Alan J. Schwarz
10 min readNov 3, 2020

The news was filled with glum numbers regarding people who had been infected by the Covid-19 virus and there were no signs it was slowing down. Danny Levitan considered this from his apartment at Yonge and St. Clair in Toronto. He had been invited to stay with his girlfriend Aimee Monschew and he was thinking about the pros and cons. They had only been dating for two months before the world changed.

Just before Covid had appeared on the scene, Danny had been to a sleep clinic where he had been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. The Doctor had prescribed a proven and tested answer, a CPAP machine. Dr. Drexel explained that it would stop Danny from being tired and would improve his quality of life. It would play a tremendous role in helping to lower his blood pressure and his red blood cell count , it would also emliminate snoring. ‘’Danny I promise you’re going to love the change the CPAP machine will bring to your life, it will enhance everything.’’

After making sure he had everything he could possibly need, Danny left his place and headed for suburbia, which was Thornhill, a community twenty five minutes North of downtown.

Danny’s drive down Yonge Street was fast and easy. As he drove past the Yonge and Eglinton corridor he noticed that every other store had a for rent sign in the window. Retail was getting killed in a major way. Many of his favourite restaurants were shuttered. It was game over for them. Covid-19 had really wrecked havoc on business and it was anyone’s guest if things could ever go back to normal.

Aimee lived in a very nice house. She had bought it right after University and had seen the value appreciate over the years. She was a Periodontist, and did quite well, but like everyone else, her business had dropped way down and she had concerns.

Danny was a Stockbroker and he could feel a seismic change in the industry. During the pandemic, a couple of his larger clients began trading from home using different easy and accessible platforms, and it made him nervous. They both had called to share success stories with him. One of the guys, Leo Francis said he enjoyed being ‘’hands on trader’’ and didn’t know if he could ever go back to the old way of buying and selling stocks. This had caused Danny to think about a career pivot, but what exactly would he do?

Alan J. Schwarz

Alan Schwarz loves life. He is the founder of JAMS Productions, a television production company based in Toronto . His passion is writing.