Thank goodness modeling is an activity best done alone inside – Updated March 13
Some thoughts on what’s going on.
A week ago tonight, my wife (who suffers from Parkinson’s) fell down in our living room and couldn’t get up. After the fire department took her to the ER, the X-ray showed she had a fractured pelvis and a broken femur (she also has osteoporosis). By Wednesday evening, she was a “bionic woman” with a hip joint replacement. Friday, she was moved to a rehab (i.e., a “nursing home”) where she has to stay until March 26. My worries, given the news about nursing homes elsewhere, were assuaged a bit by the fact when we got there I learned they were following the federal guidelines for epidemic prevention. Then yesterday, right as I was leaving the facility (fortunately having come earlier than originally planned, to give her some necessities), they announced the facility was going into full lock-down with no outside visitors, to protect the patients, after Los Angeles declared a public health emergency.
There went my plans to keep both of us at home to the max. March 26 can’t come too soon. Like many of my fellow members of this great club, I’m in the age bracket with “elevated risk,” made moreso from having been thoughtless in my younger days and now having a mild COPD.
Luckily, writing and scale modeling are best done inside, alone. With a book, a book proposal, and a major article to complete (and having stocked up with food for 30 days when the news first broke), I may not have much time for modeling, but I have a pretty good chance of a successful outcome here. At a minimum, the house will be safe for her return on March 26.
Many of us here are in our 60s and 70s – the chance of an “adverse outcome” should you contract the virus goes up ten percent for each decade.
This isn’t a hoax. It isn’t a political game, though there are those who seem to only see it as a political game. Epidemic’s are Evolution’s IQ test to drain the shallow end of the gene pool. it’s the Darwin Awards for real.
My best wishes to all of you who have yet to have to face this situation up close and personal. Be a good Boy Scout: “be prepared.”
To paraphrase a radio message sent on December 7, 1941:
Air raid planet earth x this is no drill
Updated march 13:
The nursing home has finally found the right painkiller for my wife, so she’s finally sleeping and things are starting to turn around. I told the doctor not to worry about Vicodin and addicition – she doesn’t drive and I’m not going to drive the getaway car for her to rob gas stations to get a fix.
As everyone knows, the news goes from bad to terrible. I stopped by a Trader Joe’s today, thinking I’d check if I could get some bread to freeze. Hah! It’s one of their bigger stores here. The parking lot was full (never saw that even at Thanksgiving). Went inside and thought I’d stumbled onto the set of the remake of “Contagion.” You’ve seen those disaster movies where people are stripping the shelves bare? That was this. Managed to get some veggie chili just because a clerk was restocking an otherwise-empty shelf. Decided to invest in some wine – that was in short supply too. 30 minutes in the checkout line. In other news, my nephew is over complaining about being on long-term disability, because the San Diego school system just shut down “until further notice” today, so he and his sons are going to have a lot of “dad time.”
Best wishes to everyone, especially all our European members after hearing the announcement from WHO that you’re now the planetary epicenter. Stay inside and take your mind off the disaster by finishing that model!
Speaking of “Contagion,” if you’re among the many reading apocalyptic fiction now, this is worth watching. The screenwriter spent six months talking to the people who know what they’re talking about, and three top epidemiologists helped him work out the story line. It’s now a “documentary” of a pandemic. I grabbed it off “on demand” from the local cable and watched last night. Did you know we humans touch our faces 2,500 times a day? 5 times a minute? Yeah, try stopping that one. It ends hopefully, but like I say, there’s a tremendous amount of information, done very realistically, about what is going on.