Archive for December 31st, 2020

New Year’s Eve

Henry Brown sent me this on my take yesterday on the vaccine rollout:

Sorta as an answer to the last 2 paragraphs,
My primary physician works in The Woodlands
I live in far North Harris county am 78 years with stage 4 COPD got a nice email from them that I needed to call Houston Medical center and set me up for vaccination

I was able to get my Dad an appointment to get his COVID-19 vaccine in late January.  January 29 to be exact. That was the earliest available time. My Dad is 97. I guess a four-week wait is a good thing.

Pitiful planning on the vaccine rollout from our federal and state government if you ask Commentary.

Those two clowns are at it again.  Commentary is talking about Gov. Greg Abbott and AG Ken Paxton.  They are going after the City of Austin for trying to get COVID-19 under control. These two bozos have done absolutely nada to protect our health and economy.  We’d be in better shape if the locals had full authority to make decisions.

The Chron has a front-page story today on the status of the Astrodome.  These days it is not a priority with Harris County.  It is just sitting there.

Dawn Wells, err, Mary Ann from “Gilligan’s Island” left us due to COVID-19.  That makes Tina Louise, err Ginger, the only surviving member of the cast.  Here is a verse from the “Gilligan’s Island” theme song.

The ship’s aground on the shore of this
uncharted desert isle
with Gilligan,
the Skipper too.
The millionaire and his wife,
the movie star,
the professor and Mary Ann,
here on Gilligan’s Isle.

The series ran for three seasons.  In the first season, the theme song didn’t include “the professor and Mary Ann.”  It went like “…the movie star and the rest, here on…” The Professor and Mary Ann were added to the song in Season 2.  Now you know.

After all these years, Commentary is finally able to say without hesitation that 2020 was and forever will be the lousiest year in my lifetime.

1963 came to a tragic end when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

In 1968, we lost Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy.  We also had racial and anti-Vietnam War rioting in cities across America including the big one at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

1979 was kind of funky with long lines at gas stations and the taking of the hostages at our embassy in Iran.

2001 was the September 11 year that changed how we travel, get on airplanes and increased security on different levels.  We lost around 3,000 lives on that day.

Nothing will ever compare to 2020.  The sad thing is that it didn’t have to be this bad.  Donald Trump led the way and politicized the pandemic. Think about that.  Politicizing a pandemic. That was it in a nutshell.  From the beginning, there were flagrant violations and ignoring of CDC guidelines.  That’s why we lead the planet in COVID-19 deaths and infections.  It is still raging.

The major disruptions to our lives. Job losses, food distributions, restaurant closings, ballgames without fans, near empty movie theaters, zoom meetings, no hugs or handshakes, working from home, and remote learning, to name just a few.

Then we had the protests.  I never attended them because I didn’t think they were socially distanced events.  They weren’t and contributed to the spread.

Then we also had one doozey of an election with a record turnout.  We elected the first woman Vice President who is also our first African American and South Asian Vice President.  Soon dignity will be restored at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

There were tons of elected officials throughout the country who are providing critical leadership during this pandemic.  Both Democratic and Republican.

There are some Democrats who I am sure have been disappointments during this pandemic, but there have been a whole lot more Republicans starting with Donald Trump, Gov. Abbott and the Florida Governor who have been plain out and out derelict.

Trump and super spreader events went hand and hand.

Gov. Abbott let Shelley Luther force him to reopen too early.  Abbott has also been wishy washy on letting locals do their thing.

What I also found particularly disturbing was the bad treatment given to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.  She was listening to the public health experts and was vilified.  Former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett would not have been treated that way and folks know that.  Judge Hidalgo was because she is 29, female, Latina, and an immigrant.  Folks totally disregarded that she was duly elected by the voters of Harris County.  Of all the elected officials with decision making powers during this pandemic, Commentary believes that she is the one who is most concerned about our health and safety.

Commentary mentioned before that this was the first year since the last century that I didn’t attend Opening Day.  Beginning in mid-March we went where we had never gone before.  We didn’t do a good job of doing it and we still aren’t. 

We like to say that America is the greatest country in the world, but we didn’t live up to that claim.  We failed miserably.  I should say others failed miserably because I did my best to follow the guidelines and a lot of you also did your best.

Texas also failed.  For the same reasons.

Tomorrow is 2021.  We will wake up still in the midst of a raging pandemic.  Thousands will die tomorrow and tens of thousands will get infected.  I am going to guess that 2021 will be better than 2020, but we have a long way to go.  In 20 days, President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will be sworn-in and have a laser-like focus on getting COVID-19 under control.  They will get serious about getting millions of vaccines into arms and get more folks to follow guidelines.  More importantly, they will take full responsibility.  Something we don’t currently have at the federal level or state level here in Texas.

Tomorrow will not be getting any easier, but at least we have certainty on the horizon. 

It has been the most difficult year.  For the 330,000 families in America who lost loved ones due to COVID-19.  For the millions who were infected and are dealing with health issues.  For those who lost their businesses, jobs and income.  There have been a number of times during the past ten months that I have sat in front of my TV or laptop teary eyed – a normal reaction as events have unfolded.  We have all been impacted.

We may be done with 2020, but it is going to take a while to get past it.

Stay safe this evening.  I’ll see you next year.

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