Welcome to my regular Friday song/tune day, ladies and gentlemen, where I pick a piece of music that reflects my mood or the times, to share with you.
I’ve almost run out of groceries (no bread or milk left) as I normally get them on Thursday or Friday. Food doesn’t last long in my house with three men and one anxious, stress-eater woman residing therein. I knew I should have gone food shopping yesterday, but the sun was shining so I walked instead. So of course, a Covid case turned up in Canberra (Australia) today – the first local to Canberra case of community transmission in over a year. Anyhoo, this afternoon Canberra went into a snap 7-day lockdown with only a few hours notice. As soon as I heard the news, I dashed across town to get the fish for the dog with the copper storage disease. Unfortunately, I didn’t get into the shopping centre because it was a shit-fight for parking (and no doubt shopping trolleys) so I returned home instead. I also briefly cruised past the little local shopping centre I often frequent but it was pandemonium there too. I did manage to get some Turkish bread from the local takeaway so the lads should be good for a day or so.
Thanks to the young gentleman for coming forward for testing. Unfortunately, when you’re the first case to be identified in a jurisdiction, everyone inevitably learns your general movements over the previous few days. It is all for the good though. The information proved how out of touch I am with youngsters! I don’t think silly, old me would gad about so much unless I was on holiday, returning to uni, or was in some way connected with the federal parliament which was sitting for the first time since the Sydney lockdown. Anyway, the Canberra contact tracers will no doubt be doing a lot of detective work over the next little while to track down the index case if it is not this young gentleman.
As I’ve mentioned previously, there is a lot of movement between Canberra and Sydney, the latter of which has been in various unsatisfactory states of lockdown since June this year. My fish comes from a shop that gets its fish from the Sydney Fish Markets. Apparently the fish is freighted in, which might seem reassuring until you realise the concessions made for freight transport. I also took my dog, Ama, for a specialist vet appointment this week. The vet used to travel down from Sydney. Perhaps those arrangements have changed? [My vet wasn’t wearing a mask but I am quite confident that would be vaccinated.] Anyway, I’ve been feeling a bit off since the weekend. It’s hard to know whether I am just feeling anxious. People who are just feeling anxious are encouraged to stay home and not add to the testing queue. Anyway, anyway, according to my inside contact, there was also chaos on the highway between Canberra and the south coast this afternoon as many more anxious Canberrans headed to their coastal holiday homes prior to the Canberra stay-at-home orders coming into force. The virus has wheels, as western New South Wales residents recently discovered. Anyway, let’s all stay safely at our homes or home-away-from-homes, and fight the virus on the beaches, fields, streets and hills, or whatever.
Because staying at home sucks but is necessary, and because so many of us Aussies are doing precisely that at the moment, I thought we should have a pandemic song to cheer us up. The song is I’m Good?, written by Aussie hip-hop group, Hilltop Hoods, for the 2020 lockdown to raise money for roadies affected by the cancellation of live entertainment due to the pandemic. The band asks listeners to consider donating to Support Act and directing donations to the “Roadies (Crew) Fund” https://supportact.org.au/donate-now/. I hope you enjoy the song.
I don’t know about you but I am pretty fucked in the head (FITH) at the moment. Also, I have to solve this fish problem somehow as white fish is Ama’s only source of protein and the fish shop is outside of my local area.
Stay safe, stay sane, everyone.
About the photo – I went for a long, slow walk this afternoon to try to settle my mind, and took a couple of snaps. There were lots of people driving home in preparation for the 5pm quiet-down. Over the next seven days, Canberrans are permitted one hour exercise per day with one other member of the household. I don’t think dogs count toward that household limit.