It is with tremendous sadness that I watch China crush independent thought in Hong Kong. For a country with the long and rich history of China what are they afraid of? What has made Hong Kong an economic powerhouse was this ability to innovate and do business successfully. Now that is gone. It has become a country with honor by reneging on their word given with the turnover. Shame on you.

I had to advise my friend R. L. Clayton to change the name of one of the cartels he uses in his latest book. Los Zetas is one of if not THE most violent cartel in Mexico. Pissing them off would be really bad, and for what? So he did it, I understand. Stay Safe

Am I sequestered? If you don't count wine and Cheetos, yeah. Pretty much. Still go out to store (for wine and more Cheetos, of course) Tried the Flaming Hot Cheetos. Love them, BUT parts of me didn't like them so much later in the evening and the next day, I'm going to have to pace myself with those. I've been watching the wild fires where my friend Clayton lives. Looks like Tucson has taken a hit, in fact Arizona has. And now they lead the nation in increases of COVID cases. Whew! Armageddon. And with the cries to defund the police! NO wonder people are arming up. Imagine calling 911 and being put on hold for 3 days. Got my arms.

A friend has been asking what my early life was like (yeah, she's years younger) I talked for a while about life in the last century (1900s, NOT 1800s) and in the early part of the 2000s. America still tends to react with vigor to any crisis, at least as defined by the media. The reactions are rarely helpful e.g. toilet paper shortage. I'm going to research what happened after the Spanish Flu pandemic. Nobody gets Spanish Flu these days. WHY? How did that happen? Do we have to wait for the herd immunity or will a magic vaccine be developed. One great fear for me is that a not fully tested vaccine is released and people flock to get it, then problems appear. Think for a minute how serious that could be. So maybe I'm not going to rush to get vaccinated.

Seems like we are beset by disasters, plagues, riots, fires, pestilence, floods etc. Is this a world reset?

It's interesting watching the contrast between those who advocate continuing the sequestration for COVID 19 and those who want to open up the economy. IT's as if there has never been a tug-of -war between lives and economy. The healthers somehow think that destroying peoples live because they are broke, business failed etc. and getting sick is a no contest. How many of those severely affected by the sequestration commit suicide? Don't those deaths count in the equation? As with the H1N1 flu (Spanish Flu) what happened afterward? Did it go away or was the immune rate greatly increased as people's bodies adjusted? By the way, 50 million people died from that flu. There were criminal actions by governments (In the US, people who talked about it were thrown in jail) that led to these high death rates, yet, nobody paid.

So the stationary bicycle has become an occasional ride. I REALLY NEED to lash myself into more of that. I wonder how I can hook up the bicycle to the TV such that if I don't ride I don't watch. Not mechanical enough for that. Yesterday I went to a birthday party. That is in the top five of ways to get the COVID 19. I was among the oldest there, so I did the expected thing- sit and carp. The gal the party was for is starting Chemo tomorrow, her second go-round. This may be her last b'day party. Makes me sad. Think I'll have another whiskey.

I have been bad. For some strange reason, rather than blogging, I've been doing other sequestration stuff like binge watching stuff and enjoying the fruit of the vine. Well some of it is whiskey.. That's my new diet. fewer calories than wine or beer and good kick. Being unsociable is now the IN thing, huh? Being more sedate has required me to watch those pesky daily calories. I noticed that when my PJs got tight. IMAGINE THAT! I did get out the stationary bicycle and my intent was to ride it while binge watching. Good idea, huh? That lasted for three episodes of Money Heist. I found my self skipping lots of scenes with sappy background in that. The plot really started to drag and I'm not sure I'll watch Part 5. Especially when one of my favorite characters got killed. I am lucky that my financial advisor bought Netflix and Zoom. Those have done well enough that enough I can see my way through this and keep up my medicinal buying.

Cinco de Mayo without much Mayo. Margaritas kill COVID 19, right? Been binge watching stuff, like 8 hours a day. EMERGENCY I ran out of Cheetos and the grocery store is scary. These masks are heaven sent for ugly people. Don't know what you have until it's too late.

Wow! Three weeks and the COVID 19 is still the big topic in the news. This is the longest attention span Americans have maintained in decades. So I bought stocks. With the market in the toilet it's the time. Real bargains on Boeing and American Airlines. Too late for Amazon. If I win, it means MORE WINE. Am I sequestered? Well yes for the most part. Still have to shop for groceries at times. Seems kinda funny to see all these people walking around in masks. Some look like med staff, others like bandits. MY mask has huge lips on it. I'm trying to send a message. Stay healthy

Time to go fly my kite! Weather is perfect and it's a great outdoor activity. If you have kids, they'll like it too. People strolling by walking their dogs or their kids. I think this is a time out for America.