What insanity are we attempting to escape, however breifly?
- Yesterday, had an old friend over, with her husband and year old son. They wore masks, and would not come inside. Nothing so unusual about that. But – this friend eats organic, avoids doctors, dreads antibiotics, and was going to move out of our house (she used to live with us) if we tented for termites. Yet, when the same people – sometimes, the very same human beings! – who assure her that eating organic isn’t protecting you from anything, that doctors are to be trusted and obeyed, that antibiotics are perfectly safe, and that the pesticides used in termite tenting are safe when used correctly – when those same people tell her the ‘vaccine’ is completely safe, that everybody else is first and foremost a disease vector, and that, in any event, she and her husband and her baby, three young and vigorously healthy people, are at serious risk from a virus that hasn’t killed anyone they know who was even moderately healthy – boom! suddenly, having reservations as to the reliability of the directions given by those government people is eeeeevil.
- Let me get this straight: I have to take an experimental ‘vaccine’ because it doesn’t work – right? It doesn’t protect against getting the infection, doesn’t protect against spreading the infection, has by definition unknown mid- and long- term effects and effectiveness – but I have to take it. If it worked, then people who are worried could take it and stop worrying – you know, like anyone does WITH EVERY OTHER VACCINE YOU TAKE. But no – this ‘vaccine’ must be taken by everyone because it doesn’t in fact work, on the theory that maybe then the Coof Gods will be placated and make this horrible plague, the victims of which develop nothing worse than cold symptoms 99%+ of the time, go away?
- Here in Northern California, our scientifilicious betters have determined that the particularly strain of COVID we have here is so intelligent that it knows whether people are inside or outside, such that we are only ‘safe’ inside masked up but could, conceivably, not mask up outside. I guess back when they were making everybody stay inside, outside was too dangerous, but now the genius virus knows only to be dangerous to unmasked people inside…?
- Speaking of genius viruses, it seems to be widely believed that the steps of masking up, staying a magical 6′ apart, and staying locked up for months on end have ended the flu as a disease. For now. So, of two airborne respiratory viruses with virions exactly the same size and which employ exactly the same vectors for spreading (and which have exactly the same symptoms 99%+ of the time) the steps taken to reduce COVID eliminated one, such that no flu deaths have been recorded since March of 2020, but had no evident effect on the other – that seems reasonable to people. Sure, it’s magic all the way down.
- So, Christmas and Easter are cancelled again. Because nothing in the situation is going change between now and then to make things ‘better’ – flu season will start before any drop in ‘cases’ can be confirmed to the satisfaction of the all-seeing CDC and its toadies, the nursing homes have been restocked with dying old people whose deaths will be attributed to COVID – death ‘involving’ the Kung Flu, as the CDC puts it – so since the ‘vaccine’ doesn’t work, we’ll see ‘cases’ increase starting now, and not taper off until maybe February, once the elderly sickly have been wrenched untimely from this mortal coil. Then, as Easter approaches, the CDC, upon examining the entrails of freshly gutted rights and liberties, will determine we’re not safe *enough* to gather for Easter. Bet on it.
So let’s think about something else! OK?
Family Sayings. Everybody has these, right? Ours are typically movie-related. I’ll doubtless think of a bunch more once I’ve hit publish. Off the top of my head:
- “Is there air? You don’t know!” Sniff. “Seems OK.” Often, we skip the setup, and just sniff and say “seems OK.” Galaxy Quest, of course. Used in any taste testing or when stepping into the new situation.
- “What you mean ‘we,’ Pale Face?” I remembered this as a Bill Cosby joke, but evidently not. It dates back earlier. One source said a late 50’s Mad Magazine, of which my elder brothers had many, so maybe I saw it there. The idea: The Lone Ranger and Tonto are surrounded by hostile Indians. The Lone Ranger says something like “looks like we’re in deep trouble!” and Tonto replies: “What you mean ‘we,’ Pale Face?” So say someone utters something like “we need to tidy up” the others are likely to reply as did Tonto.
