The last thing I heard was, “Maybe you’ll have a good dream about fishing.”

That’s all I remember my anesthesiologist saying as I was about to “go under” for some oral surgery last week. In my many years, I’ve been fortunate never to need the services of a gas-passer. Ever. I’m told I’m among the fortunate few. My siblings and both parents have gone under, but not me.

I had to get a Covid-19 test two days before my surgery. I was glad to hear the result was negative. Having my brain tickled by a huge cotton-tipped stick was an experience, though not as horrible as I had heard.

The anesthesiologist couldn’t have been any nicer. She knew I had extreme anxiety about going under. I’ve had dental work done throughout my life, but this time I didn’t want to be awake for it.

She brought the mask up to my face and I could smell the gas. I thought she would have me count down from 10, as I’ve been told often happens.

After she told me I could dream about fishing, the next thing I remember was blinking and trying to talk with another person in the room. The job was completed and I was coming out from my nap. I truly don’t remember anything else. People were taking an intravenous needle from my arm and a blood pressure monitor from around my ankle.

My wife was standing by to take me to the pharmacy and to get me something to eat, since it had been 10 hours since a 4 a.m. meal.

I was afraid of what I might do going all the way under. Would I say stupid stuff to the medical people, or be like the folks I’ve seen on TV who are under anesthesia? Heck, I was just hoping I would come out of it. I didn’t want my walk on this planet to end in a dentist’s chair.

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President Donald Trump, the man who refuses to be seen wearing a mask for his and others protection, refused to do so again last week at a Ford Motor plant in Michigan. Trump said he wears a mask when out of the way of photographers and members of the media.

Yeah, right.

Trump also said he would not close the country if we get a second wave of the Covid-19.

“We are going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country. We can put out the fires. Whether it is an ember or a flame, we are going to put it out. But we are not closing our country.”

Keep in mind, closing the country is not really his call to make, but he evidently thinks it is. I don’t know why his fire-stomping abilities weren’t put in place when the pandemic first hit the United States.

Nearly 100,000 Americans have died from the virus, or from underlying conditions which made them more vulnerable to Covid-19.

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Trump last Friday announced that he was calling on governors to open houses of worship “right now.”

“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now – for this weekend,” Trump said. “If they don’t do it, I will override the governors. In America, we need more prayer not less,” Trump added.

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Among the strangest stories from last week was this one.

A Long Island, N.Y., man was stabbed and killed by his son during a Zoom video chat with several people.

“Dwight Powers was on the video call when his son, Thomas Scully-Powers, stabbed him at about 12:04 p.m. in Amityville, police said. Several members of the video chat called 911 after the incident, police added,” CNN reported.

Scully-Powers, 32, fled the scene and was arrested about an hour later. Police said he was charged with murder in the second degree.