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A Diary Of LA In The Time Of Coronavirus

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March 11, 2020.

That was the day "nonessential" staff at KPCC and LAist started working from home. I remember because it's my wedding anniversary.

My wife was out of town, and I aimed to call her before she beat me to it, but the coronavirus pandemic had already sent the news into a spin cycle and it was all I could do to keep up with the relentless pace of new information. It wasn't until I read a "happy anniversary" message from our mutual friend that I realized how absolutely I had blown it.

All of the days since seem to have blurred into one long Montuefritaturday. I'd tell you more — about piping audio from a church's live stream through the phone so that my 98-year-old grandmother can feel less isolated, about trying to help my wife troubleshoot video conferencing issues so that she can teach dance remotely, about arguments with family members over how seriously we should adhere to the stay-at-home orders — but each of those are journal entries for another day, and anyway my story isn't the point.

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