At the Crack of Doom

New York, to put it mildly, is a minefield of worry.

My doormen now all wear gloves, so they look like nervous, though still very polite, penguins.

My halls are empty. Even Patrick the cat is layin’ low.

He should only know I ran into a mouse in the basement, and was rather happy to see him, and no, we didn’t shake hands. He, like everyone else, was stocking up on supplies.


I’m maintaining my composure, pretending it’s a really bad movie I’m in, waiting to hear…


Yes, the writer still writes, no matter what. So what if the world is going to hell in a hand basket lined with Saran Wrap.

What are my plans?

Staying in the moment, as we 12 Steppers try to do.

I’ll get up, make the bed, spray it with Lysol (unscented), then brush my teeth before heading out to get my hair done.

Yes, it’s the medical equivalent of the apocalypse, yet I’m touching up my roots that came in a week early.

Gee, wonder why?

In any event, if I’m goin’ down, I certainly want to look my best.

One can’t help but be affected by the panic and fear that’s more contagious, I’m betting, than the actual virus.

Everyone waiting for the bus on my corner, for instance, are wearing masks like a surreal surgical team…


Here’s what I find cheeky. You want to talk germs? All phones should be quarantined and questioned on, where they’ve been.

All these precautions…masks, gloves, that you can’t keep on to roll and scroll by the way, makes you wonder, where exactly are we then?

Who said in a bad dream?

When I saw the bus driver was a kangaroo with a hairnet, that’s when I woke up, refreshed and reminded, this too shall pass.

Trying to lighten the more frightened.

images.pngDon’t Panic, and if you do nothing else, pray, and wash your hands. 🙂


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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45 Responses to At the Crack of Doom

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    My oldest son was a prepper and had finally stopped being so fanatic. This has reawakened the urge to prepare. At any rate, if I need TP I know where to go, ha ha!

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  2. Eilene Lyon says:

    I love your lighthearted take on this crazy scene we’re in. Not much rationality going on out there. Stay well, dear Susannah.

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    • I just came back from a 12 Step meeting where they pass the basket for contributions towards rent. The man counting the money, sprayed it first with sanitizer. WELCOME TO THE TWILIGHT ZONE…PLEASE DON’T ADJUST YOUR SET. Just your mind. Sigh

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  3. Sorryless says:

    I’ve been saying it from the get, it’s the reaction to this virus that will be concerning. And it is. But at least we have a leader in Oval Office who will assuage our fears . . . oh wait, that’s not true.

    Pray and wash your hands, amen. And don’t forget to utilize the vampire pose when coughing and sneezing, lest you instigate a mob.

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  4. I love your sense of humor. So far no one in our county has been diagnosed with the virus. County leaders said they won’t close schools unless ordered to by the state or federal government. Life is going on pretty much as normal. I’m finding it hard to whip up a froth of mania in support of the freaked-out doom-sayers.

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  5. Indiana, too, is taking precautions. We shouldn’t have quite the same level of worry (we are one of the lowest infected states, still…). We do our own panicking (why is it “panic”, but add a “king” for present progressive? I know it’s that long/short vowel thing.). We are staying in, but many still eating out, going shopping, etc… I will know it’s a true panic if I DO go out and there’s no one. Keep calm and keep clean, Susannah. Can’t lose one of my favorite bloggers/friends.

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  6. Dale says:

    Great post, Susannah. Definitely people’s panicked reaction to the virus is the biggest danger. Bloody hell folks have gone nuts (while stocking up on them and leaving none behind for others). I admit I went to the grocery store upon my return from my trip on Tuesday to do a small grocery of necessities. There were no empty shelves. I had no idea I should have done a larger grocery – though in all honesty, I didn’t really need anything in particular except a few items. Now? Shit. Good thing I’m an expert at emptying the fridge, freezer and pantry and making something edible. I am officially quarantined until March 23rd (date that marks my two weeks since my return). I think I shall survive. Books, TV and maybe taking the time to organise my shit is in order… Turn this into an additional vacation time. And this way, I can avoid all the schizos out there…

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