The Weird Starts to Gets Worse

The little deadly virus is spreading, fast, exactly as predicted by U.S. Government experts who were summarily ignored by the Trump Administration. Well done, guys. Very. Well. Done. Who could possibly have seen that coming?

Anyway. With that gobsmackingly dense bit of business out of the way, let us discuss a far more sanguine matter: the movies we’ve been watching here at the Haazhaus. Far be it from me to let a global pandemic slip past without delving into movies! This is important.

More accurately, our younger child, age 9, is guiding what we’ve watched. While I may wish to devote my evening to watching. Going in reverse order:

Friday: Monsters University (Pixar)
Thursday: Inside Out (Pixar)
Wednesday: Zootopia (not Pixar)
Tuesday: Up (you guessed it — Pixar)
Monday: Not sure if we watched anything, but I’ll check.

So we’ve seen all animated movies. My kid likes animation, what can I say. At least they’re reasonably good to excellent movies. I did not stick around for all of Zootopia. Kiddo did not forget that, either. Not that he holds it against me, but he likes having the routine of our nightly movie. So do his mom and I.

The sheer ohshit-ness of the coronavirus pandemic is starting to hit home, as in the United States. Three people have died so far in Wisconsin, with just one death here in Milwaukee County. We do have the most COVID-19 cases here in the county, but we also have the most people. So that follows. I just wonder how the individual contracted it, and what the vectors of the other two people were. Are they ill? They must be. This virus doesn’t play hopscotch and pick an unlucky victim. Viruses don’t do that. They take everything they can get so long as they can spread.

I have seen two cases of people spreading a rumor that martial law is coming to town, and The Government (whoever that is) is about to declare a national two-week lockdown. I checked with a very reliable higher-up in the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, who said that there were no such preparations underway. Later that day, a fact-checking article came out that said the same thing: nope.

State-by-state shutdowns are continuing to go into effect, with Texas being the most recent. Bars, gyms, and massage parlors were closed by order of Gov. Abbott, who is also changing the state’s upcoming primary election day from May 26 to June 14. That’s a whole can of worms: what are the legal impacts of doing so? I bet they’re different in Texas than they are here in Wisconsin, but we need to find that out.

Last note from home: we’ve had a shift in the dishes used most frequently here, from large bowls to a huge amount of silverware being what we wash the most. It’s as if we’re eating at home a lot more now…

Published by Jason Haas

I am a resident of the Bay View neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. That sometimes comes up on here, as it's kind of a small part of my life. No official county business happens here. I'm mostly using this now to give a rough draft account of how we're dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. God help us all.

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