We’re well into the much-expected third wave of the Coronavirus pandemic. California isn’t actually doing badly compared to the rest of the nation, but LA County is trending the wrong way, unfortunately.
Yesterday’s big news was that the White House chief of staff acknowledged that they’ve given up on the pandemic. That triggered today’s Krugman column, which links to Merchants of Doubt. Yay! It only took denial of mass death to get him on board.
Election day is one week from tomorrow, and I wish I had confidence in the results.
We were going to go up to Mammoth last week but it’s been continuously smoky from the Creek fire. We spent last weekend cleaning out Alex’s room so it can be turned into my next office. It’s very echo-y now. I may have convinced The Mate to buy a Ford Bronco Sport when Ford starts to actually make them. At the moment, we only have my Model 3–she sold her truck to Alex. Long story on that! But due to the out-of-control pandemic, we never actually go anywhere so not much need for two cars, let alone the 3 that we had.
We’re going to Newport Beach for my birthday, and then we’re going to Mammoth for T-day.
It’s worth noting that what typically happens with this disease is that people start to feel better, go back to work, and then relapse and die. The relapse-and-die part happens after the 2nd week of infection, and we just started week two. So this may not end well for the Mad King.
It already hasn’t ended well for more than 210,000 other Americans. Fuck him.
I accidentally forgot to post this one. . .from September 15.
Just an update. . .Bobcat2 fire still burning east of Mt Wilson, and has forced evacuations in Arcadia and Monrovia. My PurpleAir sensor peaked at 525 a couple of days ago. This morning it was 270; JPL closed (again) from the bad air. Moderated enough to open the house this evening for a few hours, at least partly because the air indoors smelled musty and ick.
The Creek fire south of Mammoth is slowly moving towards the town. The air there is terrible too, the PurpleAir sensor up there read 710 a few minutes ago. The town starting kicking tourists out over the weekend in preparation for evacuation. Like here though, they haven’t pulled the trigger on the evacuation.
All the national forests in the state closed over the weekend. Apparently wanted to reduce the potential evacuation risk.