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#1005198 added February 24, 2021 at 3:02pm
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Bottom of the Barrel
The US population is 332,279,753. As far as I can tell, I'm number 332,279,752 in line to get a covid vaccine, and that's fine. (Condolences to that one 62-year-old chick behind me.)

We're having all kinds of trouble here in Wisconsin with the vaccine roll-out. The teachers' union doesn't want in-person classes until all teachers are vaccinated, and other essential workers are next in line. But even the people already eligible, especially people over 65, can't get appointments or have their appointments cancelled. Some older folks are spending almost as much time on hold as laid-off workers trying to apply for unemployment insurance. It's just sad that all these programs, including the Payment Protection Program as well, have so many people clamoring for them that they're completely overwhelmed.

This hasn't got much to do with me personally. I'll get the vaccination when I'm eligible, but am not in a hurry. I'm retired and don't do much socializing anyway. When I leave my own house and yard, it's mostly for outdoor recreation or go to the grocery or kitty supply store. Other retail shopping is online (seeds from Seed Savers and handmade napkins from Etsy currently on order!). I feel bad about not shopping more at small, local non-food shops, but don't spend that much money in the best of times, and just about never have money for things like restaurants.

I'm pretty sure I had covid a few months back anyway. Kid B works with some jackass who thinks the whole thing is a joke and is always working with his facemask down. Kid B has a pretty high threshold for frustration, but has made it clear he has no use for this person, who also keeps trying to pick fights with everyone about politics. Both of us got mildly sick, hopefully enough to lend a bit of immunity.

I do hope vaccinations are more available in June, because Kid A may come back home then on his way out west. He's in Austin, TX now, but plans to go back out to the west coast for another summer/fall of fighting wildfires. Not that Wisconsin is exactly on the way from Texas to Oregon, but I'm hoping he'll stop by anyway.

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