Strange New World

For the first time in a while, I’m worried about COVID more than anything else. The political situation seems to be shaking out (*crosses fingers*), as does my job (*more crossed fingers*), but COVID rates are spiking again, the time to enjoy outdoor restaurant dining is closing, and it’s Not Good. My dad was supposed to come up for Thanksgiving, but called yesterday and (wisely, I think) backed out. Our other Thanksgiving guest, a dear friend, just tested positive for COVID, so she backed out. It’s just going to be us, and I think that’s the way to go.

I’m currently planning to travel south to visit Dad and my brother for their birthdays in mid-December. I managed to do it safely in June, driving and not really seeing anyone other then those two and a socially-distanced parking lot party with the neighbors. Rational me knows that I can probably do that again just fine. But I’m waffling. I’m just very aware that I’m in my 50’s (and heavy) and C is in his 60’s and the chances of us being not fine are higher. We shall see.


Not much to report. Last Saturday, when almost everyone called the election for Biden, there was honking in the streets and a lot of celebration. Since then it’s been mostly an amusing sideshow, but with, of course, the fear that it could all go south somehow. Rational me is again fairly sure that DJT’s malevolence is far outweighed by his imcompetence… but he’s not the only one trying to push things in a really dangerous direction.


We finished The Queen’s Gambit. I thought it was fantastic. You really don’t have to know chess to enjoy it. For the record, I’ve always been terrible at chess (and checkers). You’d think someone like me with a fairly logical mind would be good at it, but I’ve never ever grasped it.

The Crown will drop today and we’ll start watching that during the week, but we did watch the three available Mandalorians this week. Excellent, but I was kind of appalled at the egg-eating. It did, though, remind me of this Far Side cartoon, which I had on my fridge for a long time:

We’ve also watched the new The Boys in the Band, which was excellent and not as depressing as I thought it would be. And The Trial of the Chicago 7, which was very good (I love a courtroom drama, particularly a Sorkin one). And something else, which was so memorable I’ve blocked it out, oh well.

Yeah, I guess that’s it.


This post is part of a larger project, #MOC19. Read more about the Mass Observation COVID-19 project here

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