Tuesday, April 14, 2020

It’s Not Paranoia If Mobile Morgues Are Parked Down the Street

I started using a face mask a lot earlier than most people I know. I bought masks for my Piano Man and the not-so-Little Princess sometime in late January, since we were going to travel to Washington state the following month. When I discussed the purchase with a friend or, perhaps, a relative *cough*, the individual in question told me, “The paranoia is strong with this one.” And we both laughed.
Yesterday, during a video call with the same person, I heard their child say, “You can go for a walk, if you stay enough away from people. Stop being so paranoid.”

The friend or relative *cough, cough, cough* (goodness, I must get something for this cough) exploded. “Paranoid? Look at the numbers! People are dropping like flies. There’re dead people in ice cream trucks! I saw a video of a delivery guy spitting on a package. How do you know they haven’t spat on our door? You’re too…”

I accidentally on purpose ended the call while the person was still shouting about the state of things. And when we talked again, a little while ago, and the person went on and on and on… about their child’s lack of sense, I didn’t even remind them about those early days, when wearing a face mask was still a bit of a joke. See? I can be nice. Well, almost nice (since I’m totally sending them a link to this post).

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the wee notes…
- I haven’t seen any ice cream trucks being used as mobile morgues in New York or any other place.


- stay safe.

37 comments:

  1. Oh gosh. Funny-sad. I too was a bit more – er – paranoid? no, careful / aware than many, a bit earlier than most. But really it all snuck up on us so fast, at first no-one really knew what it would be like or what to do. And we still don't, although we do have more clues than we did.

    My intuition said it would be bad and I shouldn't go anywhere, and said it very strongly, while my doctor, and the Government here, and many people close to me all opined that it wouldn't be too bad. So I was making arrangements to travel interstate despite my misgivings, so as not to let down some family members who needed me there so they could have an overseas holiday – and then thankfully all that got cancelled just in the nick of time and we were all saved from a very messy, dangerous situation. Yet another good lesson to trust my intuition! I'm glad you trusted yours too.

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    1. I remember when you cancelled your plans at the last minute, suggesting that it was staring too look like you should stay home. I, too, I'm glad you listened to yourself. The idea of being in someone else's house for extended periods of time--without having planned for it--is rarely comfortable.

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  2. I can’t imagine mobile morgues, let alone parked down the street, Magaly! I haven’t even seen many masks. Things are so much worse in big cities, where there are more people and less space. I’ve avoided Covid so far, but I’m afraid I’ve succumbed to shingles. Please stay safe.

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    1. My father lives in Upstate New York, about 250 miles from the city, and I am glad to say that he hasn't seen that many cases. I often find myself wishing he lived closer to me, but this is not one of those times.

      I hope your shingles are getting better, and that you had something at home to treat them. My neuropathy and De Quervain's tenosynovitis are currently visiting, and I can tell you that I really wish I could go in for treatment. But, a bit (or a lot) of pain for a few weeks seems a lot better than the alternative, so... I shall wait.

      May you continue to avoid COVID-19, Kim!

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  3. Similar around here ... friends who first thought everybody was being ridiculous now the most paranoid of the bunch, and the guy careful-bordering-on-paranoid ever since he learned his boss had to go to the hospital. Stay safe!

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    1. The guy is not the only one having that kind of delayed reactions. One of my relatives seems to be on the same boat. Stay safe, too!

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  4. A lot of the news I've heard from New York is grim. Though it didn't take the Amazing Perplexin to see that things were going to head this way if one kept one's eyes open during the early days of this pandemic and our government's (non)response. We need to keep them open, and keep our wits about us, in order to make it to the other side safely.

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    1. I completely agree. We need to stay hyper-vigilant for a while. Things could go so wrong, if we get ahead of ourselves for this one.

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  5. I think using ice cream trucks as mobile morgues is a sweet idea! I love your tale, Magaly. See, horrible things prompt delightful writing!

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  6. WOW what a state of affairs we have awaken too. This dream is real

    Easter Blessings Magaly

    Much🌼love

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  7. I am so glad your intuition kicked in sometime during late January, Magaly! I can relate to the paranoia, we have an abundance of it here though there are some people who still refuse to take the situation seriously.

    Thank you for a most timely and stimulating prompt!!💘💘

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    1. I still hear people say that this is a hoax and I just don't understand them. Refusing to see what's killing so many is just silly.

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  8. it is good to take precautions but avoid the panic and anxiety. Enjoyed the conversation...

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  9. Oh, when they sing the same song it's an original.. lol I have a few masks left from our numerous hospital visits with our oldest daughter. I've ordered washable masks.. I think it is going to by face jewelry for some time to come...You know Seasonal Never Seen Before Virus Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter pop up pandemic. Love she is being gifted a link to your post. :) cackling

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    1. I, too, had some left and got some extra washables. I guess, we guess those horrible hospital visits were good for something more than just saving our lives once.

      I thought I would be kind and send the link *hehehe*.

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  10. One of the best things to do in a crisis is stare in the face and laugh. How well you have done this here Magaly.

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    1. Thank you, Robin. I always think that when things get really nasty, those who can laugh tend to scream. So, might as wall laugh.

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  11. You ... are very nice! Thoroughly enjoyed your play by play and glad you accidentally hung up.

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  12. Well done; I'm there with you.

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  13. If you'd told me in February that face masks would be in such demand, I'd have dismissed that with a laugh. But look at how things have changed almost overnight. It is better to be safe than sorry.😷👍🏽

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    1. I don't think any of us truly saw this one coming. I thought things would be bad, but I never suspected this. And better safe than sorry has always felt like pure wisdom to me.

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  14. Yep! That's pretty much how the nightmare rolled out in this neck of the northern woods, as well. Love the writing in this … very engaging … and the bits of humour (given the pandemic content) is real and authentic.

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    1. It seems that the same song has been playing all over the world.

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  15. I avoid people in most cases, so "social distancing" is normal for me. Video conferences are probably the most challenging for everyone. I had masks on hand (I work in dusty conditions sometimes) and distributed them to family. As always, be of good cheer, Magaly!

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    1. That is so wonderful that you were able to give your family some masks!

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  16. Good one, Magaly. I love the ice cream trucks. I hope your health keeps up.

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  17. You are very nice!!!! And, you are very loving too! By the way, you better get something for your cough! LOL! Love you! Be safe and keep healthy!!! Big Hugs!

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