None of those closures affect me personally but I'm bummed out that I can’t even go through the take-out window at the Guy Land Cafeteria because just before the coronavirus came to town they had a kitchen fire and are closed for remodeling. God, I miss that place and while I don’t usually go through their take-out line, preferring instead to go inside where my people watching skills have been honed to perfection, I would have used it during these Code Red days we're in. They cook in plain view so we'd know if they dropped stuff on the floor and put it back on plates to serve. My nephew got fired from a line-cook job because he saw another cook do that and when my nephew challenged him about serving the steak, he was told to keep his mouth shut. So he followed the server to the table and told the customer not to eat it and why. The other cook kept his job, my nephew didn’t.
In this age of Google inquiring minds can find anything and I found this: “The phrase ‘as happy as a clam’ is derived from the full phrase ‘happy as a clam at high water’ where ‘high water’ means the tidal waves. The phrase means very happy and content with what a person has. Clams are collected during the low tide. So, during the high tides, the clams are safe from the fishermen.” Just think, I’ve lived nearly eight decades without knowing that. Thank you Pandemic, for helping me learn something new today. Now, please go away! ©