The Good and the Bad (I did not get to the ugly)

A little over a month ago in this column, I mentioned I believed there was a light at the end of the tunnel to this pandemic. I now believe we are almost out of that tunnel and that we are about to turn the corner and will soon cross that bridge — when we get there.

You didn’t see the bridge, did you? Living in my head is not easy.

 What follows are some observations I have had, or others have told me about in the last month or so, both good and not so good (I don’t like bad).

Good: MLB Baseball is back. I have tickets for opening day

Not so Good: In Chicago, thanks to our mayor, only 20-25 percent of capacity is allowed for game. The Cubs are zip-tying seats that they don’t want anyone to sit in — seems like a waste of good zip ties. 

Good: I have tickets to the Chicago Cubs opener.

Not so Good: I will likely freeze to death.

Good: You can buy food and beer at MLB games.

Not so Good: It’s all cashless. Do I have to pass my $1,000 phone down the aisle to pay for my $15 beer? (Okay, I will get the app.)

Good: According to my wife, the stores at the mall are overwhelmed with people spending their incentive money. Good news for trucking and hanger manufacturers.

Not so Good: My grandkids can’t afford this (I haven’t met them yet, not because of family strife but because they are not born yet), but I can do math. Math is a subject that was taught back when schools were open. If your kids are in private school or live outside of a city, this statement likely does not apply.

Good: Airlines are serving more than just water on flights.

Not so Good: They are not serving alcohol, need I say more? Apparently, I do: if you can pour a ginger ale, can’t you pour a beer? (My sample is limited to Southwest and they also don’t have first class.) 

Good: Last week I got my first vaccine shot.

Not so Good: I tested positive for COVID today.

Good: I won’t freeze to death on Thursday, April 1, which is, no fooling, the Cubs opener.

Not so Good: I won’t be going to the Cubs season opener with my son.

John Blodgett has worked for MacKay & Company for more than 20 years and is currently vice president of sales and marketing, responsible for client contact for single- and multi-client projects. He can be reached at

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