Keep Calm and Carry on During the Pandemic

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON.

This now famous saying was part of the marketing campaign in 1939 in Britain to fight the Nazis.  (Side note: It was never released to the public, but rather found in a bookstore in the 1990s and made famous there after.)

Winston Churchill and his leadership team believed the best way to fight the war, was to keep on living during the war.  It had nothing to do with politics, ignorance, false hope, or the economy.  It had to do with mindset.

Truly, I believe the best way to fight that little particle of trouble, those invisible molecules coming to infect your system, the Covid-19, is to Keep Calm and Carry On.

Here is the other side of the coin.  A man living in London explains why he believes this is the worst strategy.   It was posted in the New York Times.  He uses phrases such as, “They look like people lining up to board the Titanic.”  And, “My family reluctantly canceled our daughter’s 8th birthday party — an outdoor get-together with a half-dozen kids from school.”  Taken out of context you would swear it was an ironic story.  It isn’t.  

Mother Teresa said the worst disease she ever encountered was loneliness.  Far worse than all others, including Covid I assume.   Here is a fantastic story on that subject.   

Depression in winter for ANYONE can be overwhelming, now talk about high anxiety and stress going into winter.  It doesn’t look well.  It will cast a large shadow over our pandemic, much worse than any viral disease that you do not die from unless you are very old (3% of all cases are in assisted living centers yet 80% of the deaths are from these places where PEOPLE GO TO DIE), very sick (2 or 3 other issues), or sadly very unlucky.  About 1 in 20 people die from accidents.  A lot of people die every day from being unlucky.  Ask the 17 unborn kids that are killed in the womb every day in Wisconsin.  Those kids are unlucky!    

So I have already heard we are dismissing Christmas, far too risky.  Stay home.  Be alone, together.  Many Christmases are being canceled.  Many events will never happen.  Many grandparents won’t see their kids open presents.  Carols will not be sung.  Worship will not be had.  How many Christmases do you get?  If you are the average person I guess about 70.  That’s not many.  For 3 million people in America this will be their last Christmas.  (About 3 million die a year in the US.)  Have your Christmas, it might very well be your last.  

I don’t know how you prevent it.  You can try, but a virus is gonna find the weak and vulnerable and even the strong.  I’ve heard commercial after commercial with nice music and upbeat actors saying, wear a mask, wear a mask.  I do wish the ads said, GET HEALTHY TO FIGHT IT, GET HEALTHY TO FIGHT IT.  That more than anything seems to stop the harshness of it.   It is a mystery.  Iowa for instance has never had a mask mandate, yet they have never had a surge.  Texas and Florida had strong surges that Wisconsin is experiencing did not do 2nd lockdowns and are now at a manageable rate.  Yes, the goal is MANAGEABLE, you can’t BEAT a virus unless you do the NBA bubble for 7.4 billion people.  (I actually think many people wish we would bubble.)

Keeping Calm, means yes, make good sound choices.   Carrying on, means do it by still holding the door for someone, only wearing a mask when necessary (good question I don’t know what necessary means either), and continue to live our life and make moments and memories.  I wash my hands like a raccoon.  I don’t cough on people.  

I’ve heard ads already, PLEASE SHOP LOCAL, they need us now more than ever.  Yeah right.  Too dangerous to adventure out.  Better safe on Amazon, items sent direct to their home.  Also, most communities I live in, restaurants and bars, yes bars, are the lifeblood of little towns.  They support so many people working 2 jobs, so many good people own them and yes, yes, much fun is had (shame on us).  So support local businesses but not bars and restaurants, they are far too dangerous.

Keeping Calm means: don’t let the kids be the burden of this.  They aren’t dying, no TRULY, not 1 KID IN WISCONSIN HAS DIED FROM IT!   Free them up.  Open the doors.  Keep them in school.   

I ask you to not judge me if you don’t see me and my family at the Kwik Trip with no mask.  Or in church where I like to be totally present.  Oh yes, I see your death stares.  I see you no longer making eye contact with me.  I see your disgruntled eyes.  I see the eyerolls.  I don’t judge you in a mask.  I don’t judge you that you haven’t seen grandma in 6 months because you are trying to protect her.  So don’t judge me that I still hug old people and I still love a good handshake.  

