It is almost 8pm on a not so random Tuesday evening in March, the 17th to be precise.
The powers that be in Nevada just announced a total shutdown of all non essential businesses, in the state, for 30 days. I can only presume that strip clubs are not essential and I worry what those poor young college aged girls are not going to survive without the aid of married dong and wallets.
Wait, I'm sorry. That is really not where I was going with this.
My business, big box retail, falls into the hardware store category and is considered to be an essential business and as such we will remain open for the general public. This means we will still receive product shipments and stock the shelves so that others can come in and purchase. Will other companies pay their employees to survive while they are not working for the next 30 days? That is an important question and one that will shape not only Nevada but the nation for the next month or so.
Based only one what I witness people do not have rainy day funds any longer. Emergency funds are credit cards and if business's are not going to support their workers in this time of crisis then the only people who are going to win are the credit card companies as people are forced to pay for everything on credit and then figure out how to climb out of life altering debt once they go back to work.
This situation truly makes me sad. I've been in that position before where my only option was to put essentials (and sometimes bills) on credit. You cannot win in those situations. If you don't have friends and/or family in a better situation to help you through it you could end up digging your own financial grave.
It is 10:30 am on a random Wednesday in December, the 2nd to be precise.
I found the above in my drafts where I never finished my thoughts and didn't get around to publishing. The Covid-19 shutdown was supposed to last 30 days but instead it lasted like 9 months. Small Business suffered while big business thrived. Many small businesses collapsed and closed. Some bigger companies did the same. The food industry might never be the same with some places still only allowing take-out and delivery while their Dine-In seating area stays completely empty.
Masks have gone from "man I can't wait to stop wearing these" to a normal part of our daily routine without even thinking about it. Strippers and Rub-and-Tuggers (one G or two?) have had to find alternative means to get their income. The world is in shambles and Las Vegas is suffering.
Yeah, 2020 has pretty much sucked. The world has changed and we all have to adapt and overcome.
So how was your 2020? Did you succumb to the shitiness of the situation and sit around in your underwear eating junk food and taking bong hits all year while getting fatter and making excuses for everything or did you man (woman) up and decide that Covid-19 does not dictate who you are and make some life changes and enjoy it as much as you can?
I decided (later than I should have) that I needed to make some changes. Covid-19 kills the weak, the sick, the fat, the old. Not 100% but the percentages do not lie. If you are young and in great shape then the Rona hits you like a flu and you recover. If you weigh 400 pounds and a heavy workout is lifting the pizza to your lips you are more likely to get stuck in a hospital on a respirator and perish while your family isn't allowed to come and even say good-fucking-bye.
It is not a pretty picture being painted and I do not want my family, my children to suffer such a fate. So I have decided to get off my fat ass and make some changes to my life.
I started on a journey called #75Hard and am currently on day 63 of it. I have dropped nearly 30 pounds in the past two months and have added daily exercise into my routine. I haven't touched any Junk Food (candy, chips, ice cream, donuts, etc) since starting and I have not had any Fast Food (Taco-Bell, McDonalds, etc) either.
I feel better, I look better and I know I am on the right path. Once I am done with this challenge I will keep looking for ways to improve my health and lose weight until I am no longer considered Obese.
Covid-19 has helped change my outlook on life and while it has wrecked havoc on our planet I am not willing to give in to "2020 sucks and I can't wait for 2021."
Covid-19 is a wake up call.
We need to be healthier.
We need to appreciate who we have.
We need to live better lives.
Now pass the bong.