- “I hate being right.” Galaxy Quest, again. When things get ugly fast, as predicted.
- “Cute as a bug’s ear.” A favorite saying of my Oklahoma farm boy dad.
- “Any help would be – helpful.” Monte Python & the Holy Grail.
- “Good pig country.” Ditto. Used when trying to make the best of a bad situation.
And I’m sure there are a dozen more that have escaped my fading memory…
Peak Harvest Day: Picked some okra, some beans, and a few large cling peaches – nothing special. BUT picked probably 40 ripe figs off our little fig tree out front, and dozens of our small freestone peaches. And there are plenty more where those came from.
Plenty more where those came from. No pomegranates this year, no idea why it took the year off. But there are a couple dozen nice big pears, and some minneolas for fall/winter. Something – I strongly suspect it’s a possum I’ve seen around – seems intent on eating our butternut squash plants. Leaves, fruits, growth tip of the vines – there today, gone tomorrow. I’ve got plants in 4 different locations – it’s found 3 of them. I managed to put a milk crate over one squash, which seems to have escaped so far. Last year, we had 20+ squashes, and still have 3 left. This year?
Tomatoes have been tasty but few. Okra has been enough, beans were a waste of space. We’ve got all the basil, oregano, and rosemary anyone could need. Look to have a good potato and sweet potato harvest. This is all on a 7,000 square foot suburban lot, where the backyard is all but unusable due to two ancient walnut trees. Just a front yard orchard with two raised beds, some planters and some boxes and pots. So – pretty good, I guess.
Pizza Party: Yesterday, celebrated a belated birthday party for younger daughter by having a backyard pizza party!
Pizza was good. My little brother and his family are in town Friday, so that’s another pizza party; then the 28th is another, then…
11 thoughts on “Let’s Distract Ourselves From the Current Insanity, Shall We?”
Heh. Our main media sources of Family Sayings back in the day were Fawlty Towers (e.g., “Yes, my little nest of vipers”, “There’s enough material there for an entire conference”) and Bob Newhart’s old stand-up routines (“He banged the kid with the door!”, “You’re going to FAST, Mrs. Webb!”). Python, too, of course. Oh, and Olivier’s “The Prince and the Showgirl”. “So amusink how you vil laugh.”
In college, a room-mate and I got in the habit of watching old “Quincy, M.D.” reruns and took to doing Jack Klugman impersonations. “What kind of a crummy doctor would let this happen?!!”
There’s “12 it” meaning to stand up straight (11th commandment is Thou shalt not divide by 0)
Put the suds in the suds locker (make coffee, do dishes, laundry…)
“spendy” (might be more than you want to pay for it
“I bet he/she/they won a design award for that one” for egregious non-functionality
“It’s sheer elegance in its simplicity” of any new plan of action.
Not a quote, but the dance the gopher in Caddy Shack does?
Husband does that to mean “I am killing time.” The kids have picked it up. They’re weird, I use the Jeopardy music.
“As you wish.” Princess bride.
…actually, pretty much ANYTHING in the Princess Bride is quoted. Including “Ah ahha! Ah hahahaha! Ah ha-” *THUD falls over dead*
“You’d like to think that, wouldn’t you?“
Yeah, pretty much anything from Princess bride works around here.
Yes! “I know something you don’t know…” or “That word does not mean what you think it means”
After listing off things that must be done, possibly getting silly at the end of it:
“You should get some rest. If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.”
Absolutely! To the pain!
ANYBODY WANT A PEANUT?
A few more…
“It’s the only way to be sure”
“Specificity is the soul of all good communication” (Muddleman-!) Comes up in our household more often than you would think.
O best beloved and O the delight of my eyes.
Stopping and carefully replacing a synonym for fecal matter when you are about to say O effluvia! Loooooong running gag.