Three days ago I was preparing to bed down for my 6 AM leave time in Prague, CZ. My hotel phone rang. I usually ignore my hotel phone. I figure anyone I want to talk to has my cell number. But it was 9:30 PM so I knew something was up. A p.a. informed me that the studio had pulled the plug and I was to pack ASAP for a morning ride to the airport and a trip home. I quickly learned that air travel from Europe was soon to be temporarily banned. Missed that one by the seat of my pants. Three days later, I'm on my couch in a self imposed exile (for the most part). My wife and I spent the last couple of days stocking up on non-perishables, Stouffer's lasagnas, ammo (I'm a cautious fellow), and vodka. And, like all of you (literally all of you), I suddenly find myself with at least three weeks with nothing to do. How this will all pan out is unforeseeable. I do know one thing: This too shall pass. As the entire world slows down, take this time to reunite with your family, something that a few of us up until a week ago would have given anything to do. Clean out the garage. Kick the ball around with your kids. Make your wife dinner. Catch up on the movie list. Try not to worry. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, none of us ever did, but I guarantee it'll all work out. Until the shows crank back up, enjoy your forced vacation. I know some of you have bigger worries than me so it's easy for me to say this, but it will work out. For once on a global scale we are all in the same boat, but we are all more connected than we have ever been. I have friends whom I consider dear friends, whom I have never met in person, yet we share common interests. I know their families' names and what they look like. We've told war stories and laughed together.
I had to leave Prague before I was able to thank and say goodbye to the wonderful technicians I met there. So, Jiri, Harry, David, Marcus, Tomas (I think there were two Tomas') and Ivan, thank you. I hope to return and share a Pivo and laugh about this soon.
Take care of yourselves and for f&ck's sake wash your hands,
The Captain Has Spoken,