I Got Jabbed

A lot has happened in the past three days. She “escaped” the house (she has Alzheimer’s if you’re just tuning in) and fell outside before I could get to her, whisked away to Northside hospital. Neighbors told me what had occurred. That was Monday.

Tuesday I couldn’t get to her due to a repair commitment at the house. My mom’s sister suggested I get the COVID shots going – as it wound up taking a long time to get her a bed and out of a congested emergency room. Could have been a spike in COVID for all I knew.

I went to Publix to get the Moderna shot, and it was quick and relatively painless. I’m feeling some tiredness and chills today (the day after the shot), so I’m trying to relax.

I was going to stay with her all day yesterday – but while I was there, she was released! Talk about perfect timing. She’s with me again, disoriented from being in the hospital – but she’s getting back to normal.

Amazing, they didn’t give her a COVID shot or ask if she had been vaccinated all that much.

As for me, I probably would have continued to wait had she not had her mishap. I don’t think everyone who hasn’t had the shot yet has bad intentions as the media would now have you think. We all had a choice and the decision was ours, or should have been.

I think this is only going to get wilder as time goes on, and that’s the sad thing.

Woman Of Gold

Largo is the city was born and raised in. I went to Anona Elementary, Largo Middle, and Largo High in the 70s and 80s. I always believed in the greatness of my hometown.

I always thought one day we’d have someone from our city in the Olympics – and that someone would win a Gold medal from here.

Yesterday, that day came as Ana Zolotic won in the featherweight Taeknowdo tournament. Going back to my era, there were always classes teaching that martial art.

Ana became the first woman ever to win Gold in that sport for the United States.

Great day for the sport, perhaps a greater day for Largo.

Would You Mind Kicking Someone Else In The Junk For A Minute?

My air conditioning system is either ailing or dying, or both.

I will soon have to decide whether or not to take a vaccine that might not work or become some sort of unvaccinated fugitive. Since getting a vaccine still isn’t a mandate, I’m assuming I have some time yet.

Our Republican lawmakers suddenly want everyone to get vaxed so we don’t have another lockdown – but if people are catching COVID after vaccination, then it’s a dog chasing two tails. Whether or not you get the shot seems somewhat moot.

When we reach zero hour, I’ll make my call. If the call came this moment, I don’t know what I’d do. Flip a coin?

My mother sits nearby – about where’s she’s been as of late with Alzheimer’s. She’s okay with physical tasks – but her memory isn’t all that great.

Going to try to take her on a walk soon.

Cancel The Olympics

Unless there is a last minute change of heart which I’m holding out hope for, the Tokyo Olympics begin Friday.

As much of a sports fan as I am, I’m advocating that the Games be postponed to 2024. There are concerns that overzealous promoters are ignoring warning signs, and that too many athletes are testing COVID positive. On top of that, COVID doesn’t seem to be under control in Japan.

It just doesn’t seem to make sense to hold the Games now – as it did not last year. Usually, I’m an advocate for sports continuing to go on, and that they’re a part of society on the whole. To my “Spidey Sense”, something seems wrong here.

If I were an IOC official, I would simply give Tokyo the next Olympics in 2024 and move everyone else on the schedule back four years and more time to prepare for their Olympics. Move Paris to 2028 and LA to 2032.

That’s how I’d fix it. Probably makes too much sense to happen.

The Shot

Actually, I was a day away from getting the COVID vaccine a couple of times in May and June. Each time, I wound up shying away from getting it.

I didn’t shy away from it because I’m some rabid anti-vaccine advocate. I just think in my instance, there’s no need for it. It should be acceptable for the public to be weary of a vaccine rushed out for public consumption in record time.

Keep in mind, getting the vaccine is yet to be a mandate as wearing masks have been. (I also wonder why mask wearing wasn’t challenged simply because making someone wear something isn’t in the Constitution.) Once we get to that point, I’ll re-evaluate the situation.

There’s also no guarantee that once you get the vaccine, you won’t have get other additional shots – or that the vaccine beats variants of the virus.

As the old song goes, fools rush in where mortals fear to tread. I guess that makes me such a mortal.

Escape Artisans

My mother, who I suspect more and more of having Alzheimer’s, is trying to leave the house. If these were normal times and if she was normal health, I wouldn’t give this a second thought. In her present condition – I give everything a second thought at least.

I saw her father and my grandfather do this four decades ago at times. No matter the situation, he’d just get up and leave the home he was in. We lived nearby, so we’d get to him first and retrieve him. With a bad foot, my pursuits would be as unsuccessful as Jackie Gleason chasing Burt Reynolds in those Smokey and the Bandit movies.

She doesn’t have the food at the moment she would like to have, and I have a grocery delivery coming later in the morning.

She also tells me that I physically abuse her – and there’s no way that’s true, folks. I accidentally hit my father at age 10 and got my ass kicked – one of the reasons I gave up being a bully by the age of 13.

If anyone can say a prayer I can get through the day, it would be welcomed. I hate doing this and being a necessary villain here.

Oops, We Did It Again

It’s another Stanley Cup for the Tampa Bay Lightning – this time, it’s Montreal who were the final opponents as the Bolts won the series four games to one.

These days, it’s very difficult to win consecutive championships in any sport – as the respective North American leagues design their sports that way with free agency and salary caps or luxury taxes. It’s not impossible – but if a team can win two in a row, they should be applauded.

Do I think the Lightning win three in a row? WAY too early to say – we don’t even know what the 2021-2022 season looks like. Until COVID is completely eradicated, no one knows.

Now it’s the turn of the Rays and Buccaneers. The Rays have been consistently near the top of the standings and have had flashes of brilliance. As for the Bucs, they may even be better this season – and they won it all last year.

It’s still an interesting time to be a sports fan here. That’s for sure.

And Then, There Was Elsa

So here we go again with what looks to be another Tropical Storm whizzing through – this one is named Elsa. Well, they think it’s going to be a tropical storm. Not impossible it could be a hurricane.

The track as of 2pm on July 5th has Elsa missing us by about 50 miles, maybe less. But we were just down this road with Eta last November, and this is nowhere near the threat Irma gave us in 2017.

If it still looks like it’s coming my way, I’ll batten down the hatches tomorrow. Tomorrow and Wednesday are usually a garbage and recyclable day where I live – wouldn’t be shocked if those services were cancelled. I’ll play that by ear.

A Tale Of Two Rokus

Last week, I picked up a couple of Rokus at Walmart.com for $20 each. I thought I got a good deal on it as it was relatively close to Amazon’s Prime Day. When Amazon has a sale, it seems like everyone else has to have a similar sale.

No, I don’t intend to get every streaming service under the sun. I’m starting with Paramount Plus, maybe getting Peacock later. Roku offers a lot for free on their channel – and since I’m more or less an old school TV guy, it fits my needs.

Netflix has a lot out there, and I’ve used them in the past including a stretch this year. I’m more interested with what I’m familiar with and not something I don’t know of that I could get addicted to.

Yes, I do think you can get addicted to streaming, just as you can with computers, just as you can with booze and weed. It’s always a battle of will power no matter where you go – if you have no will, you have no power.

Yes, I’ve learned that the hard way.