Mostly Apolitical Thread for Discussing/Venting our Rational/Irrational COVID-19 Fears and Experiences in 2020

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We have an outbreak thread but this one is meant as safe space for commiserating along the lines of "My bodega is out of toilet paper" or "I hyperventilated in the shower today because I'm afraid it's all over" or "I'm genuinely scared for my grandmother" and/or - god forbid - to be upgraded to more serious problems as necessary.

Personal experiences welcome, geopolitics are not. Please be kind.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 9 March 2020 03:50 (two years ago) link

One of the elementary schools that’s a feeder to mine just had its first confirmed case. I’m not looking forward to the finger-pointing and speculation that’ll ensue tomorrow.

― rb (soda), Sunday, March 8, 2020 10:49 PM

I still do occasional supply/substitute work at my old school, including two days last week. They just had a family return there from two weeks in Rome. None of the teachers seemed visibly concerned, although who knows. At some point, I have to believe school closures will be widespread.

clemenza, Monday, 9 March 2020 03:55 (two years ago) link

I went to the Museum of Natural History in NYC today and when i asked the friendly lady manning the non-existent line at the butterfly exhibit "is this a REALLY light turnout for a Sunday," she laughed and said "Oh absolutely. But it's like 55 degrees out and daylight savings so it's not too surprising" and then both of us apparently agreed to not say "and also the pandemic."

I'm getting a Wile E Coyote feeling that the moment of tuna tartare tacos and free jazz at the club on Sunday night may be only allowable until i look down and existential dread and fear of a panicking metropolis is starting to gain steam. Called my mom to tell her she was going to hear a lot of scary things in the next few weeks but that I would do my best to keep it together and not to worry and she suggested I get toilet paper and lentils.

for those stressing, I'm hoping you will please take a few deep breaths (from six meters away) and strive to be human and i will try to do the same.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 9 March 2020 03:58 (two years ago) link

I don't feel excessively stressed, but every time I try to talk to my wife and kid about this they seem worryingly nonchalant about it all. Not sure how to convince them to take it seriously without coming off as a crackpot.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 9 March 2020 04:00 (two years ago) link

You could try telling them that the point of taking precautions like extra hand washing isn't about them saving themselves from getting sick, because kids and young adults tend not to be drastically ill and you aren't so worried about them. Tell them it is about being responsible for not making others horribly sick, like old people and people with chronic health problems - who tend to be kind of invisible in society, who could die or suffer lasting damage from this virus. It might work.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 9 March 2020 04:53 (two years ago) link

Anybody having any luck not touching their face? A friend who used to be a model says she had to learn it to avoid ruining her makeup but that's not really an option in my line of work.

Fetchboy, Monday, 9 March 2020 05:19 (two years ago) link

it's hard! I just have a habit of doing it and I don't even notice when I'm doing it.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Monday, 9 March 2020 05:38 (two years ago) link

When I do feel stressed it's salutary to remember EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THE PLANET has pretty much the same reason to be stressed about it, and I am not special or especially threatened.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 9 March 2020 06:53 (two years ago) link

I am really struggling with the not touching my face thing. A Doctor friend said one of the biggest benefits of wearing a mask is to make it much harder to touch your face, or at least the nose and mouth. (although I feel like its going to take a full face motor bike helmet to stop me from touching mine)

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 9 March 2020 07:11 (two years ago) link

30 cases in Portugal, which while low is I think higher than average. No shortages of toilet paper or sanitizer or anything else. Doesn't really seem to be registering in the same way as in US/UK.

I went to a coding meetup last thursday and there were maybe fewer people than expected. It didn't occur to me turnout might have been coronavirus related until yesterday.

cherry blossom, Monday, 9 March 2020 07:17 (two years ago) link

further cases of desperately needing to scratch an itch on my nose have resulted from not being able to touch my face

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 9 March 2020 08:21 (two years ago) link

Have been wondering if any of the arts festivals this year are actually going to happen. There have been some cancellations of opening events because of the weather and now this may mean large gatherings aren't allowed later in the year.
So maybe the 2 events last weekend are going to be about it. I volunteered for the opening of Tulca which was on as part of several events over Galway 2020 when it's normally a festival in November. Then went to am opening that was part of the actual Galway 2020 set up or at least had volunteers with I'd saying Galway 2020 not the gallery name.

