These lines were common throughout New Jersey

We have a tradition every Christmas morning to go to one of the few restaurants open in the region. They are usually run by people who don’t celebrate Christmas and don’t mind extra business. So I found one that was quite close and said they were open according to their list online.

Well, when we crossed the highway from the restaurant we saw a long line of cars stretching out on route 73. I thought “Oh my gosh I’m not in line for breakfast” . There were enough lines in 2021 and I didn’t need another one on Christmas morning.

When we turned around on the freeway (legally of course), we noticed that the line was not for the restaurant. It was for a test site that was right next to the restaurant.

I had to pull about 30 cars to get into the parking lot. People thought I was in line to go ahead in the trial queue, but I just wanted to eat out!

The restaurant being closed, we went elsewhere. But when we realized what was going on, we looked at each other in amazement that so many people would do such a thing just for family dinner.

We have a rule if you are feeling unwell and carrying something that you think is contagious, whatever it is … stay home. See you next time.

But if you’re feeling right, don’t let the media scare you into thinking that the bogeyman is in your coat pocket and you’re going to give it to Grandma and kill her. Almost two years after this “thing” and the panic is still more virulent than the virus.

Perhaps if doctors and hospitals were allowed to freely prescribe treatments that they think would work, people would be more comfortable knowing they have options. But they don’t. And we don’t. So, this is what we have. Lines to test to see if you’re not going to kill grandma when you go to Christmas dinner.

The opinions expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Dennis Malloy only.
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