Thursday, January 13, 2022

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Fennec Fox at San Diego Zoo (Taken 1.11.22)

Sometimes I have to remember that living in San Diego, the 8th largest city in the country, in California, the most populous state of the union, is vastly different than other places in the country. I haven't seen empty shelves. We didn't struggle to get tested when we wanted, or to get boosters when we were eligible. That is different now, but I've got my little stock of rapids when we need to test Nova after she goes back to school next week. She took us up on our offer of doing school from home until after MLK day. That decision doesn't come lightly - we know this comes with huge amount of privilege and isn't something everyone can do and we know that school funding relies on attendance, but perhaps keeping her home lightens the load on staff. And she's not a slacker; today she and Darren went to the library and she brought home a stack of 8 books. In the time it took for her class to read one chapter of "The Hate U Give," she had already read an entire book. You can read Matt Hall's twitter thread on the latest from San Diego Unified, which I'm sure we'll hear more about on Friday. 

I don't really have anything else to report. As much as I miss going to the San Diego Zoo a couple times a week, my one trip this week was enough for me to sit it out a few more days or to less busy times. I'd be down for a universal mask mandate, even outside, just thinking about how many kids I saw the other day who were obviously sick and coughing and crowding into tight spaces like the viewing glass by the tigers or hippos, but I know there's no political will for more requirements or protections. The global undertone is to just let it rip and see where we land after everyone has been affected. Hopefully it's a nice weekend and we can at least go for a hike or a drive or even just hang in the yard. It feels like a lot of just waiting around for this wave to pass, and I guess I just have to be okay with that. Last night I spent four hours trying to find my photos from the Ronnie Spector show at the North Park Theatre from 2014 and was unsuccessful. Maybe it's time for some organizing.

Stay safe out there.  

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