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COVIDcation 2020 isn’t a Vacation? The Hell You Say…


The new narrative out there is that the rich aren’t being fair.  I know, stop the presses, right?  They’re trying to flee their city of origin for quieter towns where social distancing is easier. Supposedly worse, they’re heading to their second homes… you know, the second home they own. Good God, not that. I almost fell over from shock after reading it was happening!  I properly and promptly filed the information in the circular file marked No Shit, Sherlock.  I did, however, want to take a minute to play.

Now, I’m not pompous, indignant or ignorant enough to pull off the proper disdain, so I’ll quote the linked steaming pile of shit article:

“The worst part is that these second-home owners are coming up and acting like isolation is a vacation,” said Jen, 39, who lives in the northwest Colorado Rockies.

Get that? The worst part.  Of the COVID-19 pandemic and people escaping festering cities where the virus is thriving because people are having a tough time distancing… is that they’re treating their retreat as a vacation.  I disagree with Jen wholeheartedly. In fact, treating COVIDcation-2020 as a vacation is not even in the top 50 of bad parts. There exists a vast number of worse parts than that. Vast.

I didn’t even bother with the low hanging fruit in the article and there are a number of reasons to hate an article like that; from its pompous nature, to its white privilege negativity and racism (assuming a whole race of people are incapable of caring for themselves without help from another race is quite racist, dear snowflakes – I think that’s actually in the definition of the word), to its virtue signaling faux guilt and pitting one race against another for the sake of writing about something. Anything that will put a divide between people.

Beyond that, my point is, if you can treat this like a vacation, and I certainly hope you can, do it. If you can take your money somewhere to ride this thing out, do it. If you can weather this thing with a smile on your face, do it. If you’re struggling, my prayers are with you that you get what you need to make it and get to a place you can make the best of it.  Most of all, if you’re one of these people who think we should all be sulking around, miserable, you are wrong.  Sure, we need to do our social distancing best, so that means putting some social distance in where you can – and if that means rich folks depopulate cities and hunker down in a smaller town, that’s a good thing.

Me? This is, without question, a f***ed up vacation, but a vacation nonetheless. And nobody will drag me into the guilt-gutter in order to convince me I shouldn’t look at this as an opportunity to enjoy life on life’s terms.  I’ve worked my entire adult life without missing a week of work unless it was a vacation – into my third decade.  If the experts tell me I have to take some time away, to “socially distance” myself, you can bet your ass I’ll figure out how to make the best of it.  That’s what I do.  That’s what we are supposed to do.

We are all in this mess together. We need to each do our own part to act like it… even if we have a deadline for an article with a predisposed, bullshit narrative.

On the plus-side of all of this, I won’t start worrying until they drop articles like that for articles shouting, “All is well” from the rooftops. If that happens, that’s when shit just went sideways.

Till then? CoVengeCation, baby.  Have bike, will ride it.  Excessively.  If you think I’m wrong, do me a favor and go sulk in a corner for me.  I’ve got some fun to have.  Socially distanced fun, of course.


12 Comments

  1. Yes, exactly! Making the best of the situation vs sulking and being miserable? Easy choice! I also love your term Covidcation! Rock on! 🙌

  2. Geoff says:

    Yes, make the best of this bad situation. It’s a dystopian vacation at best. Sure, the quote sounds clueless, but I think you missed the kernel of the article. The author began by talking about the danger of possibly infected people traveling to other areas and spreading the virus. We’ve already seen that in New Orleans and the beaches of Florida during spring break a few weeks ago.

    You and I and our fellow bikers are hopefully more responsible about social distancing. It would take a lot to convince me that riding my bike solo is going to contaminate anyone else.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I didn’t miss the point the article lamely attempted, but if I’m social distancing in New York or Jackson Hole, Wyoming, it shouldn’t matter a lick. Now, New Yorkers are a special brand of arrogant, so I get that, but that was a lousy premise for an article. And in this case, the article resembles a pile of crap. There may be a kernel in there, but I don’t want to go digging for it! Chuckle.

  3. Eliza says:

    This is, um, I’m sorry??? I can’t believe that people would feel that way. There’s nothing wrong with people taking a negative thing and using it for the positive. Only good. I’ve started from couch to 5k. Maybe I shouldn’t. I have time to pray and connect. Maybe I shouldn’t. I mean, everyone should find every moment horrible else it isn’t fair, right? What I find hard is the deaths, and others anxiety and not following government guidance (the people I live with). That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the good there is. Lots of good. I’m glad you’re getting to ride more and spend more time with your family.
    Love, light, and glitter

  4. Tony says:

    Ride on, Jim! Let’s not forget that while keeping a safe distance and hand-washing insanely, we still need to get our exercise. A sedentary lifestyle is a killer that has been around long before this virus and it will be around after Covid-19 is just a blip in the rear view mirror. you can’t go wrong finding the positive aspect in a bad situation.

  5. James L says:

    Really well said! There is almost a narrative being pushed that we shouldn’t be enjoying ourselves – I’m currently working from home until further notice, so avoiding the cramped commute, more time with wife and kids, more time for creative projects, getting more air and natural light than ever, doing whatever I can to make the best of it. Appreciate some people are struggling, but I’m in a very happy place!

  6. joliesattic says:

    Good article! I hate how people resent those that have and can do something else. They erroneously assume people that have a second home got them easily and didn’t have to bust their butts to get them. That’s a whole ‘nother article there. Don’t get me going. My hubby made a comment that Matt, across the street was cranking up the ol’ motorhome (it’s new – lol) to get away and we were all but envious. So glad he could do that. He and his wife take care of her mother, so a diversion is certainly needed. I’m glad they can do it, rather than being cooped up. Kinda wishing we had one.

  7. Es una buena forma de matar el tiempo y tambien mantenerte en forma

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