The virus covid sucks, but not being interactive with people sucks more.  Faith is greater than fear.  Love each other.  Keep Calm and Carry ON!  

COVID THOUGHTS…

IF YOU READ THIS…

WOW… this article from jsonline.com is obviously very disturbing. The article states how hospitals are close to full and we are pretty much screwed if it gets any worse.


This image is really a fear tactic. We are OFF THE CHART! Literally! Well the chart goes to 600. I think the chart is too small. Really you can Make the chart bigger! Image if the top of the chart was based on hospital beds available. Now, imagine if that chart at the top was 5.8 million (our state population.) I AM NOT SAYING I think 600 is low… but the fact that this is OFF THE CHART, leads me to think it is OUTRAGEOUS. Is that true? I have no clue…

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I’d love to say I believe the article. I DO believe that 600 are in the hospital with covid, and that must be horrible. I WANT to believe the media. Yet here I am, either an optimist son of a bitch or a CONSPIRACY guy, or a REPUBLICAN HARD ASS, or an IDIOT. I guess pick whichever you want… but I can’t get there, I don’t know why! 600 in the hospitals state wide… many are sick. Health care workers I personally talk to don’t talk or act this way when I ask how it is going. 600 to me doesn’t seem like a lot…but I have never worked health care. Hmmm….

But yet surely, I know they are not lying. It is THEIR REALITY. And we pray for them!

Before I/we just start freaking out, I hope we are like the following states, just lagging behind. I hope people see these and realize maybe the GRAPH DOESN’T KEEP GOING UP. Iowa is interesting, they have never embraced masks. Does Science KNOW IF WE ARE FOLLOWING THESE GRAPHS HERE IN WISCO? WHO CAN TELL ME? WHERE ARE THE LEADERS TO HELP ME?

So based on this… maybe we are peaking and we just need to not freak out keep on keeping on and by Thanksgiving we are back to that 400-500 daily cases.

Interesting stuff.

I don’t have a conclusion to this article, SADLY none of us do…

Joel

COVID CASES IN WISCONSIN SOAR, BUT NOT HOSPITALIZATIONS OR DEATHS

NEW RECORD COVID CASES TODAY

(I predicted we would peak around 2500 about 4 weeks ago)

and we are APPROACHING THAT

more testing, more positives, more, more, more.

Hospital stays as % of growth is ALARMING AS WELL, although that is misleading… only 500 people out of 5,8 million are in the hospital.  Incredibly sad but incredibly low.

ICU people the very very sick are still stable around 100…

And deaths…well deaths are really low… a handful a day.

 

MY OWN CONCLUSION BASED ON MATH (I am numbers not SCIENCE)

PEOPLE ARE GETTING IT, AND MANY MANY MORE ARE FORCED TO GET TESTED, then 30 days ago…

BUT THE INCREASES IN SEVERELY SEVERELY SICK hasn’t been noticeable (still very sad)

SO… Kids are getting it, but not getting very sick and have not spread it to the most vulnerable at the same rate.  Not even close.  Which is very very very good news.

People call me AN IDIOT to think like this…but it’s math.  That’s all.

 

KILLING MEMORIES AND MOMENTS- KILLS, LITERALLY

I’ve mentioned before and in my video… memories and moments for children and their mental health.

 

THIS ARTICLE USES SCIENCE, YES SCIENCE, TO EXPLAIN IT.

WE MUST LET THE KIDS BACK TO BEING NORMAL!  NOW!  NO MORE LOCKDOWNS OR MODIFICATIONS.

 

Cook Children’s Sees ‘Alarming’ Rise In Suicide Patients, ‘Nearly A Child Or Teen A Day’ In August

COVID JOURNAL DAY 1

Here we are…

I will use my website to organize my thoughts for my own good.  If you want to read along fine… but do know it is more for my own benefit then yours (just how many rapid brain uses to control my madness…)

I will try to talk Covid…now all things can’t be covid, i will give that son of a bitch only the attention it deserves…

