Long time no talk.
Thank you to Ian, Iseult, Jos, Navin, Mer, Geneva, Seema, Italian V, Hilary and Steve for checking on me over the past week and a half. Thank you for your text messages, emails, direct messages, phone calls, patreon messages, tweets and Instagram chats of encouragement and kindness. I’m sorry if I did not respond. Just know that I did see them and I did appreciate them.
And thank you to everyone who has left kind words here on this blog.
Where I’m at:
Right now my family is discussing delaying the Memorial service until a later date, when Corona Virus is less rampant and has calmed down a little more. There are a lot of elderly relatives, some with health issues, some without, who would be coming to the service and with Corona on the rise, we really don’t want to put any of them in harms way by having a large gathering of people. Even if it is for a a Memorial Service.
It’s sad. I feel like when everyone passes the very least that they deserve is a service for their family and friends to gather and remember him/her. Right now I’m genuinely wondering if this gets pushed back whether or not it’ll happen at all. I know it’s the smart decision to not put anyone in harms way. Also, I do reckon there’d easily be 200 people at this service, so I know if does get postponed, that is the right thing to do. It’s still sad, though.
Speaking of Corona Virus, panic has hit. I’m sure it’s hit the rest of the world too, based off what I’ve been reading. But, it’s definitely hit my neck of the woods. This town has been out of toilet paper for DAYS. People panic buying up all of the shelf stable foods and our grocery stores are crowded at the cash registers whilst the aisles are looking more and more like ghost towns. We have enough to get us by for the next week-and-a-half to two weeks. I would be lying if I said I’m not worried about what’s going to happen next time I need to go to the grocery store though. I’m very anxious about what we’re going to be going without next time we go to the store.
Please, please, please do not panic buy out grocery store shelves. We all need to be in this together. And if the young, healthy and financially stable individuals are buying out grocery stores ‘because they can’ then the people who really need necessities won’t be able to get their hands on them. Those most vulnerable to this virus won’t be able to get by and will be even more so in harms way then they already are. The elderly, those on fixed incomes, those with weakened immune systems, we need to be taking care of everyone right now. Buying 100 rolls of toilet paper for our own homes is not necessary and is taking essential goods away from people who really need it.
I actually saw a video on YouTube where someone with 200,000 followers filmed themselves buying $200 worth of toilet paper (I keep going back to the example of toilet paper because it seems so scarce everywhere right now) and joke about how they were going to sell it on Ebay. That got me wondering and I went online and there are people selling it locally online (Facebook Maketplace and Kijiji) for $50, $60 and $70.
We need to be better than this people. We need to be better than taking advantage of people during a worldwide health pandemic. As a human race, we need to be better. We need to look after one another to ensure that we all remain healthy.
Unrelated to any of this, I am still in the running for a position with the Engineering firm. I am out of the running for a position with the Real Estate company. I am also trying to do my taxes, which, between living in two provinces, having three T4 slips from two provinces and needing to declare the money made from consulting, has been a real pain in the ass.
Is March over yet? This month feels as though it’s been a thousand years.