Just seen the headlines for an article in the irish independent repeating some of the myths including some of what Trump has been saying. Not sure how good that paper ever is as a news source since it seems to follow it's owner's agenda.

Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 08:42 (two years ago) link

after about the 10th attempt I've finally learned how to pronounce the word "epidemiologist" properly, now got my chat authoritative sounding shit bout COVID-19 card.

calzino, Monday, 9 March 2020 08:49 (two years ago) link

hell of a time to have a really intense sinus headache

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 9 March 2020 08:50 (two years ago) link

A Doctor friend said one of the biggest benefits of wearing a mask is to make it much harder to touch your face, or at least the nose and mouth.

My buddy is an ER doc and recommends against wearing a facemask. He wrote a really good article, "As an ER Doctor, I Need You to Know These Things About Coronavirus":

davey, Monday, 9 March 2020 10:12 (two years ago) link

good article davey, i'm already planning on sharing it with one of my more fearmongering friends

the beginning of last week was tough, not because of the disease itself, but because of the panic. i'm a bit hypochondriac, have some fairly nasty paranoid tendencies, and have panic disorder. this has been hard for me. on the other side of it i do work for a healthcare organization, though not in direct patient care, so i do have access to reliable information. i've also shut off most forms of social and other media (years ago) and, at least when it comes to stuff relating to my profession, am decent at understanding what is reliable information and what isn't.

the panic comes in waves, and though i try not to let it affect me i feel like it's important for me to at least acknowledge what i'm feeling, acknowledge what's going on around me. the way people are talking, the nervous jokes (deflecting with humour)

i fairly quickly concluded when shit got real that i was probably going to get COVID-19, probably sooner rather than later, and i was probably not going to die from it, and while i still take safety precautions the idea that we could effectively halt the spread of this in it tracks never struck me as particularly plausible.

there's a certain balancing act going on here - on the one hand not giving in to the panic, which is for me personally probably a greater threat than COVID-19, and on the other hand not working on diminishing what is absolutely a global public health crisis. human beings aren't necessarily good at dealing with crisis, aren't necessarily good at differentiating "ok this is a serious and major thing and we have to address this seriously" from "OMG we're all gonna die".

on a personal level, i'm going to be fine, most of the people i know are going to be fine. i have one co-worker i worry about; she's young (barely sixty) but is in pretty poor health and has a lot of trouble breathing. that's part of "taking this seriously", thinking about the very real possibility that a person or people i care about will die from this. on the flip side maybe nobody i know well will die from this, it'll just be musicians i like and whatnot.

i'm weirdly enough more inclined to leave the house since it's started getting serious. i can and often do work from home, and i figure it's only a matter of time before the company i work for starts asking me to. i'm expecting cabin fever, and leaving the house while i can will hopefully minimize it.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 9 March 2020 10:59 (two years ago) link

honestly as a data analyst i'm really worried about that 3.4% number i see going around, and i'm not sure darragh does a great job on that front - he cites a number of 0.06% but then later on cites an overall mortality rate of 2.3%. this is some pretty wonky stuff, the difference between case mortality and overall mortality, and it's tempting to get into an extremely wonky argument about statistical methodology, but i don't see that argument remotely being productive. statistics, in a situation like this, seem mostly totemic in nature, either a ward or an excuse for panic. i don't cite numbers or percentages when talking to other people.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 9 March 2020 11:11 (two years ago) link

Find it very hard to avoid touching my face. Have taken to tying my hair back on the way to/from work to avoid needing to put my hands near my face, also less keen on using self-checkouts & other people seem to do the same. I don’t go to Starbucks but other people have told me they won’t accept people’s own cups anymore, so I’ve stopped bringing my folding cup with me.

gramsci in your surplice (gyac), Monday, 9 March 2020 11:16 (two years ago) link

Toilet roll thing is hitting here. Panic buyers clearing teh shelves. Hope it is just a temporary thing but not sure exactly where the supply levels lie wherever they're getting them from. I assume it is going to return to normal and not be blocked by international exchange somewhere down the line. people not trading the necessary commodities that go into the production etc.

