Housekeeping: Memorial Day, Socially Distanced Edition

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Alright, listen up. It’s Memorial Day weekend here in these United States, and pandemic or no, Monday is a day off.

Additionally, we’ll be closing it down a bit early today, somewhere around mid-afternoon.

As is usual, there may be a scattered post or two, and some tweets here and there, but mostly, we’ll be off from this afternoon until Tuesday morning.

Obviously, this year is different than most. We’re in the grips of a pandemic. The Indy 500 has been postponed, and beaches, restaurants, and bars may be closed where you live. If they’re open, they’re likely operating at limited capacity and with social-distance rules/guidelines. You may even still be under a stay-at-home order from your state or city leaders. I know I am for at least one more week (fingers crossed the metrics continue to trend in the right direction).

If you do go out, be safe. Wear masks (it’s for all of us — if enough of us wear masks long enough, the virus won’t spread easily), stay six feet or more away from strangers when possible, wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer, and if you’re sick, stay home.

Before anyone accuses me of being political, please remember that I’m basing the advice in the previous graph off of what the health and science experts say. Nothing more.

We will get through this, one way or another. We may have to lose summer as we traditionally think of it, at least for this year (I hope not, but it’s hard to foresee a therapeutic being available before Labor Day, let alone a vaccine), but there are ways we can maintain some normalcy. Experts suggest being outdoors is safer than in, and if it ever stops raining around here, I plan on getting outdoors as much this weekend, and this summer, as possible, even if sporting events and concerts are off the table.

Of course, the combination of rain and no place to go may lead to a hopefully productive staycation. I’ve got a house that needs cleaning and video games that need playing. Either way, there’s no barbecues, brunches, or house parties in the plan this year. Or vacations. Last year, I got up early, fighting a mild hangover, to watch the Indy 500 from a Vegas hotel room. This year, I’ll be at home, like most of the rest of us.

Finally, I leave you with a reminder. Memorial Day wasn’t supposed to be about brats and baseball and burgers. It was meant to remember those who fought and died for certain values. Since you may be stuck indoors this year, take a second to reflect on that, especially if someone in your family died fighting for those values.

Hopefully, next year’s Memorial Day will be like all those that have come before. Let’s hope there’s racing with fans, open beaches, sports with packed stands, no masks, parades, and as much or as little social distance as we want. Until then, be safe, be well, and make the best of this most unusual holiday weekend.

We’ll see you Tuesday.

[Image: Ivan Marc/Shutterstock]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • -Nate -Nate on May 23, 2020

    Thanx for those who didn't make it home again and for those who understand the need to never forget . -Nate

  • Schmitt trigger Schmitt trigger on May 26, 2020

    Maple syrup, Canada's liquid gold. Spread on a lightly buttered toast, it is the breakfast of Gods. Re: Memorial day. A day of reflection. My son had a brother in law which was killed in Afghanistan, by an IED. Terrible.

  • Wjtinfwb Funny. When EV's were bursting onto the scene; Tesla's, Volt's, Leaf's pure EV was all the rage and Hybrids were derided because they still used a gas engine to make them, ahem; usable. Even Volt's were later derided when it was revealed that the Volt's gas engine was actually connected to the wheels, not just a generator. Now, Hybrids are warmly welcomed into the Electric fraternity by virtue of being "electrified". If a change in definition is what it takes, I'm all for it. Hybrid's make so much sense in most American's usage patterns and if needed you can drive one cross-country essentially non-stop. Glad to see Hybrid's getting the love.
  • 3-On-The-Tree We also had a 1973 IH Scout that we rebuilt the engine in and it had dual glass packs, real loud. I miss those days.
  • 3-On-The-Tree Jeff thanks. Back in 1990 we had a 1964 Dodge D100 with a slant six with a 3 on the tree. I taught myself how to drive a standard in that truck. It was my one of many journeys into Mopar land. Had a 1973 Plymouth duster with a slant six and a 1974 Dodge Dart Custom with 318 V8. Great cars and easy to work on.
  • Akear What is GM good at?You led Mary............................................What a disgrace!
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