Day 48

🎶It’s four o’clock on a Saturday…okay, bad take on Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”. It’s probably the last Saturday I’ll have off work for a while.

Next Friday is the 24th of July, a day that in Utah has been dubbed “Pioneer Day”, as it is a celebration of when the Mormon settlers arrived in the Salt Lake area. Despite the virus and all the cancellations this year, it’s usually a celebration almost as big, if not bigger, than the 4th of July. This is the only place where 24 July functions like any other federal holiday. For those who aren’t of the Mormon faith, they’ve adapted a name of their own for this day: “Pie and Beer Day”.

Anyway, at work they’re expecting next weekend to be fairly busy, so it looks like I’m going back to full-time hours (and maybe some overtime). It will also give some of the other cooks a little break, since there’s only like five grill cooks on the schedule, some of which are recent or new hires. With the shutdowns and pandemic, we lost several of our grill cooks, and the dust is just now starting to settle a tad. What worries me, though, is that the White House says that five counties in Utah should be booted back to the red or “highest risk” group, the county where I live being one of them. If that’s the case, our dining room will be reclosed, and probably everyone be furloughed again. The governor says he would re-evaluate the risk levels and make a new statement this Friday. I’m very worried about what the result will be. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, and keep checking the latest news reports.

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