Saturday, April 04, 2020


I am tired of being home. I totally get it. And people need to eat, and get groceries, and get gas (though not if you're not driving), and prescriptions, and supplies, and some of us rely on a laundromat for clean clothes. And other people are still working their asses off at grocery stores and restaurants and hospitals and clinics and all kinds of other essential jobs (like the amazing plumber who is outside my house cutting through the wall at this very moment to fix my neighbor's plumbing issue.) But the number of people just not. getting. it. is staggering.

I also get that instructions have been contradictory and unclear, because we have numbnuts in the White House saying one thing, while scientists and experts say another, and all of the more local guidelines between the State, the County, the City of San Diego, and all the smaller surrounding cities have all been pretty contradictory, too. Not to mention parks, beaches, trails, and boardwalks all closing at different times. But they're pretty much all aligned by now, and they're all saying the same thing: stay home. 
Deputies Issuing Citations to People Found Violating Stay-at-Home Order at Beaches:San Diego Sheriff's Department said they conducted targeted social distancing enforcement on Friday between 5 p.m. and midnight - NBC San Diego 
 (More after the jump):
I'm not here to judge what warrants your shopping trips, either, and I don't think we're . While I had to pick up some things for my parents and my own household, one might say the tequila and rye aren't "essentials" but I was there and knocked out a trip, and hopefully don't have to go back for awhile. But obviously it's been a problem because CostCo had to change their rules to limit two people per membership.

Effective Friday, April 3, Costco will allow no more than two people to enter the warehouse with each membership card. This temporary change is for your safety and the safety of our employees and other members, and to further assist with our social distancing efforts. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
But the thing that has really hit me is the pleas from grocery and other store workers. (Shared with permission from a friend who asked to remain anonymous):
Hold on to your asses, everyone! In case you didn't already know this, we are living in a nation of $#&@ing morons. My wife works at an "essential" retailer, and she came home from work today flabbergasted more than usual. 
She said she sees a lot of the same customers EVERYDAY. Instead of buying essential items to get through a week or so, they're just going about their business like nothing is wrong. She said one older gentleman said he's just bored, and there's not many other things he can do. 
Some of these people are bringing with them small packs of teenagers, who don't properly cover their coughs and sneezes. And they touch everything. WHY ARE YOU BRINGING TEENAGERS OUT SHOPPING???? They are old enough to be trusted at home without you! It's one thing if you're a single parent with a young kid or two-- obviously you can't leave them alone. But big kids need to stay home. 
Other people are bringing children with them just because "they're stir crazy and need to get out of the house!" I'm sorry, but if you AREN'T a single parent household, you need to leave those little germ spreaders at home. You are endangering your kids, and the people who still have to work during a pandemic. 
Anyway, I feel I'm probably preaching to the choir, since most of my friends on FB have a certain level of common sense. Stay safe everyone, and don't be afraid to get angry and call out people you see being idiots. 
 And I also caught this post from a Home Depot worker that is  making the rounds (unknown author. ALL CAPS emphasis is theirs, not mine):
Just because we are open doesn't mean we are here for you to spend your time BROWSING around. We are designated as an ESSENTIAL SERVICE. We are not here for you because you have nothing else to do. We are not here for you because you feel like getting out of the house for awhile. We are in a STATE OF EMERGENCY. This is NOT A VACATION! Every customer who walks in our doors PUTS US AT RISK. We really don't want to be here, but we realize that we are needed. YOU don't see how many times a day we wash and sanitize our hands to try to keep ourselves safe. YOU don't see our upset co-workers in the break room struggling to keep their composure. YOU don't see our spouses who worry about us every minute we are at work and who are our strength when we get home. We have our jobs to do and we realize the IMPORTANCE OF OUR JOB TO YOU. The LEAST you can do is come in with a sense of purpose, get what you need, and get yourselves HOME.
And this from an old high school friend who is a checker at a major grocer:
Anxiety level is up there!! Send positive vibes yall!! The humans are getting impatient. We are patient with you guys and all of us are working extra hard for you. So please refrain from cussing any of us out!! Not necessary!! *Rant over* 
Just do your part. Field trips are no longer allowed.

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