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A Simple Walk in a Dangerous World

One of two adult softball games in the park looked quietly attractive with a sinister virus hanging in the air.
This old boy won the color contest.

Today, more than any other time recently, it hit me just how dangerous it is to be out among people.

I walked in Wasena Park during the lunch hour and it was simply flooded with people–three of whom wore masks and one of those was me. The people were engaged in various activities: biking, walking, playing softball, children on playground equipment, fishing, photographing, and even a packed-house Narcotics Anonymous meeting at one of the shelters.

The world series is being played, but these dudes aren’t in it.

Nowhere was it really safe because people were not only maskless, but they were also as close and familiar as they would have been a summer ago when nobody had ever heard of COVID-19.

The activities and fall color made for some good photographs. But it does nothing to encourage us to be careful as the third wave of the virus rises across the nation.

A view from the railroad tracks.
Men in sports love their gear, the more expensive and impressive, the better.
I photograph this lovely red maple every year and it never gets tiresome.
More of my maple.
Kids parked their bikes near the playground equipment.
Narcotics Anonymous meets nearly every day at lunch in one of the two pavilions in Wasena. No masks, no distance.
Men and women fishing off the Wasena Bridge was a common site today. Must have been stocked recently.

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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.

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