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What Will You Find Here?

Welcome to Every Storm Runs Out of Rain - A People's Journal of a Pandemic. 

My name is Dave Price and I'm the creator, curator, and chief contributor to this journal.
So what should you expect to discover here?
Basically, as the subtitle implies, you will find stories of people struggling to survive physically, economically, mentally, and spiritually in these most trying times of the 68 years I have been on the planet.
We are all learning to live in this brave new world under the threat of a too-tiny-to-see virus that has taught us well the power of nature and the meaning of previously unfamiliar terms such as social distancing, flattening the curve, and sheltering in place.
When I was a newspaper reporter in the '70s and '80s, we covered "beats," that is we were responsible for writing  stories of importance in a specified field (police, courts, government, education, etc.) or certain geographical area like a small community, a city, a country, a region, a stat…
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Will Crystal City Deli Be Able to Continue to Serve?

Since he first opened the New Yorker Deli here in Crystal City in 1979, Khalil Abdel Hay, or “Charlie” as everyone who knows him calls him, has experienced both hard-won upturns and abrupt downturns in his business. Today, as I write this, the deli is still open, offering breakfast, lunch, and the most tasty chicken shawarma sandwiches in the area. But the question of how much longer the New Yorker Deli, like many small businesses here and across the country, can remain open is very much in doubt.The popular deli was designed to attract its customers from the thousands of workers who have been commuting here Monday through Friday for work since the late ‘70s. Like all  businessmen, Khalil and his brother, who both arrived in the United States from Palestine and jointly opened the eatery, struggled to build their small business. However, in less than 2 years, Khalil says they were serving about 300 customers daily, most of whom were regulars.“Back then, there wasn’t a lot of competitio…

Concert Shows Back in DC in October?

Anyone who regularly goes to concerts in DC has probably been to an IMP event. The long-running local company’s venues include the Anthem, the 9:30 Club, and Lincoln Theatre. With the live-music industry essentially shut down, the company has been scrambling to figure out a way forward while also finding ways to address this moment, whether it’s creating a fund to help its furloughed employees or putting “Black Lives Matter” on the Anthem’s marquee. We talked to IMP chief operating officer Donna Westmoreland, who runs the company, about how things have been going and IMP’s plans to slowly get artists back on its stages.Westmoreland says that live events could return to their two largest venues, the Anthem and Merriweather Post Pavilion, in September or October, with smaller-than-usual audience sizes allowing for social distancing. For the Anthem, the plan will require a waiver from the city to allow gatherings larger than 50 people.To keep reading this article, click here.

The Week That Was - Pandemic Stories You Should Check Out - 7.4.2020

What’s Behind the Great American Fireworks Boom?50 states, 50 books: Travel the country with these evocative readsHow Fauci, 5 other health specialists deal with covid-19 risks in their everyday livesAir Travel Is Going to Be Very Bad, for a Very Long TimeThe 79 Best Pandemic Movies to Binge in Quarantine

What to Say When People Tell You Their Coronavirus Fears

The coronavirus won’t be going anywhere for a long time — and neither will our fears about it. Some states have begun to roll back plans to reopen their economies, and as infections increase, the United States is consistently setting daily records for confirmed cases.There’s a lot to be scared of.But when people share their fears with you, what do you say? It may feel as if you’re offering comfort with a comment meant to lift their spirits — “You’ve got this!” “I know you’ll be fine!” — but to those who are aching, these rah-rah sentiments can sound like you’re bulldozing over their pain, leaving little room for understanding or vulnerability.To keep reading this article, click here.

How to Build a Quarantine Bubble to Create Safe Social Contact

After three months of lockdowns, many people in the U.S. and around the world are turning to quarantine bubbles, pandemic pods or quaranteams in an effort to balance the risks of the pandemic with the emotional and social needs of life.I am an epidemiologist and a mother of four, three of whom are teenagers in the throes of their risk-taking years. As the country grapples with how to navigate new risks in the world, my kids and I are doing the same. When done carefully, the research shows that quarantine bubbles can effectively limit the risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2 while allowing people to have much needed social interactions with their friends and family.To keep reading this article, click here.

Paint the Town Positive

Washington restaurant owner and activist Andy Shallal says he has always considered himself an artist.  And now, as the DC area continues to battle the deadly, economically threatening effects of the COVID-19 pandemic one of his art ideas is spreading positivity throughout the region.
A few days after restaurants in DC were forced to shut down for dine-in services, one of Shallah's signature Busboys and Poets establishments was damaged when vandals threw a brick through the front window. Shallah immediately had the storefront boarded up with plywood and painted black.
Then Shallah had an artistic inspiration. "Basically I have a canvas in front of me, and why not use it for something positive instead of getting upset and angry," Shallal told Jessica Sidman of The Washingtonian.
Shallah's idea has arrived here in Crystal City, where several businesses have had decorative positive slogans painted on their windows through the Paint the Windows program which features the ha…

If You Feel You Must Travel This July 4th Holiday, Be Careful and Stay Safe

With the July 4th holiday upon us, people may be thinking about traveling to a place they haven't been since lockdowns began in March to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
If you are planning to go anywhere outside of your community this week, the CDC has some advice for you depending on how you are traveling.
Of course the 1st guideline is if you con't have to go, don't. The pandemic is still out there and spreading.
But if you are going somewhere, please read this before you travel.
This page is about travel that is different from your everyday activities, away from your local community. For advice on how to safely meet basic household needs within your local community, see CDC’s webpage about running essential errands.COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from gett…

Can You Socialize Safely Yet?

