Your Covid story

People on this side of things don’t like to complain, myself excepted. Stoicism is preferred.

That’s fine in general but it has the side effect that we know little of others’ situations.

From off-hand comments here and there, I’ve discovered people who have lost their jobs, gone bankrupt, were unable to enter professions due to suspended bar exams etc., were forced to move house, lost friends, fell out with family, were separated from partners and children, and so on.

These weren’t whingers. The truth slipped out once and they didn’t mention it again.

I’ve also heard people note positive outcomes – fresh opportunities, personal growth and things like that.

This post is given over to your stories about how Covid went for you. Not a whine or a brag. A chance to share so we know what happened.

By ‘Covid’ I mean everything – the virus itself, closed hospitals, lockdowns, travel restrictions, mask and vaccine mandates, and anything else related.

Readers want interesting accounts, be they positive or negative. If your story is, ‘I stayed home and watched Stranger Things through twice then went back to work,’ good for you but no one cares.

This is not an attempt at quantitative research where we weigh up winners vs losers from various policies. There are other forums for that. Rather, I’m curious about your individual story for its own sake.

Feel free to share stories of others or to encourage those further afield to contribute if you think they’d be keen.

40 comments

  1. jewamongyou · December 8

    So far, Covid has been good to me. I got to collect unemployment for a year, bringing in as much as when I was working. On top of that, I got free medical insurance. Then, when the economy recovered enough for me to go back to work, it was lucrative.

    It’s hard to say how much Covid lockdowns impacted house prices, but I did take advantage of the situation and sold my house for a handsome profit. Now I’m hanging out in the Caribbean.

    This is not the end of the story; Covid seems to have played a role in Trump’s “defeat” and Biden’s inflation might yet wipe out any monetary gains I have made. Also, it’s possible I might get Covid and die.

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    • Kentucky Gent · December 10

      “Also, it’s possible I might get Covid and die.”
      Well, if you’re hanging out in the Caribbean, you’re getting plenty of sunshine which equals vitamin D. So you probably won’t die, unless you stick to the USDA food pyramid.

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  2. Hesse+Kassel · December 8

    My home base was in Tasmania, but I was in Western Australia, in early 2020, thinking to arrange to move there, plus bring my family over. Then I read an article in late January, on Unz called Can’t Quarantine the Coronachan, by Anatoly Karlin. Karlin seems pretty smart, his arguments seemed good to me and they accorded with reality as it presented at that time. So I sold off about a 40% of my share portfolio, that portfolio being my entire equity that I had to fund my, already retired life. I also bought the last 5 masks from a chemist in a rural area, which was lucky since they became unavailable around that time.
    His prediction in that article matched the reality very well over the next month, at a time when that was far from obvious. So then when he wrote another article in late February called Corona Will Kill Millions & Crater the World Economy I decided to take that seriously too.
    At that time the infection fatality rate was thought to be around 3%. I had 2 girls, 8 children and I living in a house in Tasmania, which I calculated meant that if I brought Covid back there everyone would probably get it and the expected deaths in the household would be 0.33, definitely not a game. So I planned to return to my family with minimum risk, I also told my family to stop going to school and lock themselves down, apart from minimum, lone trips to the supermarket, with precautions.
    I went to a Spudshed 24 hours supermarket in Perth, at 3am when there would be few other, possibly infectious people around and bought food and water sufficient for 30 days without cooking. The only other customers were 2 separate and lone male Chinese customers, each of whom were buying the biggest size bulk toilet paper packs, at the time it seemed odd and hard to understand, but I now see that they were just smarter than me.
    I then set myself the task of driving the 3300km across to Melbourne without coming near to anyone except when paying fuel station attendants, which I managed, approaching Melbourne after 7 days, though I had to camp a few more nights before I could actually get the ferry. Australia is not densely populated, especially on that route, so I was able to achieve that by camping on waste ground and consuming my supplies.
    I then bought a private cabin on the overnight vehicle ferry to Tasmania. I wore a mask and went straight to the cabin, I didn’t come out until I could get in my car without delay, still masked. At this stage I still hadn’t seen another masked person and everyone was looking at me like I was an alien. The quarantine man in Tasmania waved me straight through without even making me wind down my window or say a word, this NEVER happens in Tasmania. Presumably he thought that I had been found to have Covid and ordered to wear a mask.
    Next I drove home and camped in my garden for 5 nights as a further quarantine measure, still eating my stored supplies. I then bought 3 months of food for the house and locked down the whole family for that period while waiting to see what happened. We had a mandated 1 hour outdoor exercise period each day, in the garden.
    Results:
    With hindsight, the share market move was almost spot on, thanks to Mr Karlin, I bought back in when the market was down about 20%, a bit too soon to get the maximum profit. The sudden drive back was about right, I think they closed the state border about 2 weeks after I arrived. The measures to avoid actually catching Covid were absurdly over the top. I think the second two points pretty much sum up the global response to Covid since that time too.
    As we know now that was just the beginning, of course.
    Other possibly interesting points about the effects, the mother of 2 of my children in Australia was trapped in Indonesia for a year. I also have 2 children born in Philippines in 2019 who I haven’t managed/been allowed to meet yet. Of course this would all have been less of a problem if I didn’t choose to have a family structure that proved unworkable in a crisis.
    I hope that wasn’t too long, detailed or boring. The comment turned out a lot longer than I intended and I recalled more details as I went along.