It will be random but here we go…

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We need to accept that 3 million Americans will die this year and we can’t keep everyone alive forever no matter how hard we try – And that our bizarre fixation on making every decision as if #Covid deaths are the only societal outcome that matters is profoundly wrong.  (Alex Berenson, who I follow on Twitter).
Here’s the thing, it’s our addiction to material goods and our own lives that have got us here.  People don’t want to believe or hear we are going to die… and perhaps very very soon.  Or that 17 people a day in Wisconsin are killed as babies in the womb, called to mimic the murders.. abortions.   We must believe in God.   Does Covid suck?  You bet your sweet ass it does…but it should shut down SOCIETY!
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#MEMORIESANDMOMENTS should not be left behind… for ANYTHING… we must LIVE…and living is taking risks… kids playing sports… and much much more!   It is risky, a bit?  99.96% chance you live…about a 99.5% chance you won’t have to go to the hospital with it… but it is A RISK.   LET KIDS WHO WILL NOT, WILL NOT, WILL NOT DIE OF IT… DO THEIR LIFE!  20 YEARS FROM NOW… THEY WILL BE ALL MESSED UP OTHERWISE!
IF YOU DON’T AGREE, KEEP YOUR KIDS AT HOME.  THAT’S FINE.
I am personal freedom guy… I believe people in America have a choice on most things… the government shouldn’t MANDATE to us… educate, advise, police bad things… but MANDATE… not so much…that’s on the person.
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Do I know if masks work? No. Do you? No.  They can’t hurt.  Correct.  Do they dehumanize people and cause depression.  Maybe.  So make your own choice I say.
Here are some numbers I go back too…
5.8 million in our state of Wisconsin.
400 hundred are in and out of the hospital  (sucks really bad)
about 5 a die with it, most very old people most in old age homes.
THOSE NUMBERS ARE REALLY REALLY SMALL.  REALLY SMALL.
WE CANT MAKE EVERY DECISION BASED ON COVID!
All that information is posted daily HERE.
Today… IF YOU ARE TOO LAZY TO CLICK OVER..

CASES UP 46%, DEATHS DOWN 40%!!!!!

young kids getting it… but not dying.   THAT SEEMS TO BE OBVIOUS.

 

THAT’S ENOUGH FOR TODAY.

 

WHEN YOU CAN’T CHANGE THE WORLD

Recently I put a video out.

I thought I could change the world with it.  Or at least the world I live in.  Bring back the student section and pep band.  Limit the time quarantined.

I built my case.  Did my research.  Read every damn google article I could find to support my beliefs.

What I found was that this is not how the public sector works (good or bad but reality).    You can’t just build a case, go the school board, and change NATIONAL policy.

What I realized was this SUCKS.

SOMETIMES LIFE IS HARD.

SOMETIMES THINGS ARE OUT OF YOUR CONTROL.

AND SHIT HAPPENS.

This is one of those times.

School and school boards for decades (longer?) report to higher powers.  Those higher powers report to other higher powers.  Those powers are the CDC, the state and our national government.  Currently, their rules (and it’s not like the private sector, you CAN’T skirt the work rules) require

MASKS

DISTANCING

QUARANTINING

NO LARGE GROUPS (NO PEP BAND OR STUDENT SECTION)

in an abundantly cautious approach trying to do the best to protect students, teachers, administration and staff.

It doesn’t MATTER what you think, the policy is the policy built by someone you never met but have to trust based on their position above you.  THIS IS HOW THE GAME WORKS.

THIS GAME IS NOT WINNABLE. 

AND THAT’S OK.

I try to embrace life as a series of games.

I thought someway, somehow I could bottle up everyone’s frustrations and fix this.  I could outwork them.  Out educate them.  Out hustle them.

I CAN’T.  YOU CAN’T.

What we can do….

HELP TEACHERS.   They might feel like me and think we should be more liberal in our views of this.  They might feel we should be virtual.  Their voice sadly doesn’t matter with how the system works.   It’s ok to tell them it sucks but support them either way.  We need them.   Support them emotionally and financially and give them a break.  THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW THE RULES THEY DIDN’T MAKE.

HAVE FUN OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL WALLS.   Get together (if you want) have fun.  Find ways to enjoy life outside the walls and curriculum of the public sector.  If your son loves basketball (yep) and your school cancels basketball it’s probably not the school’s fault but someone way up the ladder on a committee, it’s the system not the school.  So support your son, find a gym and program open and join that.  Move on quickly.  LOVE will conquer covid, not fighting.  #MEMORIESANDMOMENTS

EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN.  Don’t let them be sheep and just believe whatever they hear from ANYONE, be it you, your teacher, your neighbor or grandpa.  Tell them to do the research and think independently.  Kids are getting caught up in this.  Educate them on how Hitler attacked the kids first because they were the easiest to convince.  Keep conversations to children open-ended, don’t force your opinion on them!  Here’s a great read for them (and you perhaps) on the Hitler Youth.

