I don’t usually mention current events in this space, but these are some particularly sinister times. It’s hard to know what else to think about, much less write about.
Some of us are higher-risk than others, but COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate. We have healthy, young, world-class athletes diagnosed with it now (R.I.P. 2020 NBA season), so no one under the age of 60 should allow their age to lull them into complacency. No one should wave off the virus because “most cases are mild.” It’s great that most cases are mild, but that’s not the point. A mildly infected person could infect someone else, and that person may not be as lucky. An infected individual feeling “okay” is yet a hazard to others.
COVID-19 is a runaway virus that no one’s caught up with yet, and that’s the damn thing of it. Until we get ahead of it, it’s a disaster, and no words can sugar-coat it.
“But it’s such a cute little disaster!” Nah.
I don’t even know, man.
Anyway, here’s a silly meme I stole from a friend on another site. Learn some frivolous trivia about Yours Truly, if you’re so inclined:
1. What was the last food you ate?
I’m eating crunchy, toasted chickpeas with sea salt as we speak.
2. Do you sleep w socks?
Yes! Always! I wouldn’t want to jump into combat boots with bare feet.
3. Worst physical pain you’ve ever been in?
Waking up from major abdominal surgery feeling everything. I thought I was going to die. Two days of hell crawled by before the official medical conclusion was reached, which is that I “don’t have the receptors for morphine.” Red-heads are notoriously difficult to anesthetize, apparently. [::shakes fist at ginger biological father and his genes::]
4. Favorite places you have been?
5. How late did you stay up last night?
Until around 1:45am.
6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be?
Nowhere. I don’t want to move ever again. My whole heart is rooted here in Arizona, now more than ever! This is where I belong.
7. Which of your Facebook friends lives closest to you?
8. When was the last time you cried?
Whatever day it was that I watched The Pharmacist. That Netflix docuseries got to me.
9. Who took your profile pic?
I did. Most pics of me are selfies.
10. Two of your favorite movies?
Those of you who know me well or who’ve been here awhile probably know that Tombstone (1993) and The Big Lebowski (1998) are my two favorite movies, so I’ll throw in two more favorites:
Tank Girl (1995)
The 90’s is my favorite movie decade. Most of my favorite movies are from the 90’s.
11. What’s your favorite season?
Spring! And fall. The equinoxes.
12. If you could have any career, what would it be?
Writing poetry and novels.
13. What was the last book you read?
Lee Child’s Blue Moon. It’s a Jack Reacher novel… Lee Child’s last, at that.
14. If you could talk to ANYONE right now, who would it be?
Tochinoshin, my favorite Sumo wrestler. His native tongues are the two languages spoken in Georgia, Georgian and Abkhazian, so we’d have to speak through a translator.
15. Are you a good influence?
I’ve been told that I am, mostly by Callaghan. Does that count?
16. Does pineapple belong on a pizza?
Hawaiian pizza exists, therefore pineapple belongs on a pizza. Do I like it? Yes, though I never ask for pineapple on my pizza.
17. You have the remote, what show are you watching right now?
Black-ish. It’s the show that makes us laugh the most, and now is a good time for that.
18. Last concert you attended?
Def Leppard. 2014. Ak-Chin pavilion. Amazing show.
19. Favorite type of cuisine?
Don’t make me choose! I love Thai (green curry!), Italian (pasta with garlic and olive oil!), Mexican (street tacos with black beans, rice, pico de gallo, and guac!), and Mom’s fried tofu. “Mom” is a cuisine, isn’t it? If it’s not, then it should be.