Wednesday, September 22, 2021

CoViD-19: Old VOI & VOC = VBM | FDA Approves Booster For Limited Populations | Governor Newsom Signs Loads Of New Legislation | Humanitarian Crises Abound Worldwide | Photos #WorldRhinoDay

 

World Rhino Day at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Taken 9.22.21)

I woke up with such anxiety today and I'm not really sure why, but my best cure for it is to try to zip through my email, deleting the junk and focusing on the ones that warrant a response and holding the rest for later while I escape the house. 

Darren and I went to San Diego Zoo Safari Park because it is World Rhino Day and also the new rhino baby is a month old. On their social media, the Safari Park announced the contenders for Kianga's calf: Kamaria (beautiful like the moonlight in Swahili) and Kifaru (means Rhino in Swahili). Obviously Kamaria is the better name. When we arrived, Kianga and her babe were on the far hillside, but one year olds Alice and Mwezi were playing in the lower valley and eventually rejoined their moms and one pair came up to Kilima Point. The Safari Park used to be a little more generous and basically you had about an hour after closing time to make your way to the exit, but it seems they've been a little more aggressive about clearing the park which is unfortunate because they now close at 5 and the animals don't seem to really get active until the sun drops right around that time. Still, I felt pretty lucky that one of the mama/baby pairs came up to say hi before we had to leave, though I can't really tell Holly and Mwezi from Casey and Alice most of the time.

News is crazy per always. The FDA approved boosters for limited groups, though not that limited because smokers and medically obese people qualify along with immunocompromised and 65+, so that's easily more than 50% of the population. Pfizer people should keep an eye out for that rollout in the coming weeks and months. There's all kinds of stuff going on with Congress and the Senate and the UN and the Biden Administration trying to cleanup decades of inherited disasters but I have this small inkling that they may go nuclear to pass the two major packages because the majority of Americans want the government to start working for the people and not the corporations and lobbyists and billionaire class. But it's not really worth watching "how the sausage is made" because it is so incredibly frustrating. I'm just hoping the church on my street is successful in relocating some refugees from Haiti because (selfishly) we have a ton of stuff to donate to clear space in the speakeasy and (altruistically) because the church was very helpful for people after that earthquake a few years back. I also just love having new diversity to the neighborhood and hopefully can volunteer or help if they do in fact bring some people from Texas. 

Numbers are looking good, vaccinations are up among younger people, hospitalizations are going down, all point to good news for now. Stay diligent and be safe out there. 

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, September 22 - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | Modest Mouse, Dear Boy, Mipso, Los Amigos Invisibles, Cold War Kids, Joey Cape and more!

Ben Johnson is having a book signing on Saturday at Verbatim (Taken 12.31.2019)


I decided to go ahead and do listings because it's so much easier to be thorough when I don't have emails coming in every other minute and everyone in the house is asleep. It means I'll be sleeping in, but it also means that I might get to go to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this afternoon if it isn't psychotically hot. 

There are some really great shows this week and I definitely have FOMO for some. If you haven't heard Mipso, you should definitely check them out. They're playing Sunday at the Casbah and I'm genuinely considering going depending on how the local COVID stats bear out later today. 

Stay safe out there. 

CoViD-19: Breakthrough Cases: You Don't Want It | J&J Booster Data Released | UN "The World Must Wake Up" | Fuck You, Joe Manchin |

 

Familia (Taken 9.21.21)

Monday was my mom's birthday but because of all the kids' overscheduled lives, we didn't celebrate until today. It was fun to be with family and now we've still got my birthday and Nadia's to come. Hers is the most anticipated, however, because she'll be able to be vaccinated, the last one of the family, until we all eventually get boosters, too. And yes, we're all maskless because my sister's family were all tested 3 times last week, the rest of us aren't really out in the world much, and there were fans and air purifiers running. It's risk assessment, i guess, and everyone has to choose for themselves, but you still won't find us in a restaurant anytime soon. 

That is all to say that family time is why this post is so extremely late today. I don't go to bed until every email in my inboxes is read so I know what to expect for the rest of the week. I have to say, if you're a musician and you want to be taken seriously by anyone ever at any venue, your triple exclamation points and your ASAPs and your demands on marketing can take a hike. Venues, especially small ones, don't have a team, they usually have one or two people dodging bullets and putting out fires and juggling plates and whatever other metaphor you want. We, for example, currently have about 150 upcoming events and numerous shows to be booked. That your show isn't selling is more your problem than mine, especially if you're a local artist that isn't doing any of the legwork on your own end. So yeah. That's where I am today. There. I said what I said. 

As for news- the UN General Assembly drama with France is like watching a Real Housewives episode, the Gabby Petito case is hard to look away from, and Joe Manchin is a piece of shit owned by fossil fuels lobbyists. He should be stripped of his chairman position on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and his conflicts of interest should be top news every day until he gets on the right side of history. Wednesday is the big gata dump day so I'll try to update sooner and get listings out there, too. 

Stay safe out there.     

Monday, September 20, 2021

CoViD-19: PFizer Submits Safety Data For Kids | COVID Deaths Match 1918 Flu | US CBP: Not A Good Look |

Moon Rising From Downtown (Samsung S9 Taken 9.20.21)

I sometimes start posts and never finish them. I have a drafts folder that I've tried to clean but sometimes I hold on to old things. Like this one time, I was ranting about "before times" stuff that I was hoping would never come back. It was an attempt to look on the bright side of the pandemic and isolation and the big shutdowns. But I never posted it because I thought it was too mean. It had to do with how I didn't miss hearing from acquaintances about their bullshit MLM "businesses" whether it be oils or keto powders or face creams or life coaching or whatever, and then last night I binged LuLaRich on Amazon Prime and I realized it wasn't mean at all...maybe I was just looking out for them. Seriously, staaaahhhhppp with this MLM nonsense. You aren't hashtag blessed, you're not a mom boss, and if you're actually making money, it's at the expense of poor and desperate people below you and you might be an awful person. Anyway, watch the limited series. 

Maybe I just binge garbage TV to avoid the dreadful news of the day. Those images of the Border Patrol agents wielding around their horse reins is horrifying. I know the other side loves to have a field day with immigration and the "border crises," but this is a decades long problem and each administration just punts to the next, particularly as long as the obstructionist Senate represents the racist minority of this country. And of course more people are going to try to come to the United States if they believe that the president is more compassionate and not a fucking psychopath. Nobody wants to really deal with the hard issues and the particular centrist democrats in the Senate can't even stand up to be democrats and nothing gets done. Get the fuck on board already. Meanwhile, this isn't going to be the only "crisis" this administration is challenged with, because they're actually trying to deal with shit as it arises, in plain view, where we're all open to judge and criticize from the comfort of our homes as our faucets deliver us (mostly) clean water, the power switches turn on (mostly) reliable light, the air conditioner keeps us reliably cool, and we have a roof over our heads. We don't know desperation and the destabilization around the world, particularly from countries run by nationalist dictators coupled with climate crises and the ongoing pandemic and things are looking pretty bleak. Still I trust there are good people out there trying to keep it all from falling completely apart instead of being the deliberate destroyers as was the last administration. I need a drink.   

Stay safe out there.     

Sunday, September 19, 2021

CoViD-19: US Cases Remain Above 150k Per Day, 2,000+ Deaths | San Diego Cases See Significant Sunday Drop: Trend or Anomaly? |


My Littles Aren't So Little Anymore - Magnolia & Jacaranda (Taken 9.19.21)

It was a perfect lazy day. I kinda got lost in the drama of the Gabby Petito case and was glued to the FBI press conference when they announced her body had been discovered, tragic as the news was. I listened to the last episode of the Murdaugh Murders podcast. I napped with my kitties. I read a little. I watched a little of the Emmys. We walked the dog around the neighborhood. Darren and Nova built new planters for some snake plant we found dumped on the side of the road a few days ago. I'm gonna skip most of the news and promise we'll get back to all of it tomorrow.  

