:: Life Of Dave ::


It seems fitting that one year to the day since the WHO called COVID-19 a global pandemic, I received my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. It was surprisingly emotional. 2021 has been a year of people looking forward to leaving the virus behind, sometimes getting out ahead of where we actually are (the removal of all restrictions in Texas being a great example). I still worry this pandemic has one more blow to deal us, but I'm also excited to be able to see the exit.

I am also aware that it is ten years to the day since the tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan. In general, it has been a rough decade or so - the economic meltdown of 2007-8 is not so far back. I hope that the movement we're starting to see in the US to actually help people, rather than just cut taxes, will take hold, and we'll see a country less willing to let people starve, be homeless, and/or simply die. There are green shoots, but also worrying signs that those who hate will not go without a fight - the Arkansas legislature this year providing a terrible example of the latter.