Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 40 of Level 1, 9 April 2021



Friday 9 April 2021, Day 40 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for yet another beautiful day, at 23C, with no wind; for a busy writing day, feeling cross-eyed at the end of the afternoon; for two meetings cancelled, giving me more time and space to finish my work ahead of the weekend; for enjoying setting up my new iPad, luckily having all my passwords on hand; for a short snooze this afternoon; for a lovely peaceful walk with Vivian Warby, sitting at the Tidal Pool, so grateful for the sunset and catching up on each other’s day; for a walk to Bakoven after Viv left; for a very successful Blog week, with very good readership of my posts, especially the one of yesterday about KLEIN JAN having opened in the Kalahari; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

It feels like today has an extra significance, with the passing of Prince Philip. RIP. 🥲

My Sweet Service award went to Knead Bakery, and the Sour Service Award to OUTsurance!

Sweet Service Award goes to Knead; Sour Service Award goes to Outsurance!

Today ended the work for Out of the Blue, it hardly having begun, having been appointed a month ago, and meeting with the client all the way out in Willowbridge, followed by very odd stalling for the past three weeks, not sending me vital information requested so that I could get started with their Social Media and other contracted Marketing work, and messages not returned. Earlier this week the truth emerged: another family member appointed an ad agency, supposedly meant to incorporate me into their work for the client, work that I had been appointed to do. The most bizarre situation 😱. It was clear that this could not work, so I invoiced them for the cancellation period, and was impressed that they paid immediately. I could say much more, but I’ve learnt that having Ts and Cs are vital. I certainly didn’t expect to be treated so unprofessionally, especially by woman (owner) client Diane Armstrong.🥵

I have been very lucky with my seven careers to date, the highlight having been the six months of being seconded to Koos Bekker, now Chairman of Naspers and owner of Babylonstoren, but then starting off in establishing M-Net, now known as Multichoice. TJ Strydom called me out of the blue (pardon the pun…. ) today, telling me that he is a journalist writing a biography of Koos Bekker. He had found me via Google, and he was happy for the names I could give him of the ad agency staff I worked with about 35 years ago when M-Net was established. He has ordered a copy of my book too, as I wrote in it about my luck of working with Koos at the time. 💙

SA Corona Status: not yet available

FitBit 7500 steps 5 km 👣


The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, lowered to Level 2 from 18 August, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein, My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein @MyCapeTownGuide


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