My Pandemic Journal - 3-22-2020

1. What was the most important thing that you did today? 2. What else did you do today?

Well, today was one of those days where the sun is shining nicely, but it still feels too damn much like winter. Yeah, on Bennie's first walk the thermometer read 13*F and with the wind chills, it was definitely in the single digits. While things warmed up over the course of the day, it never really got what I would call warm and my coat, warm hat, and mittens were welcome all day.

Unfortunately, SD2's beagle, Hunter a 15+-year-old dog is not doing well and we are in wait in see mode to see what happens. So that along with everything else going on is adding to our stress levels pretty significantly. Our dogs are a part of our family and when they are not doing well...well they are family.

Bennie and I went for a long walk down-back, which was nice, but chilly. The dirt road was mostly frozen, but the bright sunshine was bringing the frost out. Which was really noticed during my run after we got back, I thought it would still be frozen enough to run comfortably down-back. Guess what, I was wrong. By the time I got to go running, the road had turned to slime and was no fun to run through.

Other than that it was a pretty quiet day and we are now waiting until a little later in the afternoon for Bennie's last walk, it seems that the biggest surge of our neighbors out walking their dogs now is between 3 and 4, so I waited until it was almost 4 and wandered out. We didn't meet anyone, which was nice.

Unfortunately, there are still quite a few people minimizing, claiming the government is over-reacting or simply ignoring the Governor and other warnings about the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic. After all, we live in a fairly rural area and it certainly won't come here or if it does it is not a big deal, we will just get a little sick and then get on with our lives.

I don't bother arguing with them and I just tell them I really hope that they are correct, that we will see what happens over the next month or so and move on to other subjects or keep walking. It serves no purpose to argue with those folk, they evidently have not been listening to the same sources I have been and most likely will not listen to anything I would have to say about things anyway. So I just let it go and go about my business. However, I don't get too close - I plan on doing what the experts are recommending until I hear otherwise, it just seems prudent to me.

Which means that our daily schedule has changed and things like going down to the store to get the Sunday paper is not something that Mary wants me to do, I don't bother going into town to run and keep my travels to where I go on foot most of the time and when I see people out walking I give them a lot more than 6 feet space.

Still, it does scare me that so many people do not believe that the Covid-19 pandemic is a serious matter. We will find out serious it is over the next month or so, but with the reports coming in from around the world and starting to come in from the larger metropolitan areas, I think that many more are starting to figure out that it something to be concerned about.

Like everyone else, I want this shit to be done and over, unfortunately, I have a feeling that the worst is yet to come and the worst is not going to all that pretty if Italy is any indication of what could happen here.

I have been visited repeatedly by what I believe to be a Russian bot/troll and have decided to moderate all of my comments and today chosen to require people to use their Google sign-in to comment on the blog. I apologize ahead of time, but this particular bot/troll is pretty nasty and the spewage that it adds to our blogs is such that I don't want to give it any more publicity or attention than I have to.

So again I apologize for you having to use your Google login for commenting, but anonymous comments seem to provide easy access for a level of rudeness that I will not allow on the blog and that I have no wish to read anymore.

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.


Andy said…
I keep blocking attempted logins and other hacker threats from Russia and other select countries.
No one from Ireland seems to want to hack my site.
We had a cold day here in Boston and it actually snowed for about two hours.
The contras are beginning to come out of the woodwork. They seemed a little slow on the uptake on this issue.