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Warrensburg, Missouri. Early afternoon. April 11, 2020.

Johnson County, Missouri is under a “Stay at Home” order.

It’s been a month since we started up one of the vehicles sitting in our garage. After the morning rain and before the evening weather we took the opportunity to take a drive around town.

In the old days we would have just hopped into the car without a second thought. In these times we made sure we brought our COVID-19 “go bag” – with masks, extra masks, gloves, sanitary wipes, water, and a large garbage bag. Just in case.

We saw an occasional car. And very few pedestrians. Most pedestrians (and a few kids on bicycles) were alone or keeping their distance.

On a normal Saturday the streets and sidewalks are active. The only places we saw anything close to a crowded (barely) parking lot were grocery stores and the national chain home improvement store. Fast food restaurants had vehicles in their drive throughs.

East Hamilton street.

Downtown Warrensburg.

West Pine Street.

Pickup is one of the new normals.


Home improvement is still a thing.

Pickup and delivery.

Everyone still has to eat.

It’ll be a while.


Gas is cheap. We’re all sixteen years old. And we’ve been grounded. [stolen from somewhere on the Internets]

A good question.

East Gay Street.

Absolutely essential.

Our town.

Maybe the social distancing thing is finally sinking in.

Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.