DON’T BE MAD.  Hate the system, don’t hate the player.  It’s ok to try to change the system, BUT DON’T GET MAD AT THE PLAYERS.

EDUCATE YOURSELF.  Now that I have spent hours AND HOURS on masks, deaths, covid, and much much more, I feel not a medical expert but versed enough to make a conclusion for the best of my own mind.  I feel empowered and in control.   When you truly educate yourself you go from being a sheep to a wolf.  Being a wolf is a much better move IN THE GAME OF LIFE to prepare for this AND YOUR NEXT game in life.

GAME.  Life is a game.  A big one but a game.  This is A FANTASTIC PODCAST TO UNDERSTAND THAT.  And sometimes you just play the best you can.  But understand it’s meant by God to be a game!

 

FINALLY

CONTROL THE CONTROLLABLES.  For me changing the “culture of covid” does matter but I can only control it at my work life (Thank God) and my home life.  TO FOCUS ON IT, IT MUST BE BOTH.  IF NOT, LET IT GO LIKE A FALL BREEZE.  That’s it.   So don’t stress over the stuff out of your control, and for me, the way a public school functions is primarily out of my control.   So I must MUST let it go to be the best version of myself so I can move on, help others, and be happy and do God’s will.  That’s it.

 

I’m moving on…and helping where and when I can… FAITH > FEAR.

FACIL,

Joel

 

 

 

 

 

HOW WE RUN THIS SHIP

PTGIM!

From @bobgoff via twitter.

 

Team, I can’t think of a better way of how we try to run our company, Drexel.

“Eyes on the horizon,

feet where you are,

navigating what’s in between

with courage, hope, authenticity,

and Jesus.”

 

What does that mean to us?

Eyes on the Horizon.

We have a vision, we are going places.  We are changing everything we do … always!  In the knowledge that we must always get better.

Feet where you are.

Be present.  Make someone’s day TODAY.  Be in the moment.  Do the incredibly routine incredibly well!

Navigating what’s in between with courage, hope, authenticity, and Jesus.

We do that with courage (faith in each other and the plan), hope (optimism!) authenticity (be yourself!) and Jesus… yes God has a plan and loves you, even at work!

 

FACIL,

JOEL

RANDOM THOUGHTS #17

CUSTOMER SERVICE ISN’T ONE DEPARTMENT IT’S THE ENTIRE COMPANY’S RESPONSIBILITY!

wow… how easy we can forget that as we grow… but it’s SO ABSOLUTELY TRUE.

How can you delight and wow a customer today?  What can you put a little extra “you” glitter on?

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Never strive for good.  Just strive for better.

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Ask good questions to get good answers.  Before you ask the question, pause, think and ask the right question.  Ask a follow up one if necessary.  It’s ok… take your time.

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Think bigger.  Dream.  DREAM.  What do  you want here?  Less stress?  More money?  More responsibility?  A different role?  THEN DREAM IT!

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“THE RUNG OF A LADDER WAS NEVER MET TO REST UPON, BUT ONLY TO HOLD A MAN’S FOOT LONG ENOUGH TO ENABLE HIM TO PUT THE OTHER SOMEWHAT HIGHER.” — THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY

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If you think the world is a disaster.  I believe you.  If you think it is a paradise.  I believe you.  Your brain tells the story…

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The more time you can spend with nature, the more your faith will grow.  For me, it’s really that simple.

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Even if you live to 150 year olds, that isn’t very long.  I’d get to living RIGHT NOW.

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BALANCE TO ME IS JUST PLAIN INTENSITY, AUTHENTIC, AND FOCUSED.  Don’t think about work at home and vice versa.  But when you are at either THAN GET TO IT.  You will never wish you were on social media more…

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4 F’S.  FRIENDS.  FAITH.  FAMILY. FITNESS.

Explore each a bit.

Friends.  You need them.  They make you laugh, inspire you, and hold you accountable.  I suck at this right now… my friends know it and I know it… but to me, it is the least of the 4.  I hope they know it too, and then builds our friendship not diminishes it.

