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Pandemic chronicles 2021

The year 2020 was focused primarily on beating the pandemic and enduring the hardships it has created in our lives. One of the most horrific hardships was the loss of life for many people. The death count is over 500k by now. Now we are heading towards herd immunity thanks to the quick response of several pharmaceutical companies who rushed vaccines to creation. Some would say that these companies did not give enough time to verify the effectiveness of the vaccines. The pandemic and everything about it has been heavily politicized. Our former President Trump was blamed for not responding quickly enough. The entire country and the economy were brought to a halt. Lots of finger pointing took place in Washington and all across the globe as world leaders tried to get a grip on everything that has transpired.

Now the death rate for the pandemic is slowing down and our emergency rooms and ICU’s have seen a decline in patients with Covid-19. More age groups are being approved to receive the vaccine. Health care providers are using different drive up venues to allow people to get vaccinated while sitting in their vehicles. Hopefully by this time in 2022 we will be able to look back on the events of 2020 and be thankful that we survived.

In other news Katy and I are doing ok. Thanks to working for a local health care provider I was able to get my vaccine. Katy is finally able to get her vaccine and hopefully we can accomplish this very soon. Our son Justin is going to law school in Virginia and our daughter Kristina is in New Orleans with her friends. She is talking about heading to Las Vegas very soon. Katy told her that some winter storms were going to be there shortly and that she might want to wait that out. There is talk that North Charleston will be building condos right next door to us and across the street. When that construction begins we will probably want to move and get away from all the construction noise. We thought that we had already found a house down the street from us in Singing Pines but that did not work out as expected.

This weekend we were able to get out of Charleston for the first time in a long time. I drove up to Spartanburg to meet someone to conduct business and we figured we might as well come up to Asheville and spend the night. We stayed at Wingate by Wyndham. We prefer these hotels because they are very nice but at the same time very affordable. Sleeping away from home is difficult for me because I sleep in a recliner. Hotels have chairs in the rooms. Some of them are big enough to accommodate me and some do not. We had to upgrade to a suite so I could use the couch to sleep. Somehow I managed to get some sleep last night even if there was a freight train rolling through the room most of the night.

If you are reading my thoughts please let me know by leaving a comment. Here is to hoping that everyone has a safe and productive week next week.

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