This is day 2 of the Official Lock Down, I think. Since we soft quarantined a couple of weeks back, I’ve started not tracking days really precisely.
The Outside Environment
The first day, and today, I took the dogs for a walk. Mostly to survey compliance, but also they do like it.
Well, a whole lot of people are ignoring it, or a huge number are finding excuses. Not a lot of grey hairs in cars. Older folks seem to be taking it seriously.
I noticed 3 groups. Missing were the very old, and teens whose parents are keeping them in, with a few exceptions. Out and about are:
30 to 40 something trades .A couple of houses being worked on. HVAC, plumbing, telco. Gardeners especially. Guess a 2 week growth of lawn is a critical service.
20 to 30s young men in trucks and hot cars, some Asian sedans. I doubt they were buying groceries.
20 to 30s young women. This impressed me as two subtypes. The Young Mom out for groceries, or taking their mom somewhere / checking on someone. Then the young rebel not interested in following rules or staying at home. Spring break types in not-a-Mom-mobile.
There was little traffic in the residential area, but far too much traffic on the major streets 2 blocks away. The shopping center across the corner way had a fairly full parking lot.
If this continues, it is way too much contact for effective containment. I think we’re seeing why France has police enforcement and Spain too. I suspect things will need to get much worse, have a bunch of folks burying family members, have the reality up close and personal, before it will be believed. Either that, or strong enforcement.
TV showed a beach in Florida, packed with the Spring Break crowd. Story was that after a bunch of complaints, the city agreed to close the beach… next Monday.
I guess we will be following Italy into the land of horribles.
I noticed this when in the box for NASA. The first 2 weeks are increasingly difficult, then it becomes the New Normal and you can do it for months. Days start to run together in sameness. It’s boring. Energy and motivation start to drop.
Cooking and food have become high points of the day. Lounge wear the norm.
The sunny days in the garden were nice, the cold wet days less so, being couches, TV and computer. I get restless for change and motion, but not energetic enough to really do much about it.
But tomorrow is another day. Maybe it will be sunny.