Of the many ways COVID-19 has changed American life, social distancing is among the toughest for many people to bear. Humans are social animals, hard-wired to crave touch and interaction. So it’s only natural that, as caution fatigue sets in and social-distancing guidelines in many places are extended into the indeterminate future, even well-intentioned people are looking for loopholes that allow them to reunite with loved ones.But is there any safe way to see family or friends while following social-distancing guidelines?“There’s no magic answer to that question,” says Jason Farley, a professor and nurse epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing and Medicine.To keep reading this article, click here.

Photographer Captures How DC Small Businesses Are Using Creativity to Survive

In the backyard of the nation’s capital, local small businesses are using every ounce of their creativity to stay afloat. Local photographer Violetta Markelou’s project “Inbox Full” captures the inspirations, challenges, and struggles of these enterprises via portraits of the people who run them. Says Markelou: “In shooting these images, I’ve looked at how each business owner tackles daily survival, from filling out grant applications to fully rethinking their business model. I hope that the portraits, along with the people’s words, bring to life the human beings behind the ventures—their emotions and their fortitude.”To keep reading this article, click here.

Pandemic Life in the Crystal City Underground - Part 10

You really have to be careful when you use the word "all". In most circumstances, all simply doesn't apply. But here are 2 uses of the word that I think are verified. All communities have some special features about them and all communities in the United States are currently being affected by COVID-19 and the measures being taken to try to control the pandemic it is causing.

Well, my community is Crystal City, a Virginia extension of Washington, DC that is located just 3 Metro stops from the nation's capital. And one of its unique features is that there is an 11-block underground city that runs from 12th to 23rd streets.

This is the 10th and final video in a series documenting what life is like in our  underground mini-city here.
Here are links to other 9 videos in the series Pandemic Life in the Crystal City Underground if you want to watch them in order: Video 1Video 2Video 3Video 4Video 5Video 6Video 7 Video 8Video 9

The Week That Was - Pandemic-Related Stories Worth Checking Out - 6.27.2020

Cheating Spouses, Secret Addictions and Identities—Marriages Are Buckling Under Covid QuarantineThe Pandemic’s Mental Toll: More Ripple Than TsunamiCould Doomsday Bunkers Become the New Normal?Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental HealthAs Texas and Florida Bars Close Again, Bartenders Fear the Worst

What's It Like to Fly the Friendly Skies Today?

In his years as a salesman, troubleshooter, and consultant, Rich Bodine didn't fly as many miles as Superman in the DC comic books, but he did log enough miles to have the highest rewards designation offered  to frequent flyers.
But in March, prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, Rich found himself grounded as his current company Subsite Electronics halted all air travel and opted for calls, text, and Zoom sessions instead of group meetings and personal visits to clients.
However, as most of the country tentatively emerges from pandemic-prompted lockdowns, Rich found himself taking his first business flight this week since March 16. He flew from Philadelphia to Charlotte to Asheville, North Carolina and back again.
We caught up with Rich at his home to ask what it is like flying today compared to what it was in what many people have taken to call The Before Times. Here are our questions and his responses: 
US: I''m sure you found many differences at all stages of the flying pr…

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

ByDave Price
I got a haircut today. Normally, that wouldn't be anything to write about.  But in these pandemic times, little is left of the normal we knew as recently as February.
My visit to my local barbershop, where I have been getting my hair cut since we moved to Crystal City, Virginia, just 3 Metro stops from DC 9 years ago, was my first since the initial week of March. In fact, until today, I couldn't have made such a trip because the barbershop,  along with all businesses deemed nonessential, was ordered closed on March 18.
Now I did have my wife trim my hair once in the intervening months, (see related article below) but even with that shaping, my hair was by far the longest it had been in the 21st Century. The longer scruffier look, combined with my once-a-week shave, reminded of me of my style in the 60s and I liked it. But, as a dutiful husband, I listened to my wife when she said,"Hey, this isn't the '60s. You're now in your 60s. Go get your hair cut…

1st Museum Reopens in DC ; All Smithsonian Museums Stay Closed

DC’s Museum of the Bible will reopen to the public this Monday. It will be the first museum in the District to reopen after mandatory Covid-related closures.While other cultural institutions (like cinemas and theaters) remain closed under DC Phase 2 guidelines, museums are allowed to open with capacity limits and social distancing measures in place. Small events of up to 50 people are allowed if they can social distance; guided tours and tour groups are not permitted.The Museum of the Bible will be following all of the Mayor’s guidances and will be putting additional precautions in place. All museum employees will be equipped with PPE; plexiglass panels will be installed at ticket counters, gift shops and cafes; the museum will enhance sanitizing procedures; and a clear flow path will be marked for visitors to help implement social distancing. To keep reading this article, click here.