will tell whether “locking down” (I am not sure if it is a lockdown if you can still go to the grocery store and Home Depot) was appropriate, or whether it was the unneeded introduction of economic despair. Wherever you fall on this, it would appear that forced suppression of the economy is in its final days. In California, individual businesses and entire towns and counties are opening in defiance of the Governor. Right or wrong, it would seem the people are done granting the state this level of authority, which means it is over.

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But this post is not about whether these courses of action are right or wrong. My experience during this time leaves me with only one thought. Whether it is a virus or the actions of powerful people, there is only so much control we have over our lives. But the threat of illness or the threat of government only has as much power over us as we allow it to. Live your life from day to day as best you can. You’re better off if you have a dog; they live in the moment. A comfy bed or a ball to play with brings them that moment of joy that you can share with them. I hope you are all caring for yourselves physically and mentally. Avoid the news except in small doses. There is nothing there for us.

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Toby sends hugs - even to those who hate me. Hell, especially to them. They need it the most. This trip has taught me that right now is the best time to take a long drive in a car you like - it will do you good.

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