|3/23/20 Maple Leaf Ace Hardware Store|
I have a hunch that a full lockdown is close (voluntary social distancing wasn’t working, and even the current severe restrictions might not be enough), so I went out in
my car looking for a way to document these crazy times before I lose that
freedom. First I drove past my neighborhood Maple Leaf Park for any signs of
closure, which the city had begun the day before, but I didn’t see anything
from the street. Although a few people still walked around the park’s
periphery, the playground was empty (last week we were dismayed to see it full
of kids playing together while their parents chatted, just like normal).
A couple blocks north of the park, I passed the Maple Leaf
Ace Hardware store (which I sketched from a better angle a few months
ago). Its readerboard posted reduced “Corona Hours.” Staying in my parked car across
the street, I wasn’t especially pleased with the composition, but desperate times
call for desperate measures.