Covid: When making a list – and checking it twice – doesn’t really matter

So, where are we now with this COVID thing, something like two years and counting? And, if we’re not there yet, we’re close, so we won’t quibble about the overall time invested. I think we all can agree that it feels much longer than it’s actually been.

Thanks to COVID, it’s been a wild ride for the NFL of late, and sports in general the last couple of years. While any similarities in income most certainly wouldn’t apply to most folks, the recent dip in the overall general health in the NFL is an accurate microcosm of that impacting the overall population with regard to COVID. The last I heard, Cuyahoga County was near the top in cases per capita for all of Ohio. (And if that doesn’t make your chest swell with hometown pride, then I really don’t know what will.)

Of course, what really frustrates the deep thinkers of the universe is how fast virtually every issue in this country becomes a political hot potato (a.k.a. “immediately”). In an effort to not step on any political party’s toes while dropping an anvil on the other party’s, I will opt for the “high” road and suggest that both parties are pretty confused when it comes to talking out of both sides of their mouths, as it were.

For instance, at various times someone will claim that the whole COVID vaccination thing is a farce (or it’s not safe, or the government can’t tell me what to do) and how they vow to never get vaccinated – but then at some other time (when it best suits their needs) claim that they think it best to not congregate en masse “for the safety of all” during the COVID crisis.

Yes, all of a sudden, they become very concerned for the welfare of others. (Translation: That COVID thing may be a farce, but it sure comes in handy if they need an excuse to get out of doing something they’d rather not). Bless their little hearts for worrying about me.

Then, on the other hand you have the holier-than-thou “maskers” who wear their masks all right, but loosely, below their nose, or wear the same single solitary mask for 47 consecutive days thinking it’s still effective. Or better still, watching someone drop their mask below their chin to eat, and then after eating bring the mask up inside-out! You really want to say something, but odds are they’d really get offended if you did.

So, at the end of this COVID crisis – if there indeed will ever be an end to it – we will all be able to rejoice in the fact that we can once again return to the “old normal” – you know, where as a country we were all one big happy family. Remember, we all got along swimmingly, there was peace and love and joy to the world.

Yeah, right!

Jeff Bing

Lifelong Westlake resident who dabbles in writing whenever the real world permits. My forte is humor and horror...What a combo!

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 9:47 AM, 12.21.2021