Stay safe out there. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

CoViD-19: Waning Antibodies After Infection | Anti-Vaxxers Turn Attacks To Restaurants | US Surpasses 2000 Daily Deaths (Again) | More Americans Depart Kabul |

 

Porter and Louis (Taken 5.13.19)

I tried to stay mostly offline today and I don't really have anything I wanna say except that it's hilarious how much of a failure the demonstration was at the Capitol today. Darren and I hung out in the speakeasy last night and poured one out for Louie. Our low-key lifestyle has gone on so long that it is hard to really feel the weight of the losses we've experienced over the past two years, but Louis' death hit me hard. And so did my subsequent deep dive into old photographs, where I definitely found some gems. Nova and I spent the afternoon watching movies and the only time I left the house was to walk the dog. This lifestyle suits me, maybe a little too well. I'm gonna get back to it. 

Stay safe out there. 

Friday, September 17, 2021

CoViD-19: Your Fake-Ass Religion Isn't A Valid Exemption | San Diego Surpasses 4,000 Deaths | US Offers Mea Culpa On Drone Strike | CA Sequoias At Fire Risk |

RIP Louis (Taken 5.22.2017)+

I started a post last night and then just decided to roll it into today's, so tonight's got a lot of reading and links, but the down and dirty is that boosters were not recommended by ACIP except for 65+ and "high risk" which I think goes beyond immunocompromised and includes hypertension, diabetes, COPD, smokers, obesity, and a lot more ailments that pretty much 50% of the population has one or more of. Meanwhile, many churches are denying religious exemptions for vaccine mandates, while front line workers, cops, firefighters, and health care employees would rather lose their jobs or sue than get a freaking vaccine that could save their lives and the lives of the communities they supposedly serve. I have no tolerance today. 

You can read all the other links, but I wanted to take a minute to talk about Louis Procaccino, as it was announced that he died. Louie was hilarious and annoying and funny and loud and kind and a superfan of music and spent his life in the industry. A few years ago he was involved in a workplace accident where a huge amp fell on his foot. It broke and never really quite healed, with complications from diabetes and being a person too on-the-go to sit on his ass and let it heal. I loved Louis so much though with the pandemic, we hadn't seen each other or talked in ages. I've maybe stayed too insulated in my bubble because it's too sad to think about the before times world we've lost. Louis was full of life except when he wasn't...he'd come straight to the Casbah after another several day stint in the hospital from some complication or other, and he treated it like a nuisance that would keep him alive just a little bit longer. I will miss his spirit for sure, and I know there are hundreds if not thousands in the music industry and community at large who would say the same. RIP Louie. 

Stay safe out there. 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

CoViD-19: Uptick In Moms-To-Be | Rural Rates Rising | Governor Newsom Returns To Governing; Signs Critical Housing Bills | Permanent Parklet Plan Moves Forward In San Diego |

Another one of Kianga and her calf from San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Taken 9.15.21)

 After the inauguration of Joe Biden, I remember feeling this sense of hope that things would get better in the U.S. And in a million ways they have and I can even feel that I'm physically different. I sleep a little better, I'm a little more alert, even my digestion has improved. 

Then we had the lead-up to the recall and I was consuming absurd amounts of news and political ads as a side-effect, and I was back to horrible sleep, pain in my shoulders and neck, comfort eating, and all that kinda thing. 

Now the recall is over and for now, it feels like I can breathe again. I can make myself focus on non-news and life in general. Today I went to the San Diego Zoo-- alone because Darren was doing laundry -- and it was so nice, the weather so perfect, the crowd limited, and the animals extra chill. I watched the two young elephants sparring, the pygmy hippos go for a dip, and sat watching the mountain lions for awhile. After Darren dropped Nova off for derby, he and I ran to Costco and stocked the speakeasy and picked up dinner. 

It was a good, normal, not crazy, average day and I'm happy to have more of those. 

Stay safe out there. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

CoViD-19: 1 in 500 Americans Died Of COVID-19 | US Reports 2000 Daily Deaths | Newsom Win Gets Late Night Treatment | Sexually Abused US Gymnasts Testify At Judiciary Committee |

Kianga and her calf born 8.22.21 at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Taken 9.15.21)

I woke up in such a good mood. The recall is behind us, SD Bytes called to tell me my other laptop will be good as new in a few days, and it was the first day we didn't have to blast the air conditioner around the house. I had a productive morning, partially did listings, got some Casbah work done, caught some news and media briefings. But then I watched the US gymnasts opening statements at the judiciary committee and it just made me so sick about what was allowed to happen to these women when they children. It's a tough watch but worth the watch nonetheless. 

So after getting most of my work behind me, I convinced Darren to go to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. They're only open until 5 right now, but getting there around 3:30 was plenty of time to walk around and then spend about an hour at Kilima Point where it was pure magic. First time mom Kianga was sharing her as yet unnamed calf. There's this thing that animals do...and maybe I'm imagining it because I'm certainly not a zoologist...but new moms will kind of 'present' their babies. The giraffes, okapi, tapir and others will kind of protect their babies from view from the public when they're brand new, but at some point they let go a little and show them off. I didn't realize that Kianga is an older daughter of Casey, who gave birth to Alice last year, but that means that I've been taking pics of her since she was little, too. It just felt like pure magic for her to nudge her calf over closer to where I was with the docent, and the calf let us know she saw us and was being super cute and playful, challenging us and then trotting away, only to come back. Puppies and kittens do the same thing. I watched them for quite some time until the "The Safari Park Is Now Closed" recording seemed a little more insistent and we were on our way. 

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park isn't a close drive, but if you take the HOV lane and exit at Del Lago, it isn't usually too bad. Weekdays are nice and empty with lots of space for social distancing and getting in your steps or just sitting by the lagoon or the Watering Hole and taking in the sights. I kinda can't wait to go back. 

As for news, I'll let the headlines speak for themselves, but LA County is expanding vax requirements for all staff and patrons of indoor bars, restaurants, venues, etc, similar to what San Francisco did. It feels like our numbers are trending down, but I had a feeling more measures would come down once the recall was behind us. I welcome them all. 

Stay safe out there. 

Music: Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, September 15-Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | Durand Jones, James Blake, John Legend, JMSN, Buck-O-Nine and more!!

Sold Out Show At Casbah In The Before Times (Taken 1.18.21)

I updated the listings which I left incomplete yesterday. I know everyone but me is going out into the world and going to shows and having a grand old time, but I urge that if you do, you're getting tested regularly and are wearing a mask whether you're indoor or out. I'd also recommend goggles, but I'm a dork that way and not taking any chances. 

Stay safe out there. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

CoViD-19: Kid COVID Concerns | Governor Newsom Remains: Californians Soundly Said NO On The Recall | California 4th Happiest State In US | First Arrest Warrants On Murdaugh Murders Saga |

 

Peek-A-Boo with young mandrill (Taken 9.13.21)

What a relief. I hate polls and I'm so sick of pundits and I'm so tired of all of this both-sidesism bullshit. Governor Newsom soundly defeated the recall, but the news gave his win about a minute-30 and then proceeded to give the next 9 minutes to all of the losers. I watch NBC San Diego, and they're like the least biased of them all, and yet... they followed up by doing a story about the City Council voted to ban ghost gun parts...which passed with an 8-1 vote...and then the story interviewed a gun shop owner, in Oceanside which isn't even in San Diego mind you, and chose not to interview a single person who supports the ban, even though we far outnumber the ammosexuals. Another newscaster from a different channel-- while everyone on twitter is talking about the election results--felt that was a good time to post an article about California leading the country in poverty, without giving any context that the number went down during the pandemic, that the index is based on high housing costs, and a ton of other factors, some of which are not solvable regardless of who the governor is. I'm just looking forward to tomorrow when Governor Newsom can have a signing party for all the bills that are waiting on his desk that might make the losers' heads explode. 

I'm gonna call it a night because it was such a long day on pins and needles, but I should've had a little more faith in my fellow Californians. Thank you to everyone who showed up. 