Faith.  Center it.  Own it.

Family.  They are yours… spend time with them.

Fitness.  Both physical and mental.  If you are not fit… you will eventually not be good at any of the other 3!

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Winter succumbs to Spring, Spring shows us hope is eternal and gives signs of better days!

Spring is not as good as fall.

Fall is fantastically too short.  Summer.. oh precious summer… you have my admiration!

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Personally, I have to keep reinventing myself as we grow.  I can’t do what I even did 12 months ago.  Do you realize I haven’t been in Brookfield location THIS YEAR?  They are rocking it, wings are spread and they are GOING PLACES (literally to New Berlin.)  I miss them greatly.  I truly do.. each of them and smile just thinking of all the days I spent there and all the good lunches.  Lots of tears there too!

I have to re-double my effort on offsite construction.  We are not there yet, not close.  Our PAULS project is still too far on the horizon.

This week though we are bringing in Ben Hershey with what he knows on robotics and future planning of our growth.  Looking for traction.

Once you find traction… it’s GO TIME.

Still way too clunky for my liking!

I don’t mind helping out in other areas and I do that a lot don’t worry!  But I have to focus on what is the #1 thing…and right now..that’s it.

 

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I think sports is essential.  Without it… life is just not as good. Same for music concerts.  Without it… the world is a little worse.  I truly believe that.

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Masks or no masks?  Sometimes I feel they are essential because people tell me they are.  Sometimes I think what a joke, people are trying to control me and our society.  I have no idea which one is right.  Maybe both.  Both is probably the right answer.

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This is pretty darn good.

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If you believe in the afterlife… it’s ok… your story isn’t written yet here on earth.  Think about that.. .it is just the start really … so don’t worry about failing!  Don’t worry about failing!  fail away!  make a difference!

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My marble jar is getting smaller.  What do I mean?

READ HERE:

https://joelfleischman.com/2015/12/

RANDOM THOUGHTS #16

TGIM!

RANDOM THOUGHTS.

I read a bit over the weekend… here is what I think I learned…

Happiness is like wine in a glass.  You must first be self happy.  You yourself can’t continually beat yourself up, you must be of sound mind and good spirits.  Then your happiness chalice will overflow and you will radiate happiness.  It’s a Jesus thing too… “Love one another.”

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Divide and conquer.  We are growing friends!  Over 20% this year in almost all departments!  That means we must divide to CONQUER!  Our leadership team is taking on several new roles both in systems and supplies.  Of course as we finalize details, YOU will be the first to KNOW!

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People.  It’s all about PEOPLE.  Period.  It’s not a front door issue, it’s a people issue.  It’s not about board feet it’s a people issue.  It’s not about a transition strip that is back-ordered, it’s about people.  PEOPLE WIN THE WAR on HAPPINESS.  Over our last several SHUS we have hired EXCELLENT CULTURAL PEOPLE.  Now it is on US to train and develop them to make them ROCKSTARS!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are trying to take our competition OUT OF BUSINESS.  Wow, Joel that is brutal.  No…not really.  I just feel if we can UNIQUELY help people better, that is just a simple cause and effect.

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We are close to working out our systems GROWTH model… What does that mean?  Robotics.  More facilities.  More upgrades.  Stay tuned. 90 DAYS WE WILL HAVE IT IN WRITING.  FYI, consultants tell us we have 15% market share of all trusses built in Wisconsin.  Our new facilities will bump that to 35%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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New Berlin.  We keep putting the pieces of the puzzle together.  Hope to put a shovel in the ground this fall.  Transfer Brookfield team Spring 2021… if things go as planned.  This week?  We are working on SOLAR.  Price, etc.  Reminder, solar is at our Amherst facility.

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4th of July.  It’s been nice having off Saturday mornings.  I hope you are changing the world with family time, etc on your Saturday morning off!

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100 deliveries a day in Campbellsport.  Each person from the person answering the phone… to the person unloading the cabinets must work in perfect harmony.  When it works and it does over 93% of the time!!!  It is really a work of art.   The standards that team sets is amazing.

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Thank you all for your hard work.  This is GENERALLY the CRAZIEST WEEK OF THE YEAR in many departments.. ENJOY THE SHIT OUT OF IT.  AND MAKE IT FUN!

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too blessed too be stressed!

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AMOR FATI

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GO

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JOEL