CORONAVIRUS! Part 25 (Sat-Sun)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 25 (Sat-Sun)

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

1:00pm And GOOD AFTERNOON!
We slept in this morning, because we didn’t sleep well last night (again).
We have been up and active for a couple hours now, but we haven’t done anything.
We are hungry. There is laundry that needs folding. We need to play with the dogs.
Oh, and this fun interweb Festival starts in about an hour:

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The Dude Abides!

We did finish the previous Blog Post (CORONAVIRUS! Part 25) and we are enjoying some wonderful music from Gunhild Carling, her family and friend, streaming on Facebook.

Great past performances on her pages and channels! We recommend you check them out. And she is also performing live (almost daily) and offering jazz instrument classes from home during the forced lockdown. We hope to THANK HER in person someday.

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

So, it’s HOT-HOT-HOT again today here in Los Angeles. Only 88 degrees right now, but we should hit the 90s this afternoon. “And it’s a dry heat”. The residential construction across the street continues on Saturday, and it’s starting to get annoying. They were out on the street way before 7am yesterday, we know because a truck was blocking the street when we went to the market around 6am. It would be nice to have the windows open today, but the bulldozer noise is making that impossible!

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3:00pm Lunchtime!
On The Menu: Toasted cheese sandwich on challah bread, celery, carrot, dill pickles, strawberries, red grapes, an orange, and an iced espresso.

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Lunchtime!

Good lunch. Very entertaining Saturday afternoon! Still it was TOO HOT.

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We tuned in to the City of Los Angeles online stream event at 2:00pm
and got a SERVER ERROR of course…. but they fixed the problem 30 minutes or so in, and there was a livestream! And so, after intro stuff by host Rob Morrow, a clip of Tom Petty (RIP) and the Heartbreakers Super Bowl performance (“Freefallin'” and “Runnin’ Down A Dream”). Dan Navarro, Lisa Loeb, Jeff Bridges, and so far it’s pretty lame. Too much talking, begging, and pleading. Clip show? Way too mellow. Not enough good LIVE music. And OMG the Chat Trolls unleashed!

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Jeff Bridges (“The Dude”) LIVE!

So Melissa Etheridge LIVE instead, everyday at 3:00pm, she rocks her house!
(Yesterday was “Springsteen Day” and she did Janis Joplin last week)

FUCK. Another Saturday Afternoon…. so we vent here on our Blog in a safe way.
FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK!

5:15pm And we are awake again. We took a nice afternoon nap. And it’s still hot.
Let’s spend a half hour watching youtube and facebook vids and turn on the AC.

One More Saturday Night! Dead & Company (replay) Queens NY 6-23-19

And another Police Pursuit this evening! Guy drove around on his rims (with four flat tires) dragging a spike strip at low speed for an hour before the cops finally found a driver certified to do a pit maneuver. They spun him and then t-boned him, and he opened the door and he rolled out on his belly and laid down in the street, put his hands behind his back, and surrendered while the car was still rolling forward.

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Dinner Delivered! (The pursuit ended and the doorbell rang! – PERFECT TIMING!)
On The Menu: Chinese Food from GrubHub. Our regular place was closed! So we tried another Chinese restaurant we have never ordered from before (always a crapshoot). Kung pao chicken, orange chicken, broccoli beef – it was okay, not great, good enough.
Lots of leftovers for tomorrow and Monday. Our 5th delivery during forced lockdown.
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Maybe try this recipe:

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Saturday Night Live (at home)

 

Can you Trust Trump?
NO. NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!  NO.

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Listen to Superman!

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
DO NOT FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE FROM TRUMP! HE IS NOT A DOCTOR!

DON’T DRINK BLEACH!
DO NOT EAT, DRINK, OR INJECT ANY CLEANING PRODUCTS!

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NO TRUMP JERKOFF PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY because when you advise people to inject BLEACH and DISINFECTANT (and it will KILL THEM), the newsmedia is going to ask you questions about it the next day!
AND THEN YOU HAVE TO HIDE!

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Trump sez: Drink The Bleach

TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS BEHIND HIM ARE RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS!
Trump and the Republicans in Congress are a Clear and Present Danger
to Public Health and Safety! TRUMP’S LIES ARE KILLING U.S. CITIZENS!
Every American should call for his immediate resignation.

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THESE SENATORS ARE THE SCUM OF THE EARTH!

