America Reopening: The Quest for Queso

Thursday, May 07, 2020

I am still recovering from the celebration of “Cinco de Mayo.” I do not know if you had the same experience in your home, but my experience was an eye-opener.

Remember, all my college kids are home because of the lockdown, so big plans around Mexican food and margaritas were in the works. When I asked these college-educated kids why they celebrate this day, the response was simply a reason to go party and drink margaritas! Not one of them had ever heard of the “Battle of Puebla” on May 5th, 1862, and they had no idea that Mexico does not even recognize it as a holiday.

My role in this event was to simply get the food and of course pay for the food.The decision was made to get several items from a local place called “Fiesta Burrito.” The attempt was made to call in the order, but the phone was not answered. I took this as a challenge and a reason to get out of the house. I volunteered to go to the establishment, order, wait, and bring back the food. When I arrived at the place, a social distancing mask-wearing line was out the door into the parking lot.

Plan B. Location number two was “Tres Los Amigos.” Before arriving at location number two, I observed that “Taco Bobs” had a drive-through line backed up down Westnedge Avenue. Taco Bob’s is a local legend. Ok, so upon arrival at Tres Los Amigos, another long line of social distancing mask-wearing humans waiting for this food to celebrate this glorious day of Cinco de Mayo. I tried calling this place, and no one was answering the phone.


Plan C. I decided to simply go to Qdoba. Again, a line of cars and a line out the door. At this point and 40 minutes later, I had resigned myself to Plan D. Hit the Taco Bell drive-through and simply deliver a box of tacos to the family as I approached Taco Bell, again a line of 30-40 cars from the drive-through down Westnedge Avenue. At this point, I made the executive decision to go to a place less than a mile from my house. As I entered my home with two pizzas, three subs, and a Greek salad from Maestro’s my family now several margaritas into the evening greeted me with disbelief that I failed in their quest for a taco and chimichanga!

The lesson in this is that for the citizens in my community, and I am guessing for the rest of America, many of us are ready for America to open again. I was not the only person in Kalamazoo on a quest for a taco last night!

In Michigan, we were told to Shelter-in-Place to flatten the curve and not overwhelm the hospital systems. Mission accomplished; the hospitals are laying off workers because of a lack of patients. The numbers published each day regarding the virus are indicating a mortality rate of under 1%. That means that 99% plus will survive the virus. Maybe the media should report the number of survivors instead of the dead each day?

Do not get me wrong; the virus is highly contagious, and if you have serious underlying health issues, it appears to be very deadly. If you are in the high-risk category, then you need to do all the things the CDC says you should be doing. All of us should. Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep a distance, etc.

For many in my community, the last eight weeks of not having a paycheck and a government unemployment system that cannot even process a claim has been devastating. At some point, personal responsibility needs to be the standard, and a phased-in reopening of businesses needs to start. The virus will be with us for some time, and our country will adapt and respond. Things will be different, and new policies and procedures, even when it comes to getting a haircut, will be challenging. It will not be easy, but that process needs to begin, and it needs to begin, now.

I hope your Cinco de Mayo was as memorable as mine!!

From our entire team at The Wiser Financial Group, stay safe, stay healthy and know we are here for your during these times.

Thank you!

Wesley

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