May 1st, 2020

Success and a long trip

I'm ready to not drive again for a long time.  We drove four hours up and four back with only a half an hour or so of piddling between.  For some reason up and back for 8 hours is a lot longer than a straight 8 hour drive to a destination.  It was a PIA or rather a pain in my knee which is still a bit swollen.

Standing next to a 10 gallon paint bucket for scale
Standing next to a 10 gallon paint bucket for scale
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Texas is the new Sweeden

We've gone full herd immunity around here.  I went out to a convenience store after we got back last night.  Other than the Plexiglas between me and the guy ringing me up I was the only one that showed any indication things had changed in the past couple of months.  I was wearing my mask (and went back home quickly to wash my hands) but of a dozen or so shoppers and gas pumpers none had masks.  They weren't exactly hugging each other but social distancing seemed to be about the same as it always was in these kind of stores.

Pro:    The latest reports say that until 2/3 of the world's population is immune (presumably through sickness OR inoculation acquired antibodies) we'll be on this carousel.  Combine that with a China report that 3/5 of those who tested positive showed no symptoms.  It makes for an interesting frame for the convenience store picture.  A lot of people around here believe that they are immortal or don't believe this whole Covid thing is real (we are just north and firmly in Alex Jones territory).

Con:    Obviously filling up the hospitals is not optimal.  There is an estimated population of 13000 over 60 years old living five miles north of us.  Our 'senior' population is large around her in addition to Sun City.  Fortunately these people (me included) do not have to interact much with the unmasked masses.  Texas is not going to institute mandatory anything so the majority will remain unmasked and not caring.  I think we'll have a grand experiment here.

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