Monday, March 23, 2020


by Bob Walsh

For those of you who may be absolutely dying for news from CA here comes the unvarnished truth on the Covid-19 impact locally.

There are 53 known infected persons including two deaths.

Fortunately the infection has had little impact on the unlicensed pharmaceutical salesmen, commercial sex workers and irregular property acquisition agents who are the small-business backbone of the local economy.

The book stores are indeed closed. However, the WiFi and Barnes and Noble is still up and since there is nobody there you can download books faster than a cat with its tail on fire. Normally their WiFi runs like a 3-legged cow.

Gun stores are still open. I am guessing that is because CA does not have instant background checks so there is a 10-day waiting period. After a 20-day window you have to reapply. I suspect the gun stores can justify staying open because of that. I have, however, noticed that they are letting only very few people in at a time and there is a holding pattern outside the stores. I am NOT seeing panic buying of ammo here. That does not mean it isn't happening. I buy very little ammo in gun stores. Mostly I hijack trucks to get mine.

The local community college has a large nursing program and other medical-technical programs, largely to feed into the CA prison system. There is some worry that those folks may not be able to get their clinic hours in and therefore may not get their cert at the end of this semester.

Buttwipe, hand sanitizer and spray disinfectant is still in short supply. Very short.

Tuesday morning I am going to try to hit Safeway during their old-farts only hours and see how well that works. I will let you know.

I am thinking of ordering a T-shirt with a representation of a plague flag on it. What do you think? I mean, how many people will even know what the hell it is any more?


Trey Rusk said...

Nurses are always in short supply. Texas Governor Abbott ruled that if a nurse has at least 50% of clinicals completed they could go to work immediately. This week we begin getting home grocery delivery for seniors from HEB for staple products. It takes a few days so we make a list and order on line. The Governor did not shut down the state because out of 254 counties less than fifty had any virus. Testing is slow because Texas has never been big on state paid healthcare.

Trey Rusk said...

Sen. John Cornyn: "China is to blame because the culture where people eat bats & snakes & dogs & things like that, these viruses are transmitted from the animal to the people and that's why China has been the source of a lot of these viruses like SARS, like MERS, the Swine Flu."