SARS


I was in Toronto during the SARS epidemic there. I was working a mostly canceled American Library Association convention. I think a half a dozen librarians showed up from the States. One was from Johnny Carson’s boyhood hometown, while another was from South Carolina wondering what we might have that could be used by someone in an iron lung. Funny what sticks with you.

At night I would walk Toronto to find a place to get something to eat. Some restaurants were packed while others were completely empty. I soon realized that all of the Asian places were the ones that were empty because SARS had been introduced to Canada from China. I stayed away from those places little knowing that according to today’s social media standards I was being racist. But hey, I’m still sleeping good at night instead of sleeping with the fishes!

And that is all I’m going to say about that!

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