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  3. Klaus · December 8

    Here in Germany, before The Wuhan, there’d been stories for ages about “Arbeitsverdichtung”, literally, ” work compression”, i.e. folks needing to work harder. I reckon, if you’re pretty much okay financially, the pandemic has been good:
    -less commuting
    -less stress
    -more time to do the things you enjoy and (the big one)…
    -enough sleep!

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  4. Severian · December 8

    Covid taught me the truth of the old proverb “Crisis reveals character.” It doesn’t take much of a crisis at all — a clearly manufactured one will do just fine — for the worst in a LOT of people’s character to come out. I lost a very good, very old friend quite early into it. This isn’t verbatim, but it’s close, and 100% accurate as far as the sentiment: “Screw your rights, people are dying!”
    A guy I thought I could go to the barricades with would’ve ratted me off to the Thought Police with a smile on his face. And there are so, so many people like that.
    And it’s not like I’m not scared of death. Everyone is. But even if I truly believed Covid were more deadly than a bad seasonal flu, well…. that’s how it goes, isn’t it? When your time’s up, it’s up. In the meantime, life is for living.
    And that’s the most important lesson I’ve learned: I value human dignity. Lots of people seemingly have no idea what that is; it just doesn’t compute. They live like cockroaches — hiding in the dark with their masks on, getting their food delivered, obsessively clicking Twitter — and somehow they’re ok with that. If those are my choices — live like a roach, or die of the Holocough — then fuck it, give me the Holocough. Maybe the parish priest will peek out from under his desk at the rectory long enough to give me the Last Rites via Zoom meeting, but if not, well, he’ll answer to the Lord soon enough, same as I will. So will we all.

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    • Kentucky Gent · December 9

      “And it’s not like I’m not scared of death. Everyone is.”

      Hmm, if you are availing yourself of the sacraments (especially confession) and avoiding mortal sin, you shouldn’t be afraid.

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  5. Kentucky Headhunter · December 8

    On the plus side, we went from working at home 4 days a week to being totally remote and having our jobs re-classified as such. Management had been dragging their heels about that last day in the office, most likely sensing it would prove how little most of them actually do. Of the 8-9 managers directly above me, two of them basically run everything at that level.

    I also learned A LOT about some of the people and organizations that have direct impacts on how I live my life. I’m not saying I liked everything I learned, but having that info is good for me.

    I have many older relatives and nobody I know died from covid. There were cancer deaths. There was a fatal heart attack, which came as no surprise to anyone. But no covid deaths. Not even fake “covid-related” ones.

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    • dickycone · December 9

      I don’t know anyone who’s died of (or even with covid) either. I know of people. The father-in-law of a coworker for example, but the coworker is in his 60s, so I’d guess the father-in-law was at least in his 80s. I know of people who’ve died of cancer and in traffic accidents since 2020 too. I haven’t kept a tally, but it seems like a lot more than the covid deaths I’ve heard of. That’s another strange thing about the “pandemic,” how people notice and panic about the covid deaths but deaths for other things don’t register.

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  6. thatmrgguy · December 9

    Just found your blog. Great stuff.