Stay safe out there.  

Monday, September 13, 2021

CoViD-19: California Risk Decreases | Biden Campaigns For Newsom: Vote NO On California Recall | GHS Students Protest Dress Code |

 

Ernest the Lion at San Diego Zoo (Taken 9.12.21)

I remember a friend of mine saying that as you get older you just go to bed earlier and wake up earlier naturally, and while I don't think I'm there yet, since Nova's gotten older and her bedtime later, I sometimes just make it through the 11 o'clock news and zonk out by the time they get to the weather. This then does lead to an early wakeup, but it isn't daily so maybe I have that to look forward to (or dread) some other time. 

For now, I guess it was nice to wake up to see Nova off to school, get some work done, and then with Darren's encouragement, went back to San Diego Zoo for the afternoon. We don't normally go earlier in the day so it was much more crowded than we're used to, but we still have our ways of avoiding the major traffic jams. Eventually he left to get Nova and take her to piano -- her first in-person lesson since the beginning of the pandemic-- and I did a few laps around some of my favorite parts. Did you know that not only are the Kangaroo Bus and Skyfari included with admission, but so is the full guided bus tour? I haven't done it in years, but could be kinda fun sometime. Anyway, they came and got me after the lesson ended. 

Mondays are Nova's busiest day, so after slamming a quick dinner, we took her to derby and took Ficus on a little walk in an open space reserve near Derby United. Now my feet hurt and I could probably zonk out before the news even starts but I'm gonna try to rally. 

Tomorrow is election day, and maybe the most consequential election for Californians ever. If you haven't already, please vote no on the recall and get your ballot either in the mail or a dropbox. I was a little mad that Newsom's campaign didn't have (or at least I couldn't find) graphics and resources for sharing, so I compiled a bunch at the bottom of this email if anyone wants to grab and share on their own social media. 

Stay safe out there.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

CoViD-19: At Home Testing Ramps Up | Vaccine Pressure Is A Gesture of Love | Vote NO On California Recall | Serval On The Loose in San Diego |

 

One of the Servals at the San Diego Zoo (Taken 9.12.21)

After my post yesterday, I heard from yet another friend who got a breakthrough case of COVID-19. He said he got it after the Hella Mega Tour at Petco Park and was notified through the California Notify app, which I guess it's good to know that's still working. Ideally if we shift to more available rapid tests, people will still self-attest and report on the app while also isolating. My friend says he wasn't super sick but it also doesn't make me wanna rush out and put myself in a crowded concert situation. At least when I'm at the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park I can be constantly moving, only near other people in short passing. 

So that's what I did today. Darren had gone on a bike ride with a friend, Nova was cocooning in her room, so I went to the Zoo alone and took my sweet ass time meandering through the park. After a couple hours, I caught the last Kangaroo Bus at the bottom and intended to Skyfari back to the front, but it was stopped. I don't mind heights but I certainly wouldn't wanna be stuck on the Skyfari for 10 or 20 minutes and not moving. Eventually it started up again, but I think they were manually cranking the cable in because it was a long and slow process. Meanwhile, I opted for the long way out through Elephant Odyssey, around Kopje Canyon, past the koalas, and toward the exit. If our local meteorologists are accurate, it is supposed to cool down this week, so maybe I'll head up to San Diego Zoo Safari Park for another little adventure. 

And speaking of adventure, there's a serval on the loose in North County. Apparently it was someone's pet and she died so her daughter was watching it but it escaped. Servals are NOT pets but they're cross-bred with domestic cats as a type of vanity pet and it is not good. But it sounds like if he is caught, they understand he'll be taken to a sanctuary or more appropriate place, so hopefully they can wrangle him before he's hit by a car or some other tragic end.

I'm kinda skipping out on general news today. Sundays feel like just a recap of all the  shootings and hit-and-runs and sideshows and carjackings and all the other nonsense that happens across the country on Saturday nights when an entire population is completely out of fucks to give. The rest of the news is just more reflections on 9/11 and the recall election so I don't need to further cover either here. You know where I stand on the latter. 

Stay safe out there. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

CoViD-19: "A Pandemic of the Unvaccinated" | Remembering 9-11 | Vote NO On California Recall | Succulent Poaching Is A Crime |


Magnolia, Jacaranda, and Ficus (Taken 9.11.21)

Everyone remembers what they were doing when they heard about the terrorist attack on September 11th, 2021. My story is super embarrassing because it happened to be my boyfriend-at-that-time's birthday, so the night before we had consumed many, many cocktails, and I got a call from my coworker telling me not to go in to work because "something (was) going on at the World Trade Center", and I thought she meant the San Diego one because that was just a couple blocks from our office and was kinda like, "sweet, I can sleep in!" But then like everyone, I turned on the television and everything changed. I had just been to NYC the summer before. My high school prom date worked at the World Trade Center and I spent that week in touch with his mom, who let me know he had just left his job a couple months before. My asshole ex, of course, felt like 9/11 happened to him and him alone and that relationship dissolved soon thereafter, but the whole world changed, our way of life changed, and in retrospect we can all see how calamitous that Supreme Court decision was in Bush v Gore. I mean, there is really no way to wrap our heads around how profoundly different the world would or could be today. We learned then just how much voting matters and, sometimes it seems, not much else. 

Today was another low-key day around here, mostly just trying to keep the house cool and do as little as possible. Once the sun set, it was monumentally more comfortable. We ran to Best Buy to check out laptops for Darren and were shocked at how busy the store was at 8pm on a Saturday. After, we ran back home to grab FIcus and ended up going for a dark walk at the San Diego River Garden, and then kinda taking a meandering drive home just to enjoy the a/c a little bit longer. Now it's another rager Saturday night as I watch Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on the couch, Darren is downstairs playing guitar, and the kid is crashed out. 

I wanna say we were super tempted to go to Sylvan Esso tonight at Soma, but I have to say, and I understand this is anecdotal and doesn't represent any data, but I now know at least four people who have had breakthrough cases of COVID-19 after full vaccination. One ended up in the hospital and the other three weren't just sniffles as has been suggested and all of them have said they have never been so sick in all of their lives. While it may be the unvaccinated driving this pandemic, they all live among us. So I know many people are back to living life, but I'm just not there yet. One of them got sick from an OUTDOOR concert, so yeah, it's possible anywhere lots of people congregate. I ain't havin' it. 

Stay safe out there. Laugh your butt off at this Amber Ruffin clip where she lauds Jen Psaki. 

Friday, September 10, 2021

CoViD-19: New Delta Data | We Have The Tools But Not The Will | Kids Never Really Mattered To GOP | Vote NO On California Recall | 9-11 Remembrances |

Red Panda Chillin With His Misters (Taken 9.10.21)

It's Friday night so I'm gonna keep it short again tonight. I got my computer back today and dropped off the dinosaur to get a new battery and charging port for that one, too. And since I have my laptop back I can unload my old phone and send it in and hopefully not have any electronics problems again for a long while. We bought a case right away since the new one is one of those curved glass S9s so I got that yesterday, too. Now if only the literal pain in my neck would go away...a thing that happens when my anxiety goes through the roof. 

In an attempt to chill, Darren and I went to the San Diego Zoo for a couple hours while Nova was at school. We spent some time with the mandrills, but now the older boy just piddles his diddly when he sees me so maybe I don't wanna be like the Belgian chimp lady. I think the mama is preggers again so maybe he's reaching maturity to be sent somewhere else to mate soon. We also spent a lot of time in the aviaries, which we tend to do when it is crowded, and now that the hours are back to normal, it is definitely more crowded. It's also funny how many people we helped with directions today. The zoo map is very confusing and looks like a game of Chutes and Ladders and definitely doesn't give a sense of all the hills or stairs in the park, so I was happy to oblige. 

