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Maureen N. Maratita

Masks or not (and you had better be masked on our island) — we are all getting better at recognizing each other, though my red hair may be a dead giveaway.

Although I would prefer to shop virtuously early when the stores are empty, I have no choice but to time my visits to be ready to line up to pay at 9 a.m., due to our archaic alcohol laws that don’t allow anybody to shop for alcohol before 9 a.m.

 

I do this in in bulk, since I have re-discovered bulk buying, like many of you.

And let me tell you — there may be an early morning hour for our manamko or senior citizens, but many of them apparently appreciate the finer things in life and are likewise filling their carts around 9 a.m.

And even at six feet you can see the contents of a cart. Yes, I peek. …

 

Anyway, while I was perusing the wine aisle and loading a significant number of bottles into my cart, I heard “Hello, Maureen,” from one of our senators.

And loading my haul into the car — including er, more than one case of beer — I heard “Hello Maureen,” from one of our Yigo mayoral candidates. …

 

Of course, the senator and I and the mayoral candidate and I socialized. And I am pretty sure they peeked too.

Fortunately, I have learned that there are circumstances where “Never apologize; never explain” is a totally appropriate maxim. …

 

  My cousin in Hawaii called a few days ago to check on my husband and me. He was concerned that Guam was leading the nation in its COVID cases, with an average of 70 new cases per day, and an increase of 204% compared to two weeks ago.

Hawaii has its own troubles. Oahu — where my cousin lives — is presently under a stay-home, work-from-home order also. …

 

We talked about our family around the world — of course and how few people we see.

My cousin is also a social person and is also typically out and about.

Like many people, he has taken to gardening — and walking.

He lives in Oahu and has even stopped on his walks to feed the ducks at one of the hotels — which is closed. He was happy to do so.

The picture of my social cousin feeding the ducks made me smile. But it did sound so cheerful.

I don’t suppose we have a duck pond in Guam?  …

 

I remember Don Parkinson, the former senator who recently passed away. I did not know him well.

A long-time senator, when he left politics, he returned to actively practicing law, proving there is professional life after politics.

Perhaps this is something Guam’s newest committee — its Political Action Committee — should point out to senators as it campaigns for a part-time legislature.

The Action PAC is led or supported by Guam’s major civic organizations.

We have had PACs on Guam before, but never one so large. The PAC is comprised of (let me count) seven organizations  —  the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Korean Chamber of Commerce, the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association, the Guam Association of Realtors and the Guam Contractors Association.

These are indeed extraordinary times. …

 

— Maureen N. Maratita is the publisher at Glimpses Media. Publications at Glimpses Media include the Marianas Business Journal, MBJ Life, The Real Estate Journal, Guam Business Magazine, Beach Road Magazine, Buenas and Drive Guam.