Lockdown Day 30
So, I know it’s been over a week since I posted on the Lockdown Blog. Honestly, there hasn’t been a whole lot going on, as far as the Lockdown goes. Personally, things have been crazy busy which is why the website has sat idle for a week. I promise we are on the tail end of this interruption, but I have personal obligations and emergencies to contend with.
I do know that my faithful followers will understand. I just need a few more days. I hope to be back on top of things by the beginning of next week. I just have some time sensitive things to take care of at the moment. But I won’t be gone for long.
I do have a review to post and will be doing that this week or weekend.
I appreciate everyone’s patience. The Horror Report will be back to normal soon, my friends.
Well, here we are, Easter Sunday. Still under this stay-in-place order. So, can’t go to family’s for Easter dinner, can’t go to the cemetery to visit my parents’ graves. It’s even raining out so there’s no hanging outside in the backyard with the hubby and the dog, grilling for ourselves. This is like the most dreary and depressing Easter I have ever experienced.
I’ve pretty much stopped watching updates on the news about the COVID-19 outbreak. Things are already depressing enough and my husband will tell me anything that is truly important because he still follows everything.
I, on the other hand, have submerged myself in TV, movies, comic books and novels. I have so many reviews to type up, but I keep getting side tracked by random things. Ooooh, squirrel!....
Anyways, I feel like people around here are really starting to get a little tense and a little depressed. While there are definitely some people taking risk into their own hands by not following the CDC guidelines or the Mayor and Governor’s directives, most people around here ARE following what the government has told us to do. So, we ARE staying home and not going out unless it is for essential purposes. And there are certain types of people that are the very motivated, go-go-go kind of people and right now, they are just miserable. People who are used to face to face social interaction are finding that they are feeling depressed as well. Alcohol sales have gone up in my area (and probably across the nation) just like gun and ammo sales skyrocketed.
I also see the despair on people’s faces as they are in the grocery store spending money they don’t have or will not be replaced. That stressed out look of “what am I going to do when…?” is permeating the entire nation.
I live in a small town on the outskirts of a large metropolitan area. I say small town because that’s the feel here. Not only where I live but also throughout the entire metro area. It’s small town life mixed with big city livin’. But, in my “city” because technically it IS a city, there’s only about 25,000 people. And yet you wouldn’t even know it. It seems like there’s only about 5,000 of us and the city limits are very small. In the grand scheme of the metro area, this little city is really just about fifteen square miles and that’s it. That’s small. The main metro area is about 8,000 square miles and has about 2.5 million people in it.
So, we’re one of the little towns outside the metro. And we’re hurting. People are angry, frustrated, they’re losing faith and losing hope. There is a feeling of gloom and doom lurking throughout town and it seems that NOBODY is thankful for anything.
Just 2 months ago, everyone was making plans for the coming Spring months and starting projects, planning vacations. Businesses were making stock purchases based on normal life circumstances. Now, everyone is broke, everyone is holding back, everyone is cranky and people are actually longing for social interaction. Even those that live on their digital devices are craving human interaction because, well, that’s human nature. We instinctively feel a need to be social because at our basic core as animals and as a species, we are a social species. Mankind, if talking in an animal sense, would be considered a pack type animal species. We flock to our own instinctively, we stick with like beings and we forge relationships and connections because we need that to satisfy an emotional need. And it’s the emotion that is a big part of what separates us from other animals. Yes, other animals feel emotion, but very few forge and keep the kind of relationships we as humans do.
So, the idea of being locked away from social interaction is really having a brutal effect on a lot of people. I worry about the stress levels of people in this country and what that will lead to. People can only take so much. Everyone has their breaking point. What happens when people start hitting that breaking point? And not just one person a day or one here and there, but many at time, repeatedly, over and over. It’s an unsettling thought. Especially since there aren’t any zombies or aliens to fight or anything like that, just each other. That is what I think could turn out really bad. No common physical enemy to unleash our rage upon, so we unleash it upon each other…like Purging almost, just not sanctioned by the government…at least, not yet.
For those of you that are losing hope, keep your head up. Check out this country’s history. Our economy has been in utter shambles many times and we always bounce back. Reconstruction of anything always takes more time than the destruction of it.
So, stay strong, stay safe, stay healthy and thanks for reading!!!!!