We had to cut the visit short to pick up the laptop in Mission Valley and it is sad that it makes me feel complete, but it does. By the way, if you need computer repair, Shannon is the owner of SD Bytes, on Friars Road in the first strip mall east of Riverdale on the south side of Friars. HIs business is also his man-cave and there's all kinds of cool old computers and typewriters and he kinda has a rockabilly vibe with all his Viva Las Vegas posters from the festival (which is actually going on right now.) He was highly recommended on Nextdoor and is really fair in his pricing. He doesn't charge for diagnostic check, whereas somewhere else I called was $95 just to open it up and see if the port really was broken, which of course would suck if it wasn't the issue. He also checked some drivers for me to see why my camera doesn't work and was able to tell me the camera is broken without charging on top of the other work. So yeah, if you need a guy, he's a good one.  

I updated some of the listings this week so check the post if you still wanna find something to do. Stay safe out there. 

Music: Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, September 8-Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | Silversun Pickups, Ty Segall, Sylvan Esso, The Wallflowers and more!

AJJ at the Irenic (Taken 12.7.2017)
To say these are the quick and dirty version of listings would be a lie because they took me forever to do. I know I missed a lot of things but wanted to at least get something posted for those of you looking for something to do tonight. 

As for me, I'll be home wallowing because I am so sad I'm not at the Belly Up tonight for Silversun Pickups or at OAT for Counting Crows. I heard an aerosol scientist say the other day that having unvaccinated kids eating in a classroom is like taking a whole class to swim in a pool to hold their pee and then all of them going into the jacuzzi to relieve their bladders all at once, and I guess for me, it's kinda how I feel about shows right now, especially with the exception to masking that allows for people actively eating or drinking, and for most places, they're still only a recommendation in the first place. So maybe if our numbers keep coming down I'll consider a show again, but for now I'll be sitting out some really good shows, like Sylvan Esso, Panteon Rococo, and The Wallflowers. That said, if you don't have immunocompromised people in your life, or don't have kids in school, or just aren't quite as risk-averse as me, by all means, go support these touring and local artists alike. Just make sure you mask up and are as safe as possible when you go, and think of me while you're there. 

I want to extend a huge amount of gratitude to AW who made a crazy generous donation to my sddialedin endeavors, and you can thank her for reminding me that there are still some people who want to see the listings and not doing them isn't really an option. 

Stay safe out there. 

CoViD-19: Biden Rolls Out 6-Prong Approach To COVID "Our Patience Is Wearing Thin" | VOTE NO ON CALIFORNIA RECALL | Thunderstorm Hits San Diego |

Jacaranda and Magnolia Were None Too Pleased With Thursday's Thunderstorm
(Taken 9.10.21)

I always try to get my post out before midnight, but today was a big news day. Biden laid out his new plan for COVID-19, LA Unified voted to mandate vaccines for eligible students, the Biden Administration had to withdraw the nominee to run the ATF because the gun lobby has America under its knee, and of course, there was a crazy rando thunderstorm and we actually got rain here in Normal Heights. Dagmar from NBC said there were over 180 cloud to ground lightning strikes. It's been so nice to finally have all the windows open again since Darren finally had a chance to reinforce the windows. 

Besides that, I did nothing, I went nowhere, and am looking forward to a weekend of the same. County numbers are coming down and it's looking better, but I'm still gonna kinda wait and see what happens post-Labor Day. 

Polls are looking good for Governor Gavin Newsom right now, but I don't trust polls so make sure you return your ballot and encourage your friends and family to do the same. 

Stay safe out there. 

Thursday, September 09, 2021

CoViD-19: Children Account For 26% Of New Cases | Delta's Replication | San Diego Suicides Down Y2Y | Vote NO On California Recall | Kamala Campaigns For Newsom |

Magnolia & Jacaranda (Taken 9.8.21)

It's been a long day so I'm gonna veg on the couch and watch some TV. I can't decide what is more intriguing...the Murdaugh Murders, the Theranos trial, or watching Erika Jayne drama on RHOBH. Thursday will be good TV as Biden rolls out a new plan for COVID-19 and I'm sure the media pool's brains are going to explode from the conniption fit. Hopefully I'll have my laptop back and can feel like a more functional human being, and I'm also hoping to maybe hit the San Diego Zoo while Nova is in school. 

Speaking of Nova, she's been inquiring about Doc Marten's of late, so I pulled out all of mine...turns out I've got 8 pairs, including my first ones I bought at Catwalk in 9th grade. She likes one of them, but tried wearing them to school on Wednesday and the whole sole clunked off one foot. Fortunately she was still in the yard and able to come home to change. But later in the afternoon, my sister called me from a resale clothing shop called Plato's Closet and said there were two pair of 8-hole oxblood boots. She bought them and delivered after the girls' soccer, but they didn't fit. And the store is final sale on all shoes. So now my sister is keeping them, and Darren and Nova went to get the other pair, which did fit (and fit me!!) So now Nova is the proud owner of her first pair of docs. It's funny how much confidence a pair of shoes can affect. 

Anyway, off to TV land. Stay safe out there.   

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

CoViD-19: Deaths 'Could Be Avoided' |San Diego Reports 218 Active Outbreaks | Biden Admin Addresses Food Costs | #LearnFromHistory | Vote NO On California Recall |

 

Sea Lion at La Jolla Cove (Taken 8.17.20)

I know that I'm not exactly a tolerant person for other points of views. I don't have a lot of sympathy for anti-vaxxers who get sick because they are the very reason we're still in this mess. I don't support businesses who have flouted COVID-19 protocols and guidance, even when it sucked. I would love to see The Village shudder its doors and that stupid wench who owns it can go f herself. 

All this doesn't mean that I don't take issue with some of the things we're being told. Like aerosol scientists were sounding the alarms that COVID is airborne right away and we could've spared ourselves the theatre of putting plexi-glass around everything or wiping down groceries. Or I get that they didn't want to see a run on PPE, but maybe we don't need to condemn everything China does and could've followed their lead with masking. And I also get that the COVIDiots and their Ivermectin is funny to mock as taking horse paste or livestock dewormer, but it takes away from the fact that (a), it is FDA approved for certain uses for humans, and (b) it was actually studied as a possible intervention though those studies were cut short because they quickly showed no improvement in patients that outweighed the side effects. Like sure, take something in such high doses that it cures the disease while ending the function of your essential organs.

At my parents' house yesterday, my dad was making a point about what bullshit it is that celebrities and politicians have easy access to monoclonal antibodies. And while he's right, the reality is that we all have access to monoclonal antibodies for free should we test positive for COVID. The actual problem we should really focus on is that those celebrities and politicians are getting tested DAILY so they would know right away if they were positive which means their monoclonal antibody treatments would happen sooner, before illness can even set in. Meanwhile, the rest of us have to really plan ahead just to get a test, subject ourselves to long lines among people who likely think they're positive for COVID, and then wait for the tests to process. 

Yesterday Nova was experiencing a fever and it was already 6pm and there was no place to take her for a test. The appointment systems suck ass and the walk-up sites aren't open late enough for working people or students. So we just had to wait it out. We were going to skip my dad's birthday altogether. But then as we waited and talked through it, she wasn't feeling sick and we realized she had been playing piano in her room, so she had shut off her air conditioner at the hottest part of the day in the hottest room in the house in the hottest corner of the room. After having some water and sitting in a cooler room, the "fever" was gone. But the point remains: why haven't we gotten rapid antigen tests to everyone as a precaution, and knowing they're not as reliable as PCR, have the PCR tests more widely available to everyone everywhere at all hours of the day? I'm hoping that part of Biden's six-point plan that he's rolling out tomorrow addresses this, because if not, we're going to be in this hell through another holiday surge, then a spring surge, and then another summer through infinity.      

I haven't quite worked throurh all my email so I'll have another post forthcoming, but wanted to get this out. And I know sometimes I try to correlate my photo of the day with the content of the post, I'm still on the dinosaur Dell, so I don't have easy access to my current photos. The good news is I think I get my other laptop back tomorrow. I can't wait!!

Stay safe out there!!

