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I think it’s time to get that eye exam rescheduled, COVID-19 be damned. I keep getting headaches for no discernable reason and that is usually my indicator to go to the gorram eye doctor.
Before COVID-19 hit in earnest, I had an appointment for March. But…then the world went further to hell in a handbasket and they cancelled on me (for safety reasons).
COVID has had such an astronomical effect on the world. I mean, this year in general has been absolutely bananas. I can’t believe some of the things that happened. Headlines have burned some of us out emotionally and it’s just…we have to keep going, social distancing, and wearing damned masks.
Work is…okay. It would be better if the AC worked and it wasn’t eighty degrees every afternoon. They have a ticket in to fix it, at least, but it’s not likely to get fixed before next week according to property management. I worked late today just due to the volume of incoming mail we had from the weekend. It was over fifteen hundred pages I scanned in.
It’s a short week at work, what with the Fourth of July, hereto only celebrated as Captain America/Steven Grant Rogers’ birthday rather than the commemoration of supposed independence from sovereign rule. So we have Friday off. That’s going to be nice. Hopefully, nothing terrible happens.
I’ve been wearing my mask when I have to answer the door at work, and when walking to/from my car. I don’t get much in the way of human interaction other than Frank, the mailman. They’re still talking at least October before anyone may return to the office with me. It’s so damned lonely.
Camp NaNoWriMo starts in two days. I have no idea what I’m going to write, but I am aiming for 50k in 31 days. I’ll likely use Google Docs and write on my phone when I’m on lunch.
Speaking of writing, I’ve been thinking about the year so far. Reflecting, as it were. So here’s the past six months in the news that I could remember and with as up-to-date information as I could find:
January: I thought the Australian bush fires would be the headline that decimated coverage for the year. That that would be one of the defining moments of 2020. But it’s almost been forgotten about due to everything else that has happened: on the 7th January 2020: the first hint of COVID-19 was seen in Wuhan, Hubei, China and we had no idea of what was to come. As of this entry, it is still ongoing. By only the 11th of January, China reported its first COVID-19 related death. On the 12 January: the Taal Volcano erupted, killing 39 people. The 15th saw the passing of Christopher Tolkien, unfortunately. But then, there was some Democratic hope, if only a little, on 16 January: we thought that Trump was finally going to get impeached as his trial began. By the 20th of January, Washington state reported its first COVID-19 case. We should have locked down then. But now, here in the end of June 2020, it’s far too late. There are places currently fighting to reopen even as the curve surges. In more international news, the 31st January brought the UK formally leaving the European Union. And for the readers, Mary Higgins Clark went to the great Library in the Sky on the 31st as well.
February: There was a stabbing that made international headlines on the 2nd of February, deemed “2020 Streatham stabbing”. The impeachment trial of Trump continued, but hope was squandered. He was acquitted on the 5th February, 2020. The World Health Organization named the novel coronavirus COVID-19 formally on the 11th of February. The Stock Market crashed between the 20th and the 27th of February, the worst since the 2008 recession. The 24th brought news of the passing of Clive Cussler. We still haven’t recovered. Leap Day 2020 brought some positives as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg became the first country to make their public transport free. Too bad we can’t do such a thing here in the US.
March: In Italy, the 8th of March saw the country locked down due to COVID-19. They would remain locked down for over two months. But by the 11th of March, the World Health Organization would declare COVID-19 officially a pandemic. The 12th of March became known as Black Thursday due to a massive Global Stock Market Crash. Singer/songwriter Kenny Rogers passed away on the 20th. India went into lock down on the 24th, the same day that the United Kingdom did. According to Wikipedia, the 26th of March was a horrible day for the US in the COVID-19 fight as: “Global COVID-19 cases reach 500,000, with nearly 23,000 deaths confirmed. The United States surpasses China and Italy in total number of known COVID-19 cases, with at least 81,321 cases and more than 1,000 deaths. Source.“
April: April Fool’s day on the 1st came the first 130 asymptomatic confirmed carriers from China. And the 2nd? We surpassed one million cases of COVID-19. By the 7th, Japan declared a state of emergency and then on the 10th, the Democratic Republic of Congo reported more Ebola cases continuing the Kivu Ebola epidemic that has been ongoing since August 2018. The 12th of April: Easter Sunday and the day that Pope Francis livestreamed the Urbi et Orbi blessing for the second time this year. And then on the 14th, the idiot-in-chief suspended funding to the World Health Organization supposedly because of the handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. By the 15th, we had doubled the number of cases worldwide to two million; by the 27th, we hit three million worldwide. And yes, I skipped over the Canadian shooting massacre of the 19th, as well as more global fuckery and political messes. I really don’t remember most of April, honestly, beyond the one-two-three million cases. It kind of flew for me, while March had taken approximately six years to go away.
May: the 1st had some good news: 1 million recovered from COVID-19 worldwide. There was some interesting interstellar news on the 6th with the discovery of the first black hole that is located in QV Telescopi. Little Richard passed away on the 9th at the age of 87. But by the 14th, we had hit 300,000 dead from COVID-19. Before the end of the month, we’re at five million cases worldwide and it’s only the 21st. And then the revolution began, instigated by the murder of George Floyd by police officers on the 26th in Minneapolis, MN. Calls for justice were echoed for Breonna Taylor’s death on 13th March. Protests and riots all called for the firing of Derek Chauvin and his three compatriots that directly lead to the death of an innocent man, Floyd. Also on the 26th, Costa Rica legalized same-sex marriage. In more space-themed news, the Dragon 2 took to orbit on 30th May, the first crewed take off since 2011. Unfortunately, by 31st of May, we hit six million cases of COVID worldwide. The USA still hadn’t flattened the curve, despite shutdowns in multiple states.
June: despite being my birth month, it hasn’t been great because of COVID-19. The 1st had more six more cases of Ebola from the Kivu Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And the idiot-in-chief labeled being anti-Nazis being a part of a terrorist organization. As I was born Jewish, I am forever anti-fascist. On the 3rd, Severe Cyclonic Storm Nisarga made landfall near Mumbai as a Category 1 hurricane. It was the strongest storm to hit the area since 1891. The 6th saw worldwide protests still flowing in the wake of George Floyd’s death. By the 8th, COVID-19 had infected over seven million people and killed over 400,000. We were at eight million infected by 16th. That’s right: one million more infected in eight days. For nifty news, there was an annular solar eclipse on the Solstice, the 21st of June. Two days later, on the 23rd, a pretty decently powerful earthquake, measuring 7.5 in magnitude, shook the hell out of Oaxaca, Mexico and killed at least four people. According to the news, tremors/aftershocks were felt as far away as Mexico City, four hundred miles away. By my birthday, yesterday, we surpassed 10 million cases worldwide and exceeded a half a million in deaths according to BBC.com. The USA itself counts for over two and a half million of those cases as of today.
Want more information on everything that I glossed over out of self-preservation or not wanting to go into international politics? See 2020 so far on Wikipedia.org.
That’s all for tonight, folks.
Take your meds.