July 4th, 2021
Is the pandemic over?
You know what, it kinda seems like it is, so let’s see where we’re at.
Can we travel in BC? Yup.
Do we have to wear masks? Nope, but it’s SUGGESTED we do, which is kind of like suggesting we exercise regularly or eat more broccoli (which is to say, I see that whole ‘wearing mask’ thing slipping badly.)
Can we eat in a restaurant? Yuppers. Have at it.
Can we go to a movie? Hell, yeah! We went and saw the new Guy Ritchie movie, which was underwhelming but did feature a bucket of buttery popcorn (and for The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World, Jason Statham).
Have we all had a second shot? Errr, ah, not so much. Some don’t even want the first shot. Even if they are offered a free lottery ticket.
Are people still getting Covid? Yup. Plus, there’s a new variant out there. Delta. It’s kicking people’s butt in the UK and India.
Are people still dying from Covid? Seven-day average in Canada is 20. Here. So, yes, but the numbers are not bad. Not bad at all.
So I guess it’s difficult to say the pandemic is over, as we have only reached stage 3 of a 5 stage reset model. (Stages here.)
But finally being done with Covid got me a-thinking.
Would I actually miss anything about the pandemic?
And, you know what? I came up with a top 5 list.
- I sorta liked the social distancing thing. I would like that to continue, please.
- I loved having arrows on the store aisles. Oh, the order, the disciplined flow of the crowd, the beauty of the human race all going in one direction. Gosh, I will miss that.
- I will miss having the pandemic as an excuse for super bad eating, not exercising, and binge-watching Love, Death, and Robots.
- I will hate not being able to take the dog for a walk in my PJ bottoms, bunny slippers, and cat-eared toque. Already I see a sad lack of people in sweat pants and headbands.
- I will miss being super judgemental about everything anyone does. No mask, no vaccine, walking down the aisle the wrong way, buying 2 rolls of toilet paper when the freaking sign said one per customer… Oh, the list is long and detailed.
Wait, hold on, do I really have to give up being judgemental?
Anyway, I hope that everyone is getting back to a sense of normal, perhaps hugging that grandma (or grandchild) you haven’t seen, perhaps getting on a ferry and visiting friends, perhaps playing D&D or going to see a movie.
Much of our old life is returning, and that makes me happy.