Enjoying the Grand Ole Opry
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MAY

COVID-19 Update

Get Vaccinated - Go To Nashville!

Enjoying the Grand Ole Opry

As of this writing, we are neither in Orange County Plastic Surgery nor Salisbury Plastic Surgery, not in California nor Massachusetts. We are taking advantage of the fact that WE HAVE BEEN VACCINATED, the spread of COVID-19 infections has been largely tamed - the number of positive virus tests is the lowest it has been since widespread testing started, the number of daily cases in the US is at the smallest number it has been since last June, and hospitalizations have hit an 11 month low. No doubt, these improvements are largely due to the aggressive vaccination effort throughout the country – an effort that is less than six months old! To date, more than half of all Americans have been vaccinated – more than 50% of Californians are vaccinated but in Massachusetts the number is up to 62%! Yet in the Southern States, including Tennessee, vaccination rates lag behind and are below 40% of adults fully vaccinated. Massachusetts has removed all restrictions on businesses and California is set to follow within two weeks! And in spite of the low vaccination rates, businesses are open in the Southern States.

Everything is wide open in Nashville. The only place in town we were asked to put a mask on was while touring the Frist Art Museum. It was eerie leaving the airport in an Uber without masks, arriving at the Omni Hotel and not seeing masks, walking down Broadway, packed with people, and not a mask in sight. The church yesterday was crowded, everyone singing, and no one with a mask on!

We saw Luke Combs, Chris Young and Lauren Alaina at the Grand Ole Opry last night – the performers all said this was their first performance in front of a sold out, live crowd in a year and a half! The performers were all absolutely magnificent – so nice to attend a live performance (but again, eerie with thousands of stomping fans, zero social distancing or mask wearing). The only other live band performance either of us has seen since COVID began was a great show at Paddy’s Station in San Juan Capistrano on September 27th, 2020. Cillian’s Bridge performed – the talented bass player in that band is Brendan Browne, who will become Dr. Bunkis’ son-in-law on September 4, 2021! That concert was such a tease – we thought COVID was almost over but then the ugly spike occurred. Well, this pandemic is finally being put to bed, but you can rest assured that new variants or completely new viruses will pop up again in our lifetimes! Hang onto your unused masks!

We doubt that there are many Americans who have not heard of the Grand Ole Opry. But most do not know what it really is. Yes, it is a famous concert hall, revered by country music performers and fans alike. But did you know that it is a country music stage in Nashville from which the Grand Ole Opry Radio show emanates! George D Hays founded the show on November 28, 1925 – 95 ½ years ago – as a one-hour “barn dance” on WSM. It is currently the longest-running radio broadcast in US history, still found on Nashville’s 650 AM WSM, and of course, on the internet. The show has attracted hundreds of thousand visitors – and millions of radio and internet listeners over the years! The show last night was preceded by an hour pre show with a number of delightful stars from the 60’s and 70’s. Everyone who is anyone in the country music scene has performed there. A sense of history prevails as one sits in the seats, looking at the stage, knowing that Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Charlie Pride, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Roger Miller – any star past or current you can think of – have all played here. Sitting there reminded us of standing in the Roman Coliseum and imagining all the events that occurred there a few thousand years ago…………….so much history to absorb!

So, back to reality as Dr. Ekstrom travels back to Massachusetts and Dr. Bunkis to Orange County later today. Trust you all enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend as well!

Touring the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville!

Touring the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville!

Stay healthy! Stay happy and persevere! Feed the Courage Wolf and starve the Fear Wolf!

The end of the pandemic is almost here! Go conquer another mountain!

Get vaccinated!

Be grateful for what you have now and for what is on the horizon - vaccines for everyone.

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