Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES at Observatory North Park (12.13.21)

Even after all this time, I'm just not a fan of Mondays. I was tossing and turning all night Sunday so Monday was a pretty wasted day. I probably read about two dozen more articles than I'm sharing, but at this point it is just a lot of arguing about what preliminary omicron studies on super limited data mean when extrapolated and magnified across the globe, among different populations with different vaccine uptake and different waves and it's a whole lot of what you expect: this is the best and worst thing ever, it's no big deal and we should all brace for a dark winter. 

Of course, that was replaying in my brain all night as Darren, Nova and I went to see CHVRCHES at the Observatory. Just seeing fog machines is such a trigger for me and all I hear in my head is that #COVIDisAirborne and wondering how many people around me are actually vaccinated versus tested versus fake verification of either and ultimately, I kinda think for a crowd like that, over 1000 people, that vax AND testing should be required, if I'm being honest. We got tested on Saturday and were all negative, but I imagine we'll put regular testing back into our plans, though Nova kinda acts as a canary since she's still tested weekly at school. CHVRCHES were great as always, and I'll give them their own post. I was kind of experimenting with my camera, so there are a lot more bad photos than good ones, but it's hard to get back in that groove after I've mostly just been shooting animals for the past two years. 

I will admit that after the show we stopped at CVS so I could use my 40% off coupon for a single item and grab another pair of BINAX rapid tests. They're disappearing in the UK, so it can't hurt to have some spares on hand for when we can't make it to a test site. I still wish we could grab some free ones, but until then, $15 for two tests isn't so bad. 

California is reinstating universal mask requirements for all public indoor spaces, tightening testing on "mega" events, and recommending testing for all out-of-state visitors 3-5 days after arrival. It will only be on a 4 week trial basis, so we'll see how it goes, but I think we all really know how that's gonna go. 

Stay safe out there. 


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