Monday, April 13, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 29: All I Have to do is Blink 3 Times Rapidly to Bring Back Reality, Right?

Dear Diary,

It took me a while to figure it out.

I'm stuck in an alternate universe. 

All that time believing an orange blob slithered into the Oval Office with the help of hard core Apprentice fans, Russia's help, and a Republican party that was castrated in 2016, had to have happened in another universe.

Right? All I have to do is rapidly blink my eyes three times and I'm back in the real world.

That was just a bad dream, America being hit with a deadly epidemic with no leadership to guide the nation. Thousands dying needlessly because no plan was in place.

All I have to do is blink three times and the pandemic will go away. Right?

Isolation is a funny thing. It leaves us with too much time to think. To imagine. To dream out loud. I find myself in a zone where the real and the imaginary are at odds, because I don't like the reality that has crippled this country. 

I hate what Trump is doing, and has done to this nation. The harm that he's inflicted, that in some cases will last a generation. I hate seeing the country so polarized it can not even unite to fight a common enemy - the coronavirus.

It hurts my head to know the worst president the USA has ever had, is killing people because of his greed and stupidity. His inability to listen to experts in any field. It's like living in a badly written novel with little hope of a happy ending.

All I have to do is blink three times and everything will be okay. Right?
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On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
**COVID 19 update - The Oregon Health Authority announced 80 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bring the total number of known cases in the state up to 1,527. There's been 52 deaths to date.

**Parks are closed right now in Oregon. 

I thought it would be nice to share 30 photos of Oregon waterfalls

I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country.
This photo was taken by Jami Hale/The Oregonian. Beaver Falls plunges into a pool at the end of a short trail in Oregon's north Coast Range.
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**Finished weeding in our front yard on Easter Sunday. Our son and his girlfriend came by and busted out like a couple of migrant workers! They made short shrift of what would have taken Shirley and I another week of work.

Todays quote: "In three words I can summon everything I've learned about life: it goes on." - Robert Frost

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