Wednesday, April 29, 2020

CoViD-19: Tom DeLonge Was Right About UFOs | San Diego To Roll Out "Slow Streets" | Staying Home Allows For Going Outside | Cancel Rent

Busted out the tripod today for a little backyard family photo 

Last night I couldn't sleep, so I wrote the framework for a children's book. I'm currently reading The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood after having watched Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word Is Power on Hulu. I couldn't really find any new non-romance/non-cop fiction on the library app after the last book I read, so I decided to dive deeper into her oeuvre. Today on the County daily update it sounds like on Friday we'll get some new announcements about parks and allowable activities countywide as well as clarification on the mask issue (only required to wear when within 6 feet of others.)

  • Here's my SoundDiego story that had me deep diving into the 6-part History Channel series, Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation.
  • Obviously I want to get out and do stuff, but I really do not trust other humans. From the beginning of this whole thing, I've specifically and directly experienced people mocking me for wearing a mask, telling me all of this is a hoax, speaking under their breath behind my back and directly to my face as they cough away. A few months ago, Nova made a friend in the neighborhood, and today her mom got snappy because we don't think it's appropriate for the girls to go on a bike ride together. My thinking is I can only moderately control what we do in my household, I have no idea what your own snot-nosed kid has been doing or touching or experiencing. And if we're not hanging out with extended family, why am I gonna take that risk with someone we barely know?  Reading viewer comments of the County briefing doesn't restore my faith in my fellow humans at all. So you can judge me all you want if I choose to mostly stay hunkered in, but likewise I will judge you and think you're a selfish prick for biking, jogging, or walking through the neighborhood with no mask (and no shirt - ewwwww) and not yielding 6 feet in the event we're on the same sidewalk at the same time. All that said, I came across this article today and it makes me feel so much better. I'll try to stop Karening so much. Hopefully the 'slow streets' initiative helps all of this. 

  • San Diego Mayor Faulconer announced a "Slow Streets" initiative which will be officially mapped out tomorrow. It also includes the change of many of the so-called "beg buttons" at crosswalks. I mean, in my opinion, this should've happened the second we saw Oakland doing it, but better late than never. Today's briefing featured the rad people of Circulate San Diego and BikeSD. Sometimes the questions reporters ask make me snigger a little bit. Like, someone hasn't been doing their homework! 
  • I've been keeping my mouth shut about rent. I know there are a lot of people really struggling. My current property owner really helped me out when I got kicked out of my old place so I feel eternally grateful. However right before the pandemic, they allowed a property management company to take over, so since the pandemic started we've been getting super annoying emails to come and take pictures of the units and property or if we don't want people in our house, we can take the pictures ourselves. Honestly, the only email I want to get from them says, "Hey! Your landlords INHERITED so many properties that they now own outright, so in this time of Covid-19, we are WAIVING your rent until California lifts their stay-at-home orders." Other than that, leave me alone. Nobody is coming in my house until this whole thing is over.  
  • Remember earlier this week when we learned that all the stories would shift from the HEALTH aspect to the ECONOMIC impact of the coronavirus? Today's nightly news was almost entirely about unemployment numbers, corporate earnings, the slowing of the economy. Not to be a downer, but things are still gnar. But there's some good news, too. 
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