And then we watched SNL.
SNL at home (take 2) and it was much better tonight.
The first one was not great. This one, two weeks later, was funny!
And SHOUTOUT TO DAVIDSON (and Pete’s Mom), the SANDLERS,
and effin’ ROB SCHNEIDER who always makes me laugh!
And PAUL RUDD! WE LOVE PAUL RUDD! AND HE LOVES LETTERMAN!
We watched his episode of “First We Feast – Hot Ones” last night. BRAVO!

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Today we are playing “Schroedinger’s Korean Dictator”…

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Dead or Alive, You’re Ruling This Country

Is he? Or isn’t he? Inquiring minds want to know.
And oh, won’t Trump be so upset if his Korean friend is dead…

3:30am We slept a little between the live airing of SNL and the repeat airing at 11:30pm, but we’ve been wide awake and working since we woke up.
Mostly working on this Blog Post and other interweb things.

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1:30pm And it’s Sunday afternoon. It’s a beautiful and hot day here.
Maybe we’ll go outside. Or maybe we’ll go back to bed and take a nap.

4:00pm And now we are awake again…. we have an iced espresso and three of the four dogs, who were just outside, and they got lots of attention this afternoon!

DISASTER SUNDAY! Our plumber came yesterday because there was a problem with the washing machine – the drain pipe needs to be replaced. So another guy came today and installed a temporary pipe. And the Big Freezer broke too! We thought there might be a problem last week, but it was confirmed today. All that meat. And everything else. Gave some food to the plumber. Moved some to the small fridge. Pain in the ass! Going to have to get the refrigerator guy to come, and that’s to be dealt with tomorrow.

7:00pm FUCK. Just waiting.
We streamed the Haunted Orange County‘s Livestream:
“Living Legends of the Haunted Mansion” – Imagineers Tania Norris and Bob Gurr in conversation with Bret Iwan (the official voice of Mickey Mouse) about the creation of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion (and the OmniMover/New Orleans Square/Club33 too).
It was so great! And you can watch the replay!

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8:30pm And we sanitized the kitchen again!
Then we ate a leftover chicken egg roll and made an iced espresso.

11:00pm Baking Banana Bread! Eating leftover Chinese food!
On The Menu: Orange chicken and steamed rice

Tonight (April 26th) – EARTHSHINE!  Did you see it?
Earthshine occurs when sunlight reflects off the Earth’s surface and illuminates the unlit portion of the Moon’s surface. Since the light that generates earthshine is reflected twice – once off the Earth’s surface and then off the Moon’s surface, this light is much dimmer than the lit portion of the Moon. This phenomenon is called planetshine when it occurs on another planet’s moon.

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

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200000+ Reported Deaths Worldwide as of April 25, 2020 at 9:30pm PST

19500+ Reported Cases and 910+ Reported Deaths in Los Angeles County as of 4-26-20.
41000+ Reported Cases and 1650+ Reported Deaths in California as of Saturday 4-25-20.

Trump was briefed about Coronavirus almost 4 months ago!
He called it a hoax, a conspiracy theory, and then ignored and lied about it!
TOTAL FAILURE! Trump fired the NSC Pandemic Team in 2018!

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“The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 51,000 on Friday, more than a quarter of all the virus-related deaths reported worldwide and quickly approaching the number of Americans — 58,200 — who died during the Vietnam War.”  – The Washington Post

Reported Deaths from CoronaVirus in the United States:
February 15 = No Deaths
March 15 = 65 Reported Deaths
and Today, Saturday, April 25, 2020 = 54000+ Reported Deaths!
You and Your Family are “acceptable losses”
for Trump and the GOP Republicans!

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Will You and Your Family Die For Trump?

WILL YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DIE FOR TRUMP’S ECONOMY?
*VOTE BLUE – NO MATTER WHO*
*BIDEN 2020! – YOU MUST VOTE AGAINST TRUMP!*

Here’s what Ireland’s most respected mainstream political writer says.
Irish Times April 25, 2020 By Fintan O’Toole:
THE WORLD HAS LOVED, HATED AND ENVIED THE U.S.
NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE PITY IT

