It’s bad enough that the rest of the world doesn’t want Americans…we may soon find our own towns and cities shutdown once again.
I was fairly optimistic at the beginning of the week about our chances of avoiding further shutdown and returning to travel. Gyms finally re-opened in Southern California and more social distancing orders were lifted. Confirmed COVID-19 cases were rising slightly, but this was to be expected with so much of the state and country re-opening.
My usually-crowded YMCA was virtually empty…it was so great to do a full-body workout using machines and to wake-up incredibly sore.
But now we are at the end of the week and new cases of the virus are surging again. I do note that COVID-19 related deaths continue to decline.
Texas just shut down bars today, COVID seems to be spiraling out-of-control in Arizona and Florida, and overall cases are rising steeply. As Europe digs in on its ban against U.S. citizens, that may be the least of our travel worries in the days ahead. Indeed, we may find ourselves ordered to lockdown again.
Only this time I’m not sure it is going to work. I had my annual physical yesterday and the nurse who took my vitals and hooked me up to the EKG was very clear:
“I’m so f***ing over this. No more. I’m not shutting down again. If they order another shutdown, I’m just going to ignore it. F*** this.”
She wasn’t wearing a MAGA hat or a Trump supporter. She didn’t believe COVID-19 was a hoax. She just didn’t care. And aren’t we seeing more and more of that as restaurants, bars, beaches, and other public venues fill up once again?
Another Travel Shutdown?
Last week I wondered about which flight reviews I’d be able to do with so much of the world closed to U.S. citizens. As we end this week, I wonder if I’ll have to shutdown my business again and return to house arrest.
I’m not going to rehash the case I have already made: we should not be in this position. We are where we are due to a colossal failure of leadership and discernment, both on the part of our elected representatives and on the individual level. But here we are. Brace yourself for the next round of shutdowns. The question is will be people listen this time around?
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I hate to end the week on a sour note, but I’ll try to put a positive spin on it: it appears that thing are going to get worse before they get better. We’ve spent the better part of the week speculating about travel to Europe and Asia, but now face the possibility of spending summer tending to our own gardens and other household projects.