The last 14 months have been anything but ordinary and with the help of few words from a performer who was also anything but ordinary, I'll give a short summary.
For me, the pandemic started around the last week of March, 2020. I remember we attended two weddings in March and I also had some air travel. Those were the last "normal" activities we did before all the rules changed.
My job has been mostly remote and I’ve been up-linked and downloaded, inputted and outsourced. I interface with my database, my database is in cyberspace, so I’m interactive. Since I'm online most of the day, I’m hyperactive and from time to time I’m radioactive.
When it comes to the US, the virus, and the vaccines, we've been behind the eight ball, ahead of the curve, riding the wave, dodging the bullet, and pushing the envelope. We've been through all those scenarios at one point or another.
And when I've had to go into grocery stores, airports, and other places, I’ve been pre-washed, pre-cooked, pre-heated, pre-screened, pre-approved, pre-packaged, post-dated, freeze-dried, double-wrapped, and vacuum-packed. Or at least it felt like that. And as I waited for my turn to get the vaccine, I've been hanging in there ain’t no doubt, and I’m hanging tough, over and out!
The italicized words are from George Carlin's monologue that begins with, I'm a modern man.
Now I can say that I am a Moderna man. I received my second dose few days ago. The first shot was no trouble at all. But the second shot knocked me down pretty good. It took about 12 hours after the vaccine for the side-effects to kick in. Shivering, fever, weakness, and my head was ready to pop. The next day was spent in bed. I took a few Tylenol pills that probably did help. Fast forward 24 hours and I was mostly back to normal.
Let's hope that our lives go back to normal this summer.
I can't help but wonder what the late (and great) George Carlin would have had to say about this whole pandemic situation.
Carlin's full monologue: youtube.com/watch?v=Lk_dRzaBoUM