Over more than two centuries, the United States has stirred a very wide range of feelings in the rest of the world: love and hatred, fear and hope, envy and contempt, awe and anger. But there is one emotion that has never been directed towards the US until now: pity.
However bad things are for most other rich democracies, it is hard not to feel sorry for Americans. Most of them did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016. Yet they are locked down with a malignant narcissist who, instead of protecting his people from Covid-19, has amplified its lethality. The country Trump promised to make great again has never in its history seemed so pitiful.
Will American prestige ever recover from this shameful episode? The US went into the coronavirus crisis with immense advantages: precious weeks of warning about what was coming, the world’s best concentration of medical and scientific expertise, effectively limitless financial resources, a military complex with stunning logistical capacity and most of the world’s leading technology corporations. Yet it managed to make itself the global epicentre of the pandemic.
As the American writer George Packer puts it in the current edition of the Atlantic, “The United States reacted … like Pakistan or Belarus – like a country with shoddy infrastructure and a dysfunctional government whose leaders were too corrupt or stupid to head off mass suffering.”
It is one thing to be powerless in the face of a natural disaster, quite another to watch vast power being squandered in real time – wilfully, malevolently, vindictively. It is one thing for governments to fail (as, in one degree or another, most governments did), quite another to watch a ruler and his supporters actively spread a deadly virus. Trump, his party and Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News became vectors of the pestilence.
The grotesque spectacle of the president openly inciting people (some of them armed) to take to the streets to oppose the restrictions that save lives is the manifestation of a political death wish. What are supposed to be daily briefings on the crisis, demonstrative of national unity in the face of a shared challenge, have been used by Trump merely to sow confusion and division. They provide a recurring horror show in which all the neuroses that haunt the American subconscious dance naked on live TV.
If the plague is a test, its ruling political nexus ensured that the US would fail it at a terrible cost in human lives. In the process, the idea of the US as the world’s leading nation – an idea that has shaped the past century – has all but evaporated.
Other than the Trump impersonator Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, who is now looking to the US as the exemplar of anything other than what not to do? How many people in Düsseldorf or Dublin are wishing they lived in Detroit or Dallas?
It is hard to remember now but, even in 2017, when Trump took office, the conventional wisdom in the US was that the Republican Party and the broader framework of US political institutions would prevent him from doing too much damage. This was always a delusion, but the pandemic has exposed it in the most savage ways.
Abject surrender
What used to be called mainstream conservatism has not absorbed Trump – he has absorbed it. Almost the entire right-wing half of American politics has surrendered abjectly to him. It has sacrificed on the altar of wanton stupidity the most basic ideas of responsibility, care and even safety.
Thus, even at the very end of March, 15 Republican governors had failed to order people to stay at home or to close non-essential businesses. In Alabama, for example, it was not until April 3rd that governor Kay Ivey finally issued a stay-at-home order.
In Florida, the state with the highest concentration of elderly people with underlying conditions, governor Ron DeSantis, a Trump mini-me, kept the beach resorts open to students travelling from all over the US for spring break parties. Even on April 1st, when he issued restrictions, DeSantis exempted religious services and “recreational activities”.
Georgia governor Brian Kemp, when he finally issued a stay-at-home order on April 1st, explained: “We didn’t know that [the virus can be spread by people without symptoms] until the last 24 hours.”
This is not mere ignorance – it is deliberate and homicidal stupidity. There is, as the demonstrations this week in US cities have shown, plenty of political mileage in denying the reality of the pandemic. It is fuelled by Fox News and far-right internet sites, and it reaps for these politicians millions of dollars in donations, mostly (in an ugly irony) from older people who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus.
It draws on a concoction of conspiracy theories, hatred of science, paranoia about the “deep state” and religious providentialism (God will protect the good folks) that is now very deeply infused in the mindset of the American right.
Trump embodies and enacts this mindset, but he did not invent it. The US response to the coronavirus crisis has been paralysed by a contradiction that the Republicans have inserted into the heart of US democracy. On the one hand, they want to control all the levers of governmental power. On the other they have created a popular base by playing on the notion that government is innately evil and must not be trusted.
The contradiction was made manifest in two of Trump’s statements on the pandemic: on the one hand that he has “total authority”, and on the other that “I don’t take responsibility at all”. Caught between authoritarian and anarchic impulses, he is incapable of coherence.
Fertile ground
But this is not just Donald Trump. The crisis has shown definitively that Trump’s presidency is not an aberration. It has grown on soil long prepared to receive it. The monstrous blossoming of misrule has structure and purpose and strategy behind it.
There are very powerful interests who demand “freedom” in order to do as they like with the environment, society and the economy. They have infused a very large part of American culture with the belief that “freedom” is literally more important than life. My freedom to own assault weapons trumps your right not to get shot at school. Now, my freedom to go to the barber (“I Need a Haircut” read one banner this week in St Paul, Minnesota) trumps your need to avoid infection.
Usually when this kind of outlandish idiocy is displaying itself, there is the comforting thought that, if things were really serious, it would all stop. People would sober up. Instead, a large part of the US has hit the bottle even harder.
And the president, his party and their media allies keep supplying the drinks. There has been no moment of truth, no shock of realisation that the antics have to end. No one of any substance on the US right has stepped in to say: get a grip, people are dying here.
That is the mark of how deep the trouble is for the US – it is not just that Trump has treated the crisis merely as a way to feed tribal hatreds but that this behaviour has become normalised. When the freak show is live on TV every evening, and the star is boasting about his ratings, it is not really a freak show any more. For a very large and solid bloc of Americans, it is reality.
And this will get worse before it gets better. Trump has at least eight more months in power. In his inaugural address in 2017, he evoked “American carnage” and promised to make it stop. But now that the real carnage has arrived, he is revelling in it. He is in his element.
As things get worse, he will pump more hatred and falsehood, more death-wish defiance of reason and decency, into the groundwater. If a new administration succeeds him in 2021, it will have to clean up the toxic dump he leaves behind. If he is re-elected, toxicity will have become the lifeblood of American politics.
Either way, it will be a long time before the rest of the world can imagine America being great again.

