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Think Positive?

Snowbird question

During these difficult times, it’s important to stay positive for the sake of one’s own mental health. Thankfully, my mind plays along – “Okay, here’s something positive. You are going to die.” Thanks, but that’s not what I had in mind. “Plus, you will owe taxes next year.” Still no help.

Actually, our minds can be our own worst enemy. Especially during these pandemic days. Sometimes I wish I didn’t even have one. A mind, that is. You know, like those people who attended the big Trump rally in a Las Vegas suburb this past Sunday night. It took place inside a big warehouse so the virus could spread more easily as opposed to an outdoor event, even though an indoor rally presents more of a danger. The photos I’ve seen of the people in attendance, most of them sans facemasks, clearly don’t have a mind. I want to be like them. Totally oblivious to reality. By the way, the people standing behind the president, which were in direct line of most news cameras, were wearing masks because they had been instructed to do so. Instead of a photo-op, let’s call it a pandemic-op. Crazy.

Thankfully, COVID-19 will disappear after the Nov. 3 election. Seriously, that’s what some people believe – this pandemic is an orchestrated deal solely intended to remove Trump from office. Others believe this is all a hoax. People die of something else, then COVID-19 is attached to their Cause of Death certificate, inflating the numbers, they say. This is nothing more than the flu, they say.

Those are the sort of people I want to emulate. They seem to possess no thinking brain. During these pandemic days, it’s no fun to have a thinking brain, which can indeed look at reality and paint a gloomy picture. Rather, I would like to be dumb and happy. There is no COVID-19 around. It’s all a scam. Time to get on with regular life. Let’s hold a big rally and rub elbows. That’s the kind of person I want to be, the sort of mind I want to possess.

Then comes that reality thing again, ruining my fun. I spoke with a friend the other day who lost his dad last month to COVID. He is one of the 1,431 who have died thus far from COVID-19 in Hidalgo County. What the anti-maskers would have to say about that, who knows. “It wasn’t really COVID that killed him.”

Tell that to my buddy. His dad tested positive after showing several of the virus’s symptoms – cough, fever – so he self-isolated at home. No big deal, anyone thought. Just cold symptoms. He can work his way through that.

That worked fine for a week or so, and then suddenly, he went into respiratory distress – trouble breathing, catching his breath. His family took him to the hospital where he was first hooked up to an oxygen source via conventional means and then intubated after his body starting showing disturbing signs that his internal organs were starting to shut down due to lack of oxygen. That’s what COVID-19 can do. It can cause such inflammation in the respiratory tract that insufficient oxygen can get to other important parts of the body.

Approximately two weeks later, without the benefit of his family by his side – he passed away. A good guy, he was close to my age, with no serious underlying medical conditions previous to contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Now he’s gone, and we still have people walking around claiming that this is all some sort of hoax, posting mindless comments on social media – “Face masks offer no protection.” You can usually tell by the way they can’t construct a sentence that they have no real intelligence, but in their own mind, they have enough intelligence to comment on a global pandemic. Makes sense. Why not just put MD after their name and claim they’re a physician? To stay positive, I tell myself to think positive, and then my mind comes right back at me and says, “Are you crazy?” Well, yes, but what does that have to do with thinking positive? “There is a pandemic in the air that is killing people.” Not according to the comments I read online. “SARS-CoV-2 is not a real danger. It’s being overhyped by the media and by Democrats.”

Sure thing. Let’s see how many Snowbirds fly down here this winter to enjoy the warm winter weather of the RGV. That will tell the tale. A huge economic influx, the Snowbirds (Winter Texans), I’m guessing, are already discussing COVID-19 with family members back home, whether it be Iowa, Minnesota, or Canada, pick a cold place. October is the month, when the first few start to arrive here. The Winter Texan season peaks in January. How will this Snowbird season compare to last? We’re going to find out in a relatively short period of time. I think I’ll call some of the local RV parks this week to get a feel of how booking reservations are going.

I can guarantee you one thing – there is some arguing going on up north. The retirees still want to come here for the winter, but the fact that Hidalgo County hasn’t had a great record, relatively speaking, in terms of COVID cases, must have their adult kids worried. They know that if mom or dad gets sick when they’re down here for the winter, it will be up to them to travel down here to help care for them in some form or fashion. Hospitals and medical practitioners down here must also be concerned. For them, Snowbirds constitute a large part of their patient load during the winter, which usually isn’t that big of a deal. Many come with pre-existing health conditions, so they usually already have a doctor here. In today’s COVID world, however, that may present a problem this winter if we have a bad flu season.

I’m not going to think about that. I’d rather stay positive: there is nothing to worry about; this whole thing is a hoax.

Then I think about my buddy’s dad who just died, and I’m reminded, not that I need reminding, that, no, this is no hoax. How President Trump could get so many brain-dead people inside one Nevada warehouse last Sunday sans facemasks is impossible for me to fathom. In some ways, I want to be like them, though – dumb and happy; blissfully remaining ignorant of reality.

These days, reality sucks. Better to ignore it altogether.

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