Friday, November 12, 2021

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Birdtalker at Casbah (Taken 11.11.21)

It was almost 20 months to the day. Darren and I went to see Birdtalker at the Casbah on Thursday night and it was my first show at the Casbah since March 13, 2020. It had to happen, it probably should've happened sooner for me, but I had to really weigh every factor: we're fully vaxxed and boosted, my dad's situation isn't any better but it isn't any worse, either, we wore N-95s, it wasn't sold out, the music pulled an older and very chill crowd, and it was on a weeknight. It's funny because I had just laid out how our cases and numbers are worse now than last year, but the is primarily among the unvaxxed. The Casbah requires everyone to be fully vaccinated or have a negative test within 72 hours of the show. 

I'm not gonna lie, I was still pretty uneasy, trying to stay away from everyone, sticking to the perimeter of the room, watching part of the show from the patio. I would feel better if Tim had put a few Corsi-Rosenthal boxes around the room and I should probably just suck it up and buy my own CO2 monitor, but I know I'll be back soon, though I'm pretty certain my life of 4-8 shows a week are behind me. 

Which leads me to today...Nova wasn't feeling great after school. I figured it was partially the change in weather, partially that she's a teenager who wore a hoodie and jeans to school when it was 90 degrees and knew most of the 'mental health day' would be spent outside. We were going to go to Sea World and visit my dad after, so Darren and I stuck to the plan and left her at home to chill. But then we got home and she was complaining about a headache, an itchy throat and a very slight fever --- again, she's wearing jeans and a hoodie and had the a/c off and all the windows closed so I should've taken it with a grain of salt, but I was kind of panicked. So I called CVS -- which is lame because they have a central, outsourced operator for all their stores -- but the guy was able to tell me that my local CVS had Binax Now Rapid Antigen Tests in stock. I've been meaning to have some on hand, even though I think they should be free or under $5 a test as they are in Europe, but that's a fight for another day. 

So Darren was off, armed with a $5 off any $20 purchase coupon we got from when we got our vaccinations, and a 40% off any single item purchase on my Extracare card. After the discounts, he paid $37.99 and returned with 2 boxes for a total of 4 tests. This was our first time doing an at home test, so you definitely have to read through all the instructions before you start touching and opening all the pieces. It also helps to have been tested before by actual nurses so you know by example what the proper and correct nose-swabbing feels like. It was pretty easy and she tested negative. She still tests weekly at school, so we weren't too concerned, but certainly enough to have been cautious and enough to be relieved. We chalked it up to the weather, had her take an allergy pill, and hopefully she's fine by morning. CVS does a lot of those 40% off any single item discounts, so it won't hurt to keep extra test kits on hand, especially during the holidays. 

As for earlier, Sea World is fully decked out for Christmas which I like, in spite of the horrible Christmas music piped throughout the park. Afterward we visited Dad, who is in a different bed so he can try building his strength to do transfers to chairs and upright positions, but it's not going great and he seems frustrated. I don't think the hospital will release him to just my mom's care unless he can show some ability to carry some of his own weight.

As for me, it's well beyond 2am so I should wrap up (though I'll backdate it to count as a Friday night post). I don't have any big weekend plans, my bff Ben Bridwell didn't invite me to his show (hahaha), and the County is following the State in no longer updating weekend numbers, so you may hear from me or maybe I'll skip out till Monday. Whatever the case, have a great weekend. 

Stay safe out there. 

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