I want to transition my posts away from travel to what is happening right now, around the globe. The COVID 19 Pandemic. The worldwide pandemic that at first was a conversation, perhaps a concern, and quickly turned into a nightmare for all of us, all over the world. Since 1918 with the Spanish Flu, the death toll was estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.
I want to update this post as things change for good or bad and document things in the world and in my own country and state, WA state, as this virus spreads and kills.
As of today Saturday, May 16th, 2020, 310K are dead worldwide and 88K in the United States alone. The administration is shameful, inept, and corrupt. They are pushing drugs that are also killing people and they have gutted all agencies like the CDC because the president cannot stand to be wrong. But he is WRONG, very wrong about this virus, along with most other things that come from his mouth.
The virus does not discriminate. It is taking young, old, brown, black, rich, poor, religious, non-religious, sick, healthy, gay, straight, it does not care, it will take you.
There are many conversations about how we got the virus, man-made, lab-created, a wet market in Wuhan China, accidentally released, intentionally released, etc. Most scientists now, May 2020, 7 months after the first infection, are pretty much in agreement that it was not created in a lab. But it really does not matter where it started what matters now is how to save lives, how to get tested, how to make and get a vaccine to everyone, all over the world. How long that will take, The bill and Melinda Gates fountain suggest it could be 18-24 months for all those things to happen.
As a frequent traveler, our lives have been put on hold, quickly. Not just internationally but domestically. And though, stopping our personal travel is not a tragedy in the world of tragedies, with people dying and dying quickly and frequently, it certainly has changed our life. It has changed all our lives. And I doubt life will be the same again.
We are on a soft lockdown, shelter in place. We don’t leave the house except to go for walks, and perhaps a drive in the sun once in a while. We have food delivered, we have booze delivered, we have everything come to our home.
We are asked to wear masks if we go in public where we may come in contact with people. I even have friends who are making masks and distributing them in our own community for health care workers and regular people alike. Masks have become part of most people’s regular attire these days. And the scramble to get them because of the ineptness and corruption of the Trump Administration has been unacceptable at best.
We wear our pajamas all day, work and personal relationships are all done online now. My husband works 100% from home and though that is not a huge deal, it certainly was a transition for him to not be with his team in the flesh. And though he can manage everything he needs to from home, it’s still hard and hard on his team.
A transition for me as I am a full-time housewife and am used to having the home to myself all week. Now it is filled with 8-10 hours of conference calls and texts and late-night emails and messages as he and his team and corporation all transition into a new corporate life. I have learned to use my laptop in other parts of the house and or wear my headphones in the office if I need my main machine for writing or doing business.
Almost everything has been closed down, hair salons, nail salons, gyms, malls, restaurants, bars, parks, beaches. Businesses have scrambled to figure out how to keep their businesses running. Online orders, take out only, pick up, delivery. There are no doctors appointments, no dentists, no hair cuts.
There are workers who are considered essential. Grocery store workers and most food stores are open for business but on limited hours and staff. Liquor stores are all open, limited staff, most people have things delivered or we order online and pick up at the store, outside the store.
Airlines are at a standstill, and business including large retailers like Nordstrom are beginning to close and file for bankruptcy. What remains after this is over, is far from easy to predict.
We have canceled almost all vacations for the year and though we spend most of the summer having BBQs and parties and cocktails and birthdays and anniversaries, those plans have also had to change.
We have figured out how to have “social distancing” cocktails with friends. They bring their own chairs, and booze and snacks and we set up chairs in the front driveway, far apart and we air high five, a virtual hug, and still do out best to enjoy our friends considering the situation. Our backyard has a huge fire pit that seats about 16 or so and we can easily, now that the weather is getting nicer, have someone over to enjoy the music, the fire pit, the company.
We always sit 6 or more feet apart with friends and we touch nothing together. We use Lysol and purell on anything that we gift or any place a friend has to use a part of the home, like a guest bath. We don’t entertain inside and though all these transitions have been hard, we are learning how to do it and we all have figured it out together.
We are fortunate because my husband can work from home, we can pay our bills and order anything we need. We are healthy and we live in a fantastic place where we can easily drive somewhere just to enjoy the drive or sit on the side of the road and have a picnic.
We don’t take a single healthy day for granted nor do we take our friends for granted. We try to check on everyone as often as we can. We make calls, and send emails and have video conferencing as often as we can. We text, we send cards, we write letters and we wake up every day grateful.
On a huge side note and emotional topic.
I hope most of my family is well, safe, during this pandemic and every day really, since they choose not to speak to me, or us over our religious differences. I keep hearing the phrase “you left us” ring in my ears. When the reality is I left no one. I am here, always have been. They are making those choices not me. I have no restrictions on my love. I have no conditions on my love. Their view is that their religion is somehow more powerful than god. I have learned painfully that there is no way a god of any kind would think that not speaking to family or old friends is acceptable. A god of love would always want people to be kind and loving to one another and especially during trying and hard times, to be there for one another with no strings, no conditions. I think about my sisters and my nieces and brother-in-law’s and my father who is in an assisted living home in Georgia, every day. My heart is heavy for those we have lost, for the mess this country deals with every day for the doctors and nurses who put their lives and their loved ones lives on the line every day because of this pandemic. If anyone out there from my past is listening or cares, we are good, healthy, and living the best we can during this time. It is acceptable and fine to reach out to me, to us, to call, to email, to text, to check in on us, as we have on you, yet you refuse to reply or acknowledge our existence. That is unacceptable, period. It seems nothing allows their god to love unless it has rules and laws that are man-made and painful and hurtful to others. Friends and family should be there for one another, PERIOD. That is what real and true love is. Love has no conditions, no strings, no laws, no rules. It is love, and it should cover everything and everyone.
Our new life has proven what true family and friends are. And we are all there for one another during good times and bad. It never occurs to them or us to simply brush aside our friendship because a cruel god said we should. Love is love, period. Friends are friends or they aren’t. There should be no middle ground and when the entire world is on lockdown, sick, dying, this is when we need each other. But many choose to ignore real humans for their own silly and twisted agenda. Their own selfish and ignorant views. It’s the 21st century, wake up.
That part of my rant over. I will update this site when appropriate. Please reach out to me at any time. My calendar is not very full these days. 🙂
Please take care of yourselves and each other.
Cheers from Seattle.