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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/29/20


3 Up

1. Medical Professionals - Yup, continuing to give the top spot to these folks who continue to risk their lives in the midst of this pandemic. They are and continue to be the heroes.

2. Javitz Center and Park Hospitals - Everyone who is connected to the set-up of the Javitz Center here in NYC and the number of tent-set-ups geared toward helping the overflow of hospitals deserve so much props. The Javitz Center, with an expected turnover of three weeks, was done so in one week with beds for 1,000 patients. Many of the tents around NYC have followed suit in rapid time.

3. Companies Making Stuff - I don't want to list the companies, as I'm sure I'll miss many who are doing awesome stuff as well - however, many props to the many companies and organizations who are offering free services, using their resources to produce needed supplies, and providing various help in making this time an easier one for those suffering from the virus, and those of us doing our part at home. So much love - even in a time of making sense of this, there is a lot of good stuff going on out there.

3 Down

1. Stories of Healthcare Officials - From those unable to tend to loved ones in their own homes, to videos of officials unable to hug their own children upon arriving at home, the heroism has come with some truly heartbreaking sacrifices. Unfortunately, there is an ugly side to the heroism, and all week, it's been tough to read, watch, and learn of these stories.

2. New York City - The city is hurting. I love my home, and we've been through worse. We'll come back.

3. Lack of Leadership - Our leadership, at many levels, never took this seriously when mitigation of the virus' impact was so crucial. It's very premature what history will say about this time, but the lack of leadership during this time definitely ought to be a narrative.

1 Interesting Tweet

1. Adam Serwer - Mr. Serwer nailed it when some (Looking at you, Lt. Governor, Dan Patrick) began insinuating this week that the economy was more important than the lives of the elderly - or that the older generation was willing to die from this virus for sake of the country's economy. Yah...okay.

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