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Not adding to the shortage

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I’m not traveling so I don’t need a covid test. I’m not sick now so I don’t need one. They are in such short supply in areas why would I take one from someone who needs it. I’m not going to dine out anymore till this surge is well over. I won’t be going to a New Years’ party. I’m one of the lucky ones and I’ll continue to work from home. We will shop at odd hours to minimize exposure.

Here’s looking at you, Babe. Photo by Mike Hartley

But why do I need to go out and get these rapid tests? If I do get one in January through the mail I’ll save it for my unvaccinated infant grandchildren. If I feel like I have a mild cold or easy flu I’m staying my ass inside unless I feel really ill and then I’ll go to the hospital. I’ve had my boosters and flu vaccines. Will the government have my statistics of which thing I actually had, no! Will I infect others or possibly get infected by something else trying to find out what I have, no? I choose not to take that chance at this time. Maybe in a month or two or three down the road.

Do I want to catch pneumonia standing in line for 8 hours in the middle of winter waiting for a test? Hell, standing in line for 8 hours on cold concrete could punish my back so much I would regret doing it for a week. And just being out and about is getting more dangerous. Driving, flying, public transportation are all YouTube specials daily now. You can be standing in line at a store and a melee can break out.

So I’ll continue to support my family and friends and try to keep the stresses of each day in perspective and maybe help someone laugh about a tough situation. Or just listen to them vent about something that is complex and difficult or dangerous. I’ll continue to complement those servicing us all and thank those who provide the essential services. Whatever I can do to help those important to me and anyone else I cross paths with to survive the next day.

Onto greater things this morning. Learning and learning and some more learning. And reading and reading and more reading. And experimenting and tinkering and testings new settings. All the tripods are set with cameras and video ready to roll. Makeshift studio at the ready. Pay no attention to that banging in my office honey.

Together again, blow in the New Year safely tomorrow night. Photo by Mike Hartley

Plans for tomorrow night with close friends for dinner and celebration were scrapped so my better half and I will ring in the New Year at home together which I’m looking forward to.

Random Thoughts of the Day / Morning edition

  • I want to get all my goals on paper before the end of the year so I can focus all my time in 22 accomplishing them.
  • My family is growing again and my career as grandparent expands. As my tee shirts say “Life is Good”
  • This coming weekend I’m going to spend a lot of time watching basketball and football, before they are all possibley rescheduled or postponed or cancelled.
  • Even thought this virus seems to affect older people more physically, I think mentally it’s tougher on younger people.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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