Category Archives: COVID-19

Life Updates

I really have not posted in a long time and it is a shame. It has been a little over a year since Biden was sworn in as the President and I for one, really enjoy not waking up at 4 in the moving to read the news to find out what stupid thing the President tweeted. That being said, we are now 2 years deep into the COVID-19 pandemic and it is getting to be a real drag.

There was a wonderful period, just around Thanksgiving 2021, that Covid was really starting to bottom out and we were able to host a lovely Thanksgiving with the whole family, but then omicron hit…ugh. Yet another Christmas without family or friends. It is now February and we still have not exchanged gifts. Maybe for our birthdays in March.

I wanted to write this post for the future, to really let those who did not live through Covid-19 just how it affected our daily lives, even years into the pandemic.

Hopefully, it will transition to endemic soon and just get your shots and move one with life, but I don’t see that happening soon. You see, dear reader, 40% of America is really stupid. Do they like living like this? Are you just in denial? I know your newscasters in right wing media say it’s all a hoax, but it is not and you can live in Foxworld, you have to live in the real world, with real death and real consequences. The official death toll in the US is a little over 900,000 now, with around 1,000,000 deaths total, taking into account the extra deaths. That a lot of people. Now, on a more personal note.

My family and myself are doing fairly well. It will be 3 years in our home in April and I am so thankful we moved when we did. Being stuck in a small home or apartment must be hell. My son is doing well in sophomore in high school. He was remote learning for half of last year, but now it back to full time, in classroom, which is really necessity. Remote learning is just not the same.

For me, I am celebrating my 7the year as a design test engineer. I really enjoy the work and the 10 minute commute. My wife’s health has been up and down, but after her surgery last year, she is doing better.

Our two dogs are going well, but our little boy Ricky cracked his dew claw on goodness knows what, so he has a cute little tractor bandage on this paw. Enough of my rambling for now, I will make is a late new year’s resolution to post more. Done is better than perfect.


Posted by on February 4, 2022 in COVID-19, Family

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October Surprise 2020

October 2, 2020

Today is truly a turning point in American history.  Early this morning it was announced the Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19.  After battling a pandemic with bluster and lies, the virus has caught up with him.  He refused to wear masks and encouraged others not to wear masks.  You reap what you sow.  I think he really is sick, it is not a hoax.  I am concerned that with his advanced age, obesity, and almost certainly a heavy exposure due to traveling with Hope Hicks, his survival is not assured.  I do not like the man and would never vote for him, but I would not want Baron to grow up  without a father.

Maybe now he will understand the terror we have all been facing since early March.  Maybe his followers will finally wear a mask.  9 out of 10 people who have caught COVID-19 with symptoms have some sort of health problem following recovery.  I hope the lies will finally end, but I don’t think so.  If he can breathe, he will lie.


Posted by on October 2, 2020 in COVID-19, Political

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Covid, Week 5

Been over 5 weeks since the shelter in place has be in place in Illinois.    I began working from home a week before then.  It makes me sad that our son will not have an 8th grade graduation.  He has been keeping up with school, but it is just not the same without all the real interactions with teachers and students.

On the national front, the Trump and his merry band on cronies still have no plan, want to re-open the country with no testing in place and want to trade lives for money.  Over 41,586 fatalities in the US.  We are not over the peak, not even close and I think they are lying to us.  60,000 fatalities, my ass.  If we keep it less than 500,000 I will be shocked.  I expect the second wave in 2 to 3 weeks as states relax stay at home orders.



Posted by on April 20, 2020 in COVID-19

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Covid 4-3-2020

April 3, 2020

At 5 tomorrow evening, it will be 2 weeks since my home state of Illinois went to a, more or less, lock-down, due to the Novel Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.  It has been three weeks now that I have been working from home.  We are all getting used to it, but it works for most things.  I am very grateful that I have a job, there have been 10 MILLION jobless claims in the last 2 weeks.

I always knew Trump would be useless in a crisis, but I didn’t know he would the THIS bad in a crisis.  There has been very little guidance at the national level, and what is coming out changes everyday and is sometimes contradicted minutes after it is said!  So far over 6,000 people have died in the US alone and I expect the total to just keep rising every day until we get some sort of national mandate. There is not point to this piecemeal crap.  All it will result in is more people killed needlessly.

So far, the whole family is healthy.  We have been taking every precaution and we have food in the house for weeks now, thankfully.  No more going out to grocery stores, which are the only thing still left open.  Every time we shop, we isolate food that can wait for days in the garage and what can’t gets wiped down with bleach to kill what we can.  We have not ordered any kind of takeout, I wish they would shut that down as well, it worries me that it is still a large vector for contagion.

I have not had any new orders in weeks, but I can’t fault anyone for being more concerned with safety and health than video games.

This upcoming Monday my son goes back to ‘school’ which will be online, probably for the rest of the year.  I feel really bad that he will probably miss his 8th grade graduation due to this madness.  All of this could of been prevented.  I can be stopped, we know it, from China and South Korea, this can be beat.  It makes me so frustrated that hundreds of thousands, or even millions of people, in the country will die because of an incompetent fool.


Posted by on April 3, 2020 in COVID-19

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CoronaBlog #1 3/18/2020


It is Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and COVID-19/CoronoVirus is spreading across the land. The rate of infection is a doubling of cases about every 3 days. The history books will record what is happening, but I wanted to put down what it has been like for one suburban dweller.

Last Thursday were told to get ready to be able to work from home, test your VPN connection, etc. By the time Friday rolled around, we were told on Monday, to begin working from home. Also on that Friday, the governor of Illinois ordered all schools closed as of yesterday. My son has been home the past two days and is adapting pretty well, so far. Us adults are little freaked out. Yes, the stores have been emptied of toilet paper, paper towels, and many other cleaning supplies. I took today off, I just needed a mental break to get adjusted to this social distancing. We went out late last night for a few more supplies, and out again today to complete our gathering. We are pretty well stocked, thankfully. I know they say the grocery stores will stay open, but goodness knows how long that will be the case.

All of the restaurants, bars, coffee shops, are all closed to inside customers. Just delivery and drive through. It is all just so surreal at this point. Today I sent out my last retro repair order, I had so many orders for the last few months, and now it has just dropped to nothing. I am sure it will stay like this a while. Writing this all down is therapeutic, I think I will try to post once a day to just keep this for posterity.

One thing I did notice is the how uneven the hoarding was in the stores. Paper products, cleaning supplies, old fashioned oat meal, dried beans, and for some reason, breakfast sausages are hard to come by. Bacon is plentiful. Makes no sense at all. We do not know how long this will last, or even if there will be a shelter in place order will be commanded for our state. Speaking of that, there has been really poor co-ordination at the national level. I knew Trump would be bad in a crisis, but, holy hell, not this bad.

Finally, working from home is all new to me.  I did have to go in for a few hours yesterday to run a test, but it really is a mixed bag working from home.  The commute is great and my office is setup well, but I miss the water-cooler chats and just being around work friends.  I just don’t know what will happen with employment, long term.  I am sure we are in for a recession/depression the like virtually no one alive now has seen.


Posted by on March 18, 2020 in Corona Virus Blog, COVID-19

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