Day 40 – OBEY. Face Mask Usefulness

Well, it looks like everyone is now potentially an asymptomatic carrier of disease – so everyone must obey. Cover your f-ing face.

I kind of get it. Except that I am pretty sure this is our new reality. Which really sucks. This will be good for the people who don’t want to show their face though. I am contemplating my new outfits for fun fun grocery shopping so that I can comply effectively while rebelling.

Personally, and I don’t know $h!t, I think that keeping a face mask on for hours and hours at a time is going to be HORRIBLE for people’s health. By keeping a covering over your nose and mouth, you are effectively creating moisture and heat, which of course, is a great breeding ground for bacteria. I mean, not to sound like a complete and total crazy person, but our noses actually have ‘filters’ to help us live in a world with bacteria and viruses…which we have done for thousands of years up to this point.

Wow, I must sound like a witch. Burn her at the stake!

I wish we could have some discussion about facts – I wish we could investigate possibilities for continuing on both socially and economically. I wish we could have discussion about building immune systems and creating nutrient-dense food that would help us fuel better – so that we could feel better. But it is hard to have conversations with your mouth covered and your eyes closed. : (

Tank effectively social distancing. Impressive.

Day 32 of Coronavirus Contemplations & Insanity

Four Weeks AFTER the virus has been circulating.. NOW, NOW IS THE TIME FOR MORE!

HERETIC. I can already hear it. I am going to be one of THOSE people. I am going to be somebody that doesn’t completely FOLLOW and OBEY and STAY. I am going to be somebody that says something. A true liberal would listen, but I live in the Roaring Fork Valley – where it is dangerous to be classically liberal and allow ALL to speak and attempt to have common-sense conversations versus blindly living in fear.

At our (Tank and I) favorite off-leash dog park, they have decided to MAKE people use leashes (including out in the field where you rarely come into contact with anyone any day of the week). I was so enraged, I had to let this calm down in my head for a couple days.

First of all, if they wanted to have ANY type of f-ing impact, they should have done this A MONTH AGO. Not now. We are nearly 5 weeks in – and everyone in the Valley is going to the same TWO grocery stores. If you want to know where a “Super Spreader Event” is going to happen – it is going to be in the grocery stores – not in a f^c#ng FIELD away from all humanity.

Second of all, there are some pretty angry people that CANNOT STAND DOGS, and especially cannot stand them running free BEING DOGS off leash. These are a special category of people that I loathe because they feel it is their duty to take away the fun and freedom from people like ME. They hate joy (if they don’t like dogs, you know there is a deeper problem within their psyche – just sayin’), and they hate seeing SPONTANEOUS reactions from people and animals alike. They want you to CONFORM. LEASH. MASK. OBEY. F^C#!NG RIDICULOUS.

Are we really protecting our community by not allowing people to play sports while practicing social distancing? It IS possible to shoot hoops alone… it is also possible to hit a tennis ball on a wall by yourself. Are we really heroes for making people stay at home?

I want to be a good community member. I practice social distancing. I have taken a huge hit with my company. I am not actively complaining. I don’t judge others for how they are reacting. I want people to feel safe and stay healthy. I have not been to our 2 major grocery stores in 3 weeks, I hate how it feels in there with all of these masked people with sunglasses afraid of being around anyone even though these draconian measures were put into effect nearly 4 weeks after the COVID-19 virus started circulating in the Valley. I get their fear – I am not participating in that but respect peoples’ rights to.

I just want to live my life freely… as long as I am not hurting anyone else. I go to the dog park nearly every day. I rarely see anyone at the time we go. If we see someone I can easily stand 6 feet apart from them. I pay at least $16,000 in taxes to the State and local governments every year. I want to take my dog for an off-leash walk – THIS IS NOT HARMING ANYONE ELSE IF I DO NOT COME INTO CONTACT WITH ANYONE ELSE. My head.

STAY HOME. Keep staying home. Just don’t look at the window and see people NOT staying home. Starbucks had a line this morning in Basalt… the good news is COFFEE IS ESSENTIAL AND NECESSARY REASON NOW I guess! And I agree!!

Day 28 of Coronavirus Contemplations & Rage

STAY.

Today, when I walked into a “local” small grocery store in Basalt I was stopped at the door (to the approximately 500 square foot space MAYBE) and told that I could not come in unless I had a mask and gloves. I am not sure why that set me off. I guess I really don’t want to hurt people, but at this point (about 30 days after all this started – to date there have been 39 cases and 2 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pitkin County, Colorado) it seems like it is a bit overkill. Am I a bad or stupid person for thinking this? Thankfully I had my park gloves and some neck wrap thing in my truck. It was the second most unpleasant visit to date after accidentally going to Whole Foods during Senior Hour (because I ALWAYS go to the grocery store early).