I mean if society is going to collapse i would hope it would be with clean bums. Maybe we need a rise in bidet production?
THink somebody I know had a hose bidet substitute tehy got cheap in Dublin on Facebook last week. Maybe that's the future?

Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 16:56 (two years ago) link

Luckily I’m already obsessive about not touching my face with unwashed hands / not touching other things after touching my face.

honky wonk badonkadonk (crüt), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:00 (two years ago) link

What’s with the toilet paper thing?

honky wonk badonkadonk (crüt), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:00 (two years ago) link

Panicked people incessantly shitting themselves, I assume.

Waifu-ed Around and Fell in Love (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:03 (two years ago) link

As a person with a chronic lung disease I am:

- increasingly worried that this will hit me hard and at best will further damage my lungs and shorten my life
- pissed off with people growling at me because I cough a lot and they think I'm part of the plague
- a complete hypocrite who growls at everyone else with a cough as I'm scared that they have the plague
- thinking about the benefits of self-isolation in terms of reading and video games :)

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:04 (two years ago) link

xpost The best I can tell it's people worried they'll be stuck inside with ... not enough toiler paper to last two weeks?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:04 (two years ago) link

Def. have noticed places out of hand sanitizer, and signs limiting purchases. Also other signs, like the one at the vet this morning declaring it a "no handshake zone." Proactively and helpfully, all of our doctors, dentists, etc. have sent out texts and messengers saying, please, if you're sick, stay home. (And affirming that that is always appreciated).

I'm a little annoyed because my kids were both sick last week with mundane stuff, and now, when I want to be at my sharpest and most vigilant, I have a stuffy nose.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:08 (two years ago) link

my spouse hesitated about kissing me this morning and I was like "dude, you've stuck your dick in me, I am pretty sure you've got whatever I've got."

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:09 (two years ago) link

Yeah, but maybe not covid.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:13 (two years ago) link


Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:13 (two years ago) link

we have not been touching our top faces. only our bottom faces.

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:15 (two years ago) link

now is the perfect time to invest in a bidet

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:16 (two years ago) link

have a wedding planned in june and an out-of-town bachelor party planned for april 2nd. not gonna lie, i'm slightly nervous about that second thing. hopefully, the panic will subside by the time june rolls around, and i'm going to that party unless the faa grounds flights (sorry, not sorry colorado). but covid has been a fun additional source of stress during an already-stressful time.

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:16 (two years ago) link

The Bidet: like a wet kiss for your bottom face.

Waifu-ed Around and Fell in Love (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:17 (two years ago) link

cancellations are really bumming my kids out - mariachi performances, purim celebrations, soccer games, etcx.

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (two years ago) link

Been thinking about life and mortality today. I’d rather die gloriously in battle than from a virus. In a way it doesn’t matter. But it kinda does.

— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) March 9, 2020

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (two years ago) link

if they don't get their Disneyland trip at the end of this month the tears are gonna be epic


Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (two years ago) link

Disney hasn't closed or anything yet, right?

So far not much here has changed, as far as I can tell.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:20 (two years ago) link

my work is definitely going to close when the virus picks up steam here and I can't do most of my job from home as things stand (and this will not be remedied in the near future). this is going to definitely create an "interesting" time for me, probable extra paid holiday from work followed by "too much fucking work" when I get back

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:20 (two years ago) link

it's a good thing that Paul Gosar was a dentist then.

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:21 (two years ago) link

Disney hasn't closed or anything yet, right?

they closed Disneyland Tokyo (different situation, obviously)

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:22 (two years ago) link

definitely create an "interesting" time for me

Maybe you'll finally get to watch "The Irishman" in one sitting.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:22 (two years ago) link

JUst seen it confirmed taht teh St patrick's day parades are bing cancelled. Heard Dublin, Cork, sligo so far.
BUmped into someone i know this morning who was coming from a meeting about the local one and told me taht our local community centre had definitely pulled out but the town as waiting for the decision from teh council.
I thought it was pretty likely that if there was a panic over the last week a large close crowd event like that next week may not be likely to go ahead.

Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:23 (two years ago) link

Pretty sure the St. Patrick's Day response here will be to drink *more*.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:24 (two years ago) link

They won't need to dye the river, it'll just turn that color from all the covid.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:25 (two years ago) link

Went to Costco and the big asian grocery store in town. Costco seemed to be out of toilet paper but didn't notice anything else weird.

The asian grocery store was pretty cleaned out though - 90% of the rice was gone, all of the dried chinese noodles were gone except the very thin ones, and like 75% of the all the huge chinese preserved vegetable aisle was empty.

I'm kind of fascinated by what was gone and what was still around - I imagine some of it is supply issues for chinese products, the fact that the vast majority of customers are chinese, etc. There was still lots of thai/vietnamese rice noodles, korean sweet potato noodles, kimchee, pansit noodles, and some stray bags of basmati, sticky, sushi, and brown jasmine rice. My son and I were also the only people there not wearing masks this time.

joygoat, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:26 (two years ago) link

I'm not very observant, so on Saturday I learned that brown basmati rice is a thing.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:28 (two years ago) link

that's interesting, I shop pretty much only at Asian grocery stores (south but mostly east) here and I haven't yet seen anyone in a mask, nor any shelves unusually out of stock.

Joey Corona (Euler), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:29 (two years ago) link

Probably also touching my face the average (160 times an hour, I've read). Yesterday I donned one of my dog's neck bandanas inside the apt, so at least I noticed each time I rested my chin on my thumb. I imagine I'd get habituated to that, too.

Sanpaku, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:32 (two years ago) link

I've long been in the habit of touching my face with my knuckles, or the back of my hand. Like "The Thinker."

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:34 (two years ago) link

I have a work trip that I spun into a vacation for my spouse and I (me?), heading from SF to Paris then Amsterdam next week. We are both wondering aloud if this is a good idea or not.

As for the workplace itself, we are extremely deadline-driven in my dept and if we close it will have an enormous, unpredictable impact on them. it's definitely making me anxious.

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:43 (two years ago) link

I'm slightly nervous about flying this week: first to Raleigh (for a Destroyer show lol), then NYC. But other than sanitizing the airplane seat table, what can ya do?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:51 (two years ago) link

Deservedly. It's another example of how, more than two years later, the urge to return to some kind of normality has mental health benefits worth risking potentially disastrous physical costs.

Good luck, please.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 May 2022 22:38 (six months ago) link

Echoing what others have said, I know more people who have it now than at basically any point.

I've got Boy Harsher and Stereolab tickets over the next few months and I really don't know if I'm going to feel like being around so many sweaty strangers in close confines... particularly since like 8 of us would be wearing masks.

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 16 May 2022 23:26 (six months ago) link

Mm. It's a wrench to not see Six Organs of Admittance this Sunday, since I try to never ever miss any show by Ben, but given the circumstances, I'm probably avoiding it. After that, aside from one show I was iffy on in early June, I'm not planning on seeing anything until at least late August.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 17 May 2022 00:51 (six months ago) link

My wife is supposed to go to her niece's college graduation and her brother and SIL have covid, but everything is still on because some doctor said they were fine to participate (even though still symptomatic) five days after testing positive provided they are masked. I haven't heard this exact permutation of advice but hope she reconsiders.

Hope you are still doing better tables.

Really appreciate the *chef's kiss* timing of our spike around here peaking (I hope) right at the exact same time as allergy season kicking into overdrive.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 17 May 2022 15:22 (six months ago) link

PBKR, if you go to the CDC website, at least as of last week, thats the advisement— after five days you are good if you wear a mask everywhere. It’s wildly stupid, imo, but oh well.

I am doing fine, jvc, thanks for asking. I will say that I also have horrible allergies and woke up this morning with a face full of snot—luckily, this seems to be due to the fact that one can literally see the pollen floating through the air right now in Philly, as the rest of me feels better than it has in days, and I also slept like a rock last night.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Tuesday, 17 May 2022 16:05 (six months ago) link

Huh. Good luck everyone!

