Thursday, August 19, 2021

Boredom Strikes Deep...

 ...into your heart it will creep. 

The Delta Variant is going wild here in Humboldt County. Here's a screen shot of a graph of the latest rise in numbers. 

That's CRAZY. Why are things so bad here? I have no idea. So we're just hanging out at home only venturing out to shop for food (will we run out soon? will there be another run on toilet paper? will our local bakery still have enough flour to make our favorite bread?), and to go on our local neighborhood walks. 

So for quite a while we've seen what we thought was a dog sitting on the front steps of a house we pass by out in cow country. It moved every now and then, sometimes sitting by the big mobile home trailer parked on the drive way, but mostly sitting on the front steps. It was always in the same position, so we realized it's a fake dog. The other day I thought I should photograph it because that's what boredom calls for, so I did.

What is that? It's not a fake dog. It's a fake pig. Isn't it? Why would anyone have this on the front steps entry way? Oink oink. 

And then if rising covid numbers and fake pigs are not enough, here's a view of what else is keeping us indoors these days. 

We are surrounded by fires. It's been windy here, which just adds to the flames. The air quality has been creeping up into the Moderately Bad category. We wait and watch the sun rise red in the hazy sky. 

Other than that, we do have a recall election here in California because some people have decided they don't like the elected governor. I think it started because they didn't like that he closed down the state early on in the pandemic. Ah well, boredom strikes deep. You never know what people will do with all this time on their hands. Oink oink.

 

32 comments:

  1. What a mess! I'm sorry you're surrounded by all this craziness. I can see why you're bored. And yes, that's a fake pig. I don't know why, but I rather like it.

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    1. Ally Bean-- We are living in interesting times. We actually like the pig too!

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  2. Too bad! We were getting so hopeful until this variant hit and people are such jerks about wearing masks and getting the vaccine. Now we are going backwards it seems, doesn't it? and it is hard to keep from feeling down. Hope your air clears and the sun shines golden for you again!

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    1. EllenD-- We just got back from a walk at the marsh and there was so much anti-tax graffiti there it surprised us. We do seem to be going backwards and it's a bit heartbreaking. The sun was a fiery orange red again this morning.

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  3. we have rather settled in to crazy, never know from day to day, the pig takes the entire cake! I am so sorry about the fires- breathing is tricky, the particles are deadly, Please stay in and use a filter, I wore a mask all the time during the smoke and it did help, now i just have a lingering irritation that ( cough cough cough) is going away- sort of.
    I think that your governor did a fine job!

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    1. Linda Sue-- The smoke here isn't as bad as it was last year, at least not yet. It's still early in the fire season for us. We're just hoping it doesn't get worse. There are literally 47 names on the ballot running for governor. It's CRAZY. Yes, we think he is doing a fine job too.

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  4. I like the ending of your post. It seems that Covid is picking up strength as time goes by. A large part of the population is not learning anything. I would imagine that they are the same people who are ignoring climate change.

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    1. Red-- It seems so crazy to me that people are making this virus and vaccine a political tool. I just wish more people would get vaccinated here. The virus numbers are crazy. Oh yes, definitely the same people who ignore climate change and have also ushered in this recall election here. CRAZY.

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  5. Well, there was that dinner at the French Laundry. Sometimes (actually, often) it seems that our politicians are tone deaf about their actions. I saw the guv and his wife just sold their home overlooking San Francisco Bay for nearly 6 million dollars so they'll have that to fall back on if the far right crazies defeat him in the election.

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    1. Catalyst-- I had completely forgotten about the French Laundry dinner. Oh yes, politicians are completely tone deaf. We are such a broken system, it blows my mind.

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  6. I am so sorry that with all else you are facing that bad air is now in the mix. We had some of that even here and it kept me indoors too much. Really felt like a prisoner.
    The pig is kind of cute on close up and at least he is low maintenance. No feeding, walking or cleaning up after:)

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    1. Patti-- These are such interesting times. It's pretty hard to find any peace, but we give it our best shot. Just got back from a walk at the marsh. So good for our spirits.
      We like the little fake pig. It's really pretty cute.

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  7. The New York Times said there's a very real danger that California will wind up with a conservative Republican governor, despite its reputation as a "blue" state, because of the way the recall votes are tallied. Yikes!

    That pig made me laugh. So funny.

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    1. Steve-- I saw that NY Times piece. It's really pretty scary. There are 47 names on the ballot. That's crazy. Like we need this absurd chaos during an already absurd pandemic. Oy.
      Glad you liked the little fake pig. Makes us laugh too.

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  8. Oh Dear, we are out of lockdown and I rarely venture out other than out with my camera or to our caravan in Wales. It's weird seeing people out and most wear masks in shops.It's raining here at the moment making a welcome return for what ever time it is here. That's a Pig on the doorstep, has to be, mind you we were treated to a Red Kite on the top of a electricity pole eating its prey twice this week. Amazing site but not pretty

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    1. Billy-- I think we'll be heading back into a lockdown some time in September, after my country celebrates Labor Day. There will be a huge outbreak after that, the way there was after the 4th of July. We ordered N95 masks because know what's coming here. Oh wow, seeing a Red Kite eat its prey is a sad but natural sight of our natural world.