Well, here we are, the two, week mark. I have to say, everyone around here is now wearing masks when they go out in public, at least the majority are. It’s a strange scene. Fairly surreal in a way. They’ve put plastic barricades up at the pharmacy and around the cashiers at the grocery store. There’s marked spots of where you are to be and arrows pointing to traffic directions in aisles and signs marking clearly where the six-foot mark is so we can all practice social distancing.
Again, it’s like living in an episode of The Twilight Zone or something. You know things are a certain way, but you can’t prove it and although certain changes are obvious, they just seem so out there that it’s hard to wrap your head around.
I was talking to my best friend today over the phone and while we were sharing stories back and forth about people we knew that had gotten let go from their jobs and are struggling, we kinda started thinking that maybe some companies are using this layoff time as an excuse to get rid of employees they just don’t want or can’t afford anymore. I mean think about it, there may be the mandate saying that they can’t FIRE you for missing work because of the COVID-19 virus, it doesn’t say they can’t replace you while you’re gone and it doesn’t say after the layoffs your job has to be there when this is all over. So, wouldn’t this be a perfect time to weed out the less desirable employees or the ones that have been around so long they make tons of money for doing very little work? Just a thought…
I still say this whole stay in place order is making everybody moody. I am surprised that domestic violence calls haven’t gone up in my area. I fully expected them to with people being stuck at home, no job, no pay, bills piling up, stress piling up, kids out of school for the year in some areas, I mean the stress has got to be unbearable for some people. I just thought at least a few people would have lost it by now.
The good news is, they haven’t. The bad news is we are seriously compromising the very core of what it means to be American citizens in order to protect ourselves from this virus and once we have given up these various rights and liberties, it’s not like the government is going to give them back when this is all over. BUT we’ll still be here and still be alive.
Now, I have been waiting and watching out my windows randomly at night to see if there are any of the undead roaming around looking for brains or pot or whatever it is they live on nowadays. Fortunately, all I see strolling up into my front yard are stray neighborhood cats and deer from the woods nearby. And the deer don’t look radioactive or anything, I mean, they aren’t glowing green and they don’t have glowing red or orange eyes or anything like that. No weird appendage additions or subtractions.
I will admit, and I smile from ear to ear as I write this part, I am thrilled to pieces the little middle school kids aren’t in school right now. They walk by my house and break the bricks in the decorative wall that lines the sidewalk at the edge of my lawn. Now, I’ve gone out there and talked to the ones I’ve caught and I can assure you, I am more than likely thought of as “the crazy white bitch that lives in the corner house”. And I’m okay with that. Lol. They’re lucky it’s me and not someone like my father, the former cop. Still, it’s been sooooo nice to not have to pick up the broken bricks or their trash or guard my house like it’s Fort Knox for what I consider to be ridiculous reasons because these kids don’t have the sense they were born with. I would love to see just one of them get chewed out by one of their Moms because I caught them on my camera destroying my private property. No summer for you, kiddo. Sorry. Too bad, so sad, buh-bye. And yet they are clever little buggers, I’ll tell you that. It’s like somehow, they know when they cameras are working and when they aren’t. But now they are on all the time around the clock so they are going to have to be careful. If school ever starts back up that is.
So, no REAL craziness here BUT I do have to get out and go to the store tomorrow so, we will see how that goes. Could be something nutty and worthwhile happening there. You never know.
Until then, stay safe, stay healthy and thanks for reading!
You know, I’ve been watching the Government and the CDC spin their wheels trying to figure out what is going on with this COVID-19 pandemic. Now, early on, when we started seeing the number of cases and deaths rising, even doubling every few days, in this country, we saw this Anthony Fauci guy spew new and inconsistent information as he stood right next to Trump and listened to HIM negate everything Fauci just announced. First thought was, “Do these bozos NOT touch base BEFORE they stand at the podium?” I swear to God it has got to be the most frustrating, irritating and stressful job to work with, translate, fix and babysit Trump and everything that oozes out of his ignorant mouth.
However, today I realized something. Anthony Fauci was part of the team in the US that first worked on the HIV virus epidemic in the early 80s. Normally, I would think that was a good thing. But, if you know anything at all about how the US handle the HIV outbreak, he was part of the problem, not the solution. In fact, Fauci was threatened and picketed frequently through the HIV epidemic research because of the way it was being touted as first the Gay Man’s Plague or Cancer, then they just called it The Gay Cancer until they had absolute proof about 3-4 years into research that it can infect ANYBODY. IDIOTS. How unreasonable and irresponsible to assign a new unknown virus to an entire group of people JUST BECAUSE of their lifestyle. Shame on you, Fauci, and your “colleagues”. With all that overpriced education you would have thought they would have taught you some common sense, humility, humanity. Aren’t doctors supposed to care about EVERYONE??? The biggest issue though, was that it took over 3 years for the government, the CDC and other top healthcare and disease control centers to even truly warn the American public about the HIV virus. 3 years??? Oh, AND, we didn’t even figure it out, the French did.