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

CoViD-19: US Surpasses 650,000 Known Deaths | Don't DeSantis My California | Texas Is FITA | SD Heat Advisory | Vote NO On California Recall |

Strawberry, Strawbs, Tikka, Chunk, Monster, Meows (Taken 8.19.20)

I am a chronic procrastinator. This isn't a good thing, ever. When my computer problems happen or my phone stops functioning I wonder if I just wait it out long enough if maybe the problem will just fix itself. It never does. If the bathroom needs to be cleaned I wonder, "who's gonna clean that?" and then have to acknowledge I'm an adult and oh, yeah, those are my shared responsibilities. 

For the past several years, Davy has been my awesome computer tech guy but he's got a life and other better things to do so sometimes he can't get right to it. But Darren's laptop is non-functional now, too. So now we're in a pinch where I'm using my very old, very slow Dell, which won't keep a charge, Nova's Chromebook will only get me so far. Ideally Darren's going to buy a new laptop by the end of the day but I had to suck it up and call around to repair guys. The first place basically quoted me about $400 per laptop with parts and diagnostics and likely take a week for parts and labor. Then I jumped on NextDoor, found a different guy who does a free diagnostic, told me he can look at it today, and as we dropped it off he could already tell it was my charging port Hopefully the part is easily acquired and I can have my laptop back tomorrow. Fingers crossed. 

I also finally had to do something about my phone so I spent part of the afternoon waiting for a dude to bring it by and set it up. What was supposed to be a $25 deductible ended up being $200, so that sucks, but I'm getting an upgrade on the phone and the last time Asurion came out, the guy took care of everything on the phone. Sorry, Nova, you're gonna have to wait on a new phone for a while longer. 

The expenses just all kinda come at once. I can't even fathom how some families survived home schooling with no computer or one family computer or limited wi-fi or having to borrow devices from their schools. And also having just driven through Mission Valley at noon on a Tuesday, I can't believe everyone is acting as if life is just back to normal again. It really is mind-boggling to me. At this rate, I'm pretty sure we can once again project that Christmas is canceled. Buy your consumer goods while you can. 

I don't know what my laptop sitch will be or whether or not I'll get to do listings this week. In a perfect world, I would've gotten my laptop back by 5 and carried on with life as usual. But alas, this dinosaur Dell may not be able to do the job. We'll see. Don't hold your breath for listings. 

Off to celebrate my dad's 73rd birthday. After this summer's scare, we're all so glad he is still with us. 

Stay safe out there.  

Monday, September 06, 2021

Labor Day | US Surpasses 40 Million Known COVID Cases | Clock Is Ticking: Vote No On California Recall |

 

(Taken 8.31.21)

I'm really going to try to handle my business tomorrow. My laptop is bricking on me and won't charge beyond 46% so I'm probably going to have to order a new one so that I can take this one somewhere to get a new battery and get the charging port reinstalled. I guess I also have to call ATT and get a new phone because not being able to take or post photos is kinda inhibiting my actual job. So frustrating. 

But I do have to admit, that the laptop situation kinda makes me focus a little more on getting a post up and then walking away. I finished watching Clickbait on Netflix and midway through I was irritated that the killer was so obvious and then the big reveal was shocking. Definitely didn't see it coming, so now I'm glad I watched. 

I went down a twitter rabbit hole today about Dr. Fauci. People are seriously insane. But even doctors and public health people seem to think he's really missing on his masking messaging, but if you have to think that he's just trying to get universal masking compliance, his "any mask will do" philosophy may be right, even though all the infectious disease and aerosol scientists are saying that cloth is definitely not enough, especially in indoor settings like schools. But man, try reading and not commenting, because you'll find they're mostly bots with 0 followers anyway.  

I also went down a rabbit hole about the Murdaugh family of South Carolina. Holy shit. I included a link below but you should also specifically look for the podcast called Murdaugh Murders by Mandy Matney. Such a crazy story...dad was shot two days ago, but will survive. Mom and Son were killed 6 months. Son was going to go on trial for 3 felonies related to the death of Mallory Beach while he was drunk driving a boat that crashed. Then that unravels that the dad had already settled a wrongful death suit for his housekeeper falling and dying from her injuries. Then it resurrected a cold-case of a gay kid who may have had a relationship with the older son. And literally every investigation is compromised because the family basically is the law there. Intriguing and gross. Worth a read/listen. 

Stay safe out there. The election is a week away. Drop off, mail in, or vote in person asap!!

Sunday, September 05, 2021

CoViD-19: Holiday Weekend Testing & Reporting Drop | Vote NO On California Recall |

 

Rhinos Holly & Mwezi (?) at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Taken 8.24.21)

My computer is about to die and it won't charge and I'm kinda freaking out so I'm gonna keep it short. Today's COVID-19 numbers were all over the place because reporting is getting wonky in different places, so I suspect by Tuesday or Wednesday we'll have a better sense of where average numbers are and I'm sure by next week we'll see how Labor Day worked out for everyone. Meanwhile, I've been bunkering at home and am currently watching Clickbait on Netflix. I might have to just suck it up and order a new laptop because this situation is unsustainable. 

Stay safe out there. 

Saturday, September 04, 2021

CoViD-19: Delta Isn't Finished With Us | US Approaches 40 Million Known Cases | Vote NO On California Recall |

 

Loggerhead Turtle at Sea World (Taken 6.28.21)

I slept. Darren and I hung out in the speakeasy last night and had a super fun time and I was still up when the sun rose, which was my cue to go to bed and I slept and it was glorious and I feel refreshed and I ate a big fat salad and drank my fluids and had a big bowl of berries for lunch and Darren made us some beautiful cod with rice and broccoli for dinner and it feels good to have put good things in my body after a night of sheer gluttony.

That was really the extent of my day. I was mostly unplugged from the news today which was definitely a break I needed. We started watching Only Murders In The Building on Hulu and it is pretty great. Steve Martin and Martin Short seem to thrive off making fun of themselves and don't seem to mind playing has-beens. After we caught up with the first three episodes we were looking for something else to watch and discovered that My So-Called Life is on Hulu, so Nova seemed to enjoy getting a glimpse of high school life in 1994. I think we've got a low-key weekend ahead of us, though I might drag the family to the San Diego Zoo one last time while they have the late hours which drop back to 6pm closing on Tuesday. While I'm sad about that, Sea World's hours have already cut but it also means Sea World's fireworks are finally over come Labor Day. Ficus definitely appreciates that. We'll probably have some family time for my dad's birthday which kicks off all our family gathering busy season, with my dad, then my mom, then my birthday, then my niece's, all in a span of 4 weeks. I will eat all the cake. :)       

Stay safe out there. 

Friday, September 03, 2021

CoViD-19: US Poised To Exceed 40M Cases/650k Deaths In Coming Days | We Have To Do More To Protect Kids | Vote NO On California Recall | PBS: Music Venue Comeback | Destin & Joel Hit The Marvel Bigtime |

 

Elephants at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Taken 8.31.21)

Sometimes its the little life things that are exhausting and can bring us down, but sometimes the whole giant big picture can just be too much. The Texas ruling has really freaked me out. I mean, I'm not of an age where I would need to worry about an abortion, but it's the reverberation of the sexual harasser, the rapist, and the lunatic religious zealot showing us that the SC really is out of touch with the majority of Americans. This has all been well funded, well planned, well organized, and I fear what else this means moving forward. We thought Citizens United was bad. A few years ago Darren and I were really invested in Man In The High Castle but had to stop watching because it was so intense while also watching The Handmaid's Tale. And here we are and it sucks and it makes me mad on so many levels, especially in the way I actually find myself thinking I hope this person or that person just dies. And then that is fucking horrible and it just becomes this anger shame cycle.

