First, if you want to get the nitty gritty on COVID-19, then check out the Ologies episode on it. Super informative.
Washington state has closed schools for 6 weeks until April 27th.
The small independent airline my sister works for has laid off all their pilots, and has cut the office staff back to 50%. They’ve laid off a number of them, too. My sister is still working, she’s the main accountant.
After today (Monday the 16th) I’ll be working from home for the foreseeable future.
Small businesses are starting to really feel the pinch from the lack of customers.
ECCC has postponed.
Norwescon is canceled until next year.
March Madness is canceled (college basketball). The rest of the NHL season is postponed. Movie premieres are being delayed. TV shows and movies are pausing filming.
This is the first time a worldwide pandemic has impacted the US in my lifetime. See, in the past we had a competent government that screened for the illness, and had effective measures in place.
I try to keep politics off this blog, but I think we all know why things are going to shit.
We’re still all healthy here. Knock on wood.
The Enemy of Sleep loves that I’m working from home.
Everyone be safe. Now is the perfect time to binge-watch all the Drawfee episodes, everything you remember from your youth on Disney+, and to catch up on 90 years of Batman on DC Unlimited.
I wear my air filter mask when I’m out in public because my lungs are made of tissue paper. Mostly, it just keeps me from fidgeting with my face.
The biggest tips for everyone right now are:
1. Wash your hands. A lot. Currently I cannot get enough lotion on my hands, I am washing them so much..
2. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
3. Don’t touch your face.
4. Wash your damn hands!
5. Unless you’re using an n95 rated mask, the main purpose of a mask is to keep you from infecting others. (Yes, the filters in my mask are rated n95.)
Honestly, I should wear the damn mask more often than I have, because anything respiratory goes straight to my lungs. So, yeah.
Other things to do during the period of social distancing and quarantine.
1. Read all those books you have piled on your nightstand. Or in. your Kindle.
2. Beat all your video games and computer games.
3. Deep clean all your shit.
4. Clean out your closet.
6. Learn a new language.
You may get more updates. I may also have news later this week. But we’ll see how that goes.
I’ll keep you posted. You all stay safe. I’ll try to do some actual pop culture analysis later. Right now I’m a little preoccupied with potential news and the pandemic.
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