It's halfway over but most of us are ready for 2020 to be(in the words of Chris Jansen) done. We started the year with the Australian wildfires, then it was the coronavirus pandemic and running short on toilet paper.

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Let's not forget about the Murder Hornets, cicadas, and a massive skyscraper-sized asteroid heading toward earth...just missing us by a mere 3 million miles. Let's not forget the good things that have happened. WHAT??? Good things, like what?

We realized that it's not a bad idea to sanitize when we're through. Whether it's at our work station, the handrails on the stairs, or when you're done handling equipment.

We also learned (or relearned) that we really need to wash our hands...for 20 seconds... every time. Phase 2 is here in the Southern Tier and today, (June 4th) restaurants can have outdoor dining. So we can put into practice what we've learned.

I've heard that some of the restaurants won't have private restrooms inside but they'll have public bathrooms (aka porta-potties) available outside. So we know that we have to sanitize, wash our hands for 20 seconds and stay six feet apart if they aren't from your family.

Here are some other things to keep in mind when using the porta-potty:

Beware of the door handle when you enter the bathroom. You may have sanitized your hands before you went in, but the last person that used it might not have.

Don't put your leftover doggie bag on the floor. Wetness is a welcome mat for bacteria and if you're a man, the "splashige" (my word) can travel to near and faraway floor places. If you're a woman then ask your girlfriend that came with you to the porta-potty to hold on to it for you.

Use a paper towel to turn off the sink. We've gotten used to the sink turning on by doing the jazz hands. You have to do it the old fashioned way in most porta-potties and the sink is one of the germiest places in the bathroom.

I hope this helps and thankfully we can sit at a restaurant to eat, even if it is outside. In the paraphrased words of Hill Street Blues (google it kids), "let's be sanitary out there."

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