SHANE BROWN: A part of my COVID-19 lifestyle shouldn’t be going to vary life


Shane Brown, Classified Ads and Columnist.



Well it’s official. I was double stabbed and fully vaccinated. If all goes well, around this time next week I’ll be 100% immune to all disease and an immortal superhero with direct 5G access to Bill Gates and the Illuminati.

Or maybe I’m a normal person who can interact with other people without a mask, plexiglass or six precious feet between us.

It’s been a tough year. A microscopic (and, to be honest, silly looking) virus killed an estimated 2.87 million people worldwide. The amount of tragedy, loss, and suffering caused by COVID-19 is terrible and incomprehensible, and that’s the ONLY reason I won’t spend the rest of this column moaning about HOW MUCH MY ARM IS PAIN NOW. Ow.

However, in all honesty, I have not experienced any of the occasionally reported side effects of the vaccine. No nausea, brain fog, chills, or fever, and that’s great. But I can’t pretend my arm isn’t sore right now. I literally write this with one hand. But if an aching arm is the price needed to get concerts going again, I’ll be happy to pay the piper. Get stabbed for the love of rock and roll.

Where would you like to be now, if there was anywhere you could travel? Most of you probably want to be on a tropical beach or a majestic mountainside. Me? I want to be in Codfish Hollow, the barn concert venue in a small hidden valley just outside Maquoketa. If you haven’t been, you are missing out on the Midwest’s biggest secret. Thanks to COVID, we’ve all missed it for over a year – but on the street it says they’re hoping to reopen later this summer, so keep your fingers crossed and masks up folks.)