Rumor Has It
One Strange Summer
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
I can’t keep writing about how the world has gone upside down because every time I do, it goes more upside downer so I’m just going to wait until we’ve gotten everything out of our system and assess things then.
By the way, has anyone read the Book of Revelations lately? I kind of want to know where we’re at in terms of the Rapture. (Is that even a Book of Revelations thing? I sort of tapped out of Bible study before we got there.) Since I don’t expect to be Raptured given my heathenness, I need to know how much time I have before I’m called upon to help repopulate the Earth because that seems like a big job and I’m pretty sure I’m not qualified.
In other non-music-related matters, I just have to say that people in this area have done an excellent job coming together and standing up for what we value in a peaceful manner (this is not me condemning protest movements elsewhere—I believe radical action is sometimes necessary to bring about radical change). And now that you’ve done all of this coming together, I believe it to be pertinent to inform you that anyone can get a drive-thru COVID test in Skagit County. You need not be a Skagit resident to avail yourself of testing. Get after it. I’d like Phase 2 to become Phase 3 rather than regressing to Phase 1 again.
Recent events have also brought home another fact of our COVID existence, and yes, I’m about to sing a familiar song.
I miss our music venues.
It is not lost on me that with all of our venues closed, we’re also missing a prime outlet for raising both funds and awareness. It’s no secret that the Bellingham charitable economy is benefit-based. There is also no doubt in my mind that if venues such as the Wild Buffalo, Shakedown, and Firefly (pour one out) were open and operating, they’d be deep in planning fundraisers, silent auctions and other means by which to provide direct support to organizations that could really use that right now.
It’s also not lost on me that with such big, overarching issues consuming our minds, hearts and wallets right now that saving our music venues has taken a backseat. That’s understandable. However, I’d like us to be mindful of the fact that in the fight for justice of all kinds for all people, our venues are powerful voices and important allies in that effort. We could use those voices and that energy right now.