Birds and Snakes and Aeroplanes, Part 14

“The precautions that kept Avtges away from his wife of 61 years took an emotional toll on him, his family said, and it pained them to see him upset. So last week, with the help of a friend and some acquaintances, they pulled together an unconventional plan to get the couple back together.”

A lovestruck Romeo sang the streets of serenade
Laying everybody low with a love song that he made
Finds a streetlight, steps out of the shade
Says something like, “You and me, babe, how about it?”

Birds and Snakes and Aeroplanes, Part 12

“But the doctors generally offer the same advice before proceeding. ‘Now is the time to call your loved ones and tell them all the things you want to say,’ one doctor at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell hospital said he tells his coronavirus patients before they are intubated. ‘I’ll come back in 15 minutes.'”

I gotta go, I gotta go
And you said, “Please stay, I want to, I want to,
I want a drink of water, I want a drink of water,
Go in the kitchen get me a drink of water.”
I said, “I gotta go, I gotta go, baby.”
I said, “I’ll send, I’ll send somebody around here later.
You know we got John comin’ around here later
With a bottle of wine for you, baby – but I gotta go.”

Birds and Snakes and Aeroplanes, Part 11

“’There was so much mutual respect for their differences,’ Julia says of the couple, who spent their final years in Greenport, New York, a village on Long Island. ‘They didn’t try to change the essence of who the other was.’”

When it rains, I pour
I can’t take this anymore
The driving rain can’t drown the pain
Set me up another round
And the memory I’ll drown
Shoot this whiskey through my veins
When it rains, I pour

Birds and Snakes and Aeroplanes, Part 10

“’We talked about, pretty much this, this is what we talked about. This is what everyone’s talking about. This is what they want to talk about. He gave me his point of view and I fully understand that and we just had a very friendly conversation. Lasted probably 15 minutes. And it was really good. It was really good, really nice, I think it was very much so. I appreciate his calling,”

Well, the telephone is ringing,
and my baby’s on the line
Telephone is ringing,
and my baby is on the line
I’m afraid to even answer
Cause I know what’s on her mind

Birds and Snakes and Aeroplanes, Part 9

This is an ‘absurd situation where every state and every hospital is competing with each other to buy supplies from the private market and the government,’ Kantor said. He compared the situation to ‘a crazy flea market,’ and called it, ‘no way to manage a natural disaster like this.’”

Yeah, you know I try to treat you
Your body right
My doorbell started ringin’ in the morning
It rings all night
Something wrong

Birds and Snakes and Aeroplanes, Part 8

“When I first got here, it was a relief for me to be on my own, but that’s not necessarily what a healthy person does — isolate themself. I mean, I’m good at it and I do it because I like it, but what works for me, it works for me. It quite conceivably wouldn’t work for anybody else.”

She’s a cool drink of water
If you saw her, you’d believe
With legs as long as a highway
If I had my way
I’d never leave

Birds and Snakes and Aeroplanes, Part 7

“In 2015, I urged world leaders in a TED talk to prepare for a pandemic the same way they prepare for war — by running simulations to find the cracks in the system. As we’ve seen this year, we have a long way to go. But I still believe that if we make the right decisions now, informed by science, data and the experience of medical professionals, we can save lives and get the country back to work.”

I got rain plans
Written in these storms
When I throw it
Tell me where to go

Birds and Snakes and Aeroplanes, Part 6

This could be a hell of a bad two weeks. This is going to be a very bad two, and maybe three weeks. This is going to be three weeks like we’ve never seen before,” Trump said at a White House press conference Tuesday. White House officials are projecting between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths in the U.S. with coronavirus fatalities peaking over the next two weeks. “When you look at night, the kind of death that has been caused by this invisible enemy, it’s incredible.”

Darkness darkness, be my blanket
Cover me with the endless night
Take away away the pain of knowing
Fill the emptiness of right now
Emptiness of right now
Emptiness of right now