Throwback Thursday #TBT – 2016 Riverbend Festival #Chattanooga #Coronavirus

The Coca Cola Stage the main event stage of The Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga

Coronavirus has caused life to be paused and events to be cancelled such as music festivals. Every June the Riverbend Festival is held in my hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee and this years event was postponed and then cancelled. Who knows when these sort of events will be held again. I can wait until life is more stable and secure before going back to concerts and sporting events again.

I Gave At The Office @bloodassurance #Chattanooga #blooddonor

Blood donors are still very much needed to help save lives. It’s easy and good for you and others. Be a helper and save three lives.

The Thing About Recent Chaos

This is going to be one of those posts that is more of a reflection and recollection of very recent history.

A lot has happened in the first few months of 2020. Coronavirus has been with us for awhile. Last Sunday was Easter and tornadoes hit my city of Chattanooga, Tennessee with a natural fury. Weeks earlier it hit the cities of Nashville and Cookeville, Tennessee. It seems that would be plenty of stuff for a year let alone just four months or so.

There has been a lot of death and destruction this year. What is happening before our eyes is troubling and sad. In the midst of keeping people safe people are getting restless. People who lost everything are trying to figure out what to do next. For everyone this has been a time of taking in a lot of chaos and not having a lot of control over the circumstances.

The only thing about defeating chaos is to come together in community. Cooperating and collaborating. Being less individualistic and being more of a team player. Whether it be sheltering at home or cleaning up the remains from a storm its about being defiant in your love for those who share this life and space with you.

Now is a time to realize that chaos is always with us but we have a choice to react to it and meet it head on. There is not a easy solution and it will take time to make it through. No matter what you have to answer the call and see what your response to it will be.

A Great Commentary On 2020 And The Recent Past

This commentary from David Carroll who is a news anchor for a local television station and he’s a great storyteller based here in Chattanooga. He has a great take on 2020 and the past few years here. There’s something in this commentary that will resonate with you. Check out his video.

Tornadoes And Severe Weather Last Night In #Chattanooga – April 12, 2020

A tweet from April 12, 2020 from WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Easter Sunday was a rough day for many in the southern USA. Severe weather including tornadoes and thunderstorms impacted millions including my hometown of Chattanooga and surrounding area. Tornadoes hit in a residential area near our largest shopping mall. Not only do we have to deal with Coronavirus now people are having to deal with the devastating aftermath of these storms. Me and mine are OK but some friends are not. It’s going to be a tough few days for them.

Support Local Eats

During the virus crisis it’s important to support local businesses. Today I ordered Chinese food (my favorite sesame chicken) for lunch from Hunan Wok through Uber Eats. Local places need the support in a big way now.

So many establishments are having to modify the way they operate and serve customers that it’s having a impact on their bottom line. Support local and you can’t go wrong.