While I was in there, an older gentleman came in and it is quite incredible how most of these people I have encountered treat me (someone pretty young and I THINK pretty healthy looking) like some carrier of disease. It really f^ck$ with your psyche. It really hurts because these are the people I work for – paying their social security and ensuring the stock market will hold their 401K. But right now, I am a potential Super Spreader I guess. I really don’t ever want to go to the grocery store again.

OBEY.

I am sad. And angry. Is this the “new normal”? Most people were a$$ho!es before, now we get to have a$$ho!ies with masks and sunglasses. I think it will be like keyboard warriors. People are more apt to show their horrible and sick nature when they can hide behind a screen, or a mask, or sunglasses.

Is it worth a fight? Is it worth a conversation (which in most cases would actually be an argument because people are so amazingly stuck on their own ideas and egos that they cannot even fathom LISTENING to someone else)?

Oh, and now that we are sterilizing everything and supposedly constantly and continuously ‘sanitizing’ our hands – does that make us more safe? Or actually more prone to disease? Isn’t there something to building immunity? Isn’t there something about letting your bacteria and immune system have SOME exposure to microbes and such because not ALL of them are scary and bad? Hmmm… for the next pandemic and crisis – I am thinking we should take a look at that. I am not sure who “we” are though. Me and Tank maybe. Great Danes cannot social distance. I build my immunity every day through Great Dane kisses.

This is how we roll down Highway 82. Tank is my navigator.

Day 25 of Coronavirus Contemplations

Tank the Great Dane Casida at the park living his best life - April 2020.
Tank is not worried about anything because he is at complete peace with the Universe. Mommy must learn from him but she is afraid of achieving Rainbow Body too young.

What a tremendous mind-f^*k.

I was watching Impractical Jokers last night (probably the best programming I have ever seen, I have been a huge fan for many years), and of course most of their stunts are based in New York. Watching them touch people (like Joe Gatto with his nose) and shake hands, and hug people – all of that – GONE. It is gone. Whenever I saw them touching people you could already hear the programming in my head (which I though was not prone to this type of programming) – where’s your hand sanitizer? I can’t imagine people not completely freaking out now. We are being scared out of our minds. Dangerous.

What is hardest for me to grapple with is that this “enemy” is indeed invisible – so much so that we really have no f-ing clue what is ACTUALLY going on. I don’t know. I don’t believe anything that’s for sure.

Imagine – here is a virus (we think, we really don’t even know if THAT is true, maybe it is something else – see if you can find Dr. Cameron Kyle-Slidell’s video)… I am not sure if I will be able to upload it or not) – here is this thing that is killing thousands of people.

  1. We don’t know what it is exactly.
  2. People who are asymptomatic can spread it (that means EVERYBODY at all times can be a “carrier” – no wonder why the old people in Whole Foods look at me like Satan).
  3. We don’t know how long an asymptomatic person can “shed” it for (an indefinite mind-f^*k).
  4. We don’t know how long it lasts in the air or on surfaces.
  5. We don’t know conditions that may worsen it (although I have a gut feeling it is our overall depleted immune systems through crap-food, GMOs, environmental toxins, and EMFs – including 5G).

I can’t believe I am still operating. I have suffered from panic attacks all my life and am keeping it together because I had this realization that we are all going to die and I REFUSE TO DIE IN A PLACE OF FEAR.

But this is bad. Will we recover from this? Will people hug again? Will Joe put his nose on people again? God, I really hope so.

Day 22 of Coronavirus Contemplation

The good news?  Liquor stores are considered an

I am going to start keeping track of what is going on because my mind is spinning. Maybe writing about it will help. Although I doubt it, pushing forward with optimistic intentions regardless.

Two nights ago I had a panic attack because I sneezed and after watching the news for several hours had lowered myself to the level of thinking that maybe this was the end for me – maybe I was next to go to the hospital and die. Of course I sneeze almost every day, but now, it is something to think about, and think about, and obsess about. I know others are anxious like me because of this panic-driven news cycle. I am sick of my mind, but I can fix that. I can turn off the TV. I can try to meditate. I can do about a million other things than being anxious about my doom.

In Aspen, the first known cases were around March 12th. A progression of “suggestions” and mandates and orders have us operating in the unknown like most communities in the United States. The country is navigating waters she has never seen before.

Fears include the take-over of our government by nefarious forces that want to keep us on our knees. The end of capitalism as we know it. The sad suckling sounds of people eager to feed off the government teat (and trust me, I think that is completely warranted right now – just scary). How are we going to fix this mess?

Contemplations (I guess that is not a word? Too bad) include: what is wealth, what is money, what is value, and how can we change our banking system and financial institutions into something more sustainable?

I want truth. I really think the TRUTH is that we really don’t know what this virus is, where it came from exactly (certainly China, but man-made for bio-warfare, a mistake leak, or something different altogether). We don’t know how exactly it transmits (it is probably from a variety of ways, and there is really no use debating them, it would be better to investigate them all). We don’t know how long it will last. As a matter of fact, I think it may be here to stay, as most viruses are.

Onward.

The good news? Liquor stores are considered an “essential business” – so we are stocked.

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