So I wish I was a little more optimistic, and I'm sure tomorrow I'll be fine but sometimes it's just a lot. Besides fires and floods and bloviating hypocrite politicians and asshole radio hosts trying to steal our state, our cases are crazy high nationally and on pace to hit 40,000,000 known cases this weekend, and likely hit 650,000 known deaths, which doesn't even count all the excess deaths that were misrepresented. Meanwhile the other party is penetrating school boards and redistricting committees and local politics because the majority who would normally counter them are scared to be in a room with them as they scream unmasked and unvaxxed and possible carrying weapons or looking to incite violence. 

Still, it's Labor Day Weekend and it's supposed to be perfect weather here in San Diego, so I'm gonna wrap it up, maybe have a cocktail or two, and try and get outta this funk and see the bright side of things and understand that while things are really really bad in a lot of places around me but I'm kind of exactly in a perfect place for me at the moment. If you wanna skip all the COVID and political stuff today, NBC did a story about Destin Daniel Cretton directing the latest Marvel flick. If you recall he filmed a lot of I Am Not A Hipster at the Casbah and had a couple more super acclaimed indie flicks since then. And that he was able to bring Joel P West (my birthday twin) on board to do the music is amazing. Also, PBS did a feature on the comeback of music, including a bit on The Shell. Links are below. 

Stay safe out there. 

Thursday, September 02, 2021

CoViD-19: Moderna Submits For Booster | More Evidence For Booster: Vax Waning Protection | Fletcher MSNBC Appearance | Buses May Shoulder Pass | Bike Safety Stop Passes Senate | Vote NO On California Recall |

 

Maybe M'kaya? at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Taken 8.31.21)

I know, I know. I'm super late today. I still have a newsletter to write, too. Ugh. But I couldn't not go to the San Diego Zoo today. The late summer hours end on Labor Day and since I don't really go on the weekends, I just needed to hear "asante sana!" one final time. I needed to hang out with the mandrills. I needed to say goodnight to elephants Mary, Devi, and Shaba. I had to whistle at the African Gray Parrot. I know. I'm a whack job. Don't mind me, I'm just the crazy lady talking to the animals. 

Besides that, the news is news, I guess. It's hard to see the footage of just demolished areas of Louisiana, and then to see New Jersey and New York just get destroyed, too, it is unbelievable that the Senate is still going to have the reconciliation bill. The right just doesn't seem to give a shit if you live or die, just that their corporate overlords hoard wealth and women can't access an abortion. Fucking hypocrites, every single last one of them. We can't let California go the way of Texas and Florida; it is more critical than ever to vote no on the recall. Sometimes the news is heartbreaking, but days like today it is just damn infuriating. 

Stay safe out there. 

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

CoViD-19: Time For Better Masks | SD Reaches 75% Talking Mu | Labor Day Weekend: Not The Time For Travel | State Parks Closed | Texas Taliban | New York First Ever Flash Floods |

 

Momma Kianga and Baby Rhino (9 Days Old In Photo) at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
(Taken 8.31.21)

I can't really talk about what happened in Texas because I've read The Handmaid's Tale, I've heard stories about what some middle east countries were like before they became ruled by religious extremists, and I can't really think about it too hard or it makes my head explode and leads to this depressing rabbit hole of "how did we get here??" which includes other questions like how did TFG become president, how did we not reform the Supreme Court after the 2000 election, how have we let nutjobs define the narrative, how have we let the gun nuts and racists and billionaires run rampant on the country? It's too much. 

I guess all I can really say is we cannot let that happen to California. You have to vote no on the California recall, and we have to do it loud and resoundingly and with no question about the result. 

Beyond that, it was a low key day. Went to the San Diego Zoo to enjoy the late summer nights before they go back to regular hours after Labor Day. I'm really gonna miss the late night walks but I guess I'll be putting La Jolla Cove back into my evening rotation. Remember that we live in a beautiful city and a beautiful state, try and keep it low key and local this weekend. State parks are closed due to fire danger, the CDC is recommending no travel, regardless of vax status, and Jeff just sent me a link that Neko Case...in spite of requiring vaccination and testing for patrons at their shows, have canceled their tour because someone in their touring party tested positive for COVID. What was safer and lower risk before isn't really at the moment. 

Stay safe out there. 

Music: Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, September 1-Tuesday, September 7, 2021 | Casbah Requires Vax or PCR Test | New UK "Festival" Strain of Delta? | Wonderfront Canceled |


I did an abbreviated version of listings this week because there's a holiday and there weren't as many events as usual. Apologies if I'm missed a few. There was also a lot of news this week so I've got those links below. I'm happy to say Casbah is updating the COVID protocol for most shows, but we'll also be updating the website to reflect the policies of our partner venues, including Soda Bar, Soma, House of Blues and others. I will add the the CDC is still recommending masks indoors regardless of status and recommends not traveling for the weekend. Personally I'm enjoying all the angry people requesting refunds because they refuse vaccines. Not exactly the people we want to surround ourselves with anyway, are they? 
Stay safe out there. Listings after the jump. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

CoViD-19: California Hits Vaccine Milestone | Covidiots Drag Board of Supes Meeting Past Midnight | EU Tells Americans Do Not Come | Vote NO On California Recall |

9 Day Old Rhino (F) with 1st Time Momma Kianga at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
(Taken 8.31.21)  

I still have quite a few emails to go through so if I find anything else I wanna share, I'll add them to tomorrow's post or maybe another one later tonight, but I have to say I'm watching the County Board of Supervisors meeting and it is just as hilarious and terrifying as the last time.

After Nova got out of school today we went to San Diego Zoo Safari Park and got there in time for the afternoon tram. I was glad we did because most of the rhinoceroses were in the lower area of the savannah, only accessible by tram. It was a gorgeous afternoon out there and I should stop advertising that Tuesdays are the best and most empty day of the week to visit, but it is so nice up there. Our guides lately have been so good, too, and now that most schools are back, it's a good time to go (though I wouldn't recommend it over Labor Day weekend.) After the tram, we went up to our usual lookout point and I got to see the 9 day old baby rhino!! She's super adorable and I look forward to watching her grow up. 

It was nice to get out, especially after our trauma last night when Magnolia had fallen out of our 2nd floor window. We live in a really old building and the screens are held in by just a couple small metal brackets that are too old to really secure them. Hopefully Darren can get out there and fix that sooner rather than later. That's also why some of today's links are from yesterday, I was too distraught to really finish the work, but my soul is better today. 

Stay safe out there. 

Monday, August 30, 2021

CoViD-19: Pandemic of the Young | Back To School For SDUSD | IDA Aftermath | War Is Over | Vote NO On California Recall |

 

(Taken 8.15.21)

I had it in my head that today was going to be a big post about the end of the war in Afghanistan...how I'm glad it is over, how I protested 20 years ago before we went into Iraq and Afghanistan, and how I understand there are still huge consequences to come in the next few days, weeks, months and generations that will include large scale destruction and deaths of innocent people and still, I'm glad it's over. But what it really got me thinking about is how our human brains can't wrap our heads around catastrophe. Like if we sat and thought about 9/11 or the American soldiers killed or the human casualties of all stripes, of innocent people just trying to exist, and then magnify it across the globe where human atrocities exist everywhere, and our brains just can't understand that toll. 

It's the same as with COVID-19. The US alone has had about 40,000,000 cases, and those are the known ones with a test reported. 636,015 known deaths as of today according to the CDC. We can't wrap our heads around it. So some of us figure, that's an okay ratio between cases and deaths, I'm vaccinated, I'm careful, I'm ready to live life again and go to concerts and restaurants and bars and all the things. And then there's some of us who are like, I'm not getting this thing and will do everything I can to avoid it so even though I'm vaccinated and masking, I'm still going to lay pretty low and not put myself in any situation where I can't by choice maintain personal space from other people. I don't think either is right or wrong, it's just different fight or flight reactions. And those that won't get vaccinated or follow simple mitigation strategies, well, fuck em. I don't have time for them though I will be watching the County Board of Supervisors meeting to see all those covidiots crying about their rights. 