    Before COVID, I had a good thing going. Worked for a construction company traveling around the country remodeling and upfitting a major corporation’s retail spaces. A week’s paid vacation every eight weeks, health insurance and a 401K plus end of year bonus. As a site superintendent, I also had a company truck and credit card.
    Then COVID hit. My company got the PPE so I got paid for the eight weeks while sitting at home. We were deemed essential workers and went back to work. Got through a couple more jobs. (Typically we would be on site for about 6 or 8 weeks, then on to the next job.)

    July of 2020, my youngest brother needed me to take him to the hospital for a heart cath procedure. So I took a couple of days off from work, drove across the state and took him to his appointment. He wanted to make sure he would be in time so we made the 60 mile drive from his house and splurged on a stay the night before his procedure at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville NC. ( I was doing a job in Raleigh at the time.)

    After his surgery, I took him home that afternoon and left to go back to my job. On the way back, I started feeling funny so I pulled off the next exit on the interstate, which also happened to have a hospital just down the road. Went to the emergency room and found out I had went into AFib.

    I called my company headquarters and told them about it and that I was going home the next day to see my heart doctor. Two days later, my brother’s fiance called me and told me brother had been taken back to the hospital and was being put into the ICU. That was July 22. They intubated him and put him in a medically induced coma. He also got put on a dialysis machine because of kidney failure, probably caused by the Remdesivir treatment, one of the side effects of that drug. Since I was his oldest living relative and also his emergency contact, I was responsible for all his medical decisions.

    We have another brother between us and I consulted with him and his fiance, but ultimately the decision was mine. After talking to the doctor, who told me that even if they could get rid of the COVID caused pneumonia, he would have to be on the machine the rest of his life and would most likely have to be put in an extended care home. My brother loved life, was an outdoors person and lived for playing golf. I had to make the decision to “pull the plug” and end his life on the ninth of August.

    At the same time, my disabled wife decided she wasn’t able to care for herself anymore and I had to leave my travelling job and stay home to take care of her. Thankfully, I was close to early retirement age and was able to apply for and get my SSN benefits. Went from making 8 grand a month down to 2 grand a month with our combined SSN benefits.

    At the moment, I’m still trying to settle my brother’s estate. Because his stepson is a spoiled brat and decided to fight me for executorship of the estate, I’m on my second lawyer and it’s been over a year. My brother also left behind a 13 year old daughter that I’m trying to make sure gets taken care of until she comes of age.

    That’s my COVID story.

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  7. Tim914 · December 9

    Wow, that’s rough. I hope things improve for you.

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    • thatmrgguy · December 9

      Well, still addicted to oxygen and looking at the grassy side, so it’s all good.

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  8. Vizzini · December 9

    The WuFlu has been mostly a big nothing for me except for the eviction moratorium. If tenants had stopped paying their rent as they were surely being encouraged to do, that could have been hard for me, but in reality I had almost zero trouble with that.

    Otherwise, I’m self-employed in two “essential” industries (housing and agriculture), so I could go about my business even during the lockdowns. I live most of my time in a very rural area that was mostly untouched by the WuFlu. I’ve never been accosted by a Karen. Nobody requires masks in any of the businesses I frequent (there are a few with signs, but everyone ignores them). I just get to sit by and watch the insanity. There’s nobody to force a vax on me. I haven’t donned a mask in more than a year. I don’t know anyone who has died or been seriously ill from it.

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  9. AnonForThis · December 9

    I made out like a bandit. No sob stories from me.

    Quit my shitty job end of 2019. My manager persuaded me to change it to 6 months leave. Took a trip back to Oz to visit my old friends & parents.

    I’d been stacking away money for the last 20 years, and dabbling in the stock market for two, but there wasn’t much to buy. When the covid crash came, I forced myself to go all in, buying like crazy in the 2nd half of the year. Mostly stocks paying out sustainable 5-6% yields (back then). Went back to my job, but ended up on a new team working from home! Its good while it lasts.

    Next year I’m on track to get more than AUD 4K equivalent every month in dividends. In a country that doesn’t tax dividends. Once I hit 5K, I’ll quit for good. So now I’m almost free. All thanks to Covid. God Bless Emperor Xi.