Now, this same jackhole is in charge of the COVID-19 epidemic in this country. Okay, so let me put it this way…
Let’s say you’re at the airport. You get on a plane to fly from here to there. That first flight was an absolute clusterf!%k. The pilot wasn’t licensed, he was also drunk and high on cocaine, there was no copilot, you had no flight attendants and when you landed you find out that your luggage fell out of the plane IN AIR somewhere between point A and point B and they are very sorry but they have no idea where.
So, your trip is over and you have the option of either A) going back to the airport and going through all that shit again OR, option B) you can rent a car and drive home safely with all your shit.
Now before you make a decision, know that your first flight represents how the country and the CDC handled the HIV virus. It took them FIVE YEARS to be HONEST with the country, admit it existed and offer treatment. Your return flight represents NOW. Okay? You already know the same people are in charge and flying this beast.
So, you hopping on that plane or no? Remember. Keep in mind that the moron flying the plane doesn’t give two shits about your safety, couldn’t care less if you know the truth about the plane’s condition or the lack of ability of the pilot himself. He’s not going to tell you he graduated at the bottom of his class, had to take his pilot’s test 12 times and consistently fails his requalification training and has to retest multiple times just to keep his job. He’s also not going to tell you he’s been up for 8 days on cocaine and is now hallucinating huge green and purple flying monsters with 13 eyes and 7 heads and he believes they are trying to eat his brains through the windshield of the plane.
It’s really hard to trust a government that has admittedly lied to the American people every time there has been a crisis since the original Bush administration. Seven weeks ago, we were at 3.5% unemployment, 3% wage growth, record high in the DOW Jones, record highs in employment and record highs in consumerism. In just 7 short weeks, our entire economy which is 80% based on consumerism, is now experiencing record lows, like the DOW having the lowest first quarter in the history of this nation.
Could that be because, just like with the HIV epidemic, our government tried to minimize and sugarcoat things, lie about severity and contraction and allowed the virus to spread at colossal rates because they didn’t want to stand in front of their constituents and say the most feared words a politician could ever utter…”We. Don’t. Know.”???? Just a thought.
Funny thing is, Americans aren’t looking for a miracle, they turn to religion and faith for that, not government. Americans want truth. Americans want answers. REAL answers. Not this bullshit that changes every 15 seconds. There’s no real information to go on and THAT is what causes panic ladies and gentlemen, fear. Fear of the unknown. And for some reason, politicians can’t take responsibility and say to the ones that voted for them, “Hey, we aren’t sure yet, we don’t know what is going on, we don’t want to give you false information, we know it’s bad, please don’t panic, these are the precautions you need to take to LIVE AND SURVIVE until we figure this out.”
But, moving on. I’ve been watching the news and people in my area. And this “every man for himself” thing is becoming worrisome. It reminded me of something my Mom told me about two different times in my life. And this will show just how much times changed between the two instances.
Here is the situation she presented to me and asked what I would do:
You and your neighbor both have six-month-old babies. You are very good friends. As long as you’ve lived next to each other you have always helped each other out. If she needs a bag of sugar, you give it to her. If you need a bottle of milk, she gives it to you. No tab is kept. No tally to keep things equal. Simply one friend and neighbor helping the other.
But then we hit hard economic times. Like now. And every bit of everything you have, YOU need. And yet, you can still figure out a way to make things stretch and work. Water down milk and juice, stretch meals with starches and beans, etc.
But, then both of your babies get sick. And this is where we find out what kind of people we really are.
You have a choice. You only have one can of formula, milk, whatever, to feed your sick baby. Your baby, just like your neighbor’s baby, needs the FULL can in order to get well. Your neighbor comes to you begging, crying for you to share. If you split it, both babies will get some food, but both will remain sick. If you keep it all for your own baby, your neighbor’s baby WILL die. You don’t have any more formula and you don’t know when you will be able to get more.
What do you do?
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The first time my mother asked me that it was in the mid to late 1990s. At THAT point, she said share it.
Fast forward to the second time it was presented to me in the mid 2010s, she said you keep it all for your own baby, because your family and your children come first.
