April 13, 2020 Tisha T. Casida

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!!
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