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  10. lemmiwinks · December 9

    I live far away from major metropolitan centres and while I’m in a technical position, my workload has been eroded steadily over many years. I’ve ended up like that tool in your tool box that you don’t need very often but when you do need it, you’re pretty glad you have it. I’ve been actively seeking other technical work of a different nature within my organisation to occupy myself and answer the inevitable “What would you say you do here?” So now I would classify my job as a FNG email job with sporadic bouts of usefulness. The ennui is real and crushing at times, but financially it would be gross stupidity to quit.

    Anyway, up until October I never really was particularly affected beyond government mandated covid theatre like bullshit mask mandates and self reported location updates (the latter of which I cannot overstate my resentment for). My real work (such as it is) is hands on enough that I was able to be classified as “essential” and therefore keep going to work as normal. Speaking of which, it was an eerie depopulated wasteland like you’d find in a disaster movie. I still had a few likewise “essential” techo friends on hand, but I’m an introvert anyway and pretty comfortable with my own company. At first it was strange and even mildly disconcerting, then I got to like it. It became “my” campus and I felt mild resentment towards people when they were allowed back.

    Now though, as an offical untermensch due to lack of jabbing, life has changed. It became illegal to attend my workplace, though fortunately for me, employers were mandated to allow work from home where possible which kept the cash rolling in, but made my FNG email job so much more F and G. The many and varied other places I was banned from due to my blood (pubs, cinemas, retail big box stores, holiday parks etc) I didn’t really give a shit about – see earlier mention of being an introvert. Although the historical precedent worries me deeply and anyone who can’t see the obvious parallels is either ignorant or stupid.

    The relative speed with which the Overton window in my country has been shifted towards unquestioning acceptance of totalitarian rule, with barely a whimper is shocking to me. I no longer trust politicians, the mainstream media, or the majority of medical professionals to tell me the time, let alone anything more important and I never will again.

    I haven’t lost any family members to either the ‘rona or the branch covidian. I had a text conversation with someone I thought was my friend, but it turns out he is strongly in favour of forcing experimental medical treatments into the arms of every living being on the (false) premise that it would protect the vulnerable. I can no longer think or feel about him the same way. Another friend was drawn deeply into the mass hysteria to the point where he was shouting at the local MP in public because he couldn’t get his precious Pfizer jab. Unsure about that friendship status, it hasn’t been tested but I wouldn’t be super surprised (hurt, yes) if I found out he was scared of catching the ‘rona from me and therefore banished me.

    These are the costs I will bear, though not willingly or gladly. I expect the price will be steadily increased as time progresses – we’re coming into summer now and seasonal respiratory illness is going to do its seasonal thing. Come winter, when the small benefit of the jab has waned for those who unknowingly timed it badly, and the next wave of terror is rolled out, I wouldn’t be surprised to see us go full Austria or worse.

    The physical effects on my life as detailed above are largely trivial nonsense if you can manage ignore the stages of genocide, especially considering those who weren’t so fortunate as me and lost their jobs and more. I feel bad for those people and nothing but contempt and anger for the liars who put them in that position.

    Psychologically the effect is more profound, but the damage longer lasting. Rather than being cowed by their evil diktats, they strengthen my resolve. The harder they press, the more it serves to convince me further that the jabs are not to benefit me, therefore they must be to benefit someone else.

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    • Kentucky Headhunter · December 9

      “I’ve been actively seeking other technical work of a different nature within my organisation to occupy myself and answer the inevitable “What would you say you do here?” So now I would classify my job as a FNG email job with sporadic bouts of usefulness. The ennui is real and crushing at times, but financially it would be gross stupidity to quit.”

      Yes, exactly.

      But when I try to help other teams (security for instance) I am reminded that I’m already on the best team by far and that the other teams generally stink, which is why they are asking for help. And I’m not claiming any kind of super-genius status here. I’m generally fair-to-middling good at most things and am the go-to on a couple of things vs. they don’t seem to know WTF they’re doing or at least can’t explain the issues. I have to talk directly (and separately) to the vendor rep who is usually like, “OMG, thank you for helping out. Um, can I start dealing with you directly?” No.

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  11. Kentucky Gent · December 9

    There was so much worldwide evil in 2020, and obviously orchestrated, that I came back to my faith in God. I knew I needed to return to regular church attendance, but nearly all the Protestants ordain women and marry homosexuals. Those denominations that don’t are the same ones that I’ve tried long ago, and found wanting.

