Two totally different worlds

The company that I work for has secondary offices in Texas. While our primary office, and most of the employees work here in Canada, there are quite a few who work in Dallas.

The company as a whole has been working from home since March 9th. That’s everyone. Those here in Canada and those down in Texas. While Canada’s cases of COVID has been serious, it’s not nearly been as bad as what the United States has seen and what Texas alone has seen.

So we’re all working from home and will likely be until September or later. While there are less than 1,000 active cases in this province right now, everyone is still being hyper-vigilant about COVID. You don’t go anywhere without a mask. Large events aren’t happening. People, for the most part, are trying to keep the spread at bay.

Texas, on the other hand, we keep hearing stories about how there’s been a surge in cases lately and that the state may have to do some form of ‘shut down’ once again due to the public health risk of so many people being out and spreading the virus.

For reference, there are presently 65,000 more COVID cases in Texas than there are in all of Canada.

So this morning we’re on a call with the Dallas team and one of them asks ‘So how was your Canada day? What did ya’ll do?’

Each of us responded with different variations of ‘absolutely nothing’ because we’re still very much not in the public event planning stage here in Canada.

Anyways, she says ‘I’m so excited for the fourth!’

‘Oh yeah?’ I asked.

‘My girlfriends and I are renting a house down in Galveston and we’re going to have a giant party on the beach. It’s going to be four straight days of barbecues and bar-hopping.’ She laughs.

‘You’re not worried about Corona Virus?’ My boss asked, cautiously.

‘Nah. That’s not that big of a deal.’ She said.

‘It is a big deal’, my boss said. ‘Please be safe and social distance with your friends!’

My boss said it in a very concerned, but very professional manner. He wasn’t trying to lecture here, but more just trying to state the obvious. Well, she didn’t like that. Her response?

‘I ain’t going to let no imaginary disease ruin my 4th of July. We only get one 4th every year and I’m going to make the best of it’.

I was trying to hide my face at this point so that I didn’t say anything condescending. I honestly wanted to. People on the video call kind of… looked away. She was like ‘Hey, if I get sick I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. And if it’s my time to go, I guess it’s my time to go. Nothing is going to ruin my fourth of July.’

I just…

Wow.

I can’t.

How do you have discussions with her? How do you explain to her that it’s not just herself whom she’s putting in harms way?

You can’t.

You really can’t.

We’re living in two completely different worlds.

Our office is avoiding the human race, and each other, at all costs. Seven people have been diagnosed and they’ve all shared some very scary stories about what they refer to as the worst sickness they’ve ever experienced. And this girl? Her response is ‘If I get it, oh well!’

Paid sick leave, right?

Oh my.

Our countries might be right next door to one another but we’re living in two completely different worlds.

83 thoughts on “Two totally different worlds

  1. Sorry for the language, but that bitch is fucking selfish. I’m in Texas. I’m loosing my damn mind home with my kids and nowhere to go. I wish I could go to the pool, because it’s hot. I wish I could see my family, because my kids miss grandma and grandpa. But I am still staying home.

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    1. I’m sorry you’re stuck at home with the kids. And I’m sorry you can’t see your family. I can’t imagine what Texas is like during this pandemic. I wish people would wake up and realize how real it is. Sending you love from afar.

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      1. Thank you! Though I will say, I’m in Austin, and I haven’t come across a lot of the nonsense you described. Mask compliance is really high at the bougie grocery store I go to, for example. Not all Texans, I guess?

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  2. Well, I largely blame the leadership, ie: Trump. That man has a lot to account for. It’s sickening to see and even more sickening that we somehow let someone like that take office. I wish he would take his minions and move to another planet.

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    1. It is such a politically driven issue at this point and I hate that. If certain people could just swallow their pride we could get everyone on board with slowing this curve and we might not all be dead by 2021. I know that sounds da aggressive but I just…. global pandemics aren’t the time for bar hopping…

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  3. A big part of the problem here in the USA 🇺🇸 is our own president refuses to take the virus seriously. Surprise, surprise, many of his supporters have followed suit—that’s most of Texas by the way.
    We need a leader like Canada’s 🇨🇦 Justin Trudeau! I hope and pray we elect one in November.

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    1. Hopes and prays won’t help. Please find your local OFA or other organization and ask how you can help, other than hoping :). It’s unlikely there will be canvassing this year (although who knows!) but there are other ways to help.

