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How to still have a howling good time

Column by John Akal
Posted 4/15/20

I have to tell you, I’ve learned a lot since this COVID-19 isolation started. At first I was educated about everything I didn’t know about what constitutes a virus, how it develops and spreads …

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avenue flashes

How to still have a howling good time

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I have to tell you, I’ve learned a lot since this COVID-19 isolation started. At first I was educated about everything I didn’t know about what constitutes a virus, how it develops and spreads and how to protect yourself from it. Then I learned about everything else associated with this pandemic including just what needs to happen to have something actually considered a pandemic. After about two weeks of the constant flood of information about every detail surrounding the Corona Virus, I am starting to feel like I’m enrolled in medical school or something.

After a while, you just kind of want to tune it out for a bit and maybe watch a good movie or something more entertaining. If you have any of the television services that you have to subscribe to, chances are it has some kind of “suggestions” for movies you might like to check out. I guess they try to keep things timely and tie them in with current events because I never knew there were that many movies about fictional pandemics, medieval stories involving the Black Plague or documentaries about the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. Just the kind of light hearted subject matter we all need to take out minds off the current troubles.

OK, so once I arrived at the documentary and science selections, I’ve watched the entire history of the Universe from the Big Bang to when our sun is likely to fizzle out and now have nightmares about a giant asteroid smashing into the Earth. I also learned that when the Krakatoa volcano exploded back in 1883 the sound was so loud that it blew out the eardrums of sailors on a ship 40 miles away, could be heard for over 3,000 miles and the sound waves actually circled the globe 4 times before they faded away. It was a real comfort to find out that there is actually a bigger volcanic explosion brewing somewhere in northern Wyoming that could wipe out civilization and scientists have no idea when that might blow. Could be next week or 10,000 years from now. I guess all of that falls under the category of no matter how bad things may seem right now, they could be worse. Thank goodness I found the section with comedy movies before I got caught up in watching the series about the 75 deadliest animals on the planet, devastating storms and natural disasters or nuclear meltdowns. I’m telling you, the more you learn, the more you realize that ignorance can be bliss.

So with that in mind, let me point you in a few directions that might make you feel a little better and reconnect with the folks in your neighborhood or our fair town of Golden.

Lets start with what you can do at 8 p.m. every night. You can go out on your front porch and howl at the moon. If you haven’t heard about this, it started with a few people in Denver contacting some of their friends and going outside to just howl at that hour and now it’s spread all over the area. It’s definitely a Colorado thing but has caught on world wide. Try that tonight, it’s actually a lot of fun. You can hear the whole neighborhood howling and join in. I play with a band called Nightwolf, so believe me, we are out there leading the pack, so to speak. It really does make you laugh and smile, which is something we all need right now.

How about a little Golden history? Our Golden History Park and Museum will be hosting some cool virtual events that you can tune into on line. On Sundays they will be presenting Meet the History Park Residents, where Visitor Services and Interpretation Coordinator Megan Murphy will introduce you to one of the full time residents of the park. You can check that out at www.youtube.com/user/ghm1876. This week it’s about the chickens that live there. I have no idea what else lives there, so tune in each week to find out.

They will also be presenting their Lecture Mondays on line so you can tune in and pretend you are in their salon, but stay safe at home. Each week they have a different program planned about things that happened and shaped Golden through the years. Just go to their website at www.goldenhistory.org and click on Virtual Programming. They have a lot of fun stuff there for you to enjoy.

For now, that actual Museum is closed but you can still walk through the History Park. It is located at 11th and Arapahoe Streets in Downtown Golden next to Clear Creek and open from sunrise to sunset.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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