    Eastern Orthodox is way too different for me to get anything out of the divine liturgy. Out of shear desperation, I tried the Catholic Church. I was smitten from the very first Holy Mass. I am convinced it is God’s true church, and yes, I am a fanatic. Couldn’t be more grateful to God for Catholicism. It has changed my life, changed my character, and given me faith, hope and love in more abundance than I ever had before. Praise be Jesus Christ!

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    • lemmiwinks · December 9

      (Veering waaaaay off topic, apologies Nikolai)

      I’m glad for you, and I think a little envious. I was brought up Catholic, went to a Catholic school, prayed daily etc, then when I was about 30 I got to thinking about it. I don’t believe in the supernatural – ghosts and magic so on, and so I got to thinking about my faith and I couldn’t see any logic in it (I realise the irony) any more.

      I figured if I grew up in a bubble and never heard anything about any religion, then at age 30 someone told me the story of Christianity (or any religion) I would not likely believe them. But because I was brought up with it from birth, I had accepted it as truth without question. Same deal for all those other kids who were brought up with other faiths who are told that the infidels are wrong. If I was born into a Muslim family instead, or a Hindu family, that’s what I’d believe and I’d think the other faiths were mistaken.

      I also just can’t get my head around consciousness without physical form. I had a general anaesthetic and I’m watching the guy. He says this syringe is such and such, then this syringe is so and so then, bam, lights out just like that. When I woke up I thought, wow, anything could have happened there (indeed a lot of stuff did for that was the point of the anaesthesia), I could have died and I wouldn’t have known a thing.

      Anyway, that’s already way too much. Like I said, I’m glad for you Kentucky Gent.

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      • Kentucky Gent · December 9

        lemmiwinks, I call bs – you weren’t praying daily when you became apostate.
        lemmiwinks: “I don’t believe in the supernatural – ghosts and magic so on”
        Man-made magic is so far from, and inferior to, the miraculous, that you’ve made a category error here. This bungled analogy may impress others, but it won’t lead me astray in the least. Nor will your passive-aggressive patronizing of my faith.

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        • lemmiwinks · December 10

          Easy tiger, I’m not trying to persuade you one way or the other. I’m glad for the solace you have found in your faith. If you don’t believe me that’s cool.

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        • lemmiwinks · December 10

          Perhaps I should clarify – I read your comment and thought hey, here’s a man who (I assume from “…came back to my faith in God”) lost his faith (as have I) but then found it again (as I am yet to do, but I’m thinking maybe I want/need to) and not only that, but in the same faith that I was brought up in. Neat.
          I realise the absurdity of thinking random strangers on the internet can guide one’s faith because it’s such a deeply personal experience, but there you have it. An interesting point this covid tyranny has brought to light is that pretty much the only people who had my back vs the government were varying degrees of the Christian right.
          This is far more personal than I ever care to get on the internet and you’d never hear this out of my mouth in person so I’ll leave it there. Hopefully you can see I wasn’t trying to corrupt your belief.

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          • Kentucky Gent · December 10

            lemmiwinks Fair enough. I just found it incredibly not credible that someone claiming to have attended Catholic school would summarize the faith as “ghosts and magic”. That has nothing to do with true Catholicism.

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      • overgrownhobbit · December 21

        ” If I was born into a Communist family instead, or a Black Lives Matter family, that’s what I’d believe and I’d think the other beliefs were mistaken.”

        So naturally, having been born into a non-pink, non-BLM family, I realized my beliefs were just as ignorant and destructive. I realized I did not need to try to figure out what was true. No shade on people trying to institute a race-based totalitarian hegemony, if that’s what gives you comfort

        Not trying to convince you, either Mr. Lemmiwinks (though I will pray for Holy Wisdom for you*) just for any reader that comes along and wants to follow your example. One cannot argue a man into taking regular exercise, but one can demonstrate to others that Fat Acceptance is foolish

        *Even if I am wrong you still win.

        My COVID story is just that I only know people who got sick and recovered, though I know people who say they know of people. I do know people who were abused or killed by the lockdowns.