Same woman. Two different times in the country. Two different times in life. Two very different answers.
And now, in these critical times, I can almost guarantee you that the majority of people in this country would let their neighbor’s baby die. They’d probably send a card or flowers after, attend the funeral service, all the while holding their baby. The attitude of the American public has changed. We are NOT the same country that we were during WWII when we willingly band together to sacrifice for the good of the nation, for the very survival of the nation. Now…we’re just people. We’re not Americans by ideal anymore, only by nationality and location.
Things are getting scary out there, folks. Death tolls are rising, doubling in a matter of days. Pleases. I implore you. Protect yourselves and your loved ones. This WILL protect others. You WILL be doing what is truly right. Every so often as a nation, we have to come together as a people, as a united front, in order to survive. This is not only needed now to protect our nation but to protect mankind. Overall, we are a good species, a contributing species. Yes, we can get carried away by the traits and desires that make us human. But at our core, we are good. Let’s try to act that way, shall we? Be kind to your neighbors. Call and check on friends and family. Maintain distance if you MUST go out in public. And for all that is holy, if you and another person go to pick up the last of an item on the grocery store shelf, give it to them. There IS MORE COMING. It would be so much nicer to hear about people arguing over tying to get each other to TAKE the item, rather than hear about people mauling each other FOR the item. Don’t treat people working like shit. You wouldn’t have your essential services and items if it wasn’t for them. Be appreciative of the front-line workers risking their lives to help you. They are doing the job you really wouldn’t want to do right now anyway, aren’t they? Thank your doctor. Thank your delivery people. Thank the cashier at the grocery store, your pharmacist, your homecare personnel. Thank friends and family for staying away. If you are one of the ones that is still able to work, be thankful you still have a paycheck.
Be kind. Be humble. Be thankful. There’s a lot to complain about. That inspires no one. That fixes nothing. Remember, it’s not about who’s to blame, it’s about who’s going to fix it. And right now, honestly, that is in OUR hands. So, be smart and be a fixer.
Thanks for reading! Stay safe, stay healthy and stay tuned!!!!!
So, I’m getting confused. I thought that only essential businesses were to remain open and all other non-essential businesses were to close down and cease any and all operation for 30 days from the time of the order.
Yet, my lawn guys came and mowed my lawn today.
Is that an essential business? I didn’t know that the height of my grass was of major concern or issue while people are dropping like flies all over the globe.
And yet, I find myself wondering if my lawn guy, who has been doing my lawn for at least three years now, is saying to hell with the order, this is my prime season start time and I need the money, my employees need the money.
Which leads me to my next question…is he automatically assuming that everyone has money right now to pay for lawn services? That would be a luxury I would eliminate if we didn’t have income coming in in this house. But to just assume…what happens to those who can’t pay, but you already mowed without calling or texting or verifying in any way that they would want the service in this time of crisis.
Is it just me or does that seem just a few degrees off cool? Like it’s not exactly shady, but it’s not exactly proper business practices either, right?
I don’t know. Seems like everyone is making their own rules right now. It’s scary but, at the same time, it makes me chuckle. I may or may not get some flak for saying this but Americans really do tend to think they are all special individuals. It seems like nobody wants to REALLY be part of a real team and work toward a common goal knowing full well you don’t get any individual personal recognition or special treatment. Somehow Americans, and yes, it’s more the younger gens than the older, seem to feel that they are all special and that each one is an island to themselves. Honestly, it just gets frustrating. I think there is a line, fine as it may be, between every person out for themselves and actual capitalism.
So, in the last week we have determined that there are still no signs of the end of days, no zombies except for the crack on crack chick from the other night, and apparently EVERYBODY in the whole damn metro area is an essential worker and so important to the economy that they cannot possibly stay home and minimize exposure and spread of this infection.
As of today, we start week two. People do seem to be getting a little more, shall we say, tense, just in general. It also seems like people are losing the fear factor which is odd because we haven’t even hit the peak of the infection spread according to the experts. Oh, these silly people who think nothing bad will ever happen to them.
Is this a natural example of survival of the fittest???? If you are smart and do what you are supposed to you and your loved ones have a shot, but if you aren’t and you don’t take precautions, you and your loved ones may drop like flies getting sprayed with Raid.
Not a fun thought. I prefer to stay home and healthy. But I’m still struggling with this whole impediment of my civil liberties. But I guess that’s a gray area.
Anyways peeps, off to bed.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more lockdown life!