Saturday, April 4, 2020
FFS, Go Clean Your Garage
And now, already, cue the whinging.
If you live so far out of the mainstream this isn't affecting you, or barely so, rejoice. Really.
Just because the shark hasn't swam up and bit you in the ass personally, I can assure you it's actually a thing. I've personally carted several people to the ICU, and at least one of them is deader than canned tuna. Within 48 hours, and he was in his 50s. Not his 80s, 70s, or 60s, his 50s.
We've been on lockdown here for 3 weeks (Gee, I wonder why cases here are so much smaller than in places where they're still riding the subway everyday, or held an open-air Mardi Gras bacchanal just a month ago? What could it be? What could it BE?).
Some places have been on stay-at-home lockdown less than 2 days.
That's right, a whole two m*****f***ing days!!! The HORROR!
This isn't Ethiopia during a famine, FFS. No one's kids are orange-haired bloated-bellied scarecrows covered in flies. Grow some balls and deal with it, instead of losing your shit already.
NYFC currently has 1800 people dead, and over 7000 have died nationwide in the last three weeks. Anybody remember what happened the last time a few thousand people died in NYFC, and what a nothingburger that turned out to be??
And no, they're not packing everything and the kitchen sink into those stats, no matter what Alex Jones, George Nouri, and the black helicopter/chemtrail/Tinfoil Hat Society posted on their lunatic times dispatch from mommie's basement.
With even a single-digit percent mortality, this is killing a lot of people, and that's not even the biggest problem from it.
But 7000 dead means that there's probably only 1M people who have it yet, out of 330M.
So, who wants to make sure we jack up the casualty figures 33,000%, right now, so we can have 1-2M dead in a couple of weeks?
Anybody? Beuller? Ferris Beuller...??
Go home and read a book or something, or go clean out the garage.
I repeat, if you're currently out of this, and not interacting (or even doing so minimally), this will turn out fine for you. If you don't spaz out about it, and don't start the drumbeat and catcalls for Boogaloo or some other stupidity.
If you don't want societal meltdown, don't start ringing all the bells to make sure you get societal meltdown.
If you think hitting the reset will be all peachy, go read Ferfal or Selco's blogs, who've both BTDT and got the T-shirt, and ponder the fun you'll have living on rat stew and bartering whatever you can scratch together for enough medicine to keep your kid alive, or getting jacked for your shoes, and then tell me that you want to live in The Book Of Eli for the next decade or three (I don't; if you do, fuck you and the horse you rode into town on). FFS, if you think this will be fun, why not take a vacation in Beirut, or Caracas, now, and tell the class afterwards what jolly fun you had. Only an asshole would want that. Most of you would be dead in a month anyways, and everyone would be happier for it, other than that whole collapse of civilization thingie. Just STFU and deal, wouldja?
Stay frosty, stay smart, and deal with small potatoes, as long as they stay small.
Five minutes after this is over, it's mostly a blip on the radar for the same 90% of you for whom it's nothing much now. Except with less overseas jobs, and more homegrown production, and hopefully, less opening the floodgates to everybody from anywhere else but here.
Beat that drum, and I'll subscribe to your newsletter and march in your parade.
Still can't figure this out?
Need some Martha Stewart/Burt Gummer Household Tips?
Square away your domicile. Clean the f**k out of everything.
Where's your gear in case there's a small fire?
Where's the medical stuff?
Set the outside up (short of concertina and sandbags - yet) like some douchebag is going to case it, or try to break in. Trim what needs trimming. Light what needs lighting. Put lights on random timers. Make it hard to get close, harder to get in, and easy to die trying.
Where are your shooting irons and such, to repel boarders?
How much ammunition do you have? Where?
Where's the cleaning gear for them all?
Are they all clean and pass a function check?
How much food do you have?
What food do you have?
Write out a menu for the next 30 days.
Then the next. Then the next, based on what's on-hand.
What about water? And water storage? And purification?
What about the pets?
Got all that squared away, RFN? (As if, for 90% of anyone, even on this blog.)
Where's your library of good-to-know books?
Crack it open, and start reading.
In fact, organize it, and make a subject study schedule.
Bone up on one subject at a time, every day, if you've got time on your hands.
If you have others at home with you, start teaching and doling out those lessons too.
Five year old kids can learn first aid; I've seen it, and taught it.
Ditto a lot of other skills.
Get all that knocked out - just that - and then come back when you're bored, and wish this was over.
For most households, that should be some time around the 4th of July.