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      1. Absolutely. Prayer is a directed mental and emotional effort, and it can produce material changes. I am not joking, and I am not being sarcastic, I know it’s true, It’s just that this year, we need more.

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    2. I hope that if we point out his lack of leadership enough people will start to realize that just voting republican no matter who it is, isn’t a solid way to vote. There seems to be this divide in the USA in which you do not cross party lines. You vote republican once when yohre 18 and uoure supposed to vote rephvlixa forever. You vote Democrat once when youre 18 and thats who you’re required to vote for forever. It’s such a fucked up way for elections… people really need to vote not for a party but for who is going to better the country.

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  4. I wish I could say she’s just a one-off but unfortunately she’s not. There’s way too many people here in the US who are convinced that this isn’t that big of a deal. The only thing is to hope that those of us who are taking it seriously have done enough to protect ourselves and our families. People like this can’t be reasoned with.

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    1. I hope that you’re safe and healthy and that so is your family. And I hope for those of us taking it seriously, that everyone else doesn’t ruin it for us… and make this shit go on forever…

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  5. I worked for a company back in the last century that would terminate people – well, team leaders and up – for exercising bad judgment in their personal lives. Not poor…bad. The reasoning was that at work, they were responsible for driving the company’s success. If they demonstrated in their personal lives that they made poor choices, the company I think rightly assumed that they would be likely to make similarly bad choices at work and negatively impact the company’s success.
    And this was back before social media, where idiots really had to put some effort into their bad choices getting attention.
    I kind of miss that accountability. ‘Murica *needs* it so desperately.

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    1. It’s funny because I’ve heard of this happening before. This doesn’t seem like the type of company to do that, though. I feel like doing that could open the door to lawsuits, no?

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      1. Lawsuits? This is America. Look at someone wrong and they’ll sue ya. Or shoot you? It’s one of the two.
        Seriously, though, the potential for lawsuits is valid, the results though are dependent upon the state being “at will” and/or one that favors workers as well as the way the company structures its guidance documents and overall culture. Mostly – from my experience – most companies aren’t rigged for this because… lawsuits.

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    1. Wow, I think I might have gone straight for the jugular, stupid woman. My sister and her daughters with their husbands and kiddies live in Houston and they’re all terrified. No wonder with people like your work colleague!

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      1. Rightfully so. I don’t think I’d leave my house again if I lived in Texas. If I did, it would be to move the heck out of that State!

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    1. She’s not the type of girl one can talk with. She’s the type of girl who, when Texas was closed, paid over $1,000 to go to a secret in-home hair salon to get her hair dyed because she couldn’t wait for salons to open again.

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  6. Its not just the US, its here in the UK, people seem to understand that if you under 70 with no health problems, then if you catch it, it will probably be a bit like the flu.

    The problem is if you have no symptoms and think you are fine, you are still going to infect people, its why our children are being treated like lepers, chances are they have had it but have had no symptoms and they can pass it on to Grandparents and people with health problems. Its why social distancing is so important, its not protect the healthy, its to protect those that it will kill. But then human beings as a general are selfish bastards (check out Bournemouth beach last weekend) who don’t give a shit, but then again if you are being run by an idiot, the idiots tend to be a bigger crowd

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    1. You’re so right! My sister-in-law hasn’t let her kid near anyone in months. She feels bad for him because she wants him to be able to socialize, but he’s so young and healthy she doesn’t want him to be asymptomatic and be the reason someone else gets hella sick.

      Also I just googled Bournemouth Beach and that makes me so ragey.

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  7. It seems half the people in Montana think that the virus is some sort of hoax, while the other half are approaching it with the seriousness of our northern neighbors. But the scales are tipping. I wish I could say it’s in favor of caution, with the uptick in cases, but it’s not. And our governor won’t do anything either way because it’s an election year. We only have around 400 active cases, but the numbers are going up.

    You could have yelled at her. I honestly think you should have. But it probably wouldn’t’ve done any good. The ‘hoax’ crowd in this country are immune to facts and logic. And don’t care about other people. The American dream, right? Do what you want and fuck everyone else.

    Please send us some sanity.

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      1. You might need to cower in the corner as as your country is concerned. If you move out of that corner, you could very well catch it from one of those doh-doh heads who doesn’t believe in it.

