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Watch Your Back

I’ve been thinking about calamities for years and have some good advice related to the current COVID 19 epidemic. Here it is.

While you are focused on the threat that is in front of you, it is easy to be overwhelmed by a different threat that you may not be expecting. While you are avoiding a lava flow, you can be blindsided by an IRS audit. When you are dodging zombies, you can be abducted by aliens. While you are thwarting potential assassins, you can forget to turn off the gas and blow up your house.

As a public service, I want to remind you that fate has many ways to crush you. Devoting all your attention to one threat is a sure way to be overwhelmed by a different threat.

Now, go wash your hands. But don’t forget this is the time of year when bears come out of hibernation...hungry.

Don—Pittsburgh, March 20, 2020.

Comments on this post (45)

  • Mar 27, 2020

    i enjoy your covid drawing, it is now my new screen saver, i work in long term care as a nurse. please make some products with it. enjoy all your items.

    — kathleen clark

  • Mar 27, 2020

    Would you please make some of your 12 oz. mugs with this image in the bottom.? Like, “I just finished my coffee, oh crap, coronavirus”!

    — Janet

  • Mar 27, 2020

    Thanks for putting it all into perspective for us! …and for all the giggles.

    — Ellie S.

  • Mar 24, 2020

    Coronavirus and earthquakes please ☺️

    — Valerie Lambiase

  • Mar 24, 2020

    I would love a sticker to commemorate the craziness! In the meantime I’ll keep an eye out for any rogue zombie aliens!

    — Tanya Bowser

  • Mar 23, 2020

    Please please, coronavirus bandannas!!

    — Leopold

  • Mar 23, 2020

    I’m hoping you will create coronavirus stickers! :)

    — Holly Fraser

  • Mar 23, 2020

    Very well said.
    😊❤️✌️🤞🙏🍀

    — C Forrester

  • Mar 22, 2020

    Will the Corona virus sneak into a design? I hope so. It’s the best reminder of the age and what we’re going through.

    — Janet Rigby

  • Mar 22, 2020

    All very good advice! I went to multiple stores the other day and cannot find any toilet paper. Can you send me some?

    — Kristine

  • Mar 22, 2020

    I just received my sets of small plates! LOVE THEM!

    We all could use a heaping dose of silliness every day now. I get mine with my scrambled egg and greens and toast, thanks to the Giant Dodo Plate. ( My son and husband fight over Stink Eye)

    Thank you for making us laugh!

    — Dee

  • Mar 22, 2020

    Kudos Don! Good to know common sense still exists. Perhaps you could develop a soap dispenser; I neglected to think not everyone understands the value a little soap provides.

    — Lisa

  • Mar 22, 2020

    Nice perspective that you won’t find anywhere else! ;-)

    — Limell Lawson

  • Mar 21, 2020

    Thanks for that sage advice! My things could be worse mugs are the perfect things to sip tea from and laugh at the irony of the world. Plan for the worse and hope for the best. Meanwhile I am binge watching my fears away guilt free as a time passer. I shall be watching out for hungry bears now as well.

    — Jan

  • Mar 21, 2020

    Thanks for that sage advice! My things could be worse mugs are the perfect things to sip tea from and laugh at the irony of the world. Plan for the worse and hope for the best. Meanwhile I am binge watching my fears away guilt free as a time passer. I shall be watching out for hungry bears now as well.

    — Jan

  • Mar 21, 2020

    Just received my mugs. Passing along to my dr/ nurse friends. Oh yes please- bandanas!

    — Jill Gasaway

  • Mar 21, 2020

    Just received my mugs. Giving the whole box to my ER nurse daughter to pass along. Oh yes please- bandanas!

    — Jill Gasaway

  • Mar 21, 2020

    Best advice I’ve heard yet! Thanks.

    — Laura Norman

  • Mar 20, 2020

    At last same advice that makes sense :}

    — Amanda

  • Mar 20, 2020

    I would love to be able to post this piece on Facebook—so funny!

    — Denise Eareckson

  • Mar 20, 2020

    Love your work and fun comments!

    — Charlee Morris

  • Mar 20, 2020

    I received my dishes a few weeks ago. I smiled so much the muscles on the back of my got sore. I didn’t realize I had muscles back there.
    I’m a physician in a hospital. We’re obviously stressed. I just bought a bunch of Don’s fabrics at Spoonflower to use to make face masks, because the fabrics are so darn cute and funny! A doc in Taiwan figured out how to make filtering masks DIY. I can’t use them for surgery, but they are useful for walking about in low risk settings. And if people make their own, they can send the surgical masks they bought on Amazon and are hoarding to their local hospitals.
    https://mustsharenews.com/cloth-face-mask/

    — Renee Mestad

  • Mar 20, 2020

    As always, thank you for your great advice.

    I always remember this quote, attributed to Oscar Wilde:
    “Things are never as good or as bad as you think they are.”

    Stay safe everyone!

    — Cindy Jones

  • Mar 20, 2020

    I went to Chuck e Cheese and had the ball pit all to myself!
    I am always looking forward to worse things, it means I have survived one more event.
    Life is too short to not dance everyday. Stay safe my friends
    donna.

    — donna harter

  • Mar 20, 2020

    (d) All of the above.

    (That was an easy test.) Your post and all the comments have cheered me up enormously. I’m in Washington State, where things are nerve-wracking as it is; I’m commuting between home and my sister’s home 30 miles away (she has cancer, I’m her caregiver). Stores run out of TP and sanitizer and food as soon as they’re stocked. We’re running low on essentials … but gosh darn it, WE HAVE OUR CALAMITYWARE!!! Love to all of you. Get cracking on the CoronaWare.

    — Peggy Roesch Wallan

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