They shot Pablo Escobar (the original Colombian drug lord) in 1993. His estate included a lot of exotic imported animals like hippos and giraffes. So, they put those animals in a nature-park-like area that might serve to support them ‘on their own’ and they have flourished. As it turns out, the hippos are GOOD for the local environment. They do things that older, now-extinct large mammals used to do. The area is thriving.
American farmers are frustrated and angry at the explosion in wild boar populations. Wild boars ‘root’ out their food and they prefer to do so on extra tasty farms. But, as it turns out, if the boars root and charge around out in the wilderness, the trees and other wild flora benefit a great deal. Bears and pigs pooping in the woods are a good thing, it seems. And extra boars means extra boar poop. Win win.
Looking for the silver lining in Coronavirus is a lot harder. In fact, with the exception of a few (not enough) GOP senators getting it, it has been all bad news. But, as it turns out, not for a number of criminals who see the virus as a ticket out of jail. My buddy just drove up from LA. He said it was practically a ghost town. When he stopped to get gas, the attendant warned him to “Keep moving, man. LA ain’t safe. They just released all the inmates from the prisons! All hell’s gonna break loose!”
He drove straight through. Stopped only for gas. Felt a strong sense of relief crossing the border. A lot of returning Canadians feel the same way. And I know a lot of Americans would prefer to be here, too. A lot of guns are ready-at-hand in the states. A lot of armed-to-the-teeth ‘Mericans are angry and fearful. Now a lot of criminals are free……that combination suggests more bad news. I hope not.
But there is no question that silver linings are common in storm clouds. Sal and I could not have had a better winter (in the aggregate) considering what came out of it all. Yes, there were the clouds, i.e. the surgery, the flu, the trapped-in-a-moho feeling……but, but, but…Sal got a genius doctor at knee ops, she is healing very well, all hospitals are virtually shut down now so she got in before the closures. Getting the flu kept us home so – guess what – we didn’t GET C-19! The ‘downtime’ in town was put to some good use. Some things still got done. Basically speaking, the horror-show of February and March turned out pretty damn good.
I dunno….I think I would still prefer to get some hippos and wild boar up here but, in the circumstances, I’ll settle for a miracle knee replacement, needed car repairs and living in splendid isolation in paradise. But with a few great friends. It really does NOT get any better.