my sorry state, part 1 — the re-emergence of covid-19

Jazz hands or ‘Wait, wait, what???’

I had hoped that we would be well past the coronavirus pandemic, but such was not to be. As of today, one in five, or 20%, of all new cases come out of Florida. Look at Florida county-by-county and the hottest spots are around Orange County/Orlando, Miami-Dade, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee.

The two hottest are also the two with the greatest tourism draws, Orange/Orlando with Disney and Universal Studios, and Miami because it’s Miami and that’s where all the money is. Florida now has no mask mandates. Florida has a boot-licking MAGA governor who is determined to kill the rules that would keep us healthy and safe, and in the process, kill as many of us as possible.

We also have tourists coming to Orlando from all over without masks with many carrying the virus, willing to spread it around in super-spreader events such as Orlando the theme parks. While not in a theme park, I was at a local store near Universal to pick up groceries on Saturday when I heard a group near me speaking Portuguese. The group appeared composed of parents, several children, and an older man who I assumed was a grand parent, none of them wearing masks. I had my mask on, but added some social distance between myself and that group. Orlando is a top destination spot for Brazilians, so you’ll forgive me if I give anyone from Brazil, one of the world’s COVID-19 major hot spots, a fair amount of social distance.

In other news, former Florda data scientist and bad Florida decision making whistleblower Rebekah Jones is running against sexual predator congress-bro Matt Gaetz in 2022. We need that idiot Gaetz out and someone in his place who is competent. I wish Rebekah all the best.

dr. p. phillips hospital

Dr. Phillips Hospital Entrance

Out with my wife, driving her to see one of her doctors, I took a stroll outside to see what was available to photograph. The entrance to the hospital, combined with the time of day and the lighting, was an interesting presentation. Combine that with the Line Art filter and I produced something that looks like an abstract ink and acrylic illustration.

My “go-to” camera these days is the original Olympus E-M5 and the m.Zuiko 14-42mm EZ pancake zoom. It’s a very small, light-weight and discrete package.