Monday, October 04, 2021

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Family Dinner at Loma's Chula Vista (Taken 10.4.21)

I did it. 

Today was the first time I ate out at a restaurant since before March 2020. My uncle and cousin are in town because of my dad's situation and Loma's is a family favorite, close to my parents' house, and they have an outdoor patio, which we had all to ourselves to eat, drink, and be merry, and get an amazing view of the lightning storm as it struck south, southwest, and west of us throughout our dinner. Our waiter was a super sweetheart and was kind enough to take some family photos for us, too. We eat there whenever family is in town, so it's been awhile, but everything was excellent and I ordered two quesa-birria tacos but could only get through one of them. Happy Taco Day. 

There's no news on my dad. In fact, everyone had to work or go to school today, so I went to the San Diego Zoo alone for a couple hours, as I do on Mondays, and it felt good to sweat out some steps in the heat. Although I had planned my route so I'd end up at Skyfari by 6, not realizing it was shut down due to the predicted storm. My mom was able to visit my dad but was treated like shit by the floor manager at Kaiser. Because he's hospice, he's supposed to be given exception and can have one visitor at a time and the nurse snottily told my mom that patients can be on hospice for 6 hours or 6 months, so she doesn't get special privileges. Needless to say my mom is pissed and hopes that he can get transferred to a VA palliative bed soon. 

I did find out that my uncle was fully vaccinated with Moderna before his breakthrough case. He said it was bad and he felt super sick, but he never had to be hospitalized. He's a cancer patient so a breakthrough isn't unheard of, but I was glad to know that he had been vaccinated or the family could be in a very different situation. 

The oil spill is deeply concerning; the news is reporting that the pipeline could've been cracked by an anchor of one of the dozens of barges waiting to unload off the California, coast, but nothing is certain at this point in time. The governor declared a state of emergency and Jen Psaki outlined what the federal government is doing:

14 boats have been conducting oil recovery operations since Sunday afternoon; 4 aircraft were dispatched for overflight assessments; shoreside response was conducted by 105 government agency personnel; and approximately 3,150 gallons of oil have been recovered from the water; and 5,360 feet of boom has been deployed. So, we are very engaged in the effort that is 24/7 at this point in time.

I'm going to go listen to the rain and get in my headspace for Tuesday. 

Stay safe out there. 

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