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May 17, 2020

Well, the world is starting over where it left off. Or not. Businesses are opening their doors again and people are beginning to go about life more freely – but at their own risk. Many people I’ve chatted with about this next chapter of Covid-19 are not yet embracing the thought. “It’s too soon, I feel safer at home,” they say. They fear others will let down their guard by not wearing face masks or disregarding social distancing. And the responsibility of businesses to ensure they are following the long list of strict guidelines will be challenging, to say the least.

With Los Angeles a top Covid hot spot, I will err on the side of caution and temporarily dial down my wanderlust instincts. The thought of opening doors too soon -- and reigniting exposure to the aggressive virus – might just make the effort to invigorate the economy all for naught.

Perhaps my discovery of percolated coffee has changed my perception of isolating at home. It’s not so bad after all. When others cherish the convenience of dropping a pod into a Keurig or Nespresso machine and presto, it pours out faster than you can grab the creamer from the fridge, it has become a ceremony for me to pull out the shiny stainless steel pot, measure water from the bottled water dispenser, grab my Don Francisco tin from the cupboard, measure the right amount of tablespoons to place into the filter with “a thousand” tiny holes, shake it a bit to make sure the grounds are level, place the filter snuggly into the pot, affix the filter cap, top it with the percolator lid, adjust the dial to between Medium and Strong, plug in the electric cable (there is no on/off switch) – and finally, smell the magic.

THIS is what I call aroma therapy.

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