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“If you’re feeling the emotional and mental weight of this moment, you’re not alone. Adjusting to work, school, and home life all under one roof can be stressful. It’s OK to simply take a break, relax, and reset — even if it’s for a few minutes”

Depression Tips: (edited from the interweb) – This list helps keeps people alive.

Take a Shower. Not a bath, a shower. As hot or cold as you like. You don’t even need to wash, just get under the water and let it run over you. Sit on the floor if necessary.
Moisturize! Whatever lotion you like. Unscented? Dollar store lotion? Fancy stuff that makes you smell like wildflowers? Use whatever, and use it all over your body.
Put on clean, comfortable clothes. Put on your favorite underwear.
Drink cold water. Use ice. Add mint or lemon for an extra boost.
Cuddle your pets. Talk to them and tell them how you feel. Love your pets. Play with them. Take pictures of them.
Blast your favorite music! Listen to something upbeat and loud, something with lots of energy. Sing with it, dance to it, enjoy it.
Clean something. Doesn’t have to be big. Organize one drawer. Wash the dirty dishes. Do a load of laundry. Scrub the sink. You’ll feel like you accomplished something.
Make Food. Take the time and prepare some real food. Cook it, eat it, enjoy it. clean it up. You’ll feel like you accomplished something and you won’t be hungry for awhile.
Create! Make something. Write a short story or poem, draw a picture, color a picture, fold origami, crochet or knit, sculpt something out of clay, Do something artistic.
Go outside. Take a walk. Go to the park. Walk barefoot and/or sit in the grass. Look at clouds. Smell flowers. Put your hands in the dirt and feel the earth against your skin.
Call someone!  Call a friend, a family member. Have a conversation and listen to someone’s voice. Even if you don’t say much, listen to them. It will help.

Read our previous Blog Post “Depression? Questions to Ask – Before Giving Up” > https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/depression-questions-to-ask-before-giving-up/

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
You can also chat with them online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.

NOTE:  if you TEXT 741741 when you are feeling depressed, suicidal or anxious, a crisis worker will text you back and continue to text with you? Many people, especially younger folks, do not like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable texting. It’s a free service to ANYONE – teens, adults, etc. – who lives in the U.S. It’s run by The Crisis Text Line and is legit.

City of Los Angeles “Safer-At-Home”> coronavirus.lacity.org

California Senior Citizen Help Hotline: 1-833-544-2374
Help for Senior Citizens during the coronavirus pandemic.

**GIVE BLOOD!***
THE RED CROSS NEEDS BLOOD AND PLASMA DONORS!

redcrossblood.org 1-800-RED-CROSS Blood Donor App

DON’T DRINK BLEACH!
DO NOT EAT, DRINK, OR INJECT ANY CLEANING PRODUCTS!

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

The beach is closed!
Stay outta Malibu Dude,
Waldo got busted.

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“Stay the hell outta Malibu, Waldo!”

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