Lessons Learned: COVID-19 Edition

In 1998, when I was 23 years old, Eastern Ontario and Quebec were struck by an ice storm which shut down power for days or weeks. Then there was Y2K, and 9/11. My oldest daughter was born in May 2003 in the first SARS pandemic, and a few months later, overloaded transmission lines combined with a software bug to create “the world’s second most widespread blackout in history” — the city of Toronto had no power for two days.

I’ve been through a few emergencies, and along the way with the help of experience and some books, I’ve put together a pretty comprehensive emergency preparedness system.

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Stationery Snacks

A few years ago we inherited a mid-century hors d’oeuvres set from my in-laws. It consists of three smoked glass bowls — two round, one rectangular — and a wood tray with indents for each bowl. I imagine it being used to serve assorted nuts and pickles, or maybe little cubes of cheese, at fabulous parties where all the decor was avocado green and burnt orange and all the party-goers smoked.

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