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  9. our vaxxed asymptomatic governor tested positive the day after he went to a crowded indoor fundraiser, no masks. he's asked for medical professionals from other states to come here because the surge is so bad and nearly every IC bed is full, he also asked for 4 refrigerated morgue trucks to handle the overflow of the dead. and still he will not do anything to protect the public health, will not rescind his executive order 'no mask or vaccine mandates allowed' by gov't, businesses, or schools. though some entities are defying him.

    I so hope dems keep California.

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    1. ellen-- Your governor is the most ignorant dangerous jerk, in competition for first place with the governor of Florida. What SCHMUCKS. I cannot believe what you and your fellow citizens are dealing with. It's crazy here in this part of California with rising covid cases and really stupid anti-vaccine rhetoric. Is this how it all ends, I wonder? I hope my fellow voters rise to the occasion and votes NO!!!

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  10. I don't even know what we used to think as "normal", we just go by the weather and occasionally check whether it's a weekday or the weekend. It's all gone batshit crazy.

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    1. Sabine-- Yes, it has all gone batshit crazy. I am blown away by it all.

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  11. OMG how is anyone supposed to stay sane with all of this going on. The Delta strain is so virulent - it's causing chaos everywhere. Israel was doing so well with a huge proportion of their people vaccinated, but they are now doing boosters because efficacy wanes after 6 months. Australia has hardly any of its citizens vaccinated so we are way behind the 8-ball.

    And fire - hopefully autumn will kick in soon and relieve that situation for you. I'm thinking of emailing the news channels - all of them - and complaining about how the weather persenters are always whinging (nicely) about the rain and happy when it's going to be sunny. What universe do they live in? Soon summer will be upon us in Australia and months of dread will follow. I hate summer.

    I don't think we will ever be free of this virus or the fires. Nature seems determined to get rid of a hell of a lot of us - one way or the other. I can't say I blame it.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- I had no idea Australia was so behind on vaccinations. What a bummer. I hope they get it together. Yikes.
      Yes, summer is a challenging time. The rising temperatures has made summer so much more difficult. We are undermining our own existence and the life of our planet.
      I agree with you. Nature does seem determined to get rid of us, and really I can't blame her either. Enough.

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    2. Robin we have an incompetent right wing government and a useless prime minister who plays political football with COVID and vaccines. He says stupid things like: 'it's not a race' because it appeals to many self-entitled selfish Aussies who think their rights are the most important thing in the world.

      Plus we haven't really seen COVID deaths here so they think they are protected and the borders are staying closed so no need to face up to reality either. Australians are very insular and pretty self-referential. I've lost a good friend over this. Ideologically we are so far apart I don't think we'll ever mend the friendship.

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    3. Dr Michelle-- I hope your country stays safe, although I'm not sure how that is possible. With summer coming your way and people will probably start gathering, the cases will probably rise. We're seeing it here in the US, and quite alarmingly in my county. Stupid people get together, do stupid things, and then get sick. What a predictable outcome. ugh. I'm so sorry you lost a friend over this. Sometimes we have to say good bye to people whose life philosophy is so different from our own, different and dangerous.

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  12. Our hearts, like those of our ancestors, are being tested. That's for sure.

    And then there appears a fake piggy on a porch!

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    1. am-- Your comment about the fake piggy made us laugh. We so appreciate that. Thank you!!
      Yes, we are being tested. I think we all know the outcome of that.

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  13. The Delta variant has gone mad here too, but by now most of the most vulnerable people are vaccinated and don't seem to be getting too sick. I used to look after pigs at one time in my life but I don't feel I need a phony one right now.

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    1. John-- There have been several breakthrough cases of the delta variant on people who have been vaccinated, but we're hoping for the best and avoiding most other humans all the time.
      I'm glad you don't need a phony pig right now, but it's good know that they're available when and if you ever need one. LOL!

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  14. Delta variant is rampamt in the UK.

    We've been doubly vaccinated. It's good that it protects you from serious illness but we still don't want it - and don't want to pass it on!

    Must be rotten coping with covid AND fires. We get floods here. Thankfully the flooding's held off the last couple of years.

    Your governor sounds to have had the right idea. If our government had taken it more seriously and locked down sooner, fewer people would've died over here.

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    1. Carruthers-- I didn't know that the Delta variant is rampant there. I thought things were pretty good. Bummer. It's definitely going to take a long while before this pandemic is done with us. We've been doubly vaccinated as well, and our president is talking about booster shots. We'll see if that happens.
      Summer is fire season here in California. We have so made a mess of the environment. This is the result. A bummer.

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  15. Everyone needs to be bored again because we all need to do a lot of sitting at home if we're ever going to get this pandemic under control. That fake pig is so strange.

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    1. 37paddington-- It's true boredom may be what ultimately saves us. Stay home, people! Yes, that fake pig is really strange. Now we oink to it when we walk by. LOL!

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