March 23, 2021 – People keep losing their sh*t!

When I wrote my blog post yesterday, my brain was fried and my body wanted nothing more than to get under the covers and go to sleep. However, I was determined to complete my blog before I’d allow myself to rest, so complete it I did. After glancing it over today, I realized ‘writing while sleep deprived’ is not a good idea. To my embarrassment, I found two blatant errors and corrected them and there’s a good likelihood that there are even more, but I don’t want to waste any more time on something that’s already ‘done’ when I still have something yet to do. Yes, I still have today’s blog post to write and I still haven’t settled on a topic. I like to discuss whatever I’ve been working on but there’s not much to report today. Aside from washing myself and the dishes (not at the same time, in case you’re wondering), I managed to make three thank you cards for my friends that gave me gifts for my birthday, plant some daffodils in the yard, run to Albertson’s for their ‘cheap chicken’ special, and watch the latest episode of American Idol.

It hasn’t been a terribly productive day. After planting the daffodils, all of the energy seemed to drain from my body. I think working on the laundry room all day Saturday is finally catching up with me. I forgot to mention it earlier but I did manage to watch the nightly news as well. It doesn’t require a lot of effort to stare at a screen and periodically blink your eyes. I almost wish I hadn’t watched the news because it’s generally all ‘bad’. There was reporting on the latest teams taking home the wins for ‘March Madness’ and more footage about Asian people being targeted by nut jobs and of course, just like practically every other day in America, another lunatic went into a business and killed a bunch of people. It feels like some bizarre version of ‘Groundhog Day’. I haven’t heard much about the suspect, but some guy with a gun went berserk out in Boulder, Colorado and killed 10 innocent people (at a grocery store, no less). How does someone wake up in the morning and decide to go on a killing spree?

It’s not the first time this has happened in Colorado. The multiple murders perpetrated by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (that took place at Columbine High School in 1999) were among the first committed by actual students on a high school campus and resulted in many changes, including implementing early reporting and increased security measures. It impacted schools much like the events that took place on 9/11, nothing would ever be the same. The feeling of safety and security, something which many of us take for granted, was instantly stripped away. A place once considered ‘safe’ could no longer be afforded that luxury. How sad is that? Just over a decade later, another lunatic went on a shooting rampage in a movie theater where a Batman film was being featured, murdering 12 and injuring 70 audience members. Yesterday, a little less than 10 years since the theater murders took place, another screwball decided it was a good day to kill a bunch of people shopping for groceries at King Soopers. What is it about Colorado anyway?

I say that but I know this awful stuff goes on everywhere. People keep losing their sh*t and taking it out on innocent bystanders. These scenarios happen so often nowadays that most people hardly pay attention anymore. We’re all so caught up in just trying to live our own lives that it’s difficult to devote too much time or energy to these tragedies. Personally, I don’t know what I can possibly do to prevent them from happening. While I grieve for those affected, I don’t have the slightest clue as to how to make a dent in such a huge problem. Regarding what’s currently ‘trending’ as far as people targeting Asians, I gave you an earful about that yesterday. I don’t understand how anyone could justify attacking a little Chinese grandma who just happens to be walking down the street or gunning down a bunch of people at a massage parlor. These incidents are happening far too often. You barely recover from one before another occurs. It was bad enough when people were killing each other over masks.

Apparently that last statement was a bit premature because it’s still happening. I just read an article about an incident that occurred less than 30 days ago at Tulane University. For someone to kill someone else because he or she tried to enforce a mask policy makes absolutely no sense at all. If a place has a mask policy and you don’t want to abide by the policy, stay home! Don’t ‘kill the messenger’. Jesus! Why are people so up in arms over having to wear a mask? It’s for the good of everyone. Speaking of killing, my husband told me that some of the players competing in the NCAA tournament have received death threats! Come on!! People are generally disappointed when a player or athlete doesn’t perform his or her best but to threaten to kill somebody because he or she wasn’t on their ‘A’ game on a particular day? Or maybe he or she was but the team still lost? Am I the only person that has ever heard of the terms, “It’s just a game” and/or “We’re only human”? I’m baffled by it all.

Sorry, my friends. I’m on my soapbox. I don’t get out that often, so my main sources of information are supplied by various news teams throughout the world. As we both know, the ‘bad’ news is what makes the headlines. Nobody cares about an adorable litter of puppies or kittens being born in Smallville, USA, or a recent craft project completed by kindergarteners. We follow the train wrecks. Unfortunately, there are far too many these days! Most of the ‘train wrecks’ in the news are about people losing their sh*t. If one of my siblings doesn’t end up featured on the 9:00 news hour, I’d be surprised. One of my brothers (the Kraken) has a fondness for guns and if you read any of his emails, he sounds like the Unabomber. We no longer communicate because all he does is rant about and ridicule political figures that he has a deep hatred for and when I’ve asked him not to include me in his bizarre texts, I become the subject of ridicule. He’s gone off the deep end!

If you feel like getting a stiff drink right about now, you can blame me. My last few posts (definitely yesterday’s and today’s) have been seriously depressing! I’m still in lockdown because I’m not yet eligible for the vaccine. Because I’m still in lockdown, I tend to spend a lot of time ‘in my head’, which isn’t always a good thing. I’m not even sure how I keep getting moved down in priority because in the very beginning, I should have been one of the first ones in line. As the months have crept by, the ‘phase’ I am in keeps getting moved further back. My nephrologist was shocked when I told him that I hadn’t had the vaccination yet. He kept insisting that I was eligible. “Initially, I was,” I corrected him, “However, that’s no longer the case.” I asked him to look into it and if I was mistaken, to please get in touch with me right away. He never called. The last I heard, restaurant workers were prioritized over me. I have a compromised immune system and yet, I’m still waiting. Oh, well. When the time is right, it’ll happen.

Wow! Somehow I managed to eke out a post today!! The words flowed much easier than yesterday. I cannot tell you how many times I’d write out a few lines and then reread everything I had just written (from the beginning). When I wasn’t doing that, I was thinking about my crappy father (Big Beluga) and how me managed to leave so many permanent scars. He wasn’t successful at keeping a job or making money, but he was very successful at leaving a lasting impression on his own children. Oy. I sure hope that’s not my legacy. From what I gather, I did a better job at parenting my own kids. I still made plenty of mistakes but nothing that can compare to what he did. Anyway, I probably should start thinking about heading upstairs (to bed). There is no longer any doubt that working on the laundry room did a number on me. Thanks so much for stopping by! I promise I will work on putting together something a bit more uplifting tomorrow. If all goes well and I haven’t run you off, I trust you will return tomorrow as will I.

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