A short thread. I have a sister. She’s 72 and a wee bit developmentally disabled. She’s pretty high functioning—she reads, she loves (and I mean LOVES) the Hallmark Christmas channel. She loves to color, she loves to take the bus to the mall and just walk around.
I take care of her. We all take care of her. I haven’t let her take the bus since shelter-in-place started. Too dangerous and she’s too medically fragile—asthma, heart condition. All I do is worry. But she got a Michael’s gift card for her bday and wanted to go.
She also requested a floor lamp to sit next to her chair—special chair, she needs to keep her legs up because of edema. So we loaded up and off we went, first to Michaels and then to Target.
Michael’s was a zoo. An Apocalyptic, end-times style zoo in which everyone needed glitter and time and personal space had no meaning. And strangely, like a half-dozen shoppers had their tiny little dogs with them. Hello tiny little dogs. Sis bought a bunch of colored pencils.
Target, also a zoo, although there were no tiny little dogs. I get TP and other cleaning supplies through Amazon, so I didn’t check to see if the shelves were bare. But it seems like everyone is freaking the fuck out, March-style.
California is going on curfew at 10pm tonight, which is ok for me since I start looking at the clock at like 7:30 and wonder if it’s too early to go to bed. I have a few attorneys reaching out to talk about the civil rights implications, so now that’s on my list.
Where was I going with this? Oh yeah. Not leaving the house. Shopping ultra-local for Christmas gifts, but Jesus, I’ve been avoiding big box stores for months now and today made me remember why. I’m decking my halls and hunkering down and that about covers it. -30-

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Surprise. Looks like Cal Fire is doing another briefing on #RiverFire and #CarmelFire. I'll be tweeting it ... with a cocktail already on board, the typing might not be great. Then again, neither will the attitude. Stand by.
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