Well not even a week since my last post and I've lost track of new COVID infections in our circles. Learned of five more just today alone.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 18 May 2022 18:59 (six months ago) link

Pandemic party planning:

Our local numbers have still been low but starting to go up. We had a party at our house over the weekend, mostly outdoors, and had windows and doors open in the house for when people were inside. I think we timed it about as well as we could, we planned it right when our local numbers had hit all-time lows and managed to get it in before they climbed up again. We had probably about 50 people here over the course of the evening. So far have not heard of any cases resulting from it. I realize this is an inherently risky thing to do, but not having social occasions for the last two years has been killing us. (Well, not literally. Not like COVID is killing people. But you know what I mean.) And we heard from everybody how happy they were to get out and see other people. Some of the crowd were people who have already returned to being quite social, but for others this was their first real time out in two years.

We take risks as much based on our mental health as anything else, tipsy. I sympathize.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 May 2022 13:38 (six months ago) link

Two years is a lot of life. If you are a person that thrives on socializing, it can really take a toll to just not be able to do that freely (or at all) for so long. Even moreso for kids for whom that two years might be a quarter, a third, or half their life.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 19 May 2022 13:44 (six months ago) link

Oh, the end of my relations with various bartenders around town during the pseudo-lockdown killed me, I realize, as banal as it sounds. I'm single and a hermit for the most part during the week; bringing a book to a bar or bar-restaurant on a Saturday and wiling away a couple hours while chatting to the bartender refreshed me. I returned to it when positivity rates bottomed out in late February; I've retreated, slightly, in the last couple weeks, preferring outdoor joints. But man...

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 May 2022 13:47 (six months ago) link

I had an interview yesterday for a once/week bartending gig at an outdoor seasonal spot near me, and the people interviewing me were like, "Oh yeah, totally recognize you— you always tipped well. Haven't seen you in a while, tho," and I had to explain that I'd basically stopped going to indoor bars during the pandemic. I hope I get it, would be nice to make a couple hundo under the table once a week.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Thursday, 19 May 2022 14:34 (six months ago) link

(That is, Alfred, I feel you, tho once again, because 2019 was "my cancer year," I've hardly spent time in any bars since late 2018 (!!)

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Thursday, 19 May 2022 14:35 (six months ago) link

I've been feeling that too. the few occasions I've gone out or had get-togethers it's really been amazing, like there's this whole part of my personality that just went dormant for 18 months. had also forgotten what it felt like to be drunk :)

unfortunately everyone in my house has got it. annoyingly it wasn't all at once, I got it first, then my wife 3 days later, then my son a couple days after that, now my daughter. all told it's gonna be about 2 1/2 weeks out of school, coming right at the end of the year. the house is a mess, the furnace AND the dishwasher broke (and we can't exactly have anyone come in to fix them), I'm not getting much work done, and obviously no one can help us out. as for the virus itself I was pretty knocked out last week, now it just feels like I've got a cold that's been lasting forever. shortness of breath, still coughing, etc. etc. it sucks.

frogbs, Thursday, 19 May 2022 14:43 (six months ago) link

yeesh frogbs, sounds brutal, hoping everyone recovers soon.

i'm a person who definitely does not thrive on socializing, and even i found myself doing stuff over the last few months that i never would have allowed myself to do last summer when rates in my area were 1/20th what they are now, like going to a few bars and indoor music shows. i truly thought i could stay locked down forever, but it turns out 2 years was my breaking point. now, though, feels like a good time to count my blessings that i was able to do that stuff without falling ill and go back to being more cautious.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 19 May 2022 15:04 (six months ago) link

Ugh sorry frogsb

frogbs I mean!

Sorry to hear all that frogbs, that sounds like a lot to have to deal with all at once. Good luck!

