Coffee Brake: Stop the Corona Virus

I’ve been getting my inbox bombarded with notes from random faceless corporations telling me they’ve got a plan for this COVID-19 thing…so I feel like DT should make some official statement to the affect that we are canceling our Cars & Coughy meetings and minimizing co-sleeping in the office.  Yes.  Official and authoritative…we are asking our employees to work from home and we are implementing strict guidelines to minimize the affect on our employees and our bottom line while keeping our customers…uggg..I can’t keep a straight face…

Umm…okay…I’ve got to be clear with you.  All of DT’s various writers, contributors, logo gurus, commenters, and backpatters don’t come to some shared office or work anything other than the time they choose…think of employment at DT like an unpaid internship except without all of the glory and prestige.  Writing for DT is like going to the dentist, getting gassed, your teeth drilled, paying a huge bill, and then finding out out you still have cavities…and nobody at the dentist office had anything higher than a 7th grade education.  But I feel like I’m losing focus of what I’m trying to say here…lemme get this train wreck back on track.

All of the people who make DT the place it is have other jobs, careers, and livelihoods — so don’t worry about us — we’ll be fine (unlike the cruise ship industry…those people are borked). But there are scores of people in the DT family who will be affected — like elderly car collecting folks who might end up in hospital, first responders and medical professionals (saying a prayer for your DoctorDel) who seem to be hit particularly hard by this virus, folks who will be furloughed from work without pay (FuelTruck, I hope you keep on trucking and fuel keeps flowing) — these people need our help and it is probably best served (if you believe the experts) by putting yourself in quarantine.  So DT joins the scores of other people telling you to lay low and work from the home for the next few weeks if you can, and stop hoarding toilet paper and hand sanitizer — you are embarrassing yourselves.  Pay attention to the news, keep the tips flowing, and spend more time with your immediate family (if you don’t have one…consider DT one of them…we’ll promise to cause grief at Thanksgiving and always show up on time for Christmas dinner).

I want to talk in a later post about the affects this period of quarantine will have on the used car market (expect some big changes if the economy and employment rate takes a dump) but for now I just want you all to be safe, stay safe, take care of your neighbors and reach out to me if you need anything. 

Seriously, if you need anything, send an email.

Vince Barbarie

DT Editor-in-Chief