1. How is the Coronavirus situation where you live? What's closed down? Have you gone out much? Are you (Oh, what's the trendy term now " Self-distancing "?) staying inside as a precaution or actually infected or is anyone else you know? I hope, if so, you're well. Let's...well, exchange comments.
  2.   I am now in Portland, Oregon. The Govenor, and then, locally, Portland declared a state of emergency. I saw the comment made that Oregon was the furthest behind on dealing with CV of the 3 West Coast states.
  3.   I went out yesterday ( Sun.), I am ill and had sleep to make up to-day (Mon.) and ended up not going out - I may go out across the street to a all-nite grocery tonite-early Tues. I have not heard of a regular medical appointment Tues. being cancelled.

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From all reports, the surge we're heading into now will be the worst one yet. But I don't feel as apprehensive about it. Is that because I'm vaccinated? Probably. CNN did a story of a mother and wife boo-hoo-hooing over the death of her unvaccinated 39-year-old husband and father of their five children and I just couldn't muster up all that much pity. As Wanda Sykes said when she guest-hosted for Jimmy Kimmel last week, "That's on you." I'm sorry for the kids, but damn! Get your f*cking shots, people!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Since 2001, we've been spending it with friends who also host another couple. 2020 would have been our tenth anniversary spending Thanksgiving together. Of the six of us, I was probably the first to accept that Thanksgiving 2020 wasn't going to happen. As early as April, the news had been reporting that COVID-19 would likely not be under control by then unless everyone wore masks, and I knew how unlikely that was. But I never thought Thanksgiving 2021 would be called off, too, especially if there were a vaccine, but it's looking as if that may well be the case. 

More variants are coming. The most talk so far is about the Delta Plus and Lambda variants.

Richard Willis said:

More variants are coming. The most talk so far is about the Delta Plus and Lambda variants.

Dang frat bros, crashing our party....

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Since 2001, we've been spending it with friends who also host another couple. 2020 would have been our tenth anniversary spending Thanksgiving together. Of the six of us, I was probably the first to accept that Thanksgiving 2020 wasn't going to happen. As early as April, the news had been reporting that COVID-19 would likely not be under control by then unless everyone wore masks, and I knew how unlikely that was. But I never thought Thanksgiving 2021 would be called off, too, especially if there were a vaccine, but it's looking as if that may well be the case. 

I haven't thought that far ahead, but the idea that Thanksgiving 2021 might be off the table is distressing.

My church has begun gradual plans to reopen, in keeping with guidelines from the local government, health department and denominational body. So we had our first in-person service in more than a year on Easter Sunday. We followed with in-person services on the first Sundays in July and August, with the intention of fully reopening in September for Homecoming. In June, I thought we were being too cautious, compared with other houses of worship; and now ... ?

Also, the other day, I passed by a movie theater that had several faded posters on the wall for what were supposed to be upcoming films. Like the next James Bond film, No Time to Die; the poster stated "APRIL 2020." 

 

Bond's been pushed from Easter 2020 to Thanksgiving 2020 to Easter 2021 to Thanksgiving 2021 ... so long, there were rumors they might have to re-shoot the scenes with his cool gadgets because the products will be outdated. But as I've said elsewhere, even Thanksgiving (2021) might be too early.

A sun-faded No Time to Die poster - APRIL 2020. What a great collectible. I'd love to have one of those. By the time the theater opens, it'll probably be a sheet of white paper. 

"Since 2001, we've been spending it with friends who also host another couple. 2020 would have been our tenth anniversary spending Thanksgiving together."

EDIT: Since 2001 2011.

Matt Brady writes about science in "Not Required Reading" in select issues of AHOY! Comics. In The Wrong Earth: Night & Day #6, he writes about what we have learned about COVID-19 in his article "Longest. Teachable Moment. Ever." I encourage everyone to seek it out and read it for himself, but his conclusion is, "Teachable moments are only as good as the learners and what they do with that information." Here is the last of 13 things from his list we have learned.

"We learned that pre-pandemic 'normal' isn't where we need to return. the 'normal' pre-pandemic world is what gave us the last year-plus of tragedy, uncertainty, fear, extreme tribalism, misinformation, distrust, and other problems we'll be dealing with for decades to come. A return to 'normal' shouldn't be the goal here."

If science fact isn't your bag, perhaps you'd prefer another short satiric piece in the same comic written by an author who goes by the single name Mallory. It's about the zombie apocalypse and the "Right to Bite" movement. An excerpt...

"Even as the CDC has repeated confirmed that the zombie virus is, in fact, real, extremely contagious, and has a fatality rate of nearly 100%, there still remains a vocal portion of the American population that strongly opposes the government's new stay-at-home order and other anti-zombie guidelines."

The "Type 1" zombies gain sustenance from human flesh and organ tissue, but the "Type 2" zombies are able to subsist only on human brain matter. The Type 2 zombies quickly died of starvation upon entering Washington, D.C. 

Jeff of Earth-J said:

CNN did a story of a mother and wife boo-hoo-hooing over the death of her unvaccinated 39-year-old husband and father of their five children and I just couldn't muster up all that much pity. As Wanda Sykes said when she guest-hosted for Jimmy Kimmel last week, "That's on you." I'm sorry for the kids, but damn! Get your f*cking shots, people!

I saw a piece today about a Rush Limbaugh acolyte on Newsmax who used to bleat that COVID was a "scamdemic" but changed his tune after he got it himself, and now he's in the choir invisible. We're going to see more and more of these stories.

I haven't thought that far ahead either. Then again, I didn't miss Thanksgiving last year with my friends. The only I wasn't with my parents is that they were out of town. Outside of my dad's birthday, last March everything else has been as regularly scheduled.

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Jeff of Earth-J said:

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Since 2001, we've been spending it with friends who also host another couple. 2020 would have been our tenth anniversary spending Thanksgiving together. Of the six of us, I was probably the first to accept that Thanksgiving 2020 wasn't going to happen. As early as April, the news had been reporting that COVID-19 would likely not be under control by then unless everyone wore masks, and I knew how unlikely that was. But I never thought Thanksgiving 2021 would be called off, too, especially if there were a vaccine, but it's looking as if that may well be the case. 

I haven't thought that far ahead, but the idea that Thanksgiving 2021 might be off the table is distressing.

My church has begun gradual plans to reopen, in keeping with guidelines from the local government, health department and denominational body. So we had our first in-person service in more than a year on Easter Sunday. We followed with in-person services on the first Sundays in July and August, with the intention of fully reopening in September for Homecoming. In June, I thought we were being too cautious, compared with other houses of worship; and now ... ?

My cousin, the doctor, shared this with me. 

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