October was a bit of a dead loss. Lots going on, and none of it good. It felt like a giant pile-on, with me at the bottom. And nothing that I could do about any of it.
As a result, I found myself in a strange place, decided that no-one really wanted to read my blog posts, and quietly stopped posting for a while. After 18 months of posting every other day, it felt quite odd. I was having ideas of things to write about, then thinking ‘Nah’, and not writing.
Maybe I just needed to take a break – and to give myself a break. Maybe I needed to realise that there’s no law saying I have to post every other day – my blog, my rules.
Well anyway – here I am, feeling better about things in general. Not that the things have gone away – but they’re no longer front and central.
And just as I start to feel a bit better – wham, we’re back into Lockdown. Although right now this minute no-one seems to know how exactly that will work. It won’t be the same as the previous Lockdown(s) – for one thing the schools, colleges and universities are still open.
At work yesterday (I work for a major DIY shed, we’re counted as an ‘essential retailer’) I lost count of how many times I was asked if we were going to close. We didn’t close last time, so no, we won’t be closing this time – but what exactly ‘open’ will look like, we don’t yet know.
I’m no great fan of the way the government have handled this – but I doubt any government would have found it easy.
All the tiers, all the graphs, all the slides, all the slogans, all amount to one simple thing – mix with other people as little as you possibly can. If you have to mix with others, keep your distance. Wash your hands. And wear a mask to protect them.
Do what you gotta do to stay safe and do your bit to keep other people safe too.
And always remember – you’re allowed to swear.
Coming soon – a Guest Blog from regular guest blogger ’67 and Stopped Counting’ – ‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way Home From The Tip‘.
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