Fear, Shopping, & Corona

Due to our planned trip to Disneyland we didn’t get around to our regular shopping trip last week. We didn’t want extra food to sit in the fridge while we were out of town. Unfortunately that meant we had to go out today in the midst of all this silly virus panic.

Costco was a nightmare, but Costco is always a nightmare. Trader Joe’s where we usually do our shopping was packed first thing on a Thursday morning. Suburban housewives snatching all of the frozen meals. Personally I considered stocking up on wine, might as well drink some red to mask the blood spatter when I cough up my lungs. The on-base commissary had everything except toilet paper, the weirdest item to focus on in my opinion, but the line snaked around the store.

Toilet paper isle yesterday.

I think we should take COVID seriously, as seriously as we take any flu during this season. Wash your hands, cover your mouth, don’t be nasty, eat healthy, and live a good lifestyle. But, the current panic is beyond what I find acceptable. The media and politicians are irresponsible, spreading unnecessary panic. There is a feeling of stress in the air, you can feel it emanating off of everyone.

If one positive thing comes out of this viral panic is the blatant need for us to re-examine neoliberal society. Maybe shipping off all our critical manufacturing and medical supplies to third world totalitarian shitholes isn’t best for America. Maybe having porous open borders might not be the reality in the post-corona world.

It may one day be said that the coronavirus delivered the deathblow to the New World Order, to a half-century of globalization, and to the era of interdependence of the world’s great nations. Which rings truer today? We are all part of mankind, all citizens of the world. Or that it’s time to put America and Americans first!

The Imaginative Conservative

It’s clear that many of us live day to day solely dependent on our massive globo-capitalist system. No spare food, no spare supplies, no safety net of any sort. We live in a fantasy that we will be taken care of by a big-government that does not exist in reality.

At the time of this post COVID19 has been responsible for 43 deaths in the United States. 43 deaths and the shelves are being emptied across the country. It’s time a lot of us re-evaluate our dependence on a frail system and focus on raising our anti-fragility.

I hope that I’m right. I hope that this is nothing but another H1N1 type outbreak that will fizzle once the spring kicks in. But even if I am right, I hope that everyone takes to heart some hard lessons from these past few days.

Globalism is bad for the United States. Critical manufacturing needs to be done here, by Americans for Americans. Do not depend on a system that revolves around profit. You are nobody to it.

A Visit to the House of Mouse

This week I started my two week vacation before I fly out with Uncle Sam’s construction club for the next seven months. My wife and I wanted to do something fun, memorable, and special with the kid before I left, so we decided on a two day Disneyland trip.

Both of us grew up close to Disneyland, I grew up about 20 minutes away, so we went there regularly. My wife and I had annual passes a few years ago and we would go just for coffee and fireworks on random evenings. But, that was years ago before we moved to San Diego and Japan.

We decided to do the two day hotel trip. We were weary of how much Disneyland the kid could take, she’s only 20 months and has the attention span of a 20 month old. We figured that we would check out a few things, hang out in the hotel, then go back and forth between hotel and park based on her mood.

We were wrong. This kid is a warrior. She loved it, went on so many rides and wanted to see and do everything. She didn’t have breakdowns and was able to handle everything the park threw at her. We even rode Dumbo three times in a row because she loved it so much.

Disneyland was awesome as a kid, really fun as an adult, but truly magical as a parent bringing your kid for the first time. The cast was so great with her, she got to meet Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Gaston, Ariel, and my favorite Tinkerbell. It was excellent and I’m looking forward to going back in the future.

Nothing is better than watching your kid be happy.

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OUT TODAY: Neon Harvest by Jon Mollison

Good friend of mine and solid indy writer Jon Mollison has a brand new book out today. Neon Harvest is a retrowave techno-noir set in the 80s future that could have been.

Within shadows cast by the dayglo lights of a city where the party never stops, one man finds himself at the epicenter of the biggest financial deal in history.

With massive fortunes and control of powerful industries on the line, he plunges into the tangled weave where high-stakes finance, powerful politics, and grimy criminal syndicates vie for control of the seething masses of humanity. And cutting his way free of the ties that bind forces him to choose between escape from this sordid world, and saving the girl of his dreams.

It downloaded onto my kindle earlier today and I can’t wait to dig into it in the next few days. Jon writes some great scifi and fantasy stuff and cool action stories you can find in Storyhack. Give him a read and support the awesome indy scene.

Grab a copy on Amazon and make sure to write a review when you finish.

Current Priorities

It’s been a tremendously busy time in my life. Work has been hectic, I’m preparing to fly out on a seven month deployment, and the amount of ridiculous admin work, most of it useless make-work nonsense, is mind-numbing. But in a few days I will be going on vacation and leaving it all behind for a few weeks.

Understandably the focus at home is on spending time with my wife and kid. The weather has been beautiful, when isn’t it in California, so we have been doing a lot of short trips on the weekend. We have some exciting stuff planned before I fly out.

I have piles of books to read, blog posts to write, and magazines to thumb through. I just don’t have enough time and motivation. By the end of the day all I want to do is drink a glass of wine and catch up on whatever I’m currently reading, The Captain Alatriste series if you are wondering.

But, work on the novel is coming along nicely. A novel, you ask. The goal is to have my first and possibly second full length work completed and out on the market by the end of the year. Things are coming a log nicely. Right now I’m working through a detailed outline that I hope to have finished before I fly out. Then, once settled in, I will spend my lonely nights drafting the thing. It’s going to be great.

Blog wise, I constantly want to write more but in the hierarchy of time and priority this place falls towards the bottom. But there’s always my twitter @dacianwanderer where you can read all of the random shit that pops into my mind throughout the day.

On another note I’ve been watching a lot of movies. 2019 was a fantastic year for film, I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed so many new movies in such a short time. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was my favorite with Ford vs Ferrari a close second, but Parasite and The Lighthouse were right up there. I still need to catch Uncut Gems and 1917.

Until next time.

65

Today would have been my fathers 65th birthday. He passed away almost 17 years ago. I can’t believe fast time passes. The whole thing feels like yesterday.

I miss him a lot and strive to be someone he could have been proud of. I just wish he was here with us and had the chance to meet my wife and daughter.