But tonight Darren and I ran to Costco after dropping off Nova and it was such a clusterfuck. I can't believe their employees aren't demanding a mask requirement. Then we went to the San DIego Zoo which was super empty and awesome and joyful and then we picked up the kid and got home and immediately I knew something wasn't right when both littles didn't greet me. I greeted all the others...Fi, Tikka, Jax, and even Kiwi came out but no Magnolia. And then I saw a loose screen was popped out. I was instantly in tears and hysterical and looking in the yard and eventually Darren and I split up in the street, jingling her toy and calling her name. Nothing. 

I got home, sat in the chair below the window where she fell out and started crying again when Darren heard her little meow. She was maybe sleeping in a box in my neighbor's garden. Her little paw is injured though we don't think broken, but otherwise she seems fine. And I'll be fine, too. But sometimes we can't wrap our heads around all the horrible shit in the whole world when we're just trying to get by, our little lives, too, spoiled as we may be. There's no comparison but it doesn't mean we don't all have our own shit. I'm gonna go love on my babies.  

Stay safe out there. 

CoViD-19: Time To Reinstate Restrictions | US Drones Hit Suspected SBIEDs | Ida Hits Gulf Coast | Chapparel Fire Tornado | Vote NO On California Recall |

Orca at Sea World (Taken 6.22.21)

Last night we let Nova stay the night at my sister's. Darren and I went to the San Diego Zoo, but then later while Darren played guitar in the speakeasy, I watched movies on Netflix. I watched Poms, a comedy about women in a retirement community who start a cheerleading squad, and a Canadian movie called The Guide to The Perfect Family. Both gave me the feels and it's been awhile since I completely unplugged from the news like that for four straight hours. 

But then I was right back to my old ways and went right down a Twitter rabbit hole. I was curious about the imminent threat in Afghanistan so was watching latest Tweets with the search "Kabul". It is so interesting because people on the ground and people completely disconnected all have their hot takes on breaking news. There was an explosion near the airport and immediately Biden is blamed again for not getting people out. Then about an hour later the US claimed responsibility for the drone on a suspected safehouse planning suicide bombings and then its his fault for...for I don't know what. It's just "chaos", an "unmitigated disaster", etc.  It was a reminder that when using the "latest" feature to look at each profile for a profile photo, when they joined twitter, how many tweets they have, how many followers they have and what is in their bio. It doesn't guarantee credibility but it can help weed out the crazies, or at the very least remind you that these are not profiles worth replies.  

I used the same to feature to follow Ida as the storm was escalating in power and estimates on when it would make landfall varied. This was actually another lesson reminder on Twitter. The same keyboard patriots who suddenly know a million tactical ways we could've evacuated Afghanistan are also climate and weather experts! Did you know, the government controls the weather!? Oh, the conspiracies I've found! I can't even get into it without sounding like I'm buying in or endorsing the nutty shit I read online today and I don't even want to give them light, but it finally wore me out enough to go to bed. 

Today Nova was back home and getting ready for her first day of high school and I fully traumatized her by asking her what she was going to wear and then vetoing a couple of her options. I did my best to tactfully break it to her that pandemic around-the-house sweatpants/shorts are not out-in-public or school appropriate. I don't need her to stand out as a fashion icon or desperately try to fit in, she definitely has her own look, but I don't want her ostracized or picked on, either. I think I'm more scared about punk ass bullies than she is. Claws out, momma bears.  

I did feel so bad, though, that I thought rollercoasters might help keep her anxiety down, so we went to Sea World and she got her fill of Electric Eel and Manta while I made the rounds on the aquariums. It was kinda crowded in the park, but not in the exhibits so I wasn't freaking out like I sometimes do. Still, I can't believe it would be difficult at all for Sea World to post a few more signs that the State of California still REQUIRES masks indoors for unvaccinated people. It's a shame to see so many young kids with clear comorbidities not wearing masks. (I think this message will be reemphasized a lot more after September 14, and possibly for all people indoors and at outdoor events, theme parks, concerts and the like, regardless of vaccination status.) A few of the dolphins were especially playful and doing little behaviors for me right at the glass, so that is always a special moment. 

Now I'm catching up all over again on the hurricane and I hope for everyone in the region that it isn't as devastating as had been expected. After Katrina I volunteered with the Red Cross and I'll never forget the faces on the displaced people who lost everything who we helped. I do also have to say that my prepper impulses tell me that even though we're far removed, it's always a good idea to have emergency supplies on hand. The hurricane is only adding to supply chain issues, so take advantage of grabbing things you need in case of shortages or price spikes. The North Park Vons had some sparse shelves and it may get worse before it gets better. 

Stay safe out there. 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

CoViD-19: Delta Severity Confirmed: Increased Hospitalizations | US Continues Afghanistan Withdrawal; 117k Evacuated So Far | Evacuation Vote NO On California Recall |

 

My mandrill friend at San Diego Zoo (Taken 8.19.21)

I was up super late last night for no real reason besides it was cool and quiet and the kittens are especially cute between 2 and 5am. I haven't really been doing anything on weekends, but I'm kinda feeling the itch to get out of the house so I'm gonna keep it super short today. I don't really have anything to say that I haven't been saying all week anyway, so I'll just quietly back away from the laptop. 

Stay safe out there. 

Friday, August 27, 2021

CoViD-19: 1 Unvaxxed Teacher Infected Half Her Class: Your "Choice" Isn't Personal | Vote NO On CA Recall | US Retaliates Against ISIS-K With Drone Strike |

 

Tell me about it, Satu (Taken 8.19.21)

Feeling like Satu today. I feel like I've been online for 16 hours straight so I'm keeping it short tonight. It was obviously a big news day after every news channel basically let "experts" go on about what a pussy Biden is and then watch them all eat crow after the US killed an ISIS-K target via drone. Ditto for all the stories about "stranded" Americans who are now home or en route. 

What was actually interesting today was the COVID-19 news. States are seeing crazy surges and hospitalizations...I don't think California is exempt because I think when all the schools are back in session, we're going to see drastic problems, and if Newsom loses the recall we're all totally fucked. In an MMWR released by the CDC, one unvaxxed teacher with the Delta variant took off her mask to read to her class and half of them ended up infected and then that spread to secondary infections. It's great that vaccines are being required across numerous sectors but they're not soon enough. By giving everyone so much time we're letting this thing run rampant through communities. The message needs to change: Vax up or stay home. 

Stay safe out there. 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

CoVID-19: Basics: Vax, Mask, Distance, Clean The Air, Test, Trace, Treat | Kabul Airport Attacked | Golden State Stimmies | Vote NO On California Recall |

 

International Day of the Dog, Ficus with Jacaranda (Taken 8.3.21)

Today I watched my friend's kids for a couple hours. I've known both since they were littles and now they're going into 2nd and 4th grade and were speaking language I didn't understand as they played each other on a game on their iPads. It made me feel old. So while they screen-timed, I did, too, but without having to limit their time because they quickly fell in love with Magnolia and Jacaranda, who sleep like 21 hours a day but go through bursts of energy and adventuring all over the apartment. 

Besides that, I was bunkered at home because it was hot af outside and I just wanted to chill. The news today, of course, was tragic, and I saw it unfolding on Twitter last night, as people were being warned of an imminent threat and to clear the gates of Kabul airport. I will assume most people didn't catch that Twitter warning; dozens of people were killed or injured by the time I woke up. To be honest, I'm kinda surprised it didn't happen sooner. Of course the news has to feign sadness while gleefully finding every self-proclaimed security expert or war hawk who created this mess with no real plan to ever leave to talk about what a failure it is, while the US has evacuated more than 100,000 people, of which about 4500 were Americans (out of an estimated 6000 Americans). And locally every news channel spoke about the "stranded" San Diego students while also reporting that 3 families have since returned home, the very definition of not being fucking stranded. And, again, these were trips taken when the State Dept warning was level 4, the highest rating of extreme danger and CDC level three of high risk of COVID. So "stuck" "challenged" "unable to secure specific departure details" maybe, but "stranded" is inaccurate. And those district liaisons who encouraged the travel should be ashamed of themselves for putting those families in this predicament in the first place. 