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 19 May 2022 15:40 (six months ago) link

i'm in a play right now and wished I could bail out for weeks, but there are no understudies, so it'd sink the show. Plus I REALLY need the paycheck that comes with the production to help reduce my mounting debt.

the COVID levels were extremely low when we started and the original outlook for BA.2 wave here was rosier, and things didn't really tick up to concerning here until 2-3 weeks ago. it's part of Fringe Festival so can't just 'postpone' it, plus this producer, a dear friend had to cancel a production earlier this year that caused her to take a big hit. Her company might sink if it happens again. she and the costumers/set builders would be out 5k in expenses if we went under.

I masked with a KN95 at every rehearsal. I got boosted (again) two weeks ago to try and reduce the risk. lots of the cast got Omicron BA.1 before rehearsals started, all are vaxxed and boosted (requirement to be in the show). and yet the fear someone eventually gets it still looms over us. not just because of the show, but none of us want that shit.

I'm not enjoying myself at all and just looking forward to it ending.

frogs, really sorry your fam is having such a bad go with it.

mookie wilson shaggin balls (Neanderthal), Thursday, 19 May 2022 15:42 (six months ago) link

thanks all, looking forward to doing this 1-2x a year from here on out :)

frogbs, Thursday, 19 May 2022 15:51 (six months ago) link

I have tickets for Dry Cleaning tonight at the Ottobar bought in a fit of optimism but: I’m old and tired and it’s a Thursday, and I haven’t been in a rock club for years now and masks in Baltimore are not required. Even if I mask up I’m not feeling comfortable. I’ve avoided Covid this long it would suck to get it now.

I’ve been to classical concerts for months now but they all require mandatory masks and vaccination checks and the audience isn’t young and yelling and drinking.

DAMAGED by Black Flat (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 19 May 2022 15:51 (six months ago) link

hope this all clears for you and the family soon frogbs

PBKR, Thursday, 19 May 2022 16:05 (six months ago) link

i have the worst cold i've had in five years! just pints and pints of stuff. it's not covid apparently which seems unlikely.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 19 May 2022 18:35 (six months ago) link

I hope you all get to feeling better, frogsbs.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Thursday, 19 May 2022 18:37 (six months ago) link

Yes, sorry frogbs, good luck with this. Caek as well.

Groovy Situation Vacant (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 19 May 2022 18:46 (six months ago) link

feel better frogbs and caek!!

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Thursday, 19 May 2022 21:00 (six months ago) link

Yes, please.

How are you, table?

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 May 2022 21:00 (six months ago) link

Fine! still become nasty tired once or twice a day, but otherwise I am doing great. Went through boxes of old poetry books with my bookseller friend for 2+ hours today ( we were outside and i wore a mask) and it was a real treat, plus i got some neat stuff out of it.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Thursday, 19 May 2022 21:35 (six months ago) link

Fine! still become nasty tired once or twice a day, but otherwise I am doing great. Went through boxes of old poetry books with my bookseller friend for 2+ hours today ( we were outside and i wore a mask) and it was a real treat, plus i got some neat stuff out of it.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Thursday, 19 May 2022 21:35 (six months ago) link

A good friend of mine was scheduled for bottom surgery _tomorrow_. She's been taking all the precautions - avoiding too much contact with other people, masking, etc., etc.

Her surgeon tested positive for COVID today.

Like, we have enough stress about this shit already, right? I was a wreck for weeks before bottom surgery, on the regular I would have flashes of panic like "What the hell am I doing, am I really doing this, why me", because literally my whole life I was taught that it was the worst thing I could possibly do, that I had to protect that thing at all costs no matter what. As soon as I was through it everything was fine, but right before? A wreck. If I didn't know that cancelling wouldn't solve anything, that I'd just have to go through the whole process all over again, I definitely would have cancelled.

Scheduling has been terrible throughout this whole thing. It's just a fucking mess scheduling "elective" surgeries like this, and there's no communication, no transparency on when or if it'll happen, until one day somebody calls and says "So we have an opening next week, can you do it then?" NO I CAN'T FUCKING DO IT NEXT WEEK, I can't just take a month off work with three days' notice. It goes like this, the constant uncertainty, and you call them and _everybody_ is calling them and they can't deal with all the calls so they tell you whatever will get you to stop calling them. But nothing will get us to stop calling them because we fucking need this and we need to at least know _when_. Because we're putting our entire fucking lives on hold waiting for them to have some availability for this.

