Eric the .5b wrote: ↑24 Dec 2020, 15:11
Jennifer wrote: ↑24 Dec 2020, 14:11
in those alternate realities where we never left Connecticut, and still had the same job setups we had back then, with Jeff commuting to one of the super-rich cities on the shore of Long Island Sound (and with commuter train stops to and from New York City), there's a pretty high chance Jeff and I might've had covid early on ... and one or both of us might've had the "deadly, or at least devastating," version of it.
One door opens, one biohazard door closes.
(Knocking on wood that neither of y'all catch it in Georgia.)
I'm half-joking but half-serious when I say: I have this almost superstitious fear that, after being careful and staying mostly at home all this time, NOW is when Jeff and I will catch it, with a vaccine and possible freedom visible on the (still admittedly distant) horizon. Like, if this were ordinary times I almost certainly would've gone out yesterday in search of some real-chocolate peppermint bark, or maybe even braved the crowds and expected some lengthy lines today ... but, instead I stayed home, and Jeff and I intend to "make do" with peppermint-crunch Junior Mints plus some cheap Palmer-brand peppermint bark I found, made of a substance which is legally not "chocolate" but a "chocolatey layer." (IIRC, the legal difference between "chocolate" and "chocolatey substance" per the FDA is, both contain cocoa powder but true "chocolate" also contains a certain minimum amount of cocoa butter, whereas "chocolatey substance" uses some other type of fat.)
Granted, where hardship/deprivation stories are concerned, "we couldn't find real-chocolate peppermint bark at any of the unusually limited number of stores we visited, so we made do with a couple boxes of cheap Palmer candy and limited-edition holiday Junior Mints instead" is pretty weak, even when you add "Also, this year I'm forgoing my traditional post-Christmas 'look for deep discounts on holiday candy and treats' ritual." Still, there are definite changes to my behavior and habits which are 100% due to covid avoidance, but I worry it all might not be enough before this is all over.
"Myself, despite what they say about libertarians, I think we're actually allowed to pursue options beyond futility or sucking the dicks of the powerful." -- Eric the .5b