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  • Ben Balliro

Make the Most of It

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

These past few months have been a nightmare with lockdowns, curfews, an irrational economic frenzy of stockpiling paper products and flour (for some reason). Mandatory stay at home policies, 6 foot social distancing rules not to mention a shortage of medical supplies was well as a shortage of medical professionals because of the overwhelming cases of COVID-19. I'll be honest, it's an unusual time to be alive right now, but you don't have to be all doom and gloom. These past few weeks since I've been suspended from work, I have been stockpiling my own supply of smokes for the long haul.

I was reading an article online (along with a vlog) of David Savona of Cigar Aficionado where he was using his vacancy from his office to not only work from his home in NY, but also chit chat with neighbors (at a distance) outside while smoking a cigar. Now assuming you are in a position to enjoy a cigar on your front or back yard, and you have neighbors you want to talk to, keeping in touch with one another can be a useful and reminding each other that we are in this together.

As I sit at my nearby beach and enjoy my smokes and coffee it gives me a chance to use this time to relax before the hectic return to my day job. It's time to slow down from the day to day grind and enjoy your surroundings and company for a bit. It may not be the ideal situation to stay home and enjoy yourself, but you make do with what you have.

If you don't want to stay home and want to feel useful to society, I would look into your local papers or online town hall bulletins for possible local volunteer work. I know because we all have a stay at home order there may not be anything nearby you, but from my research there appears to be a huge increase for virtual online help. For example is a website where you put in your zip code and it tells you what kind of volunteer help is needed based on your location. The organization covers all kinds of volunteer help, everything from Community, Children/Youth, Senior Citizens, Education & Literacy, Homeless & Housing, and a host of other volunteer programs. When you get back home (or your home office) from your volunteer work, that cigar might taste a little sweeter for a job well done.

My opinion is not the only one that matters. Please contact Mark Jr. or myself via our contact page or you can find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Thank you for reading.

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