Like all of us, I’ve had a hard time with different aspects of living with the virus “out there.” Yesterday was another one of “those” days. But, sometime in the afternoon I realized what it’s like.

I feel like I’m living in a huge lake where I can’t see the edges, can’t see the land. From time to time someone — my neighbors, the kids, the postman, people waving — paddles near but then they paddle off into their own giant lake. As my brain formed this image I thought, “We’re all at sea.”

Sometimes I paddle my boat near someone, too. My neighbor and I get out of our boats for a ramble in the Big Empty. I get out of my boat to talk to the kids who are still in their boat.

Colorado has done very well re-opening without a major flare in C-19 cases, but in the San Luis Valley, the number of people infected is rising pretty rapidly. Many (of us?) think it’s partly because of the people from out of state, people who spend the summers here. They are now all over the county. Most of them come from Texas, one of the states with the highest, craziest increase in cases. Some of these people have actually sued Colorado counties for shutting the door to out-of-staters.

This is where things get weird. This is the conflict between those who think the virus is something to “believe in” (or not) and those who realize that this part of the United States doesn’t have the medical facilities to deal with a giant spike in C-19 cases. It’s not xenophobia; it’s that we know we can’t help all the people who might get sick. That’s not a matter of “belief” but of hospital beds.

Now that I have an image describing this whole experience, I think I’m good. For now? Forever? Time will tell, but I feel more content with the whole thing today than I have since it started.

17 thoughts on “Boat

  1. It seems strange to me that states are reopening while the numbers coronavirus cases are still rising. But you live in a strange country these days. Here in Australia several states, including my home state of Tasmania closed the borders in March any non essential visitors were required to quarantine for two weeks. Now that cases are reducing around the country restrictions are being lifted but some states are choosing to wait before reopening or are reopening their borders to some states but not others. The state leaders are getting some grief from their federal counterparts about this because the government is now keen on getting the economy going again. Tasmania, the smallest state in size and population is also one of the poorest states and would not have the infrastructure to cope with a second wave if tourists from other states started pouring in and created a second wave. The health system here barely functioned before.
    I agree with you that like climate change the virus is not something you either believe in or you don’t but some people seem to have a great capacity to deny that majore events happened, the Holocaust, the moon landings even 9/11 despite the evidence so it doesn’t surprise me very much.

    • So Tasmania is the San Luis Valley of Australia ❤ No wonder I've always wanted to visit it. Our state has done well, but the governor seems to forget that SOME of "his" state is not an urban center but an immense (in square miles) community with few people living in it, most of whom live at or below the poverty level, with hospitals designed to serve the community, not the nation at large. But businesses want these people to come in and I get that — that's where most of our revenue for a whole year comes from. I'm just going to stay on my boat and wave at the other boats as they pass by.

      • I think it is always that way, funding nearly always goes to the populated urban areas first while those of us in rural areas get the crumbs and are expected to travel to the city for any major medical needs, with the added expense and inconvenience of being away from home and family. I don’t dare get sick. Who would look after Cindy and Polly?

  2. Paddling in a lake or treading water in an inner tube. Some days one and some days the other. It’s an ongoing challenge at sea. I like your take on it. Here in NH, it’s the people from Massachusetts seen as the ones who will come and spread the virus. Time will tell I guess.

  3. Yes. Your metaphor works well. We are marooned. We take the raft out every now and again but are very careful to keep our distance. This evening we went to a cookout sort of. It was the Bible, Burgers, and Beer meeting held outside with the appropriate distancing. Sadly we had to sit in the blazing sun in order to maintain the proper space… I think it will be our last one since Sparky is going back to work starting Friday. We are still in discussions about the protocol for sanitation. I’m advocating he wear his dirty clothes and then shower when he gets home…

  4. I’m in the epicenter of infections in my country. The number of new infections is rising faster than the number of new hospital beds, and things are opening up.

  5. Here in New York City we have, at least, temporarily vanquished the virus through an enormous collective effort at self-control. Now we worry about people from parts of the country that are spiking coming to the city without respect for what we have gone through here. Masks are the law throughout New York State. Scientific evidence has shown that surfaces are not so much of a worry (as we all earlier thought — disinfecting everything that came into our apartments and wearing gloves everywhere). What really matters is person to person contact, and mask wearing + social distancing has brought our infection rate down to below 1, meaning the virus is no longer spreading. JUST WEAR A MASK AND MAKE SURE YOUR NEIGHBORS DO TOO!!!

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