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Trying to manage a pandemic in the US is a lose-lose situation.

Iíve realized that our reaction to the new CDC order is greatly shaped by where we live. Here in Florida we have no mask mandates. Businesses are not penalized for failing to enforce distancing. Thatís pretty recent since our governor struck down all local mandates. But in many red states has been that way from the git-go. So the only change the order brings is that those of us who have religiously followed the CDC recommendations and are vaccinated can ease up some. Fortunately I live in an area where masks are common.

But my point is about moving 2, 3 even 5 months into the future. We have 20-30% of Americans who will never get vaccinated. And they are not spread around equally. A few states will achieve a high enough rate to have herd immunity, whatever that means. But many states will never get much above 50% vaccinated because they are populated by people who seem to want to live in the Middle Ages.

So at some point the Biden Administration was faced with an awful decision. We canít do what we are doing forever. The Americans who refuse to get the vaccine have been living their normal life from the beginning and donít care one way or the other. But those who took the jab and are now safe are growing restless at the idea of changing their lifestyle to accommodate those who never have taken any precautions. That situation is not sustainable. Perhaps it should have been in June. Or July.

But regardless of when the call was made, the same DU debate would have occurred. Not enough people are vaccinated. But we will never have enough people vaccinated.

Sadly people will keep dying from Covid. And almost every one who dies will be people who refused the vaccine.

Like I said. A lose-lose situation.

So when do we cut out the anti vaccine idiots and start living our regular lives?

I have a science education and have always looked to data to drive my decisions. Which is why until the the wife and I were fully vaccinated we were super careful.

The numbers are starting to stack up. 100 million Americans vaccinated. Less than 10,000 Covid cases among them. Less than 150 deaths. Admittedly there are probably more who have it with no symptoms because vaccinated people are not really tested.

But if you are vaccinated and still afraid of going into public, you really should not drive on our roads. Because your chance of getting into a wreck or dying is way greater than you even getting Covid, much less dying from it. Way more likely.

Unless a new variant proves resistant to the vaccines, which obviously none currently are since we have them all in the US, once all Americans who want the vaccine have it I am done with masks and distancing. Until then I will continue to mask up and be separated. Which is really Kabuli theater since my risk is almost nonexistent. But Iíll be a team player.

The reason I made this post is political. If our Democratic leaders try to keep restrictions past the point where everyone, mainstream liberals, independents and covid conserved conservatives realize they are just being risk adverse it will damage us in future elections.

We all know conservatives, older, white evangelicals will never get the vaccine. And will keep dying from the virus. Fuck if I care.

I want to stress Iím still masking up, still distancing. But once no one is showing up to get the jab, Iím done.

Knew today would bring relief. Did not to expect to feel emotional. Because my wife is now safe.

Like many people my main fear was not getting Covid myself but giving to the wife and having her become sick or even die. She is over 60.

Well today is the day we can feel sure her vaccine is fully kicked in. Iíve been feeling a huge amount of stress leave my body.

And of course we will still keep following all the practices we have followed for a year. But not being worried sick about her is the best thing in my life in a year. Better than when I get my second jab tomorrow by a long shot.

Got my first shot from a soldier in the 101st Airborne!

Floridaís COVID distribution plan, a term I use generously, is a cluster. Depending on various grocery stores with each managing their own appointment sites with unsteady resupply and poor communication.

So after spending a few hours trying to work it out and get an appointment I said screw it and drove 30 minutes into west Orlando to one of the FEMA sites. And I witnessed how a competent government handles vaccine distribution in a pandemic.

Showed my Dr.ís script to a nurse and was directed into line. I figured there were 200-300 hundred folks in front of me. The line moved toward a series of tents and I saw what I thought were National Guard doing crowd management. Once I got near the first tent I noticed the screaming eagle on the left shoulder and commented to the man in front of me and the lady behind me(properly spaced) that these are Airborne troops, not national guard! The lady behind me was a Canadian National living in Orlando so I had to explain the difference and gave her a brief rundown of the 101st. I was overheard by one of the Soldiers who committed to his buddy that someone recognized them for what they are and he asked me how I knew. Of course the 101st might be the most famous and well known Division in the US army, but I just told him I recognized his patch. As a walk away he gave an ďAir AssaultĒ yell. They all looked like kids! .

Anyway registration and confirming my script was done quickly in 2 other tents then into the vaccination tent where they must have been 30 vaccination stations. After one more confirmation of my identity a young private named Torres gave me my shot. He is from California originally and they shipped down from Ft Campbell in Kentucky to set up and staff the site. Said they were staying in a local hotel.

Finally to another tent for my 15 minutes of observation and on my way home.

Total time truck to truck: 50 minutes!

That is how you get it done! Sites like these should have been replanned and ready to go all around the country when the vaccine began to become available.

