"It's the most wonderful time of the year."
I have to tell you, I am in the Christmas spirit. There was a point this summer when we were running our a/c around the clock and I would look at my over-the-door rack which holds my numerous hoodies and thinking I would never need any of them again. Instead, I've actually gone out to buy a couple new weatherproof jackets, have dug through the drawer of gloves and scarves and beanies, and I'm loving it.
Obviously I've been taking advantage now that the San Diego Zoo is open until 8pm nightly, so I pack up my bag of goodies and try to get there early enough to say hi to the orangutans, Karen and Aisha, then hang with the gorillas until they go into their bedrooms, and then I wander. Darren has been a little sick this weekend...I think his long days, early training, and the freezing cold of the Safari Park caught up with him. He's negative for COVID and his symptoms are more in line with just an annoying cold, but we're keeping an eye on it, we've got our air purifiers running, and I'm a hoarder so we have ample supply of cold and flu medicine, pain relievers, Emergen-C, Alka Seltzer Plus tablets, honey, soups and all the stuff. Mostly he's just been sleeping so it's no big deal when I stay extra long at the Zoo.
We also took advantage of him going to bed early by going shopping. This is the time of year when Ross is open until Midnight!! So I took Nova to our favorite store (La Mesa, Lake Murray Blvd) because she needed a new jacket before she flies off to St. Louis for Christmas with her grandparents and mother. While on our way, we hit the Super Star gas station on El Paso and Lake Murray and got gas for $3.99. Thanks, Joe. Funny how those gas companies really tried their best to influence the election and now they're fucked because they're California is going to push for windfall taxes for their shenanigans.
So yeah, I'm feeling festive and everyone's asleep and it's almost midnight and I just might help myself to a bottle of pinot noir, because why not? I'm not sick and the less we're sharing air, the better. The studio worked for me when I had COVID but it is way too cold for anyone to stay down there this time of year. I'm still masking up because everyone everywhere seems to be sick. You might want to consider doing the same if you're not already.
OHHH! And I meant to post about Chef William Bradley last week but I ran out of time, so CONGRATULATIONS, Billy!! We were friends in high school and he was always so sweet and I'm so impressed and happy for his massive culinary accomplishment. Dinner at Addison is like a months rent in San Diego, but I'm glad he's making a huge mark for the City.
Stay safe out there.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Updated (Bivalent) COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Down to 6 Months of Age - FDA (12.8.22)
- Q&A: COVID expert on worse-than-expected winter surge - kpbs (12.7.22)
- CDC encourages people to wear masks to help prevent spread of Covid, flu and RSV over the holidays - CNBC (12.5.22)
- Sharp Increase of COVID Cases After Thanksgiving Holiday - County News Center (12.8.22)
- Bivalent boosters administered: 449,633 or 18% of 2,493,367 eligible San Diegans.
- Flu Testing Appointments Now Available at Seven County COVID-19 Test Sites - County News Center (12.9.22)
- Brittney Griner is back in the US and dunking again after almost 10 months detained in Russia - CNN (12.12.22)
- Addison Becomes San Diego's First 3-Star Michelin Restaurant. The Fairmont Grand Del Mar's Chef William Bradley got the world’s most famous restaurant award to pay attention to San Diego - San Diego Magazine (12.6.22)
- Other Reading:
- ‘Magic Avatar’ App Lensa Generated Nudes From My Childhood Photos. The dreamy picture-editing AI is a nightmare waiting to happen. - Wired (12.7.22)
- Uncertainty, Social Media, and the Radicalization of the US. A confluence of factors is leading people in the nation to gravitate toward extremist views. - Wired (12.12.22)
- Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 12.12.22 pm):
- 649,704,959 Known Cases/13,825,587 28-Day New Cases
- 6,654,583 Known Deaths/41,683 28-Day New Deaths
- US COVID-19 Stats
- 99,470,198 Cases/1,414,480 28 Day New Cases
- 1,084,651 Deaths/9,607 28-Day New Deaths
- CDC Data Tracker:
- 458,986 New Weekly Cases/99,241,649 Known Cases
- 2,981 New Weekly Deaths/1,080,472 Known Deaths
- 4,523 New Admissions/15,342 Current Hospitalizations
- California COVID-19 Stats:
- R-effective: 1.36
- 7,805 Average Daily Cases/10,726,070 Total Cases (19.4 new cases/100k)
- 13 Average Daily Deaths/96,995 Total Deaths (0.03 new deaths/100k)
- 11.7% 7-day test positivity rate
- 4,387 COVID-19 Hospitalizations (+66 patients, +1.5% from prior day)
- 487 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized in CA (+24 patients, +5.2% from prior day)
- 1,575 ICU beds available (-78 from prior day)
- San Diego County (Data From 12.8.22)
- State Data:
- R-effective: 1.36
- 618 Average Daily Cases/948,180 Total Cases
- 11.8% Daily Positivity
- 1 Average Daily Deaths/5,584 Total Deaths
- 337 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (-8 patients, -2.3% from prior day)
- 37 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (+4 patients, +12.1% from prior day)
- 232 ICU beds available (+7 from prior day)
- County COVID Data:
- 5,649 New Cases Since Last Report/947,909 Total Cases
- Case rate: 13.6 per 100,000 residents overall
- 15 New Deaths Since Last Report/5,584 Total Deaths
- 12% Daily Test Positivity/9.6% 7-day average after 7-day lag/9.4% Test Positivity (14-day average)
- 337 COVID-19 Hospitalizations. +141% over 30 days
- 37 ICU Patients. +54% over 30 days
- 43 Staffed ICU Beds Available
- 2 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
- County Influenza Data:
- 2,583 New Cases Since Last Report/15,560 Known Cases
- 5 New Deaths Since Last Report/13 Known Deaths