Let's play a game. The rules are simple: put on your best guess thinking cap and have at it. The game has just one question with lots of answers. Are you ready? Here goes...
How will our lifestyles change after the Covid-19 virus is an unpleasant memory?
There are no outlandish answers to this question since few of us (if any) had any idea what lay ahead as we faced the pandemic that swept the entire world.
In the future, will it be "the norm" to wear face masks?
In reading as much as I have about the role masks will play in the future, I'm reminded of the conflicting information I've picked up in recent weeks.
Some writers believe masks will be commonplace in our country as they are in a number of Asian countries before the outbreak. Other writers don't believe they are necessary now and surely won't be in the future. Who do you believe?
And then there is the potentially devastating economic impact of the lockdown.
Staggering unemployment numbers are racing to record levels while scientists man their labs night and day trying to balance the swooning economy with saving lives.
The general consensus is that much of the answers lie in the ability to get a surefire vaccine on the market soon ... really soon. But, we are told this takes a lot of time — which we don't have.
I've read articles whose writers believe that large cities in the U.S. may become smaller as people leave for less densely populated areas. These same writers think that residents who choose — or have no choice but to stay in the largest metro areas — will be encouraged to walk more and even ride human-powered vehicles.
Do you think we'll move in that direction or will we return to our pre-Covid-19 lifestyles of using public transportation in our largest and most congested cities?
On a seemingly lighter note, I'm curious to know the impact the Covid-19 will have on sporting events.
There's a part of me that thinks diehard football fans — from peewee to professional — will eventually get back to what we've always known in very short order. It will interesting to see how the colleges and universities handle the dilemma brought on by the virus. There are some otherwise rational, level-headed folks who will lose their minds over the thought of not having a college football season this fall.
And then there is the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue generated by collegiate athletics. I, personally, believe we need what only sports can deliver ... a little escape from the lockdown. What will we do?
On to a different brand of sporting event, you must admit it was a little bit odd not to see the 47,000 fans fill all the seats at Darlington Raceway for last Sunday's first virus-impacted NASCAR race as the 2020 season resumed.
With the amount of noise created by the field of 40 racing automobiles, I'm not sure how much of a home field advantage any of the drivers lost by not having the fans in the stands. I'm for adding some crowd noise to help with the ambience of the already unbelievably loud track sounds.
And finally do you know the answer to this question?
What is the future like for movie theaters?
After there's a cure, will potential ticket buyers be hesitant to sit close to strangers to see the latest blockbuster film?
I understand some people need the theater's atmosphere to fully enjoy a movie ... while others are content to wait for the movie to come to the small screen in their living rooms.
As I have shared with you in a previous conversation, "I don't go to movies ... because other people do." (Plus I'm getting older). Talking, using smart phones and the display of a general lack of public manners make me happy to wait for most any movie to hit the not-so-small screen in my den.
These days, the time between a movie's theatrical release and its appearance on my semi-large screen is down — in some cases — to a matter of a week's time.
I could go on and on with our game ... and still walk away with no firm answers to a growing number of questions.
I suppose it's like the old TV game show hosted by Johnny Carson, "Who Do You Trust?"
Perhaps you can do your due diligence and come up with a scientist, a politician, or a man or woman of the cloth that you trust ... and go with his or her findings.
Whatever the case, hang in there. We're going to make it through ... together.