It’s a fraught business innit, planning interstate travel? We were looking at maybe travelling to Tassie in the winter, but decided not to because they’re even quicker to shut the borders than WA. Thought maybe Sydney in late August, but not so much now. Maybe they’ll get this Delta Variant outbreak under control, maybe not.
Until the vaccine rollout gets… er… rolling properly, and until there’s more purpose built quarantine facilities, this shit will just keep happening. Especially with the virus raging in places like India and Brazil, throwing off new mutations every couple of weeks.
Jason Lambright and I have had this pandemic series planned for a while. He’s even written most of his contribution. I thought it best to hold off on publication until there’s some space between the worst of the death toll and publication. I do worry we’ve been prescient, however, writing a story about a variant that comes roaring out of China, killing enough people to collapse civilisation.
Anyway, I’m not especially hopeful of making it to Olde Sydneytown in August. The problem with travel is that if you go far enough, even within the country, you become dependent on the airlines to get you home in the case of a snap lockdown, and they just don’t have the surge capacity at the moment. Might be heading back to Yamba instead.
Yeah, this disease thing has been a kick in the nuts. I won't talk about how it's been around here cause you all have seen it in the news. Pretty terrible. Me and mine have been directly touched by this as well. Right now in a flurry of writing, this. This is what keeps me straight.
I'm happy I didn't go into the office in Sydney last week, but I'm sad because I can't go down to Victoria to see grandchildren because we're now in a red zone.
We're reluctant to go anywhere at present especially until we have a shot. I'm getting the good one in 2 weeks.
I'll take any shot I can get, at the moment. On the upside, the ACT and NSW-adjacent are ok right now.
Mrs W, mini-W and I have a holiday to Noosa booked for late July. Fingers crossed and checking the cancellation policy.
More importantly, though, wishing all the Burgers and their loved ones well.
The sane one and I have spent the best part our lives just banging the rocks together to keep the banksters, scamming their record profits. We have designated them as "koalas", AKA a protected species. I used to enjoy sticking pins in my Gail Kelly doll.
Now we are retired we expected to be able to travel throughout this unique and astonishing land. Now like a novel by Franz Kafka something we can't see with the naked eye despite all our tanks, warships, and planes cannot defend us, and the captain of our ship of state has blamed our lieutenants for our travails.
In our retirement we have little desire to indulge in expensive experiences having passed through that phase.
Others are having to experience situations beyond their normal comprehension because of these "lockdowns", another damn Americanism . We feel as if we are in a real prison environment sitting in our own homes.
Like everything else in life it will pass.
I have to go now as I need more Gin, or as I call it Giggle Juice .
My reason for living was planning a visit to plague town for her birthday this year, postponed, each week that passes trying to arrange a time is place continues to be shuffled. I realise we are lucky, both working at jobs, being paid, sorta secure employment in the middle of a pandemic that is affecting so many but even so .....
I am off to Launceston mid August so I hope its sorted by then. More importantly I am booked to New Zealand mid September soon after the arrival of my first grand child. If that doesnt happen I will be looking to put some hurt on someone - ScoMo, Palacechook, Dr Bob, I don't care, someone will pay.
A while back Wifey had strongly suggested I get the 16 year old out for some dad/son bonding this holidays, skiing if budget allowed or perhaps scuba diving up the coast. Gladys' belated reactions to the virus put paid to that (as did the boy's shite report card meaning more homework, and my deflated bank account due to various factors)...kinda glad I hadn't booked anything. On the vaccine front, wife and I have had our two Pfizer vaccinations (no I don't use 'jab' as that is just too Scummo for me), I got through OK, she had 40 hours of bad flu symptoms after the second. Got the lad booked in too now, thanks to being patrolling surf club members (emergency workers!).
My BFF and I are hanging out to see Hamilton live, but we daren't even contemplate leaving the safe confines of the Independent Sovereign Nation of Westralia for fear of an outbreak while we're away, which this week has depressingly proved to us is a valid fear.
Had a winter Tassie Ronafucked last year. Booked the refunded air ticket for late July. But now? Aside from being in plague central the cost of rental cars is sky high in Tazwegia. Apparently the hire car operators sold off large parts of their fleets last year when everyone was rona zooming in their homes surrounded by forts made of shut tickets. Next plan was Coolangatta. That's unlikely. Mebbe Forster if we're allowed out in a few weeks. Mebbe not.
Meanwhile it's back to watching what Masterchef contestants can cook up.using a Sorbent 3 ply 20 roll multi pack. Mmmm. Shiticketlicious!