Questions Questions Questions


It is now 30 plus days since the COVID-19 lockdown began and our moron mayor, Eric Garcetti, has no real plan to open the economy. Instead, he has outlined five (ridiculous) strategies the city will (allegedly) follow in order to lift the lockdown. The stated strategies are widespread virus and blood testing, real-time disease surveillance, rapid aggressive response, increase hospital capacity, and ongoing research and development.  WTH?  I don’t know why journalists don’t do their job.  Um excuse me moron mayor, what does widespread testing mean – 25% of the population? 50%?  How do you plan to surveil anyone if some COVID carriers are asymptomatic?  Who is going to make up this “rapid aggressive response team”? Are you just going to drag people off the street and turn then into emergency personnel? As far as we know, the hospitals were never at capacity so why do we have to increase it?  What gives you the right to demand treatments that are “based on actual clinical trials” instead of the “theoretical” treatments prescribed by our doctor? I mourn the death of all COVID victims to date and in the future just I like I mourn every death, BUT we seem to be ignoring a truth that is right in front of our face. Either the mortality rate is not as bad as we assumed, the virus is not really as contagious as we imagined or it’s been here longer and we’ve developed some immunity because we are nowhere near the number of cases and deaths that had been predicted despite the delayed action by our leaders.

As of today, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, IHME (founded by Bill Gates – just in case you wondered why anyone was interviewing him), apparently the only organization that had government sanctioned calculators, projects that by August 4 the COVID death toll will rise to a hair raising 1,483 in the entire state of California. (COVI-19 California ) What happened to the thousands if not millions of infected and projected dead?  Who the hell forgot to carry the 2?  Nevertheless, Garcetti and that gray-haired crazy looking lady by his side continue to tell us that the “peak” originally projected for mid-April, then at the end of April is probably closer to the middle of May!!! (According to the IHME it’s tomorrow). While real (not theoretical) millions suffer in a closed economy, Garcetti and his minions stall, play fast and loose with the facts and threaten us into doing what we are told with the various clubs of government – tickets, fines, and even cutting off our utilities.  

I seem to be completely alone in asking rational questions. Like, if the virus had been out since December how was “social distancing” really going to help in mid-MARCH?  Wouldn’t the virus have had more than enough time to infect us by then?  Isn’t it supposed to be super contagious?  Didn’t leaving all grocery stores, hardware stores, nurseries, and dry cleaners (really?) open simply direct the limits of our interaction to very specific areas?  Can we not extrapolate anything from the fact that such interactions did NOT result in a concentrated explosion of the virus?

Unless I missed the story (not possible in the 24/7 news cycle), I do not know of any outbreaks of the virus in grocery stores.  Shouldn’t there be especially when some carriers are asymptomatic, touched everything and didn’t have to wear masks until last Friday? I am aware that some (let’s say many) clerks have tested positive and I am certain some have even died, but shouldn’t at least one grocery store have become an epicenter of disease?  Even those hospitals that were actually overwhelmed with a large number of COVID patients have not reported that a vast majority of their workers were infected and died.  SO WHY THE CONTINUED LOCKDOWN? (Yes, I am screaming).

I have no problem wearing a mask if it makes the truly frail and the hysterical feel better (I am generous that way). I will stand more than six feet away from everyone if I must (I am not much a hugger anyway) but I am begging my fellow Angelenos, citizens of this state and this great nation, to please wake up, ask questions, fight back!  Our economy depends on it.

Playing Adult Telephone

ConfusedScene: Southwest corner of the 6th floor in an office tower in mid Los Angeles.  Of the nine employees who inhabit the space on a somewhat regular basis only four are present – all women.  Woman 1 (Dark Helmet) – small, impish over sixty, wears her hair like a helmet; Woman 2 (Storm Trooper) – medium height, mid-fifties, stomps around the office, executes orders without thinking; Woman 3 (Maggie) – petite, young, sees everything, says nothing; and me (call me Hermione).

Dark Helmet:  “Storm Trooper can you come here for a second?”

Storm Trooper walks five steps from her cubicle to Dark Helmet’s: “Yes Dark Helmet”

Dark Helmet: “Can you tell Hermione that the invoice does not match the backup.”

Storm Trooper:  “Yes Dark Helmet.” Storm Trooper takes five steps in a slightly different direction to Hermione’s cubicle:  “Hermione. Dark Helmet says the invoice doesn’t match the back up.”

Hermione having heard the exchange, takes a deep breath and looks at the invoice she submitted over a week ago.  Dark Helmet is correct – the description says  7/13,20/17 but the attached report just says 7/20/17:  “It appears to be a clerical error.  Can I just correct it?”

Storm Trooper takes another five steps back to Dark Helmet’s cubicle: “Dark Helmet. Hermione says that it is a clerical error and asks if she can correct it?”

Dark Helmet: “Tell Hermione that she cannot change the invoice description – they will have to submit another invoice.”

Storm Trooper takes another five steps back to Hermione’s cubicle: “Dark Helmet says you cannot change the invoice, they need to submit another invoice.”

Hermione gets up and walks the five steps to Dark Helmet’s cubicle – irritated: “Is there any way that you can just ask me directly about this invoice?  I can hear you from my desk and it seems silly to have to talk through Storm Trooper.”

Dark Helmet: “It is Storm Trooper’s job to talk to you about the invoices and I am busy with other things.”

Hermione: “I am not adding to your work.  All I am saying is that if you are going to interrupt what you are doing to talk to Storm Trooper, it seems just as easy and more efficient to talk to me about my project.  I can hear you anyway.”

Dark Helmet: “Well I didn’t know what you were going to answer.”

Hermione is not sure how Dark Helmet’s response is apropos to the question: “So we all have to play telephone through Storm Trooper?”

Dark Helmet: “Yes”

Maggie snickers in her cubicle as Hermione walks away.

The total of the invoice in question is $400.00.