A Topical Sunday Seven

The button proves I've been vaccinated !
(The only place I could get the button in focus was on my jeans.)

Since it’s Sunday and I just got my second COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer—we didn’t get a choice), I thought I’d list a few things I’m excited to be able to do after a year of uncertainty. So, without further ado, here are:

7 Things I’ve Put Off for a Year

  1. In-person doctor visits
    I’ve had a couple appointments via tele-medicine (and other health sessions via Zoom), but some things just need to be done in person. Like the dermatologist and blood work.
  2. Get a pedicure
    Sandal season is just around the corner!
  3. Have a glass of wine with my neighbor
    I’d hoped to get together this coming week, but the vaccine people told me I need to wait 2 weeks before I can safely hug another vaccinated person. Dang. I guess I’ll just have to drink that bottle of wine I bought to share by myself.
  4. Get some junk out of my trunk house
    Those handy bins you used to see around town for donating clothes and shoes disappeared last March. So what to do with all the clothes I’ve bagged up? Supposedly Goodwill and Salvation Army are taking donations, but I’ve heard their schedules are iffy. A junk removal company may be expensive, but I live on the top floor of a walk-up. Besides, those strapping young lads will be able to take out some of the heavier stuff.
  5. Call the plumber
    I have a few minor problems that need fixing. So minor that I decided I could live with them until I was vaccinated.
  6. Schedule a contractor
    Sooner or later, I’ll want to move. And I need to fix up my condo before I can do that. Fortunately, I know who I want to hire, I just need to call him. I already told him ( a few years ago) that’s I’d keep him gainfully employed for a couple of years.
  7. Get my taxes done
    No, I didn’t put off paying my taxes for a year. I’m just using it as an excuse for waiting until the last minute. Last year the feds gave us a couple extra months. However, Virginia did not give us a reprieve. And we have to file our federal and state returns at the same time. The only good thing was that Virginia’s deadline for income tax is May 31st. And yes, I delayed it until the last week. At least I’m consistent.

So there you have it.. Looks like it’ll be a busy spring!

(P.S. I’m trying something new with WordPress. I wrote this post on Saturday, Mar 27, but am scheduling it to publish on Sunday the 28th. You know, since it IS a Sunday Seven.)

Heard on News Radio This Week

(Paraphrasing here, but not by much.) “Eradication of COVID-19 is the greatest achievement of Trump’s first term in office.”

What the fuck??? I don’t usually do political posts, but this just got on my last nerve. There is so much that’s wrong about this claim! Where do I start?

First of all, we’re still suffering from this disease, and I doubt that’s going to change by January 20, 2021. Nor will a vaccine be ready by then (and I believe that’s the only way we’ll be able to get rid of COVID-19). So, even if the verb was “will be” rather than “is,” the statement would still be erroneous.

But what makes this statement ludicrous is that Trump is the reason we’re in this mess in the first place. If he hadn’t put his head in the sand when the pandemic was making its way around the world, maybe we wouldn’t still be holed up so many months later. Oh, wait. He didn’t ignore the pandemic, he blamed it on the Democrats.

Now he makes fun of people who wear masks, even though many governments have made it mandatory—because it helps prevent the spread of the disease. Nearly a quarter of a million people have died in the U.S. from COVID-19, and the president thinks it’s a joke.

Jesus, I hope this nightmare ends this week.