I mean I guess the people who don't take precautions against COVID, who have made it impossible to keep this fucking thing under control, most of them want us all dead anyway, so I can't even be mad at _them_. I am mad that none of these people face _consequences_ for their bullshit, that they fuck around and we find out. I'm done. Completely done living life under those terms.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 23 May 2022 19:12 (six months ago) link

that's terrible regarding your friend :(. i'm so sorry. and for all of the distressful things you've experienced above.

Abe Kayfabe (Neanderthal), Monday, 23 May 2022 20:17 (six months ago) link

I really don't know how I haven't gotten COVID yet. I was at a show last week where the performers and apparently a decent portion of the audience tested positive afterward, but I dodged it again.

(actually my theory is that the band had COVID, and my friend whose whole family got it all moved up to the front row in a small venue, while we stayed in the back. But who knows.)

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 23 May 2022 21:12 (six months ago) link

I spent about 5 hours in a crowded club full of knuckleheads on Saturday night. If I somehow dodge it, I'm declaring myself indestructible.

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Monday, 23 May 2022 23:01 (six months ago) link

The friends who got it the same time as us— who perhaps exposed us, but who knows?— were also at the Low and Divide and Dissolve show that we went to, and they dodged it then, too. That was when I thought I was totally going to get it.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Tuesday, 24 May 2022 02:06 (six months ago) link

The friends who got it the same time as us— who perhaps exposed us, but who knows?— were also at the Low and Divide and Dissolve show that we went to, and they dodged it then, too. That was when I thought I was totally going to get it.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Tuesday, 24 May 2022 02:06 (six months ago) link

apologies for double post

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Tuesday, 24 May 2022 02:06 (six months ago) link

I don't want to link to give it any additional clicks, but I've been several usually considered folks in my feed retweeting some account called "COVID News Network (CNN)", which seems to be twisting the most alarming possible takes out of any "update" they share. Considering the account just popped up in January of 2022 and claims absolutely zero authority, I'm assuming its safe to file right next to EFD where it belongs. Just annoyed that it seems to be getting traction.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 2 June 2022 20:24 (five months ago) link

lol I've seen those clowns on Twitter. just report every one of their tweets as misinformation and move on.

Gymnopédie Pablo (Neanderthal), Thursday, 2 June 2022 21:11 (five months ago) link

for that doomer crowd, facts don't matter, the message is correct if it's:

a) bleak
b) gives them an opportunity to act superior to everyone else

Gymnopédie Pablo (Neanderthal), Thursday, 2 June 2022 21:13 (five months ago) link

i'm sorry, but "COVID News Network (CNN)" is like the very first question on a test measuring your bullshit meter, in a test that dynamically increases the challenge every time you get one right

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Thursday, 2 June 2022 21:18 (five months ago) link

You aren’t wrong! I was just surprised to see at least two level headed people retweeting them.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 2 June 2022 23:43 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Running into another one of those weird "pandemic cognitive dissonance" eras right now. I've heard nothing but reports of friends, coworkers and acquaintances with positive test reports in their families, but then I walk into an in-person meeting with 18 people this morning and I'm literally the only masked face in the room.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 15 July 2022 16:57 (four months ago) link

Yeah it’s really jarring. After my “post Covid exuberance” led to my getting Covid I’m masking up consistently in public again.

Antifa Sandwich Artist (Boring, Maryland), Friday, 15 July 2022 17:03 (four months ago) link

Just booked Pfizer booster shot 2 for Monday. Much easier vs. not finding a spot less than a month out on the last booster.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 15 July 2022 17:11 (four months ago) link

"pandemic cognitive dissonance"

otm, the "pandemic of the unvaccinated" rhetoric was quite short-sighted imo

strong disagree tbh

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Saturday, 16 July 2022 00:33 (four months ago) link


Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Friday, 22 July 2022 17:55 (four months ago) link

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