Now I'm fired up, but I have a newsletter to write. if you didn't get the first GOlden State Stimulus for people earning under $75k, the second round starts going out tomorrow so keep an eye on your mailbox or direct deposit. 

Stay safe out there. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

CoViD-19: The Least You Can Do-- Wear A Goddamn Mask | Pfizer Applies For Comirnaty Booster; J&J Seeks Booster Approval | Heat Advisory | Vote NO On California Recall | GI Joe Congressmen Visit Afghanistan Covertly |

Cape Buffalo at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Taken by Nova 8.25.21)

I was gonna do another rant on the news but Darren always tells me that if I keep watching it, they'll keep making it. And I already had enough of a rant in my listings post about vaccination and in yesterday's post about shmucks who went to Afghanistan this summer and are now crying about being "stranded" so I'm just gonna let it go because I need to just put the laptop down for the night. 

What I will talk about is that Nova went to San Diego Zoo Safari Park today with her conservation camp and not only did they get to go to the Rhino Conservation Center, but they got to do a caravan in the African savannah. I'm so jealous. I let her take my old camera which she still needs lots of practice with but she got a couple cool shots like this one of some cape buffalo. Tomorrow they're going back up there, but there's a heat advisory and it could be 95 degrees in Escondido so hopefully they get to me adjacent to all those misters throughout the park. I bet they get to go behind the scenes by the elephants tomorrow. Meanwhile, I'll be home babysitting for an old friend. 

I'm gonna call it a night. Stay safe out there. 

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Ozomatli (Taken 2.1.2020)

There is a lot of music news locally, nationally and internationally, but I've tried to limit to just a few interesting links, including the GoFundMe pages for Matt Hoyt and Louis Brazier, the San Diego Music Award winners, and a couple other stories that caught my eye this week. 

This afternoon I had the delight of catching up with Josh Damigo who sounds like he's doing great besides his frustration that he's the only member of his family who is vaccinated and the many excuses his family members make for not getting the shot. I've noticed the news is starting to say things like "he was waiting on a shot because..." instead of calling out the unvaccinated as responsible for their own illness and deaths, not to mention the chances that they spread the virus to anyone and everyone around them. It's irresponsible and it's gross. If you guys are going out to show, you damn well better be vaccinated, you better wear your masks, and stay home if you're experiencing any symptoms, which can be as minor as a headache or the sniffles, until you can test and make sure you're not carrying the virus. I don't want to see more posts from more sick friends who were living their best lives until they weren't because they're unvaccinated and in the ICU. 

Stay safe out there. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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Mama and Baby Rhino at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Taken 8.24.21)

I don't know if I mentioned it, but Nova is doing an Animal Conservation Camp with the San Diego Zoo. It was one of the options through the Level Up summer options through San Diego Unified and the *FREE* program has been amazing for us. She did a month of band camp at Canyon Hills High School, then did a female leadership camp called Girls, Inc at Hoover, then her high school did three days of freshman orientation, and for her final week of summer, she gets to do Zoo Camp and I am sooo jealous. Monday and Tuesday were behind-the-scenes days at the Zoo, so they got to feed and scratch the necks of tortoises, go on the platform above the polar bears, and see the penguins from inside their enclosure. The next two days are at San Diego Zoo Safari Park and rumor has it they get to go to the Rhino Conservation Center, which is only kinda barely viewable by the tram and the rhinos are never out when we go in the afternoons. But my jealousy was eating at me so Darren and I went today. 

Obviously she didn't want to come being that she's gonna be walking around for two days, but we wanted to hit a sunset there before this expected heat wave hits. We got there later than planned but in time to catch the last 5:15 tram of the day (which didn't actually depart until 5:30) but it was magical! It felt like all the animals were out in bunches and active and our tour guide Cody could hardly contain himself. There were even mule deer crossing the road as we wrapped up the tour. But the coolest thing was that he pointed out to us that another southern white rhino had a baby two days ago!! They were way up on the hill but now I feel like I want to go every day. (I won't) 

The main crash was down by the tram plaza as we wrapped up, so I had low expectations, but sure enough when we got up to Kilima Point, there was a mom and babe rhino duo...I think Holly and Mwezi...and just me (and Darren who usually finds a quiet bench and reads on his phone.) It was awesome and special and made me forget about the sucky day and my sucky phone and sucky emails. I haven't done it in awhile, but photos at the end of this super depressing post full of super depressing news.  

Stay safe out there. 

Monday, August 23, 2021

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Orangs Indah and Aisha at San Diego Zoo (Taken 8.19.21)

I ruined everything. I decided to watch a tutorial on how to restore my camera, tried all the things, when none of them worked it said to try my camera in safe mode and if that worked I should restore my phone to factory settings, so I backed everything up, reset, and now everything is gone and the camera still doesn't work. It is making me crazy. At the moment I have no social media on my phone and I don't know if I should take it somewhere, call Samsung help, or just call the insurance with ATT and get a new goddamn phone, but it really really sucks. I think I spent 4 hours today trying to fix it, log in, restart, log out, log in, restart, rinse, repeat. 

Eventually I gave up and had to get out of the house so Darren and I walked around the San Diego Zoo while Nova was at derby. We got to watch the trainer feed the orangs and siamangs which was pretty sweet, wandered down Tiger Trail then up the elevator and across the bridge to spend some time with elephants Shaba and Mary before catching the Skyfari back to the exit. We still had a little time before pickup, so we walked through Spanish Village and hung out on the platform of the Moreton Bay Ficus for a minute before heading out east where the moon was blazing orange from smoke from whatever fire is nearest. 

My phone issue will get resolved one way or another and maybe I needn't be quite so dramatic about something so dumb, but it's kinda impeding my job right now, too, so I'll suck it up and call someone about it tomorrow. Tonight, we head to the speakeasy. 

Stay safe out there. Thoughts to my uncle who has COVID-19. He claims to be vaccinated however he was also undergoing cancer therapy the past couple years so it maybe didn't offer full protection, and he's very conservative living in a very red state so who knows if he was taking any real precautions. It sucks. 

Sunday, August 22, 2021

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Malayan Tiger at San Diego Zoo (Taken 8.15.21)

Last week I was cleaning out my phone because it was running out of space. I deleted a bunch of apps that I hadn't used in ages, moved pictures off the phone, and moves some stuff from the phone's memory to the SD card. Somehow in doing all of that, my camera on my phone no longer works. It sucks. I guess I'm gonna have to reset the phone to factory settings but I'm dreading that. I don't like change. I'm technologically challenged at the moment, too, because my laptop isn't charging properly, and when I use my camera, sometimes I get a message that says my lens aren't making a proper connection with the body and it all just makes me crazy. Why can't everything just work how it's supposed to when you need it to? 

At least my laptop works properly sometimes, because I've spent a significant amount of time this weekend shopping online. Petco does this thing where they offer 20% off, but only if you shop online and pickup the order. Do you know how tedious it is buying cat food and dog food online? But I do it because I love a good discount. I can't really say I did much else. I went for a walk to pickup a vase someone gifted on my Buy Nothing group, I watched all the crazy news about the flooding on the eastern seaboard and in Tennessee, and I also found this short documentary about the gangs within the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The floods are hard to watch not just for the human toll and property damage but because we're in a never-ending drought and would do anything to get a dump of water in the state. The Sheriff Department gangs was eye-opening though not surprising. A high school boyfriend of mine went the full Norse God white supremacist route after high school and became a sheriff and I certainly wouldn't be surprised if he's affiliated with Proud Boys or some shit like that. 

I'm not really looking forward to Monday because to be honest, it's really hard to promote shows when the virus is so out of control. The recall is looming, Darren's EDD will run out soon, and we've got a heat wave expected this week. Unfun. But I'll try to keep my head up. My problems could obviously be way worse. 

Stay safe out there.