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        • lemmiwinks · December 21

          I figure I’m about here at the moment:

          “You would like to attain faith, and do not know the way; you would like to cure yourself of unbelief, and ask the remedy for it. Learn of those who have been bound like you, and who now stake all their possessions. These are people who know the way which you would follow, and who are cured of an ill of which you would be cured. Follow the way by which they began; by acting as if they believed, taking the holy water, having masses said, etc. …”

          But I’m having trouble agreeing with Mr Pascal in that I should “fake it until you make it”.

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          • overgrownhobbit · December 24

            You could do what John C. Wright did and ask God for help in knowing the truth. It is what I do whrn I pray for you & Mr. Vladivostok et al .

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  12. Gunner Q · December 9

    The gym closures hurt me the most, literally. I have a bad back and need to exercise it regularly. Squat racks and barbells were great. But now I can’t use the gym unless vaxxed AND masked AND distanced AND bring your own sanitizers, when they’re allowed to be open at all. I’ve had to learn to use adjustable-weight dumbbells at home, and it works well enough now. (Credit to Athlean-X and Jeremy Either on youTube, among others) But the machines and racks were easier on my body and more effective at keeping me fit.

    Thank God the lockdowns never stopped my chiropractor from seeing me. I would have been a prisoner in my own body.

    I still have my work, which is neither “essential” nor “work from home-able”. Business is good. But I had to threatpoint my boss. He’s a devout NPR listener, vaxxed and boosted and trusting the !Science!. Me being unvaxxed and unmasked frightens him but credit, he knows I’m not bluffing when I said No Way. And for now, he can’t afford to lose me.

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    • Maniac · December 9

      I started working out religiously after college. Literally. I’m a major procrastinator, so I think God moved it on my heart to improve myself for some sort of future endeavor. When the lockdowns shifted into overdrive a year or so ago, I retrieved the old TotalGym my parents had in their closet. It hardly replaces free weights and machines, but it definitely keeps you in shape.

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    • Kentucky Gent · December 9

      GQ, Here in Idaho my gym is open. No masks nor vaccine passports needed.

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      • Gunner Q · December 10

        I can transfer my professional license to ID in January… already checked.

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        • Kentucky Gent · December 10

          Great! You could balance out at least one of the Commies flooding in here from the “utopia” they voted for on the Left Coast.

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  13. stefan6004 · December 9

    I was probably among the first batch of people who got covid in Australia, togehter with my wife – this happened in Feb 2020. Her condition at one point was close to critical, I think, and no one at the time knew what it is – she had problems breathing, and was in bed for 3 weeks. I also had all of the sympthoms but was OK in less then a week.

    It turned out I got it from a collegue of mine who came back from Europe – he told me in the pub beneath our office he cannot smell his beer, and I was joking that he had too many beers…

    Later on I decided not to get vaccinated, because I spoke with my mother – she is an organic chemist and knows a lot about immunology. She told me about how the schistosomiasis vaccine caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and how Polio vaccine paralised hundreds of thousands of people. In her opinion, there are many side effects that are simply not known in the short term. And she beleives in vaccines, she actually participated in making ones. But she says they are rushed and that’s just a big money game (no cull the herd” conspiracy).

    Later on I read “The youngest science” by Lewis Thomas and was so shocked to discover the contemporaty horros of medicine, caused by ignorant doctors who are advisers to politicians. Some of them killed tens of thousands, like the idiot that advised mothers in the US to turn their newborns on their bellies. Read the book, it’s revealing. Politicians base their decisions on how convincing someone is and how does he look/sound when they meet them for the first time, not on actual merit. Many conmen advice politicians, because they had a nice suit and glasses and spoke confidently when they met the decision maker. Anyway, that’s a bit off-topic.

    Workwise – I started working from home, which I really like. No more trains and crappy lunch. I bough some weights (very hard to find – seems everyone was making their own gyms at home) and a simple crosstrainer. Sometimes I miss the cubicles at the office (yeah, I know it’s weird) – because at any point there was someone who didn’t feel like working so you could always have a chat about sport, politics, etc with them. Now I mostly communicate with others in internet, which is not good.

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    • dickycone · December 9

      “But she says they are rushed and that’s just a big money game (no cull the herd” conspiracy).”
      I think this is probably the big thing behind the vaccines and lockdowns too. The population reduction part is likely just a side benefit. You could say the same for video games and pornography. Mainly about money, but they also help destroy existing families and prevent the formation of new ones.

