Quarantine Friday, April 24th.

You coughed!

Remember that movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers? That’s what going out seems like these days.

More on that in a bit, but first, the world…

Osaka’s mayor drew criticism for saying the women are slow shoppers. While this may be true for shoes, my personal experience is that I’m slower than a koala swimming in molasses as I wander around the grocery store looking for raisin-flavored anchovies or Extra Large Stayfree Ultra Thin Overnight Pads with Wings in a pink box, not a pink plastic package.

Oh, I try to be faster, but I think The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World now loads up the list with strange items just to see me come home looking like I’d been to war. Without a weapon. Or pants.

In BC, Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Fluevog shoes are sold out. I personally never noticed what shoes she wears, but it’s a thing, apparently. The shoes are, at least, locally produced. What’s Trudeau wearing? Anyone?

Here, after chatting with a few friends, I realized how much society has become like something out of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Everyone is shuffling around looking for mitigation violators.

Now, that’s all fair and fine, I mean we should be doing our part, but what about people with allergies? What about people with a persistent, but non-viral cough? What about people who just look funny?

Me? I look funny AND have allergies, so when I go shopping, I go with no small amount of anxiety. Spring’s the worst for me as all sorts of plants spew stuff into the air, but even walking down the cleaning-products aisle of a grocery store, I start to snot-up like I’ve been pepper-sprayed.

Luckily, though, my worst allergy (grass) isn’t really an issue for shopping, but if you ever want to see something funny, walk by while I’m mowing the lawn and looking like I just binge-watched a year of This Is Us episodes.

To combat my genetic failings, before I go shopping, I take a good antihistamine, and make sure to have a sanitary wipe to keep anything I touch clean. Not that I think I’m infected, but I want to be a good citizen.

But being a good citizen these days is harder than ever. I’m not the only one feeling the stress. Our safe places are all gone. I can’t shop and feel safe, or go hiking, or go to the park and play on the slides.

That leaves drinking, watching Ozark on Netflix, and making lists of things I can’t do.

Yes, it is!

However, all this social pressure has produced results. We in BC are far below projected deaths and far below expected cases, but since so few people are actually being tested, that’s not a reliable measure of anything, (it’s like saying there are no aliens because we haven’t found any aliens, yet.)

So, I feel for all of you out there with existing sinus or bronchial conditions, it feels like there is a mob of people waiting to screech at you. I mean, more than usual.

Until tomorrow, be safe, be healthy, and respect the new world.

About Joe Cummings

Aquarius. Traveler. Gamer. Writer. A New Parent. 4 of these things are easy. One is not. But the journey is that much better for the new people in my life. A life I want to share with others, to help them, maybe, to make them feel less alone, sure, to connect with the greater world, absolutely.
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