Hair today, gone on Monday

Is it Thursday? Yes, it’s Thursday. The day, in 2011, that nothing happened.

The Globe provides tips for taking road trips this summer. You’re going to need a big trunk for all the stuff they think you should bring. And apps to find decent bathrooms.

Spencer Buell, writing in Boston Magazine, wonders whether it’s safe to get a haircut when barber shops open on Monday. I think the real question is whether you’ll be able to get an appointment.

Antibody tests and viral tests are two different tests. In simple terms, one checks whether you have the virus, the other whether you have developed antibodies as a result of having previously had the virus. Both are important for calibrating reopening plans and we should be testing for both but, as The Atlantic reports, test numbers released by the CDC have the two all mixed up. “This is a mess,” the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute told the magazine.

There weren’t many republican lawmakers in the Massachusetts legislature and now there are even fewer.

And the Apple/Google contract tracing framework was released yesterday in a software update for your phone. Three states are already working on apps for it, Alabama, South Carolina and North Dakota.

Post-exceptionalism

It’s a beautiful spring Sunday morning. Happy birthday to Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, also known as Taj Mahal.

Hey, let’s all go to Iceland this summer!

Sunday morning reading: Dan Balz on the long decline of competence in the federal government, which has accelerated in recent years, and how it got us into the mess we’re in now. Politico has some inside baseball on a key administration appointment. The Times bemoans a lack of leadership and unity at a time of national crisis. And conservative Bill Kristol is interviewed about where the country is now, how we got here and what’s next for Republicans.

Property managers are preparing for a new world of work. Separation tech is becoming a thing. But not all the technology rushing to market is worthwhile.

Opening New York City to tourists, post-Covid, is not going to be an easy task. Just imagine the line to get to the top of the Empire State Building when only 6 people can get into each elevator.

And it’s not all doom and gloom. We are making progress. Granted, distancing restrictions are now being lifted, but let’s hope the trend continues nonetheless.