Happy Holidays and Stuff

It’s December 22, 2020 and I’m sitting here contemplating the coming year.

If you’ve been a follower of this blog for any amount of time, you know I write a New Year letter to myself every year.  2020’s… boy, I don’t even know where to start.  But, today is pre-Christmas, so I’ve got time to sort it.

Today, I just wanted to give you a quick shout out for this, the two week Holiday gambut so many of us run year after year.  It’s gonna be weird, not gonna lie.  It already IS weird.  But this is life in the Darkest Pandemic Timeline.

We’re sitting at over 325k dead in the US alone, 1.7 million and counting worldwide.  In most corners of the planet, we’re fighting for our lives and the lives of the people we know and love.  None of this is normal.

I have friends who are reporting their local medical facilities are overwhelmed and on the verge of collapse.  I have friends who are reporting their countries are going back into the highest level of lockdown possible.  I have friends who have died, friends who have been extremely ill, friends who are protecting someone they love by avoiding them at all costs.

I feel you all.  I feel it so hard.  It’s difficult to be alone at the holidays, no matter if you’re religious or secular.  I’m immunosuppressed, so trust me, I hear you.  It’s been a rough fucking year.

But, even so, there’s hope.  There’s a little bit of hope.  Vaccines are going into arms as we speak, brought to us by scientists who have collaborated across all sorts of borders, with proper funding (for once), in the greatest meeting of minds that our generation will ever know.  

The US government has finally gotten its act together to bring relief to millions of people who are still out of work due to the crisis, potentially avoiding collapsing the American economy, which would definitely have global impacts.

There’s a raging fucking fire burning, but I can hear the choppers full of water.  Can you?  You might have to listen really closely, but they’re coming.  Hold on for dear life.  One Zoom Christmas won’t hurt anybody.  I promise.  Zoom is awesome.  Zoom is where it’s at.

I love you guys, and I’m so proud of you for being so brave.  It won’t be long now.  The cavalry’s coming, but we have to keep fighting until they get here.  Wear your masks, be careful who you come into contact with, don’t lick any random doorknobs.

Day by day is how we make it through.

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