Surges follow the relaxation of COVID precaution. It takes about eight weeks to show itself. The United Kingdom started its reopening on April 12.
California and New York threw their doors open a little more than a week ago. Recent reports make that choice seem misguided.
The UK’S new Delta-Variant surge should come as no surprise. On Wednesday, the UK reported:
Scotland says there were 3000 new cases of Delta today. That breaks the record. Hospitals are fine for now.
She says, “Do you mind, sit?” I say, “Please.”
And so we do — she with her newspaper, me with this iPhone.
We were just humans under the sun, reading together as we move through time and space.
SunBench is what I named the wooden seat in front of the crafts store on the corner a block from my flat.
Working artists offered low-cost classes in just about any medium you could imagine.
With the lockdown underway, I made some decisions.
Church ladies wield a special, very traditional sort of love.
Though this version of random affection is more likely to happen in the South, our story is set in San Francisco.
She was a lady who crossed the road near the place where I take the sun.
That is to say, she was a black lady who crossed the road near the place where I take the sun.
Five minutes later, she pops around the corner of the building, gets closer to me than most dare, and says, “Can I give you five dollars?”
I heard each word, but I…
It is about twenty past one antemeridian.
I sit on SunBench West, about two blocks down McAllister from the original SunBench, at the corner of Lyon.
The original SunBench is where I catch some rays, as Sol shines on it all day.
A man leaves the flat to my right and walks to the curb. I assume he awaits an Uber or a Lyft.
A car pulls up, and he speaks to the driver. I figure he is showing his vax card as he wears no mask.
The blue electric scooter parked outside my window chirped like R2D2 does when he sees Luke — every six seconds.
It would reunite with Luke all night long. Whose fault was this? That’s what I asked the morning after.
There is a more interesting question than that one.
What emotions do we avoid during tough times?
The saying used to mean pay attention to your external surroundings.
Now it means I notice my internal reality, how reactive I am. Missed practices dull the senses. Pattern recognition is the first step toward the repair.
Recognize is code for “take responsibility for…
There are no words. I want to offer something, though. This moment arrested me, and I thought of you in the heat and the rubble.
You are hoping to be wrong, hoping for anything at that moment. But you are a professional, so you know that you are probably not wrong. And then you are right. And that is the wrong from which there is no turning back.
If I could say anything to you, I would say I am with you. I would say that I hope you do not have to do this work by yourself. I have…
We live in dangerous times.
Leaders make two statements.
A. Take the vaccination.
B. The benefits outweigh the risks.
There is no mention of the immediate past and the half-million plus of often avoidable exits.
And they forget to include the second half of statement B. If you err, you suffer. They will be just fine.
That last bit gives clarity.
The World War I vet and his dog round the corner as I pace back and forth.
I am practicing a speech.
Or perhaps he is a miner from the Island of GQisstan, City of Alarmingly Handsome Men.
His dog runs toward me and starts to bark.
For many, UFOs hijacked the American imagination for the first time with the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, directed by Steven Spielberg.
It was the first semi-realistic depiction of how the government might respond to an encounter with another interstellar life form.
No one ever dreamed the Pentagon would ever present an unclassified report on UFOs in any reality we could imagine, though.
Which makes this report nothing short of amazing.
The answer seems to be yes.
According to the government’s unclassified report, dependable witnesses have seen something in the sky on numerous occasions.
This something or somethings…