Death Is Stalking the Land in Roger Corman’s Masque of the Red Death
I cannot help but feel that Covid-19 is inching ever closer. The son of one of my friends probably has it; and all the holiday socializing that has been going on is leading to a crisis in Los Angeles. Yesterday’s Los Angeles Times had a headline in which paramedics can refuse to pick up a patient if he or she appears to be near death in their judgment. Emergency rooms and intensive care units are packed to overflowing such that local hospitals are casting about for hallways, chapels, and other rooms in which to deposit patients. And hospital morgues are overflowing with the dead.
Tomorrow, I was planning to ride the train downtown to return some library books. With the coronavirus news becoming worse day by day, I will wait two or three weeks until the maskless fools who have been socializing during the Christmas and New Years holidays come down with the virus and isolate themselves.
Because of their behavior during this outbreak, I am becoming reluctant to associate with young people in any capacity. I have numerous preexisting conditions that make me a prime target for the Red Death. Thankfully, all the young people in my family live out of town.
Instead of going downtown, I’ll take a walk to Bay City Imports in Santa Monica to get ingredients for a Calabrian Chile Pasta dish that looks interesting. As long as this outbreak lasts, I will be intent on working on my cooking skills. I know I’ll never catch up to my brother in this regard, so I’ll just have to reconcile myself with accepting second place in a family of two.
sounds pretty dangerous down there… (we live inland from Astoria about 35 miles and it’s relatively unpopulated…)
In my NE Alabama community, most of the libraries have shortened hours and/or curbside service only. My local is only open three days a week now. The books are checked out for six weeks and in fact the librarian told me just yesterday that she’s not even charging late fees for people who don’t make it in to return the books on time.
Same here in L.A. I have to put the books I want on hold, and then make an appointment to pick them up at the front door.
Stay safe and thanks to both you and Martine for the lovely Christmas card.
Thanks, Lynette. We’re trying our best to survive this plague.