Random stories


For three weeks I couldn’t run. My right knee had developed some pain that made walking a heavy task. No. I have not fallen recently. And when I fell the last time, it was my shoulder that took the hit, not my knees. Yesterday I ran for 4km and today I managed a 6km run and a 40 mile ride. So far the knee is not complaining.

I am yet to finish reading spillover. I think laziness caught up with me. But the question that lingers in my head is, with destruction of ecosystems and increased human and wildlife/animal interaction how will we cope with zoonotic diseases? How many of these viruses were accidentally created or released from a laboratory? What happens when a rogue agent takes control of a biosafety lab and releases its contents?

Are things back to normal where you are? Have the stay at home orders been lifted? Last I heard, the government has stopped bars and restaurants from selling alcohol but you can buy in the supermarket so it’s not all bad. I see some people in masks. Some don’t have.

It was a holiday here today. Eid, I think.

Have a pleasant weekend ahead.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

50 thoughts on “Random stories

  1. Our province has opened a little more, but case numbers are also going up, so it’s not a good idea for bars, etc. We don’t drink alcohol, so it’s no biggie for us, but I’d say drink at home for the ones who do.
    We’re still arguing to keep our borders closed to the US. The spoilt brat wants the money flowing.

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  2. We have a mandatory mask requirement where I live (in Louisiana, in the southern US). Many businesses can be open, but only at reduced capacity. Bars are still closed, though they can do take-out. Theaters are still closed. Schools are going to be virtual at the beginning of the school year. Currently, my university plans to offer in person teaching, but with a lot of restrictions.

    Hospitals continue to be near or at max capacity.

    Except for brief excursions, I’ve been home for four months. And the next four aren’t looking like they’ll be different.

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    • makagutu says:

      Mike yours seems really strict. Our school year was cancelled or whatever so school is still next year. I have a graduation in September and I think it will be virtual. I think I will demand a repeat.

      Our hospitals so far I think haven’t been overwhelmed but I don’t know for how long.

      Due to the restrictions I got to cycle a lot & cops seemed not to bother cyclists. We would just cruise through the roadblocks unmolested.

      Keep well.

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      • It is relatively strict, by necessity. Our local leadership responding to the conditions caused by, as others on this thread have noted, our national leader going out of his way to be as aggressively incompetent as possible.

        There are plenty of people here doing the exercise thing. For me, that amounts to walking about 3.4 miles a day, which is the only exercise I’ve been able to stick to.

        Glad to hear things are going well over there!

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  3. basenjibrian says:

    We have seen a big spike in California, which has resulted in partial re-closure. No bars, no gyms, no indoor restaurants, no hair salons. I guess that is where I struggle a bit. We know, at least anecdotally, that the spike was caused by people socializing during recent big holidays. I am skeptical that hair salons are a major vector for the virus. The closures and policies seem to be a little more arbitrary than the “just trust the (in a stentorian tone) SCIENTISTS without reservation.

    And yes, I wear a mask. I am asocial, not a sociopath!

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  4. basenjibrian says:

    I do leave the house, however. But mostly for food. And yes, I have been doing a lot of bicycling, but almost always on rural roads. Self isolation is my way of life anyway.

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    • makagutu says:

      I guess your rural roads are much better than some of the roads in the city here.
      Enjoy biking. I have scaled back a bit but will resume doing proper milage soon.

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      • basenjibrian says:

        70 miles on Thursday
        50 on Friday (two separate rides-one AM and one after work)
        71 today.

        Not doing your impressive climbing, though. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although Thursday I did 3000 feet, all in coastal rollers (no single big climbs) I love Santa Cruz County. 70 degrees. Green. Choice of cool urban neighborhoods, seafront roads, or beautiful rural countryside. Amazing number of homeless lost souls, though.

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  5. shelldigger says:

    Nothing normal at my house, but that’s normal!

    All I know is we are surrounded by morons and covid is knocking at the door. My sons girlfriend was exposed to a positive tested co-worker yesterday. This shit just keeps getting better.