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      • lemmiwinks · December 10

        I try to stick to this belief – it’s a money grab (which it clearly is) but the way the persecution and punitive measures are ramping up against the unvaxxed make it very difficult to hold on to as the sole reason.

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  14. Deacon Blues · December 9

    Personally, not too much to complain about. I have not been sick at all since the crisis began. I went from five days of cubicle time to five days working at home, so I have not been exposed to sick co-workers at all. Another bonus, the migraines have decreased greatly.

    My prior career was technical, working often 300 or 400 miles away from the office for weeks at a time. I thrived in that remote work setting, and so I thrive now. I’ve been promoted and got a very nice raise because remote working and leadership was my bread and butter. It’s surprising how much more work gets done when “swinging by to say ‘Hi'” is no longer an option. I do miss my office mates though.

    I’m now a better cook and groundskeeper, because lunch and coffee breaks involve watching YouTube videos on those subjects. Spending has fallen greatly, and savings are way up. I do not go out for meals or to concerts anymore. All this crap about how you must wear a mask, except when sitting at the table or drinking/eating, is way too much cognitive dissonance for me.

    We miss our trips out of country. It is a luxury, but when the sun is up for less than six hours a day, you realize that week in Mexico really was keeping you sane.

    No relatives have died or been sick, so I’m happy about that. But, some of the COV-zealots are too much and we’ve stopped talking to them. Also, I do feel in a way terribly isolated. I try not to talk FAUXVID with people because it is a political issue (not a health issue), except to maybe try to get them thinking critically about it…one can hope. Plus, most people just keep repeating whatever is in the CBC or Globe and Mail. I feel sometimes like my office mates and relatives are just plain dumb. They’ll go on and on about what a bunch of fuck ups TPTB are, but the moment the government makes the latest pronouncement, they are right on board.

    The cats are very happy we’re around all the time. It’s weird, but we’ve noticed the cats now act like dogs in some ways. They need to be walked about the yard and played with, and follow us around like…a dog would.

    One thing FAUXVID did wreck was our plans to semi-retire. So, we did what we could and now have different plans to fully retire in about five years. There is a lesson in that I think I need to write about.

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  15. TechieDude · December 9

    I wasn’t really affected personally by COVID, other than my company wanting proof of vax. That said, with the new injunction they said we didn’t need to do it. Even though I got the jab when it seemed like a good idea at the time.
    That said, I’m a remote worker and have been for 20 years. The wife, an accountant, was deemed “essential”. So no income hiccups. I also realized this was going to be a shitshow early on so I built and stocked a pantry of sorts. Texas is far different than a lot of the country or other countries. The realized it was bullshit and lockdowns were stupid and knocked it off in 2019.
    Here’s the interesting thing. In the thick of it in 2019, I knew of a few that died but they were old, family of a guy that another friend knows. I’ve met way more than one geezer (70+) that had it and said it was like the flu and got better. A few had wives that had to be hospitalized.
    Fast forward to 2021 – I know more people, younger, fit, and jabbed that went down hard with the Coof than I ever met pre-vax.
    Probably the worst part the Vax true believers. Like My millennial daughter, who is being neurotic about the whole thing. As if her kids would get more than a sniffle from it. She and her husband were talking about getting the booster. I told them they were stupid, it doesn’t work, and would probably harm them.
    I was talking with an old dude that no only had the coof, then he went and got vaccinated AND just got the booster. I asked why in the world he’d do such a thing and he told me for more protection.
    I see a battle coming with these zealots. FFS, my company said because we do gubmint work, all have to be jabbed, even remote workers, which is horseshit. They assimilated my old company. I’ve never darkened the door of one of their corporate offices and have no need to. I’m thinking of causing them trouble.

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  16. Severian · December 10

    Given all of the above, I think it’s clear we should be grateful for the ‘vid. It has confirmed like nothing else could the old adage MPAI — most people are idiots. I know a lot of people who would always give me a hearty “Amen!” when I started going off about how stupid and untrustworthy the government and especially the Media are. I mean, if some government meat puppet tells me the sun is shining, I’m going to look out the window twice to make sure… and if some Media bobblehead repeats it, then I’m packing a fucking umbrella. It’s automatic…

    But the same people who’d give me a “preach it, brother!” every time I said that are now cowering under their beds, because somehow, someway, the very same government and Media are telling you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the ‘rona. Say what?

