Check-in #16

Happy Sunday evening! It’s check-in time again and this is already our check-in #16! Unbelievable. I think it’s actually still July, but who cares? Well, it’s getting darker every morning, days have definitively started to get shorter. Because that’s what’s usually happening. Days are getting shorter as the year progresses.

This year it’s a special edition – days are getting shorter towards winter but March lasts for the entire year. And as always, Sam does not mind. Same fun for Sam as always.

In case you did not notice or haven’t watched news on TV lately, the pandemic is still going. And thanks to the stupidity of Covidiots, it’s actually going pretty strong here in the US. It’s pandemic 1 / US 0 in this game right now and I am sure there will be overtime. Other than in real sports events, the players are unfortunately not disqualified for not wearing the mandated sports attire (aka masks). They need to replace the referee, I guess? November, people. November!

But to be fair, in regular sports events, the losers do not necessarily end up on a ventilator or die either. At least not since real Gladiators were a thing in ancient Rome. Fighting lions or other animals with our bare hands would maybe be a better bet for us right now.

Our Covidiot in Chief thinks, he is the most patriotic person in the world. I am not sure, if he is maybe confusing patriotism with narcissism? It’s easily done – both end with ism. And they both include love. So!

OK, patriotism is the devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty. While narcissism is defined as inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity. Both per Yeah I get it. It’s confusing.

Nothing to add.

But of course a whole lot more to say. People are having whole conspiracy theories about masks and how the local governments, who mandate masks, are using them to control us. Newsflash! They gave all of us our own number (aka SSN).

They make you pay taxes, register your property, provide it to get a mobile phone contract and register your address etc. And with that number they know literally everything about you and you think they are controlling you by telling you to stop spitting on one another. What is wrong with y’all? Oh I forgot, literally everything.

By the way, how do you feel about taxes? Because I think as with every financial transaction, you must be getting something in return. In the case of taxes, from the government. I guess I won’t be paying taxes this year, then?

Universal just canceled their Halloween Horror nights for 2020 due to Covid-19. What an irony as the Universal Halloween Horror have the reputation of being quite scary. I guess even they felt that adding Covid-19 to the show would just be a little bit too horrific. Good for them. Meanwhile the Disney World and Disney Land fast track passes are just sending you straight to the ICU.

How was your week? Mine was OK. With everything going on, people leaders, who care for their team members, are also working as counselors. But we are pretty unqualified counselors, I might add. Which is actually causing quite a bit of stress, as you do want to be there for all your colleagues. But you do not want to make mistakes, which would lead to them feeling worse than they already do. One day at a time!

Sam had a few cuddly moments this week and I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time. Moments like these are very precious, don’t you think? It only lasted a few minutes. But he slept on my knees.

Tomorrow is our anniversary. Because 6 years ago on July 27th Henning and I arrived in the US with a couple of suitcases and a lot of excitement and hope for our future. Not everything we had hoped for has come true of course. We did not expect that either honestly. But right now living in the US is a roller coaster of emotions. This is our home. And I am afraid that our home will be changed to a dark place of no return, should the Covidiot in Chief be re-elected.

In case anyone was wondering in history classes, how Hitler managed to conduct the unspeakable Holocaust, you can watch the repeat happen right now. And I am serious about this. Have you watched one of the campaign commercials of Mr. T. lately? Combining lies with a play on the fear of the residents, is what made Hitler get people afraid enough to get on board (or at least not resist).

History tends to repeat itself. I hope this time it’s not actually a German (yes, he is of German descent while Hitler was Austrian), that will be leading the way. If you can, please go vote! November 2020 – every vote matters!

We will celebrate tomorrow anyways. There will be pizza and ice cream sundaes. An extra ice cream for Sam, too. Because we love our lives and we are determined to live them to the fullest. We won’t get these days, weeks and months back. Making the best of them is the only right thing to do.

This afternoon I wrote another blog post in my “regular blog”. I talked about comparison and how it is the thief of joy. That is so true. Yes, there is likely people having it much better right now. But those are not our lives so how does that even matter? In my opinion, it does not. Check it out, if you got a few minutes.

Another working week is about to begin. But for now, Sam is sleeping next to me on the couch and we are watching Chicago PD on TV. Just a normal Sunday evening. Everyone seems to be healthy (mostly) and so far we have not really been impacted by Covid-19. We are lucky and we are thankful for that.

And should I get tired or lose motivation in my couch-office next week, my work companion and our “boot camp” instructor Mr. Sam will be right there with me to keep me going. And as much as he shows up, whenever someone’s buttock hits the seat in the yard or someone touches their phone, he will also make sure I keep working.

And you?

Keep your distance, wear your mask, stay healthy and take care!



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