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Author: TriSec    Date: 04/05/2020 22:39:44

Your Loyal TriSec has reached a cataclysmic decision.

As you all know, the tourism industry is currently dead.

Old Town Trolley tours gave our last tours for paying guests back on March 16.

We shut down; laid off ALL our hourly employees, and we've been trying to deadstick to some kind of landing with just the Operations team as custodians; there's just 5 of us "working" routinely to monitor emails, phones, and manage the few things we are able to do remotely.

But not many days after we shut down, the City of Boston reached out to us to see if any of our vehicles might be available to help with emergency re-location of Boston's homeless shelter population.

Suffolk University has offered up their currently empty dorms as temporary housing for many persons in Boston's multiple homeless shelters. You might be familiar with the largest and best-known of these shelters, the Pine Street Inn.

They have a handful of vans available, but they are relocating hundreds of persons from their shelters to this temporary housing, and they begged us for help.

Yesterday, I went in to the office as the staff photographer. We measured out our vehicles and blocked off all the seats at six-foot distance.


Over a period of about six hours, we ran repeated shuttles back and forth from a shelter location to the dorm building. I had initially deferred; Javi has asthma, and I am a direct link to two persons of high-risk, both Papa Trisec and my Mother-in-Law, both over 85 and with medical issues.

Remaining separated from the group, I took some photos that will be published in our in-house company magazine, called "The Nation's Storyteller", and quite possibly for a story in the Boston Globe.

But it felt like so little.

In many ways, it was our resident "Gen-Zer" that has taken the lead on this. Javier came back from college on March 24th or so. Before he even came back, his High School employer called him to see if he wanted to work. As it turns out, Javi's former position is considered essential.

He's worked at a local nursing home - he is in the food service department and spent his senior year as a server in their dining room. Javi decided to return to work and provide this necessary service to the nursing home residents, of course with greatly modified practice and protections.

He's putting himself directly in harm's way every day he goes to work. Seriously - you could look up what's happening to several nursing homes here in Massachusetts. They are truly Ground Zero for the coronavirus in this Commonwealth. Dozens of people are dying every day despite our best efforts.

I can't, in good conscience, sit at home and be 'safe' while my own offspring is on the front lines.

So, later this week, I hope to be back in the driver's seat and helping those in a worse situation than myself. We've taken as many precautions as we can. Here is our Operations Manager "Devilin" (stage name only) after delivering some displaced persons to their now place of refuge.


This is in line with my lifetime worldview. You may be familiar with the Boy Scout Oath. In it, there are said to be three "duties", that is, "Duty to God and Country", "Duty to Others" and "Duty to Self".

My longtime friend from home and I have had many scholarly debates on which is the most important, and why. While he believes "Duty to Self" is the most important, for all of my adult life, I have always believed "Duty to Others" is the most important - to my way of thinking, there is no higher calling than service to your fellow man.

This will probably make changes in my personal life. Mrs. TriSec will now be exposed to two different vectors on a daily basis. We'll take the necessary precautions in our home, but now two of us in this household are doing our best to help other people.

I don't expect to get sick and die; of course nobody does. But I can't sit idly by in this, our most desperate hour.


6 comments (Latest Comment: 04/07/2020 17:23:04 by shelaghc)
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Comment by Raine on 04/06/2020 12:59:00
This is our Monday blog.

TriSec -- you are a hero.

Comment by Raine on 04/06/2020 13:03:58
Quote by Raine:
This is our Monday blog.

TriSec -- you are a hero.

and you have raised one as well. to the TriSecs.

Comment by livingonli on 04/06/2020 13:33:25
I have been wondering how different my situation would have been if what happened to my foot didn't happen. I was in a shaky job situation to begin with and I was trying to find full-time work without much success. I probably would be going stir crazy sitting in the house most of the time with no job prospects and hoping I had toilet paper since I was only buying 1 or 2 rolls at a time. At least I would have caught up on my DVR recordings.

Comment by wickedpam on 04/06/2020 13:41:42

That's amazing Tri! Stay safe as you guys can, you both are heroes!

Comment by Will in Chicago on 04/06/2020 15:59:54
TriSec, I am impressed.

You are indeed making a difference as is Javi.

Now is the time for all of us to do what we can.

As for myself, I will be creating lessons for students who will have e-learning four days a week starting next week. Fridays will be some form of professional development.

I am doing a lot of cleaning and will do more job hunting. While I am grateful for still working, my heart is not in where I work. Nor do I feel safe there with an administrator who does nothing about serious threats to teachers. So, we will see where I will go.

If it is Boston (have to bug the Massachusetts Department of Education) , I will be glad to be in a city that takes medical care seriously. (Chicago is also a major center for health care.) I will see what the year brings.

In what is ironically appropriate, my students will read William Butler Yeats "The Second Coming" tomorrow. It seems eerily appropriate now.

Comment by shelaghc on 04/07/2020 17:23:04
I just shared this on a FB group called Mister Rogers Helpers, a group that (mostly) celebrates people doing good in the world.

I believe my Pittsburgh Neighbor, Mister Rogers, would have been proud to include you and your son in his circle of helpers.

Well done, Tri.