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  6. “Are things back to normal where you are? Have the stay at home orders been lifted?” Yep. In the US, because of our terrific federal leadership, Covid-19 has been all but wiped out. Trump’s swift, decisive action on this issue back in March all but guaranteed a virus-free America by July. Few of us wear masks here anymore because…well… because the virus lost its battle with the Trump administration and is gone. Thank God we here in America have the leadership we do. I simply don’t know where we’d be without it. Stay well, my friend. Glad to hear you were able to run again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Ron says:

    With the exception of schools (which reopen in September ) pretty much everything is open, here. Some stores still encourage customers to practice physical distancing, but it’s not enforced. Face coverings are not required and very few people wear them. The only real downside is the dearth of outdoor festivals and concerts; but the upside is that people have become way more active.

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  8. Barry says:

    Stay at home orders? What are they?

    Oh, that’s right I do remember something about that from a long time ago, but it’s becoming more distant by the day.

    Life is very much back to normal, as if there was never a pandemic. We’re free to do as we like, when we like, and with as many people as we like. No travel restrictions with one small exception: when returning from locations overseas where the virus is still in the community, we have to isolate for two weeks at a luxury hotel at the government’s expense, but that’s a minor inconvenience.

    The only real problem if you don’t want to go into isolation is finding an overseas destination that is virus free. At this moment that seems to be nowhere ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    • makagutu says:

      Barry, you fellows must be the lucky few

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      • Barry says:

        I’m not sure it has much to do with luck.

        It’s following the best of scientific advice.

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        • makagutu says:

          It has, in a sense. You are lucky to have leaders who follow scientific advice.

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          • Barry says:

            But we elected them ๐Ÿ™‚

            If I and everyone else had tossed a dice to choose our parliamentary representatives, or if we had no choice in who governs us, then yes, luck would have played a big part.

            If chance has played its part then it’s lucky that I was born here and I have had the good fortune (luck) to live in the company of 5 million practical and pragmatic Kiwis.

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            • makagutu says:

              Your last paragraph says it all. You had the good fortune to be born there and the good fortune to have responsible leadership.

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              • Barry says:

                Okay, I concede. 75% of us are lucky to have been born here and 25% of us have had the good fortune to be able to migrate here. I might even concede that we were lucky to have a pool of responsible people from which to choose our leaders. But ultimately, they are there because we chose them to be.

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  9. basenjibrian says:

    So here is an honest question to ponder during these Plague Years….my friend and I had this conversation (via text). He is hyper vigilant about at Covid, but he is at a friend’s house for dinner. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I sorta rib him on that and he bleats that he has been isolating. But, I point out, social gatherings are THE prime source of infection. That and the ervy mutating virus.

    I point out he is fond of bombing down steep hills at 50+ mph on 25 mm tires over often sketchily maintained pavement with approaching cars! (Check out SAFA Brian. Covid is not is biggest risk!) To me….that is a bigger life risk than the virus.

    Life is a risk. I am not sure we can hole up for two more years without the economy and society fraying more seriously than the death rate from COVID. Especially as the virus is already mutating! And no…I am not a nut wandering into a coffee shop or grocery store with no mask. But still, some of the arguments from our experts seem a little incoherent. I am skeptical that hair salons are a major source of new infections, yet they are being put out of business now (while Amazon distribution centers are “essential businesses” and cesspools of infection, one reads) A babbler on the radio was muttering darkly about those dirty, dirty cell phones. Which is true. But given that this was a conversation about COVID, how exactly are dirty cell pones really that relevant? I splurged on an iPhone…I am not prone to handing it to random strangers who might infect it! Unless the implication was that I infected my own phone-but if my hands (which I do wash religiously, as I always have done) are dirty, then the infection is likely to be more direct than my cell phone!

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    • makagutu says:

      In deed, life is a risk and on the balance most of take many risks than covid would present. Each moment, there are 1000 ways to die. Closing businesses is not, in my view, prudent in the long run. There should be directives that allow life to go on while at the same time making it possible to reduce the spread of the disease

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    • Nan says:

      Brian, your comment about the hair salons reminded me of an article I read awhile back …

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      • basenjibrian says:

        Nan: I am 100% on board with wearing masks in enclosed spaces or other venues where infection is more likely. Except for fundamentalist church services and political rallies supporting our Glorious Leader! (But I repeat myself). The very presence of the Spirit of Gawd…or the wonderous power of our Mango Hair Fuehrer obviously makes infection unlikely. I bet Herm Caine (9.99!) and Louie Ghmoert are SECRET LIBERALS who were infected by Antifa!

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