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That moment when you realize the only sports available to write about this fall will be slug races.

Counting today, there are 130 days left in 2020.

And that’s going to be a long, looooooong time with next to nothing to write about.

Which is why, effective early tomorrow morning (Tuesday, Aug. 25), I’m leaving social media and taking a sabbatical from Coupeville Sports.

I’m not removing the blog – all 7,898 articles I’ve published between Aug. 15, 2012 and now will still be here to read.

I’m just not going to add anything new, at least for awhile.

Mainly because there just isn’t going to be much to talk about.

With the COVID-19 pandemic rollin’ on, one of the few guarantees we have is that there won’t be any prep sports played until Jan., 2021.

And even that comes with a really big caveat.

We know there won’t be a fall sports season.

Though, unlike last spring, there still is a chance those teams will play, just not until sometime in March.

Maybe…

If things go perfectly, high school basketball will lead the return, with the start of practice the final week of Dec., and the opening games of a pared-down season dropping the first week of Jan.

Unless the influenza season gets nasty and combines with COVID to create a less-than-perfect storm, at which point we may be on hold for some time.

Basketball may get shoved back.

The season may get bumped.

Or we may just not see prep sports at all during the entire 2020-2021 school year.

No one knows. And if they tell you they do, they really don’t.

So, for someone who writes a blog focused largely on high school and middle school sports in a small town, the future looks increasingly barren.

Tack on the fact I have always lived by the credo of “Publish Every Day,” having averaged 3+ articles a day for the last eight years, and life will be extremely frustrating for me.

Case in point, this weekend.

I published four articles Thursday — two about sports, one about our ferry system, and one extremely well-read one about murder most foul — then had nothing to write about Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Or today, for that matter.

There is nothing ahead on the schedule. Nothing.

No games. No practices. No new hires. Nothing. Nada. Less than zilch.

I can spend a lot of time being frustrated, and resort to sprinkling in non-sports stories, then spend more time marinating in the soul-sucking hell that is social media, or I can take a break.

I have other writing projects I can go work on, and freed from having to be on Facebook and Twitter, I can get away from the cesspool.

So, I’m out.

Like I said, the blog will still be here, and we’ll see how things play out.

If prep sports return in 2021, I may be back. Or not.

Place your bets accordingly.

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But we can have one more fire to honor Beavis before Island County’s burn ban starts.

The great fire God, Beavis, demands our tributes.

But if you live in Island County, better get crackin’ with the cracklin’, as a Type 1 Outdoor Burn Ban goes into effect at 12 PM Friday, July 24.

While the ban was expected, it comes a bit later than in recent years, thanks to the fairly-frequent rain we’ve had this spring and summer.

Once the ban is in effect, no outdoor burning of natural debris, even with a permit, is allowed.

Recreational fires in an approved fire pit are still kosher, however.

Those fires are limited to three feet in diameter and two feet high within enclosures and when safety precautions are followed.

Recreational or cooking fires can consist only of charcoal, seasoned firewood or propane-fueled firepits and must meet the following requirements:

**Enclosures must be AT LEAST 14 inches high, no wider than three feet, and made of cement blocks, stones or #10 gauge steel.

**Burned material must be kept BELOW the top of the enclosure.

**There must ALWAYS be a charged garden hose OR two 5-gallon buckets of water OR a 5-gallon Class A fire extinguisher and shovel present.

**Fires MUST BE 15 feet from combustibles, standing timber or overhanging tree branches.

**Someone 16 years old or older must ALWAYS be present to monitor and/or extinguish the fire.

 

For more info or questions:

Island County Health Department (360-679-7350)
Northwest Clean Air Agency (360-428-1617)

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