Actually, it's not that bad out there. For the moment.
I have gone copasetic in fact.
The traffic is amazingly smooth, there are fewer people running around and those that are are truly enjoying their walks with each other or their doggies.
I am paying half of what I used to for premium gas and going half the miles. Low wear and tear on my vehicles!
I am getting used to eating in rather than out. Eating out for so many years has probably put me on the far rung of those who would be most likely to succumb. I feel healthier.
I am walking just as much but seem to have had to tighten the belt a notch.
I like the low-stress lifestyle.
It seems every day is Groundhog Day.
But there is an eerie foreboding that I cannot shake!
This can't continue for much longer.
The streets may not stay quiet as millions still haven't gotten their $1,200 checks or PPP bux. There are millions who are on the edge and have been hanging on for over two months now and are about to throw in the towel.
Record unemployment is spiking. We have not yet established a way to 'flatten the curve' on this, and rising resentment is finding release unfortunately in the home environment with nasty results.
We are seeing people liking the stay at home idea and may never go into an office again. What is going to happen to office leases and businesses downsizing or operating completely out of their homes with an occasional meeting at those 'office suites'?
We could see a collapse of commercial leasing and a few hundred large architectural firms with no work in the near future or ever at the rate seen in the last 30 years.
I see residential construction going full bore and single-family transactions spiking very soon as a huge migration of those working in dense city centers are electing to get out of Dodge.
The way we work and live is about to change in a big, big way.
We seem to be 'pivoting' at the slightest change in news and working out strategies immediately. Businesses are rethinking how they will reopen and hiring is most likely going to slow.
Each of us should read and watch with caution as every new release of the latest 'news' gets overworked by the media.
We cannot go into work comas and think that after we wake up everything will be fine and we will be holding hands singing kumbaya.
We should also be planning how we are going to respond or move forward in a various spate of alternative futures. Many of us will see changes that may mean further unemployment or business slowdowns and very little recovery in industries close by.
I am glad our government is trying to offer a workout plan to cover the weakest of us but the help is long overdue.
I am glad to see people helping people and businesses helping businesses.
I saw the movie 'Network' recently and some of the issues mentioned in that movie have remarkable parallels in our current state of affairs.
I am mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore because:
- Those in economic need are suffering and the help has not gotten to them.
- I am tired of hearing about 'social distancing'. Call it like it is: stay away from each other.
- I don't want to see another feel-good commercial about all this. Pure pandering for commercial visibility.
- I don't want to hear about 'granular' anything.
- I wish people would give some of the remedies a chance. We have no choice but to try things and see if they will work. The medical community will not have a vaccine for another year.
- I can't take Real News fighting Fake News every single minute of every single hour of the day.
- Some of us are not good cooks and need a break!
- I would like to see realistic solutions that cannot be immediately deflated.
- Once again we are all helpless it seems as the powers that be want to control our every move.
- No visiting grandkids or grandparents, the sick and loved, no birthdays, no parties with friends.
- No handshakes??!! How about worship services, movies, ball games, etc.??!!
- I am appalled that the medical 'models' are completely off and that the monetary 'fix' is so over the top which will keep the next generation paying higher taxes... or what??!
- I am appalled that so much effort has been given to COVID that 'elective' surgeries involve life or death issues are being pushed aside.
- I am exasperated to see that 'flattening the curve' actually did nothing to kill the virus, it just allowed it to remain inert. It is still out there.
- I don't see how the many very unfortunate deaths are not granularly examined to see which of the victims would have likely passed or how much damage exactly is COVID 19 meting out?
- I am tired of hearing a troop of doctors argue the present and future and are not on the same track.
- I am shocked that critical numbers change daily.
- I think that those who knew what had happened at the earliest and did not warn the rest of the world should be held accountable.
- I am shocked that those who are supposed to be 'clear' are testing a week or two later and are infected.
- Why are there only 1700 deaths in California, a state of 40 million and 17,000 in New York, a state of 20 million? Early social distancing??? HECK NO. A state with twice the population has half the mortality vs. TEN times those in a state one half the size. Does this make any sense at all?? Something else is going on and we are not being told or nobody really knows... yet.
- I am shocked that testing kits are not always accurate.
- I don't want to hear about corporate giants getting fed before the little guys out there.
- We are re-educated every day by new symptoms of this disease. REALLY?
- I am amazed that after 2,000 years of advanced medicine and treatment the best that doctors can tell to fight a virus is to 'social distance'!!! What has been going on this whole time??!!
- I am wary of telemedicine. I am wary of tele anything!
- I am shocked that adequate precautions were not taken in nursing homes and centers.
- I am not thrilled with Big Brother drones and smart gadgets beeping out my whereabouts or medical condition.
- I think sports fans need to hold onto their jock straps for a few more weeks. This is very serious.
- I do appreciate 'feel good' positive thinking statements, oils and lotions, but we need to get REAL here people!
- I am tired of hearing the following catchphrases and terms: social distancing, granular, tele (fill in the blank), telecommuting, new lows, social unease, stay at home, testing, re-opening, back-to-work, flattening the curve, high-risk populations, coronavirus, scale-up, swabs, saliva, antigens, shelter in place, mitigate, supply chain, hand sanitizers, symptoms, bounce-back, the magic bullet, plastic shields, lockdowns, glitches, public focus, second rounds, quarantine, inappropriate touching, bailouts, the system is out of date.
- I'm mad as hell seeing that the unfolding cure may be actually worse than the virus.
Really: our world has turned upside down. Nothing is the same as it was. We don't know when things will turnaround. We are in the middle of uncertainty. There is no clear resolution. Those 'in the know' are not clear about any of the dire conditions. We don't know how business will be conducted in the future, how many will fail, how the rest will respond and act, what the future portends, how exactly we should prepare.
I'm sorry, but singing kumbaya and holding hands is not the answer.
(Cursing at the moon will not help either!)