Daily Quote: January 25, 2021

O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune …

~ Robbie Burns (Scottish – Poet / January 25, 1759 – July 21, 1796)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

I recently submitted my DNA to Ancestry.ca for analysis. The results, though not completely surprising showed a larger amount of Scottish origin than I had anticipated. So, although I’ll celebrate the poetry of Robbie Burn’s Night, I’m not very likely to eat haggis, but I’ll drink a bit of whisky and toast to your health.

Keeping with my Irish roots, I’d much rather have an Irish Coffee, a combination of coffee, rich cream and good Irish whisky. There seems to be a link here with a whisky theme.

Perhaps the misunderstanding is why it was necessary to devote a day for Better Business Communication. I spent part of my career writing procedures for different work centres at the London Mail Processing Plant. The most important part of COPSYS (Corporate Operating Systems) was the layout and sortation schematics. Changes were documented and posted as Information Book Notices. I enjoyed the technical writing and the challenge of implementing changes according to change control procedures. Yes, the job of Configurations Control Officer was one that I enjoyed.

My heart goes out to the people at the Gateway Processing Facility in Mississauga Ontario, as more than 160 cases have been confirmed on #3 shift (Afternoon shift). More than 4,500 people work at Gateway. Mail Sortation Clerks, Lettercarriers, and various Managers/Directors. I’m certain as many as possible are working remotely, but the front line workers and lettercarriers can only do their jobs in person. It’s ironic that mail volumes are hitting record highs as parcels and home delivery soars during the pandemic.

Today marks the first year anniversary of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Canada. While remaining under lockdown during the second wave, I thought it would be a good time to look at the numbers:

Cases

LocationTotal casesNew cases (1 day*)New cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleDeaths
Worldwide99,237,358600,79060-day trend chart12,7622,130,497
United States25,177,522129,52760-day trend chart76,398419,207
Source: Wikipedia

Cases

LocationTotal casesNew cases (1 day*)New cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleDeaths
Worldwide99,237,358600,79060-day trend chart12,7622,130,497
Canada747,383No data60-day trend chart19,67919,094
Ontario259,6472,24460-day trend chart19,0945,811
Source: Wikipedia