Thoughts & Essays

Quarantine Notes: 4/17/20

Happy Friday, folks, whatever “Friday” means these days.

I’ve endeavored to stick to a regular work week and weekend as I’ve worked from home. I do my regular 9-5, Monday through Friday. I wake up to an alarm, shower, get dressed, put my contacts in – all things to signal to myself that I’m “at work.” I knock off at 5pm and find something to do that separates the work day from the evening. Usually a spurt of housework, or taking the dog for a long walk.

No alarm on the weekends, usually no contacts, few to no scheduled activities. Just something to indicate to myself that I’m “off the clock.” It helps things feel more structured.

It does seem to help a little. I don’t seem to be losing track of my days the way some folks are. Time seems more concrete this way. It’s all still weird, but like, it’s at least a coherent weird, if that makes sense.

Quarantine notes below. Updates through the day.

๐Ÿ˜ฆ “Dr.” Phil was on Fox News this morning being exceptionally stupid about COVID-19. Which, come to think of it, is par for the course for that charlatan.

๐Ÿ’ฌ “There are people who live on your block who have better credentials to opine on a global pandemic than Dr. Phil.” – Andy Slavitt

๐ŸŠ To absolutely no one’s surprise, Trump’s Opening Our Country Council is a hot, festering mess. Some of the people he named to the council didn’t even know the council was a thing before Trump read off their names at his little press conference/campaign rally.

๐Ÿ’ฐ So the Payroll Protection Program is broke already, and no one seems to know what’s going to happen next. However, one thing we do know is that the states who benefitted from it the most were Trump’s little favorite pet states. Weird, huh?

๐ŸŠ Trump tried his “total authority” gambit a few days back and was soundly thrashed for it, so his new tactic is to “relinquish control to the states,” and now he’s claiming that everything he failed so very badly at is the states’ fault. His Twitter feed this morning is a full-on temper tantrum bashing the states, particularly the ones he’s mad at for, y’know, being competent. Honestly, there’s so much here to be mad about I don’t even know where to start. I will point out that he’s devolved from being a failure into being actively harmful with his “liberate” horseshit.

TrumperTantrum, 4/17/20
TrumperTantrum, 4/17/20. Click to view full sized.

๐Ÿ–• Shoutout to all the Fox News pundits, MAGA cultists, white supremacists, altright jackholes, and other affiliated idiots for politicizing life-saving measures during the pandemic and getting folks killed. I knew we could count on you guys to be just the absolute worst of humanity.

All right, people, I’m getting cranky. I’m gonna wrap up my work and go play Stardew Valley for several hours.