Goodbye 2020

Of course I am home, doing nothing. I really should be working on my book proposal today, but I didn’t and I’m going to have to let that go for now. Live to fight another day. Like tomorrow.

But I feel good about staying in. A friend, who is a medical examiner, posts a lot of COVID news and reactions, and his latest post about the new strain properly scared me. I’ve been good about following all the guidelines, but we’re all going to have to do even better. And a high school friend of mine just died, on December 22. He lived in Colorado, so I’ve been thinking more about the new strain (it has shown up in Colorado). His name was John Arnold, sweetest guy in the world. We spoke on the phone a couple of months ago, he was helping me understand some concepts I needed to learn about to write this proposal. And now he’s dead. While the president golfs. Fucking fuck.

I was in Chinatown recently, getting new lenses for all my glasses (best prices are in Chinatown). The streets are always famously packed, but when I took a long walk through Chinatown a few months ago it wasn’t like this. People have been getting lax. Not so much lax really, I think, as weary. But we need to go back to being super vigilant again. I was very happy this day in Chinatown. The new lenses in all my glasses made the world sharp and bright again. All was well. Ish.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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3 thoughts on “Goodbye 2020

  1. For some reason this new variant of the virus has me scared shitless. Perhaps because the only news I read is from Yahoo! UK, and the headlines there about their hospitals filling up for the last month have been horrifying. I’m particularly worried not only because of COVID, but also because my family seems to need the hospital constantly just lately for other stuff, and I know medical staff are tapped out. Not a good time to have ANY medical problem.

    I’m trying to tamp down the fear and hope for better in 2021.

    I am so sorry about your friend. I so hope you and your kitties can stay in and safe for the next little while.

  2. My condolences for losing your sweet school friend. It’s not easy losing a friend.

    My nurse daughter is getting her second vaccine shot tomorrow! So happy she will be protected, but nursing is very hard these days and her hospital has been full to the brim with patients. So yes, we all need to be serious about this virus and keep taking all precautions. Stay safe.

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