What Can We Say About 2020?

As little as possible, right?

It’s fair to say it was a year. It felt like at least seven. It was a year that started in January, and god willing, will end at the end of December.

Fingers crossed.

It was a year that back-burnered murder hornets. They will probably fire their agent. 2021 would have been a much better year, probably September / October time frame for a murder hornet invasion. Definitely not just before the launch of a pandemic. (Global pandemic is redundant. Please don’t use that term. If you’re locked into the word “global”, say “global epidemic”. Which is a pandemic.)

It was a year that started with fires that would cause Hades to cringe, followed by Noah level floods, then that pandemic thing.

The pandemic thing was (and still is at this writing) bad. Truly bad. Closing in on two million deaths, globally. And it’ll be double that before the vaccine is jabbed in enough people to make a difference.

Many, many people in countries that have little or no social support infrastructure (yes, we’re looking at you, America) suffered enormously during the pandemic. Still do. And will for some time. At least until they get their shit together. (That’s looking to be about three weeks from now-ish.)

I’m one of the fortunate ones. The company I worked for had their shit together and had us all working from home since March 16th. Remotely deployed the necessary software over the weekend prior ands shipped necessary hardware (monitors, etc.) and presto-gizmo, we were all working from home.

It’s remarkable how quickly we adapt, whether we like it or not. Zoom meetings became the standard. (Actual, MS Teams, but Zoom is faster to say). Instead of getting up at 5 to get ready for the 80 minute commute to work, I rolled out of bed at 8:00. And “getting dressed for work” meant having a clean shirt at my disposal.

My fuel expenses dropped by at least a factor of five — possibly more.

I had more time with my family, “home” from the office early enough to actually cook the dinners I wanted to cook before the sun went down.

My son, deprived of his regular gym, built one in the garage:

(He’s set up a bi-weekly “training session” for the family that I”m *positive* is an attempt to access the proceeds from my Will as quickly as possible.)

I’m seeing my family more (let’s wait and see if that’s a good thing or not.)

And let’s not forget, 2020 brought us a vaccine. A couple of vaccines. The first two of the mRNA variety, a first for the world.

mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.

In record time, too. And the good news is, if this were to happen again (oh, please god no) we’ll get a vaccine possibly even faster.

So it’s a couple of days before the (alleged) end of the year. 2021 can’t be worse. Really. It can’t be. How could it be?

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