Archive for January 29th, 2021

January 29, 2021

Work, work, work, work, work, work, work. That was my week.

There were some lunch walks, a Covid test for Carl, an online Dr appointment for me, and a new neighborhood block watch being formed virtually.

The Covid test is precautionary only, for a medical procedure on Monday. It was fine. Not much different than the test we each got in October. It does mean that we are locked down until Monday. Well not quite, we will still walk the neighborhood, but no entering businesses. Or seeing friends. But it’s only for the weekend.

My video visit was for a sore shoulder. Actually painful when moved in certain directions, and it’s been well over a month. After the “examination”, it seems like a rotator cuff injury. So I have another video appointment with a physical therapist in a week and a half.

The block watch is the result, at least in part, due to Covid. The homeless population in the city has really increased, with tent encampments showing up along the freeway and in parks, which all surround the neighborhood. These are not the working poor. These are folks with drug habits, and mental challenges. The encampments have significant sanitation issues, resulting in some rat infestations. And there’s a lot of theft, drug use, etc. And the “massage” parlor at the end of the block. It was busted as part of a sting a few years ago. This sounds bad, but we do still enjoy our neighborhood, and especially our neighbors. The takeaway is let people know you’re all aware of what is going on. And call to keep the cops and council members aware, even if they can’t respond to all calls.

So that sounded dark. The key is the current situation is not sustainable, especially after people get out and about again. It’s not as dark as all that. And the days are getting longer.

Among all of my work and non-work meetings, Carl is continuing to be a great caregiver. Clean clothes, witty repartee, and good food.

Mmmm, meatloaf