    Also, it’s a hoot, embracing my inner hippie. Turns out all my goofy Sixties-reject professors were right! They were right for all the wrong reasons, of course, but they were right. The CIA really IS out there starting wars for fun and profit. Their domestic Mini-Me, the FBI, really IS squashing dissent and entrapping people who dare to question The Government. And, of course, Big Pharma really IS creating the disease it purports to cure, the better to sell you endless shots and pills and expensive treatments, all with the active collusion of Big Insurance. You’ll never get me to listen to the Grateful Dead — a man has his limits — but I’m wearing my hair in a long gray pony tail now, even though the top is gone, and I’ve got tie dyed shirts and love beads and it’s awesome. I’ve been less successful at convincing the ladies that they must sleep with me in order to End Capitalism, but I’m still new to this Stick It to The Man thing.

    Speaking of sticking it to people, it’s schadenfreudily delicious to note that while I now sound exactly like a Trust Fund Trotsky, all the Leftists in my life now sound like the president of the Ronald Reagan fan club. Big Pharma is their very bestest friend, with The Government and all its minions a close second. How dare anyone question those noble, selfless patriots in the FBI! And so forth. If you’re amused by the spectacle of suicidal human folly, as I am, this is a gloriously funny time to be alive.

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  17. ray · December 10

    I live in an isolated rural location, only person I’ve known been sick related to the coof is a buddy who became ill only after the fucking idiots jabbed him a second time. He was very sick for a handful of days, but this dood is young and strong, mma trained, bicycles routinely through mountain passes, like that. So the jab that would have killed others only put him down a week.
    I advised him against any jabs as any friend would, but his employers required them for firemen in this country. ‘Public-contact’ blah blah bullshit. He was sick a couple months ago and has resumed training, however he reports that full strength is returning very slowly.
    As for myself, I check off most of the coof danger boxes except being a porker. My God does not approve of fear in His servants and I ain’t skeered.

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  18. thedeti · December 10

    The main thing that’s affected my life is the supply chain issues and lack of consumer goods. Shortages in consumer goods and durable goods that we as a society in the Midwestern US simply are not accustomed to. We simple, hardy midwesterners are not accustomed to a very small choice in appliances like refrigerators or microwaves, or used cars. We don’t buy them often, but when we need one, we can get one.

    Not so anymore. Refrigerators are hard to find. Cars are at extreme shortage. It’s very hard now to find a reasonably priced used car, or even a typically expensive new car. Your choices are limited to piece of shit 10 year old beaters with 125,000 miles; or overpriced gas guzzler pickup trucks that cost as much as your first house and cost $85 to fill up once a week.

    We as a society are being very hassled and inconvenienced by this. We all in the US thought it couldn’t happen here. It is happening here, and it’s happening now.

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    • Kentucky Gent · December 11

      “Shortages in consumer goods and durable goods that we as a society in the Midwestern US simply are not accustomed to.”
      Was watching an episode of US Grace Force last night, with Fr. Chad Ripperger. He pointed out that the two characteristics of communism that are seen in EVERY country that goes communist are 1) shortages of material goods, and 2) an increase in the death rate.
      USA is certainly experiencing the first one. And although the death rate in 2020 was LOWER than in 2019, if I am not mistaken, my understanding is the death rate in 2021 is highter than 2020.

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  19. troopsergeantmajor · December 11

    Hmm, the very worst of it has been the realisation that my view of my fellow travellers / fellow Englishmen was so fucking wrong as to be off the scale. What kind of fuckery is this (thanks Miss Winehouse) ? I have mates currently hiding under their beds from the ‘Rona whilst simultaneously giving it billy big bollocks on soshull meeju about the selfish un-vaxxed. I spent months and years with these lads, laughing, joking and smoking in various flyblown shitholes whilst the rounds pinged over our heads. On a domestic point I ain’t seen my wife or boy child for 18 months, we don’t share the same view …. I could go on, suffice to say; I’ve still got it and when blokes like me have nothing to lose it gets large.

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