Did you get yours?

Did you get yours? If you came from another celestial body, you would certainly think that this short sentence was the normal form of greeting used by planet Earth’s natives.

These 4 short words are now heard everywhere and are quickly replacing the obsolete “how are you today?” formula among the aging set (Tamalous). For it is crucial today to get vaccinated to try to stop the pandemic’s relentless assault against the world population.

But not everybody is on board. A small but vocal group of anti-vaxxers is waging a campaign against Covid-19 shots.

“The anti-vaxxer movement began in the 18th century in the U.S., with religious leaders describing them (vaccines) as the “devil’s work.” The campaign grew in the 19th and 20th centuries as a matter of human rights.”

 These misinformed souls have little faith in science and prefer to believe that vaccines are unsafe… and also generate autism in young children. This theory, by the way, has been totally debunked by the medical establishment.

Social media users are also having a field day with vaccines.

“After Americans started receiving vaccinations against COVID-19, social media users shared a viral image claiming that CNN reported hospitals going on lockdown after vaccine recipients started eating each other. A Google reverse search revealed that the image originated as a joke on meme website.”

Did you get yours? Yes, I got mine recently (at least the first shot) and as far as I know, I am not inclined to consume any part of my wife’s body. I cannot vouch for her, but (even though French food is much tastier than Russian food), I am not yet missing any part of my glorious anatomy.

Vaccines have been around for a long time and have proven to be highly effective against a variety of diseases. Everybody knows that (well almost everybody) and is eager to get his shots. Vaccines are still scarce, but they are starting to materialize regularly. By the end of the summer, it is estimated that the entire US population is going to be vaccinated.

This does not mean that we are home-free and allowed to go back to our old familiar habits. We still have to wash our hands regularly and wear masks probably until 2022. A small price to pay for survival and safety.

The non-believers though are doing a great disservice to their fellow human beings. By refusing to get vaccinated, they will prolong the existence of Covid-19 (and its cousins) among us.

Half-million victims are enough. If you did not get yours, do it as fast as possible. Our common lives depend on it.

Alain

Les Tamalous

Étymologie : De la question « t’as mal où ? ».
Nom commun : tamalou \ta.ma.lu\ masculin
Personne qui se plaint toujours d’avoir mal quelque part, généralement une personne âgée.

Winners and losers of the pandemic

The seismic shock of Covid-19 has thrown many industries out of kilter, and some (like the dinosaurs) will never recover. In this gigantic struggle, only the strong and most innovative outfits will survive.

Some winners and losers are already apparent. The most obvious struggling industries are tourism, hotels, restaurants, airlines, cruise lines, movie theaters, casinos, shopping malls, and professional sports.

Even amateur sports are in trouble, especially the next Summer Olympics Games, scheduled to open in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

“Travelers will have to produce a negative test within 72 hours of departure and then test negative upon arrival. They will not have to quarantine but aren’t allowed to go to restaurants, bars, stores, tourist destinations or ride public transportation during their first 14 days. They may not attend Olympic events in which they aren’t participating.

All travelers must submit a detailed itinerary — including the names of anyone they will be in close contact with, such as teammates — to Japanese authorities. They must input details of their health and any symptoms they are experiencing into a mandatory mobile app. Athletes are discouraged from chanting or singing while cheering for others but are encouraged to clap.” ESPN

All these restrictions might discourage a lot of people from even showing up at this event.

Real estate is also taking a big hit. Many people are now working from home and even when the pandemic will be over, they will continue to do so. Thus have decided the powers that be. They don’t see the need to rent large offices anymore and won’t renew their leases when they expire. They will save a lot of money at the expense of the real estate magnates and I don’t feel a bit sorry for those.

An equally large number of people are now shopping online, and once adopted, this habit will perdure. Retail stores and shopping malls will suffer.

On the winning side, we have Big Tech (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, Zoom) with Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg racking big money.
With many people and students working from home, computer makers are also seeing a big demand for their products.

Online grocers and online deliveries are also on a roll. Video games and the fledgling cannabis industry are equally doing well because what can you do when you are unemployed, and when the rent is due?

The French say “Le malheur des uns fait le bonheur des autres » (the misfortune of some contributes to the happiness of others) and it is sadly true.
Personally, I don’t wish to see anybody fail to feel good but succeeding at anything still gives you a “petit je ne sais quoi.”

Be well, and don’t do anything I would not do.

Alain

Her name is Kate Bond

Her name is Bond. Kate Bond and she likes her drinks shaken, not stirred.

Under a rather frail appearance, she hides the body of an athlete. She usually moves at a leisurely pace but is capable of extraordinary feats if the situation demands it. In a bind, she can make enormous jumps with the ease and stealth of a ninja. In passing, she is a Krav Maga expert and licensed to kill. She is known in the business as 666.

Kate has been living with us for quite a while and accepts free food and lodging. To be frank, she is rather lazy and spends long hours sleeping, but she has assured me that her seemingly lethargic behavior is deliberate. She mulls problems for a long time (more than me) before acting, but when she does, she is quick and decisive.

She is fluent in half a dozen foreign languages, and while pretending to not understand, she comprehends every single word of any conversation.

Now, to my problem. Lately, I have become increasingly worried about some of my neighbors. I know that this sounds paranoid, but I wonder if the Proud Boys (and Conceited Girls) have infiltrated our peaceful community. The FBI has been particularly active in monitoring their recent activities and it suddenly occurred to me that Kate Bond could be very helpful in containing this problem.

Due to her constant patrols, she knows the neighborhood like the palm of her paw and is aware of everything going on there. Since she can move so stealthily, I have been thinking of providing her with a small microphone and camera to record any suspicious activity. We need some evidence, and only Kate Bond could provide this.

I still have not discussed this matter with her, but I intend to do it soon. I know that she is no pushover and that I will need some compelling arguments to convince her, but the safety of our community is at stake, and something has to be done.

Every cat has a price and Kate Bond is probably no different. The problem is that she is very finicky, and I don’t know what kind of incentive to offer her. Like the previous (infamous) administration, I could offer a slew of pardons for all her past misdeeds, but she probably does not care.

The best way to deal with her would be to Joindre l’utile à l’agréable (to combine business with pleasure) but I still don’t have the slightest idea how to do this. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
Keep in mind that

“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.” Jeff Valdez

Ta ta for now…

Alain