Friday the 13th.

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.

37 thoughts on “Friday the 13th.

  1. Good luck dealing with any feelings of panic you may suffer. Interesting to read how you’re handling a bad situation. Maybe all these troubles with fade before too, too much time goes by..

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    1. I certainly hope so. I read this morning that a team of scientists at McMaster here in Canada have isolated the virus in people who’ve tested positive. Which is great news. It’s the first step towards making a vaccine for it. Science is so important. So important.

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  2. Oh V, I am so happy to hear from you. Your absence was felt here by me. I agree with you on the panic buying!! My least concern is over toilet paper however, I just can’t wrap my brain around that one 🤔
    The student you referred to should reach out to news media and shame that University!! How is anything supposed to happen with a pandemic underway, no exceptions?! Disgusting.
    It’s in times of crisis like this when people’s true colors surface and some are very ugly.
    I hope the service your family wants to hold for your uncle eventually happens. I wish you health and safety during these times we are all living through. Yes, March feels like 6 months at this point🤪

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    1. I think that they’re hoping the University will come to their senses in the next week or so. If not, they might just not come and flunk. But, given the rate and things are getting worse, I think we’re all hoping people will come to their senses.

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  3. I’m so sorry that the memorial has been postponed. I was hoping that it would have gone ahead before restrictions came into place. I hope it will be able to take place soon. It makes a difficult situation all the more difficult.

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    1. We had some delay in getting the remains released from the coroner and then once released it took some time for transport. By that point this corona situation had gotten so much worse, now we’re thinking it’s not worth risking the health of those who would wish to come. Maybe in a few months things will be calmer. Who knows. I hope.

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  4. Friday the thirteenth was two friends’ birthday and my father’s wake. It held because corona cases are still mostly rumours.
    I heard the news about your relative and I’m sad for your loss. You clearly really liked the person but I couldn’t comment on the other post because I was going to make it about me. I hope you get through this because I can now testify (again) that being broke sucks.
    Love and Light💟

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    1. He was pretty important to my family. He looked after us for a few years when I was growing up to keep us together and out of foster care. I don’t know many people who, without any kids of their own, will sign up to take on five kids at the snap of fingers. Needless to say, he was the embodiment of selfless, in my mind. The world lost a good one.

      And yes, being broke fucking sucks.

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  5. Hi Vee!
    When I first heard about this toilet paper madness, I thought ‘what’!
    Tonight it has been all over the news here in Saskatchewan.
    We now have two presumptive cases of corona virus, both in Saskatoon. The second one had returned from a trip in Oregon.

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    1. We have 53 confirmed cases in BC. And you cannot buy TP anywhere in this town. It’s making me very anxious how quickly the shelf-stable foods are leaving the store.

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      1. Yeah I hear ya!
        My best friend said it was started by someone posted something on Facebook. I have always told him that you cannot believe anything on the site.
        Fear is a great motivator. It suspends all our logical deduction.
        We now have two presumptive cases here in Saskatchewan, both in Saskatoon.

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  6. I am so sorry that your personal tragedy is deepened with everything which is going on in the world right now. I can’t come up with something new and incredibly positive, I just wanted to say I feel for you very much.

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  7. I’m so sorry for you loss!! Everyone here in the U.S. has lost their minds too, today was a Trader Joe’s frenzy all through California emptying it out. I went to a Whole Foods a few towns over and bought some food, no TP anywhere. Luckily, I stocked up before I went to Mexico. Food is something else though! I’m 57 and have never seen anything like this!

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    1. Yeah, there’s no TP in this town whatsoever. People are also buying up the shelf-stable foods at alarming rates. It’s a mad, mad world out there. I couldn’t even imagine being in a larger populated area right now. You must be having a much harder time!

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    1. They told me their plan is to wait a week and see if the institution changes their mind. Today UBC (one of our largest in Canada) announced they’d be moving classes to online. And if they’re willing to do that for in person classes, they can’t really force distance ed people to come in, is the logic. So they’re waiting to see if the announcement comes next week.

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  8. Dear V, I am very relieved to hear from you. Thank you for updating us on how you are doing. Just as I was about to submit this, my phone died….

    People have lost their minds in Calgary too. From what I heard, there’s no TP to be found or bread. Meat is pretty scarce too. I haven’t had a chance to go grocery shopping since we had midterms this week. Today I had clinical but now clinical is cancelled as of Friday night, and our lectures got cancelled, and our exams got cancelled, and so did our labs. Never ever ever was this degree taught online. And yet, here we are. No instructor, no clinical group, and just a bunch of questions. I feel cheated by the university and the world.

    The profs don’t seem to know what is going on and everyone is in a frenzy. Tomorrow I’m hoping to get out of the house to get a few things, if anything is left. I’m kinda dreading stepping foot into public places and rather avoid them if possible. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought we’re living in Venezuela with all of these shortages and long lines at Costco. 🙄

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    1. I think it’s probably smart to have online lessons, for now at least. It’s not as if the University could have seen an international health pandemic coming. Better keeping you safe, even if it means online for now. At least until a vaccine can get made.

      McMaster University research scientists have successfully isolated the virus from patients in Ontario, which is the first step towards a vaccine. Article here:
      https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/canadian-scientists-make-covid-19-research-breakthrough-isolating-virus-1.4851641

      Good luck going out to get groceries. If I can give you a tip, we’ve been keeping to going out later at night. There seems to be less people out later at night. You might not get what you want from Costco or Superstore. You might have to think outside of the box… maybe go to Bulk Barn to get rice and beans and M&M Meats or a Butcher to get your proteins, as the hoards seem to be going after the main shops. If that makes sense.

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  9. Welcome back, Vee. I’m so pleased that you’re OK. I know things are difficult for you right now, but I hope it’s some comfort that a lot of people you have never met care about you and are wishing you well. On a separate subject, I’m relieved to know that it’s not just here in the UK that the stores are out of toilet rolls. Whole world’s gone crazy!

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  10. I hope you get the memorial service figured out, you’re right that it’s important to have. Regarding Corona virus, I hope the people buying toilet paper realize that it is respiratory, not intestinal. YOU’RE NOT GONNA GET THE SHITS PEOPLE!

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    1. Pretty much.
      What’s really sad is that people are buying out the toilet paper and the baby wipes so people with babies can’t even buy baby wipes either. It’s like… if you don’t have a fucking baby in your house, don’t take it away from someone who does.
      Please excuse my frank langugage.

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  11. I’m very sorry for your loss. That’s so sad the memorial has had to be postponed. I feel for you! Everyone’s lives are being disrupted, but it’s especially hard for people canceling weddings or funerals.

    We really are seeing the best and worst of each other at the moment. People are hoarding toilet paper in Ireland too, although I haven’t heard of anyone here trying to make a profit reselling it. Crazy!

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    1. Check your Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace pages. People are definitely trying to sell them online. Oh and Ebay. All the scummy people are selling them for $50 or more!

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  12. Hey, I agree with you about the whole panic buying thing. I wrote a story recently meant as a parody on the stockpiling of toilet roll, that it’d be worth more than gold soon. We might actually see that happen!! Hand gel and soap to go the same way.

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