My experience today it what good leadership looks like.

My wife is qualified on Monday and we are going early in the morning an hour before they open. The first 500 shots each day are J&J and I want her to get it. I was later and got Pfizer.

So I have a moral dilemma. Advice welcomed .

I had my physical today. Iím 54 and have lost almost 30 pounds in the last 14 months. Diet change and more exercise.

Anyway, the nurse asked me if I plan on getting the Covid vaccine. I told her I would drive to Jacksonville right now to get it(3 hours away). I was kidding but I would do it.

Apparently because Iím technically obese and have hypertension I qualify under our Governorís new order allowing those under 65 with co-morbidities to get the vaccine. I have hypertension but medication keeps it below 130/80. So not horrible. And Iím 5í11Ē and 220 but very big boned. No one would call me fat, just real stocky and muscular. So my Doctor gave me a signed letter allowing me to be vaccinated.

The only reason Iím considering it is the wife. She is over 60, working everyday(Iím still furloughed) and Iím worried about her.

If it were just me I would put the letter aside. But now Iím torn with concerned for the wife. I would welcome input.

The wife wore her pearls to work today!

Last night we saw a news article interviewing 2 of Kamalaís sorority sister. Apparently wearing pearls is a thing for them, showing class and dignity. As older white folks we had no clue.

We never discussed it and my wife is pretty non political compared to me. And keeps her feelings to herself, unlike me!

I was pleasantly surprised when she came out of the bedroom to go to work, as she seldom wears pearls.

I never said a word but I now know that as a 60 year old female she was moved finally having a female in such a high position.

Made my morning.

For the first time in 11 Presidential elections I've voted in I am wearing a candidate's gear.

A Biden Hat. Never felt the need before. Why? I asked myself and the answer was surprising.

Iím a 54 year old white dude. Southern. I fish, hunt, obviously own guns, drive a truck, wear boots and wranglers. And while only 5í11Ē am not small. Not fat but as we say down here, stout.

If you saw me getting out of my rig at Publix you would expect me to be trump supporter. Most like me do support him.

I just wanted people to know that guys like me can be social democrats and proud members of the Democratic Party. Ridiculous? The wife certainly thinks so! But I want people to know guys like me are sometimes Democrats.

Sorry for the crazy post. Had an incident at Publix yesterday that moved me to make this post.

Yíall have a nice Sunday. We are taking the boat to the gulf for a week of fishing and beach life. No matter what happens Tuesday, I will be fishing on the gulf. Life goes on.

Looks to me like some in the FBI are trying to insure a fair election.

The whole Bullshit story about Hunter Bidenís supposed computers really had a chance of blowing up.

But surprisingly, within a day or 2 of the news hitting the FBI has seized them and investigating them as Russian disinformation. And that information got out, which is highly unusual. Normally the FBI is mum till they have an indictment. Now this wonít stop the serious nut jobs from talking about it. But they are a lost cause anyway. But it will give serious pause to not only serious news outlets but those directly involved.

Oleí Rudy could end up in the Pokey if he is not careful. It would not be too difficult for the FBI to prove it was a set up especially if the repairman sings. Which you know he already is doing. And we know Rudy is careless with his commutation. If he was involved with inventing the plan he will do time.

Because I'm dense I need some help about donating to Joe.

Iím still furloughed from work although the wife has been back since June. We are in no way hurting compared to many Americans but things are tight enough that besides buying some Biden merchandise I could not justify giving this round.

However, after hearing Joe tonight Iím giving up Cigars for a month and using that money to contribute. I want it to be on the DU Link not just the normal Biden site. Can someone tell me how to do it. Send me the link.

Thanks in advance. And apologies for having to ask.

Shut a trumper today. And it felt good. Even my wife of 33 years was impressed.

We went to Breweries in Sanford Florida with a good friend. She is the only one inside our Ďbubbleí. Works with the wife although from home 4/5 days.

Anyway we are at the bar with just the masked young, cute bartender and one other customer 15 feet away who was young and obviously flirting with the bartender. Nothing inappropriate. Believe me it was safe. When another middle aged couple came in. Heavyish woman and the man way probably a little bigger than me. They had hardly been there 5 minutes when he said this whole virus will disappear in November. His wife said there may be Democrats in here so be careful. 6 months ago I would have not said a word, but no more. I told him there are 3 democrats Right here and I came to drink beer, not listen to bullshit. He shut his pie hole right up. Told him we can agree about good beer if he wants and he was all about that. We left shortly thereafter as we had another brewery to visit.

As we walked away my wife asked me what was that about. Told here I was not going to sit there and listen to a bunch of republican bullshit. Then told her, verbatim Ďthey are fucking cowards. Unless they outnumber us they clam right up.Ē

Wonít change his mind. But now he knows not to assume that guys who look like him welcome his bullshit.
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