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  8. V, it is two very separate realities. I lived in TX for 3 years straight and on and off for 2. The thinking there is really corrupted by the political and religious machines there. In a big way. Then you add in our idior in chief. God help us. Today I read about young people in other Southern states holding “Corona parties” where they intentionally infect one another. It sickens me. Meanwhile, my niece’s boyfriend just contracted it from a co-worker and is suffering terribly. The ignorance and sheer selfishness of people infuriates me. Those who are screaming about their “freedoms” because they don’t want to wear a damn mask. Good grief, it shows me that they have bigger issues if a piece of cloth is such an infraction for them. Never told NO. Entitlement run amuck.
    This share disturbs me greatly yet it’s the norm here in the US. I’m in Florida where I see people yelling at one another over wearing a mask. I scratch my head and wonder where people’s morals and care for others has left to? Have we learned nothing over these past 4 months? Some people in my country truly hurt my heart with their lack of decency towards themselves and how it affects others. Yuck😣

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    1. It really seems like no one has learned anything over the past four months. I know I’m generalizing and there are some areas of the USA that have done some really good jobs trying to combat, it’s just like… states like Texas are ruining it for everyone.

      Also, the idea of a Corona Party makes me want to vomit. Ugh.

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      1. Agreed sister, completely. There are some really awesome folks here in my country yet tbe bad apples seem to be spoiling it for the bunch. I keep my distance, wear my mask. I even upgraded to a breather specific one which cost me more money but is so much more comfortable than the fashionable one I was sporting. Mostly, I send my son into the stores with his mask while I wait in the car. I spend most of my time outside in nature either running or riding my bike. I’m so excited because my partner Lincoln is FINALLY moving here from TX on Tuesday!! I wanted him to get away from there as soon as possible. These past 2 months have felt like 2 years😜

        Let’s keep doing g our part and hope it runs off on others🙏💜😉

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  9. My friend from Canada asked me the other day “how people feel about the virus “here.” And I was like – what do you mean? Here – where?! And she was: around you, in Chicago. I said we have sane leadership, and we have an ordinance, and we wear masks. And she was: OK, I am testing my hypothesis, that people do not believe in masks if there is no much infection around them. I told her – nope, that depends on their political affiliation.

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    1. That’s what I’m thinking. I think it entirely depends on the government of said state, and in some cases, said city or town they live in. Texas, I feel like, lacks a lot of governance and that’s why there’s a huge spike there right now. Some states have really good governance and they’re doing what they can to tackle it.

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    1. Yeah… except the people who are exploiting the Alaska exception and using it to come vacation in Canada. Did you read about that? There’s been a huge uptake in American’s coming up to the BC border and saying they’re going to Alaska… just hopping across the border for vacations in Whistler and Vancouver and Banff. There’s a whole facebook group explaining how American’s can legally get across the border for a holiday…

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    1. I sure do too. Her grandmother lives with her and her husband. I hope she doesn’t get sick because the ramifications could be really serious for more than just her.

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    1. The way I see it, better to stay home fourth of July then to pass an infectious disease to someone she loves/lives with (like her grandma) so that they don’t get to celebrate fourth of July ever again.

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      1. I know. But being ordered to stay home really does make it feel like there isn’t much to celebrate this year.

        And I’ve noticed that, at least in the US, a lot of the conflict and divisiveness isn’t really about black vs. white, rich vs. poor, religious vs. atheist or one religion vs. another, or urban vs. rural… a lot of it really comes down to individualism vs. collectivism. And that’s why something like this is so hard. I tend to side more with individualism, but individualism isn’t exactly the best way to approach a pandemic.

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  10. I feel like not putting a mask on has become political here in the states I even heard one guy say he won’t put one on because we don’t live in a dictatorship and no one is going to tell him what to do…like what the actual F?! I don’t get people I mean is it that hard to care about others and do something selfless as wearing a mask so people don’t get sick and worse die.

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    1. I don’t understand that mentality. I really don’t.
      It literally takes zero effort to put a mask on your face.
      Bet he doesn’t complain about putting on a condom.
      Or maybe he does, given that mentality.

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    1. YES!
      Maybe if they saw what was actually happening, they might have a ‘holy shit’ moment and realize their actions have consequences.
      Then again, you can’t fix stupid.

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  11. I hear you. Here in Edmonton people are acting like COVID is over and traveling, going to parties. The bars are packed on weekends and that’s where a lot of new cases are coming from too. I’m going out for the first time next weekend to a social event and I’m still nervous about it – been home too long.

