I don’t think I’m losing my marbles, but just to be certain I thought I’d ask you, my neighbors this question. Is it me or are we all living in a real life science fiction movie right now? …
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I don’t think I’m losing my marbles, but just to be certain I thought I’d ask you, my neighbors this question. Is it me or are we all living in a real life science fiction movie right now? It’s a daily bombardment of stories and images that look like some crazy Hollywood director was given an unlimited budget to create a script that combines everything imaginable into one story and then crank up the scariness to eleven.
As I sit here writing this week’s column, I feel like a character in a story that should be sitting in one of those old fashioned private eye offices with the frosted glass door and a name like Dirk Danger painted on it with a blinking neon sign outside the window typing up my account of a narration that nobody is going to believe.
I mean seriously, if you were reading the story of your lives right now, would you believe it? A raging pandemic wiping out thousands of people per day, hospitals in the major cities overflowing to capacity, bodies stacking up so fast that they are moving storage containers into the parking lots to store them, health workers in hazmat suits and a rescuing vaccine coming in with a catch … A lot of people are afraid to get vaccinated and there is complete confusion on the who, what, when and where that these vaccinations will be available.
Then throw in the entire population on the planet wearing masks with certain companies coming up with designer versions complete with rhinestones or others printing them with funny pictures and slogans or customized versions with company logos stamped on them trying to make the absurd situation look more normal. At this point, add in the cast of characters who decide to rebel and refuse to wear the masks even though they are required by law. Make a lot of them over 60, just to put a little irony into the story because that is the age group most vulnerable to dying from the virus.
Next add in a color coded hazard level rating that had to add another color because the situation got so bad, code red wasn’t adequately describing the situation. Make that include regulations that close businesses and cause massive unemployment that puts everyone in additional peril.
Of course, you have to add in some element of peaceful protests deteriorating to rioting in the streets over perceived injustices to set the stage for the next major part of the plot. This is where the prop department adds in the tear gas.
Now, just when the terror level starts to peak, switch the focus over to Washington D.C. where … Well, you saw all of it on TV last week. Even Hollywood couldn’t have put together that complete cast of characters or come up with a sub plot that included all of those twists and turns, including a group of folks that believe the Government is run by lizard people disguised as humans. Imagine the scene that cuts to a vision of what’s going on in those people’s heads.
Eventually it’s going to be time to roll the credits at the end of the movie, but in this case that list goes on for about 45 minutes.
Yeah, we are all living through one of the most bizarre stories in human history and when you look at it all summed up, it’s a bit overwhelming. No one would have believed it a couple of years ago.
So, that’s where we are right now. But, there is a lot of good in this story that gets glossed over, especially here in our own town. The levels for the virus are going down somewhat. We have reached Level Orange, which means some of our restaurants are able to have indoor dining again. The Vaccines are starting to arrive and officials are beginning to get a system in place to speed up all of the distribution. Give them a couple of more weeks to open up the current bottlenecks and sort things out. And … we don’t have a major blizzard heading our way this week.
Now you can focus on your next big problem — shopping for Valentine’s Day!
John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at email@example.com
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