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Letter from the Future

Dear Trevor

Trevor,

Things seem great right now, I know. Newport in the summer. Another world. As things are wrapping up at the Hall of Fame for the summer, remember there are a lot worse things than tough bosses. Going to tournament dinners and parties at members’ mansions and restaurants around town is not normal, so enjoy it while you can. The evening strolls with the dog to the cliff walk to go for a little dip — also quite unique. As you commute on your bike everyday, make sure to look around. What do you see? Those mansions of marble and shingle and stone are the manifestation of American aristocracy. Absorb it all. Things change. Quickly.Over the next few months, innumerably good things will happen to you and for you that will change your life for the better. There will also be things that push you, that challenge you, and test your character. It would be easy to say you’ll come out on top, but that’s not certain. Make sure you’re in touch with what’s really going on, and that your perspective is just that — “yours”, not “the”. In March 2020, life will change forever. On par with the Blitz in WWII London or the Spanish Flu, an outbreak of a new, deadly disease will sweep the world and bring life to a halt. Covid-19, Coronavirus.  Yes, scary indeed.People will be wearing masks. Gloves. Goggles. Even full body suits. You should be afraid, but you should not be threatened. This is indeed scary. Italy, China, France — where you’ll have just come from — will be overtaken by disease. The 21st century’s black plague. Death. But from this, good will arise. It always does. Sanitation, health, grocery, transportation, and other essential workers will put themselves in harm’s way. Neighbors, friends, will step up to the challenge, donating money, food, time. People will stick together, and — if at least for a brief moment — political squabbling will stop. It is a moment we will all come together. We will have to.Please, don’t fret too much. Take precautions, don’t downplay it; but be resilient. When this all ends, we’ll come out of it better.

All of us.In health,

Trevor