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Granted, the situation in Texas is VERY different than the one in Michigan. Michigan has more stringent measures put into place regarding business closures (which might make sense, considering the numbers dying up there right now). Of course, since state governments are trying to do the best they can–or at least some of them are–to stop the spread of the virus and promote physical distancing without a consistent guideline that applies to ALL states, things are gonna get screwy.
And tempers are gonna fly. Especially when a protest is led by a major Dump-supporter group that is in blaming mode.
And the temper will fly just as much when said protest is blocking all traffic as a tactic, not using any distancing precautions or PPEs, and preventing hospital workers from getting to their workplace to help save lives.
Oh boy, I applauded when I first saw this clip earlier… and then watched it a few more times in silence. I think I cried a bit the third time because this is super stupid and super frustrating, and I wanted to give the guy a hug big time.
This is a hospital worker in his vehicle, clip provided by MSNBC:
I want to give him a hug and yell at them, too.
I get that too many are unemployed right now, but why block up the roads to the hospital near the statehouse? How many of those screaming protesters wanting to go back to work (without face-masks, physical distancing, gloves, etc) have gone back to their homes and spread the virus around?
That part REALLY gets me–what was the point? Why block up the hospital on purpose, make the streets impassable while people are dying? Makes no sense to me. It’s frustrating because you know somebody in that crowd probably has a sick person at home, or will in the near future.
Funny how this is worse than I’d imagined in that respect,. I don’t think we’ll get something like that down here in Texas, at least, not my neck of the woods by Houston. I think there are quite a few people that aren’t taking it terribly seriously, not wearing protective gear and the like, and not making much of an effort to stay at home.
I do, however, anticipate some laxness that’s gonna slip back in once the governor or the counties relax the rules a bit. I talked to someone today who works for a nearby hospital that they’re slowly relaxing things to get more patients in for things that aren’t strictly emergency. Of course, they’re making it a trickle so there’s not a swarm.
I hope it works. Good luck putting the genie back in the lamp if it doesn’t.
That’s the thing I think I’ve been most concerned about. I gave my boss and everybody else a week to plan for a shutdown where I’m at because I’m running out of PPE supplies and want to have a chance to stock up. I can’t do it any other times because the stores don’t open until after my shift begins, and five hours later if I was to go looking, no gloves or sanitizer anywhere.
That was a useful reason to shut down, a much needed and very honest one. I have one small box of gloves here at home, but I don’t want to break that one open until I’m sure I’ve got some coming my way or I’m able to find some.
That also means, I won’t be in full self-quarantine if I have to try and shop early some mornings, just to get that stock started. I found some things I needed on Amazon (ugh, I hate shopping with them), but no guarantees that it’ll reach me in time to reopen in two weeks. That’s why I need the days off (and my dogs need to visit the vet for meds).
But this impatience to get back to things. I was very annoyed with our state leadership when Dan Patrick was practically approving death panels to write off the elderly in order to get the economy going. I know Abbott was kind of in the same boat of wanting to get things going, and was coming up with a plan over the weekend. He couldn’t seem to make up his mind, but it looks like he calmed down a bit and took the weekend to consider timing. Yes, things got extended til Mid-May as far as the shutdown goes, but I was afraid things would go the other way.
Yeah, not often would I say I’m glad to be missing out on a paycheck, but part of me is tired and I just need to be at home taking care of stuff, unwinding, de-stressing. I’ve had stress headaches for weeks that have made sleep awful. Being at home and away from people may well help me recover my good nature and get out of my depressive funk much easier. I’ve been goofy and such at work for the customers, but I’m wearing myself out trying to be so helpful.
Time to help myself, like I promised I would.
Again, I don’t think we’ll have some massive protest and whatnot going through the streets, screwing things up. On the other hand, there are those people that if you give ’em an inch they take a mile, and will as rules get more lax. I’m determined to wait out the birth pains of a revitalized economy at home, cleaning my house and getting my yard all fixed up like I should’ve done a month ago.
Well, hoping everybody’s transition to being working schmoes again isn’t too radical or crazy… and that everybody stay safe as possible.
Let’s hope this protest in Michigan just goes away when they realize how stupid they’re being with their tactics… and that no other protests go the way this one did. We need our healthcare workers, dammit. Don’t hurt your neighbors and hospitals like that.
Oh wait, North Carolina and Ohio have similar protests going on (only Michigan has a democratic woman governor rather than a male one, according to a scathing Salon.com article I just found). DAMMIT!!!