Right now what is irritating me is mom bloggers talking about how they know they’re taking stupid risks but they’re taking them anyway. Like, just shut up. You’re taking risks that are putting other people in danger and you’re telling the world about it. Just stop. Because people do what they think other people are doing. Stop taking stupid risks when in as little as 3 months your aging parents may be vaccinated and if you’re going to take those risks anyway, stop talking about them on social media. Let this be your dirty little secret and not something you encourage other people to do. Not when Covid rates are as high as they are in the SF bay area. Or Florida. And not when there’s a new more virulent variant just discovered in the US. And there’s large numbers of carriers who got positive at Christmas but don’t know it yet. You can wait. Or you can meet outside with masks on, especially in SF and Florida. Jeez. Ugh, I cannot even with the mommy bloggers. Like, stop being, “I’m doing this naughty thing even though I know I shouldn’t”– just don’t do it! Maybe you don’t know anyone who has died of Covid yet, or who has died of something else because the ICU rooms were too full and the health professionals too frazzled, but the more people do these stupid risky things, the more people will die. Even if you don’t spread Covid yourself, you may encourage someone who does.
Just got an email asking for prayers for our admin whose father and brother are both in the ICU with Covid. According to our county reporting, ICUs are 104% full. What does that even mean? Update: Her dad died. I realize I am almost out of sympathy cards AGAIN. I bought more after my uncle died last April. This is relentless. Please don’t make me buy another box before the end of the semester. Protect yourself and other people. It only takes two mistakes in a two week period to infect someone.
The Shu Box talks about her current experience in a Covid Positive household and notes that her husband had several negative tests with mild symptoms before ultimately testing positive. (She updates that she also tested positive eventually.)
I need to go through this thread and find books and authors I haven’t tried yet! CONSENT IS SEXXXXXY!
Don’t forget to contribute to your IRAs! If you’re high income, here’s info on the backdoor Roth.
I guess I don’t have much to say about the New Year. Like Scalzi, I’m not going to think it really starts until January 20th. When it does, we need to step up and support positive change as much as we can. Because it’s going to be a rough couple years with Republicans trying to make things as bad as possible so they can win big in the Midterms because they don’t actually care about people. We’re going to have to keep fighting even though we’re tired and it feels like we should be able to take a break. :(
In the mean time, for goodness sake, model and ADVERTISE your good behavior. Hide the bad behavior you have no intention of stopping– don’t publicize it. I mean, go ahead and tell people you’re eating leftover fruitcake, because that’s not going to have any negative effects on anybody else. And definitely talk about things you need help fighting. But if encouraging people to do the bad thing you’re doing ends up with people dying… just keep it to yourself. (Better yet, just don’t do it.) Nobody under the age of 80 should have to buy sympathy cards in bulk unless they work in a funeral home.