Sunday, June 14, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 90: Is Anyone Else Keeping a Diary During These Chaotic Days?

Dear Diary,

Pause.
I'm sipping my coffee and taking a hit off some chronic ganja before this morning's entry.

Focus.
How many people even keep diaries these days?
In particular, digital diaries?

Question.
Why keep a diary? There's so many other ways 2020 is being documented by the media and authors of every stripe.

Answer.
Because it's personal. We all look at the events around us with different perceptions. Mine is unique. All of us are unique in what we see in a given moment. 

Rules.
There are no rules in keeping a diary. I can ramble on about anything, as long as I do it on a daily basis and somehow mention current events. A date is required however.

Benefits.
Sharing my fears and personal feelings is cathartic. Writing in itself is cathartic. I feel like I have more control when I document facts and share them.

A book vs a digital Diary.
The biggest difference in writing an old-fashioned diary in a book is you can conceal it somewhere, and not worry about anyone seeing it,
in...
a digital diary it's open for all to inspect online at anytime.

How long?
The question I'm asking myself is how long do I want to keep this Pandemic Diary going? When a vaccine is found, that would probably be the logical place to end this diary. Meanwhile, I'll take it day by day...
On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
(photo by Sean Meagher/Oregonian)
This is going to be a familiar national story soon:
Portland protestors get COVID-19. 

Ethan Snyder is one of about a half dozen protestors who has caught the infection after a week of protests.

There's no way to know if there's more cases because authorities haven't been doing tracing, and not enough testing to tell just how many people caught the coronavirus from the protesting community in Portland.

The seven confirmed cases were from people who went to get tested on their own after fatigue, fevers, aches and body chills sent them to the emergency wards.
Only getting worse
The coronavirus stronghold on Oregon could persist at current record-setting case counts or potentially surge to 1,000 new infections a day before the fourth of July, according to state modeling released Friday.

Quote for the Day; "The need to document my insanity is an affliction I have not yet cured myself of..." -Lydia Lunch

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