So, what was that Frank Zappa line? Welcome To My Nightmare? No, wait, that was Alice. Right. I remember now. Memory was such a long long time ago. Like you, I’ve been drifting. We got time to do that now. In and out of thoughts. I’ve got a backlog of stories and images, and I think it’s about time to start writing and posting anecdotal blah blah blahs again. Looking forward to it actually. It now seems hard to justify posting up regular stories about regular stuff when nothing is regular and may not be for a long time, but it feels like we gotta keep looking forward and feeling as normal as we can. Not in ignorance of what's happening around us, but with respect to where we're headed. I think we just gotta keep our eyes on the horizon line. Doesn't it feel like we're surrounded by an almost biblical shroud of evil and plague? Damn, was it something we said or did? Maybe it was. You know, it may actually be that God has simply had enough bullshit from all of us. She just can't take us any more, so she sends hate and plague down upon the earth in order to destroy it all, just so it can be rebuilt, exactly as Yellowstone rebuilt even stronger after it burned down years ago; the same as the Gulf Coast rebuilt stronger after the spill; the same as addicts can recover and become strong again after the living death of heroin. It appears we're at the bottom of the curve in human evolution. Time for an intervention. Could be.
A number of friends have chimed in asking how things are going here in Mexico. About the same as you I guess. Staying home, trying not to be stupid, trying not to overreact/underreact. You know the routine. It worries me Mexico is too often taking this virus issue less seriously than it deserves, but then every time I turn around Mexico impress me with levels of understanding as well. San Miguel is quite as are we. Actually, it’s a ghost town now. Nothing much. The number of sick people in Mexico is growing and hospitals are unprepared and filling up. There don't appear to be as many total cases in Mexico as in the US, but whose numbers do you believe today? We all thought Sweeden was going to be the model of success, and now it seems the model of failure. Feels like Mexico is maybe two months behind NY or a little less. We’re now heading into what they are calling Phase III response which includes not being able to walk around town as you want and huge restrictions on business. Only one person in the grocery store from any one family. No meetings and groups. So, they are closing it down, and have been for some time now. We've come to accept that if we get sick there will be no room in a hospital, so we must be smart now. Too many people not wearing masks. Too many people thinking like teenagers with a case of beer and mom and dad's car keys. An astounding level of arrogance and almost prideful ignorance. There are a lot of poor people in Mexico (more so than in the US), so if they can't work today, they can't eat tomorrow. I can understand the desperation of needing to get back to work. What a tough choice that is. In the long view, closing business may kill more people, but there is no proof because no one has ever lived through this before. In 1918, they went back to work too soon and lost thousands more because of it. Wasted lives. Maybe die if you do. Maybe die if you don't. What the hell do you do? The math is not simple and neither are the arguments or the conclusions. But Deb and I and ex-pats in general in San Miguel are doing ok. Trying to keep moving. Can’t sit quietly too long - you tighten up. Mentally and physically. Gotta keep moving and must work out. No options on that. No one getting into the house, and we aren't leaving unless we have to. Hired a young local professional person who has started a grocery shopping business for people, and we're using the new burgeoning home deliver restaurant businesses that have started in town. Some are even doing a bit better than they were. as regular restaurants. Thinking about folks who don’t have it as good as us. Humbled by circumstances for sure. Very thankful for a good situation that just fell in our lap. Staying at home is far better than many options out there now.
On the good side, as I look around, I see a lot of people re-inventing themselves and their businesses. I see science and medicine all over the world united like never before. All the regular folks focusing on trying to survive. I am perfectly aware of how horrible things are, but like the Yellowstone fire metaphor I mentioned earlier, disaster has a way of bringing out the best in people. Folks rise up because there is no other choice. I think many are about to die (probably more than our worst fears), but as a percentage of the total population, even two million deaths are not even the beginning of the end of civilization. There will be a beginning. So the key here is for all of us to stay smart and find a way to survive, then begin again, because that's what we do best - we get smarter and we begin again. Rebuilding will produce glorious results. For many of the older folks like us, we may not live to see it all come to pass, but the future looks solid. No other options for the likes of us.