It's coming. It's only a matter of time. We were warned and most heeded that warning. But the cadre of the willfully ignorant, as usual, made things worse.
One does not have to be clairvoyant. Having a little education helps. Anyone can see the signs if they choose to see. We are most certainly heading toward another Covid-19 related shut down. This time it will be far more brutal and strict. Those who were mewling and puking about the freedoms they were deprived of will be even more inconvenienced. I will lay it all at the feet of these anti-vaxxers, the anti-maskers, and the self-proclaimed "patriots" who deemed the last shutdown as "fascist" and "government control." They are the ones who are to blame, it was their doing (or, their non-doing) that this virus wasn't thwarted the first time. The so-called Fox News is also complicit. Now it seems there is a new variant weekly. With the arrival of the MU variant, we are getting close to running out of Greek letters. And we are most certainly running out of time.
I am however, preparing for the worst. We have food, coffee, toilet paper, soap and other toiletries. I hope that we don't run out and I doubt we will. And yes, these are essential. But still I am hoarding a couple things, the pandemic notwithstanding.
Most of you know I have an extensive collection of typewriters. I think I'm up to seventy now. Admittedly I am running out of room for them. I have never intended on keeping all of them. I recently opened an Etsy shop to sell some of my inventory. At this point I have only two listed. Of course, there are more to come. I am hoping to supplement my income restoring and selling typewriters.
And what else am I hoarding? If you haven't guessed from the photo: Books. Lots of books. Anywhere from light reading, non-fiction, literary fiction (the ones that should have been read in high school and college) and many others. I will never be able to say I don't have enough books. Or, well, I might say it but it doesn't stop me from buying more. Books are essential to my mental health.
I'm not kidding myself. Because of my job I will not be able to stay home due to a lockdown, when it happens. Yes, I'm deemed an essential worker, employed by a clinic in the UW Health system. In the last lockdown, I and my co-workers showed up every day they were able. We didn't have patients, but there were always calls to be answered.
But if it came down to it, when (not if) the lockdown occurs, Valerie and I will have the things we need. Coffee, books, food, shelter, and above all, each other.