surely having to plan every trip to a store like it's a trip behind enemy lines for a year straight won't affect how i shop for the rest of my life
we are never going back to any kind of pre-pandemic normal. we could have! some semblance of it anyway. if there was any sort of central response to this. there wasn't. we won't.
there is zero chance even when I get a vaccine that I go back to a mall, or a restaurant, or a sporting event, or an indoor concert, or a movie theater, without thinking long and hard about it. and even being in the position to make that decision seems a long way off.
how many other people feel like this? how many people, once everything is open and—well, safe-r—are simply not going to do those things they took for granted for so long?
and man, the packed-in situations? a crowded bar, a sold-out standing room concert, a rush hour subway, a black Friday sale? I'm thinking never is about when I'll be ready for any of those things.
and I will just add this—I look at shit like the white house christmas parties and I cannot fathom going to something like that. i think the assholes in charge of this stupid country think we're not doing those kind of things because we're being told not to. and that's not it.
they think we're all just eager to resume our lives exactly the way they were. and, shit, most of us want to! but at the same time a lot of us have seen the death tolls and maybe had someone we know die, and we're just not ready. and maybe we'll never be ready again.
any of us who survive this, whether we had COVID or not, we're all long haulers in one way or another. and I think very few people in charge understand that.

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20 Dec
Kind of dig the Jazz locking in Gobert and Mitchell even though I don't know if that's a championship core. There's a lot to be said just for competitiveness and continuity. Fanbases need that too.
Stockton and Malone got statues in Utah and remain beloved despite not winning a championship. You don't always need to blow it up and chase rings every year. Because then you risk no continuity AND no championships (cough, Rockets, cough).
Maybe the Jazz put the right pieces around Rudy and Donovan and win. Maybe they don't. But at the very least a fan can root for a guy knowing he'll be there, can buy a jersey and watch him for years. There's value in that.
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19 Dec
i'm not anti society, society's anti-me
i don't drink anymore. buying stuff doesn't make me happy. most of the stuff I HAVE already doesn't make me happy. i have seen one friend IRL since...summer? for all intents and purposes i may as well not exist.
this isn't any sort of cry for help because i don't want that either. i just feel like nobody and nothing. at this point it's more acceptance.
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19 Dec
america deserves to be burned to the ground and never rebuilt. we are an utterly failed state with a government that does not give a single shit about its most vulnerable citizens, or any of the rest of us unless we're rich.
a pandemic has been sweeping the country for almost a year now and the government has actively resisted helping the population—with our own money—for almost the entire time. we are completely on our own as an openly criminal administration strips everything bare.
I have less than zero respect for the people who we put in charge and do nothing to help us. we're told to do everything ourselves and then when we fail that it's our fault. fuck america. there is no "america." there's just 350,000,000 individuals. fuck you.
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drove over to CVS today and the parking lot was overfull and welp not doing that
guess i'll just figure out some more sneakers to sell and find the half-hour or so long record i'll ride to tonight
OK, the latter is Agnostic Front "Get Loud!"
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19 Dec
tried for a pair of those Cliver Dunks this morning, because I love Cliver and apparently hate myself
and of course I didn't get them. this marks the official official end of my ever trying for anything on SNKRS. farewell, app. you always fucking sucked.
(also find it funny that I literally wrote the book on Dunk SBs FOR Nike yet never get even asked if they can hold me down for anything, but hey, that's why I'm selling off most of my shit.)
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