Good morning out there on this Friday and things are looking up, I guess. It’s May 22, 2020 and the world is still spinning, people are still dying and businesses are starting to open up again. I’m going to be Switzerland and will remain neutral. Too many of my friends and relatives are on both sides of the fence. I can see both sides as I kind of remember when I had to take an appointed anger management course or classes (whatever) to stop and take a few deep breaths, take a walk, put yourself in the other persons shoes, before reacting. Re-direct the anger, the fear. Yes, fear. A product of anger is fear. Not many people know or want to know that. Anyhow, I really don’t mean to be preachy. However, I will state this once, I respect all of my friends and families opinions and feelings on the state of our country but please respect mine. If I choose to wear a mask in the off chance that it may prevent another human being from becoming ill or put them at ease, then I will continue to do that as it is a small price to pay for humanity. It does not mean that I am for or against our President or that I am a Republican or a Democrat. It just means that I want to help be a part of the solution not part of the problem. I would gladly rock a blinged out mask to any bar or restaurant as soon as they are allowed to serve customers. Do I agree with shutting down the economy? Yes and no. We are two months in and now contingency plans can and need to be tested and rolled out. I do agree that people need to go back to work and children need to go back to school but this is nerdy, statistical me speaking, if protocols were more stringent in the beginning of this crisis, the US would be better off. I’m into over planning and having a strategy to prevent loss. This is from years of working with Loss Prevention with restaurants and night clubs via the accounting department and operations. Yeah, I know, I only use a 1/4 of my brain…I just shuddered thinking about those in-services on Beverly Blvd with 15-20 nightclub managers and DM’s, GMs all squeezed into a small conference room as we went over best practices for handling credit card transactions. There was never a thought of social distancing then during those meetings. Oh yeah back to my last thought…Instead, our own government, and this is my own opinion, acted like a bunch of spoiled children (Republican and Democrats) that didn’t want to do their chores. Oh yeah, I can’t help myself, but why is blaming a President three and half years out of office going to accomplish anything? Instead, they pointed fingers, called each other names and made up stories about each others while a shit storm brewed. (I really am envisioning a brown cloud with lightning bolts and turds raining out of it.) So, that was my 5 minutes on the soap box. To you my friends, I love you all and your faithfulness to stand for what you believe in, please respect my beliefs and others and I will be there to hug you when you are ready.
Before I go any further one magical thing happened yesterday. Thursday nights are usually Date Nights, for Hubby and I. We usually go to a casino to check out a live country band and I usually take photos from the balcony and ooh and aah over the musical equipment the musicians are playing and oh and the dancing. Anyhow, yesterday I got a Facebook notification that Whiskey Myers was having a live performance at 5 PM. It made my heart race with excitement. In February, they played at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney and I so wanted to go very badly. Unfortunately, Hubby also had to play a gig. Really, I contemplated getting a ticket and taking a bus and going by myself, but didn’t. I didn’t know anyone else that would go with me as none of my friends know of this band. Sad face. Anyhow, last night, I sat in front of my computer, very high and very happy watching and listening to them play some of my favorites. Okay, they had me at Bury My Bones as I tuned in a little late. It just went up hill from there forward. These guys, even though they played to an empty Billy Bob’s in Texas were so very soulful and effective. Don’t get me started on the fine instruments those dudes were playin’. I thought ya’ll should know… I felt like I was being serenaded alone in that room and getting my own private show. Uhhh, sorry neighbors and complex (I understand why I must be that problem neighbor.) It felt like we had a date night and it was the perfect end to yesterdays road trip. The entire video is around 50 minutes, if you have time to sit back and close your eyes, press play…
As I mentioned, Hubby and I took a road trip to Huntington Beach. It was exciting. His youngest had just graduated high school and we were going by her place for her drive by celebration. That is one of the sad things that the pandemic caused, No Graduations. I won’t post photos out of respect for her but it was nice to be included in any celebration as I am a step-parent, a proud one at that!
Traffic was lighter than it usually is for a Thursday but not really. We left the Coachella Valley around 10 AM and headed West on the 10 Freeway. It was nice to see that my prayers were answered and Caltrans had resumed working as the highways looked cleaner and it looked like streets and towns had started tidying up for the coming fire seasons. Surf City USA seemed normal-ish. Stores were closed and the pier was gated. That was a little weird and sad..
Things really are getting better in the grand scheme of things. Casinos are opening in a few hours here in the Coachella Valley. Signs were proclaiming it as we drove along the highway. I can’t wait to see how the stats will read in the coming weeks as the numbers did not indicate a huge increase of Covid-19 case in California after the Phase 2 openings in the last week.
Hopefully, in the not too distant future all the signs will be green and everything will be be open. All I know is that it is going to be busy here in the Coachella Valley as Phase 2 means that short term rentals are now available as well as some hotel accommodations for people that are itching for things to do and to get away from the city. This is me being Grama Kush, our community needs visitors. Visitors please be kind and thoughtful. That is all.
Thank you dear reader for stopping by and where you are going this weekend get there safely. Keep your eyes open. Hugs to you.