    That said, if they fire her – I’m looking for work in September lol.

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    1. UGH. I’m so glad I’m not in Edmonton right now. And, with the NHL considering bringing the remainder of the NHL Season there, it could get a lot worse in Edmonton yet.

      I hope that your social event goes well. Please stay safe and wear a mask!

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  12. I’ve given up reacting to the thoughtlessness of others, because there’s very little we can do about it any more. I wrote about all of this recently – about the “you’re with us or against us” mentality that has taken hold of the world – about all sorts of subjects. It’s depressing. Anyway – your blog is a shining beacon of honesty and transparency at the moment – please don’t change 🙂

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    1. You know, now that you say this, it really is kind of ‘you’re with us or against us’. In the wake of a pandemic, there’s really no middle ground. People don’t get to say ‘not applicable to me!’ It’s applicable to everyone. So if they’re not doing their part to fight it, they’re letting it surge. It might sound harsh but it’s the truth.

      Also, thank you for the comment about transparency and honesty. That’s so kind!

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      1. It’s not just the pandemic – it’s everything. I saw the news this morning that at the first F1 race of the season today, Lewis Hamilton called out the drivers that were not willing to go down on one knee during the national anthem at the start of the race – and essentially said it implies they are racist. I immediately thought “here we go again – if you’re not with us, you’re against us”. It’s making me retreat further and further from everything…

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  13. We do live in two different worlds. As a person living in Texas, I feel like we are sharing space with a completely different culture and reality. Only, their world can make US sick. It’s scary as hell to live here right now.

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    1. It sucks because as long as a country continues to let it surge, no other country on earth is safe. And as long as people like her are in Texas, no other person in Texas will be safe. I understand why you’re scared. It’s a lose/lose situation.

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  14. I don’t understand how people can feel so invulnerable – even young people with no underlying conditions have caught and died from this virus. Husband is shielding so we are being extra careful. No thanks to our government who decided to open pubs, bars and hair salons yesterday…..

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    1. It really sucks that people are refusing to acknowledge their risk factor in this. People think they’re young and healthy and the reality is, they might have underlying conditions that they’ve never known about because they’ve never been exposed to a freaking pandemic before. Ya know? I’m sure you know. I’m asking rhetorically I guess. No one is immune to this, like your comment says. People ought to be a lot bleeping smarter than they’re being.

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  15. I live in Texas. It’s been crazy here. I have been upset on several levels of magnitude for several months with some of our government leaders. I didn’t blog for a few months, because my mind was not in a good place. I took an academic leave of absence. The governor mandated mask wearing too late. Many of our politicians didn’t treat it seriously and opened the city too early due to political pressure. Our city hospitals are at full capacity. I have friends who have been infected with Covid-19 and cannot be admitted into the hospital. Some of my friends have already died. Students got infected while hanging out at the bars and the beaches.

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  16. Yup. Stupidity is alive and well in the good old US of A. I want to slap people like her. How are over 2 million people dying from an “imaginary illness.” Maybe a firework hit her in the head and knocked some sense into her. I challenge anyone who has that mindset to go to any local ER where people have COVID and talk to someone who can barely breathe. GRRR…

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  17. You’re right.

    I live in New York City and while we have things under control, there is a vocal minority who doesn’t wear a mask. If you tell someone in said minority to wear a mask, that person could become verbally abusive…or worse.

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  18. The worst is yet to come in the U.S… Even here in Seattle, way too many people are acting like nothing is happening. Maybe 40% of people are wearing masks. The parks are at full capacity, and people are gathering in groups without distancing. This is with our governor being on top of the crisis since the beginning and urging people on a daily basis to follow the rules. Ugh.

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  19. This post was even scarier reading it 12 days after it was posted. Texas is a total hotspot now, mostly to them not giving a damn about COVID. Best of luck to your coworker, but this is blatant stupidity here.

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    1. She’s healthy as ever and smug as ever. We’ve talked about Corona Virus several times on our calls since and she keeps saying every time that it’s just people trying to scare her from going outside. Her salon told her she couldn’t come in without a mask and she legitimately complained on our call and said she was going to sue them for denying her service….
      She’s a real piece of work.

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  20. The rest of the world has a much better handle and outlook on this virus than the U.S. I’m really embarrassed that we have so many people here who think this way. There are those of us who are doing our part, but the people going out like that are ruining it for everyone.

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