Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa

Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa

On Christmas morning, the picture gift was Maren and David’s way of letting us know that they are expecting a baby. Best Christmas gift ever! This will be their first child and our first grandchild. I was asked to stay mum on this blog until all of the testing came back, which it did, last week. Yesterday, they made their own social media announcements. It was hard to contain myself all of this while. The baby is due in July and not wanting to know the baby’s sex beforehand, they have taken to calling their child the Little Hatchet. In addition to being our first grandchild, this baby will also be Maren’s parents first grandbaby too. This will be my father’s first great grandchild and Anne’s father’s fourth. Three of which are due this year. I think that I can safely say that we are all joyful with this news and expect great things to come.

Doing the Math

Respiratory Droplet, David Goodsell, 2020

Saying the quiet part out loud seems to be a thing these days. So, let’s get started here. Since last spring, when we were first vaccinated against Covid through last fall, when we were both boosted, our chances of dying from Covid have fallen significantly. Last summer saw the Delta variant surge and even now Omicron is raging out of control. Both waves of infection were followed by thousands of fatalities that were primarily borne by unvaccinated adult Americans. Numerous scientific studies have identified that the majority of the people who have died from Covid in the last six months can be correlated with voters who had supported Trump. The reason for this correlation is abundantly clear. Rightwing politicians and media have been feeding their supporters a steady diet of anti-vax propaganda, causing these people to eschew getting safely vaccinated like we did, in favor of unproven and ineffective home remedies, such as horse dewormer or their own piss. The results of these decisions by Trump supporters are that they are now dying at election demographics shifting numbers. In his recent Medium article Donald G. McNeil Jr. has laid out the math. Looking at just four battleground states, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin and Nevada, which Trump lost by just razor thin margins in 2020, McNeil lays out the math. Currently, 95% of Americans who are dying now of Covid are unvaccinated. What is less clear, is the political affiliations of the deceased, except that death rates in counties that voted for Trump in 2020 are about three times higher than the death rates in counties that went for Biden. Call this 3-to-1 split a 75% chance. McNeil writes, “Right now, about 60 Arizonans, 36 Georgians, 34 Wisconsinites and 14 Nevadans are dying of Covid each day. Seventy five percent of 95 percent of that would be minus 103 Trump voters per day — just in those four swing states. Week after week. That adds up.” McNeil surmises that Donald Trump has seen the “arithmetic on the wall”, hence his recent to advocating for the vaccines, even in the face of booing from his fans.

Snow Daze

Anne on a Snowy Saturday Morning Walk

It snowed here, we were supposed to get 3-5”, but if we got anything, it was less than an inch. What’s more, it didn’t even stick to the pavement. In the end, we probably did get more than an inch, but because the temperature was hovering around freezing, the snow was melting almost as fast as it was coming down. What we were left with was not even enough accumulation to cover the grass on Art Hill. Except that there was enough snow on the grass to cover and hide the paper. Earlier, I had convinced Anne to go out and fetch the paper, even though we couldn’t see it. It had to be there, probably, hiding behind the stairs. Later, about when I was going to go out and post some bills, paper’s the blue plastic wrapping had poked itself through the snow. A short trip to the post office and even shorter trip around back to dump the trash and recycling will be enough of a winter wonderland experience for me today. Thank you very much. The photo with this post is from ten years ago, before we had totally screwed up the environment.