We had toyed with the idea of writing a selection titled: Ten Top Reasons We’re Glad It Is Not 2020 Anymore….a cumbersome title and a blatant play on David Letterman’s Top Ten Lists. (So fun not to have to explain who Letterman is to our readers.) We also had a humorous Top Ten Reasons to Keep Some Masks idea, another cumbersome title. However, things have not progressed as we had hope, so we nixed both ideas. Consequently, we are left with… random thoughts.
Wow. Disruptions in the supply chain are really screwing things up and driving up prices! Costco is again limiting purchases of some items. The issue isn’t panic buying. They just can’t get the products to their stores. Thankfully, it’s not as bad as last year when everyone was hoarding. Example? Someone’s mega-package of toilet paper was strewn on the street recently and no one stopped to pick up the rolls!
Speaking of disruptions, if you need to schedule any medical appointments, do it now. One specialist we called is now taking appointments in March. March????
As more people are posting on various media, it’s driving up our blood pressure as we are constantly struck by poor grammar and spelling. Sure, we all make mistakes, but we do know how to use an apostrophe!!! And, please, there is the correct usage of “regard” versus “regards.”
Mercedes once ran an ad bragging…More power. More style. More technology. Less doors. Less doors? Wait, doors can be counted so, using proper grammar, the ad should have boasted fewer doors. Some claim that companies use bad grammar to sell their products or services, arguing that it grabs people’s attention causing them to stop and focus on the message. Nope. Not buying that. Just some ad writer’s clever response when caught screwing up.
Viruses constantly change through mutation. So, we are lobbying for use of the word “mutant” over “variant” to describe the new forms of Covid. Mutant sounds more negative to us, while variant seems more benign…like abnormal or different. And, we are sure feeling negative about the Delta mutant taking us backwards.
Regeneron is available to those over 65, so a positive for oldies who are suffering from breakthrough Covid cases. Got to look for the positives these days!
Cooking has lost its appeal. Thank goodness for microwaves and toaster ovens…and delivery!
We are noticing an increase in roadside litter. Yes, people are back in their cars and going places, but has the pandemic made us less thoughtful about the environment??? “Leave no trace” should be honored everywhere. Google its principles not the movie.
We’ve noted that some do not do solitary very well; no wonder it is used as a penal punishment.
Some people feel masks limit interpersonal communication. There is truth to that. Masks muffle sounds and cover facial expressions. However, after more than a year of this mess, we’ve learned to better read body language, eyebrows, eyes, and upper cheeks, which are keys to understanding the big picture. Listen for those audible signs of frustration. Watch for that twinkle in happy eyes.
The pandemic has spurred gambling from anywhere, any time, and on anything! Even we can name multiple betting sites available to us on our phones. And the initial no loss come-ons are way too inviting. We don’t even understand half the betting terms, and we have limited to no knowledge about some sports. Arm Wrestling and Rock Paper Scissors Championships! Really?
We’ve watched our screen time increase each week. Gee…could it be killing time with online games? Okay, maybe not Minecraft or Fortnight, but solitaire, poker, bridge, Words with Friends, or Candy Kush? Not telling.
So, our wrinkled wisdom for today? Continue to wear those darn masks to protect yourself and others from the RISE of the MUTANTS. Hmmm…in addition to storing personal protective equipment for the next pandemic, maybe the government should offer free American Sign Language classes so we can better communicate when masked? Beware of online gambling! Even if you know the terms parlay, bad beat, and vig, you can still lose your shirt. Consider supply issues and shipping times when planning to cook or bake. The strawberry jam bundt cake is on hold because the strawberry extract is weeks late. We’re not advocating hoarding…but.