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Well what do you know… my vaccine appears to be… working! Shocker!

July 2021
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I’ve been 100% back to normal since getting vaccinated. That’s a full stop. No masks (I don’t even look for signs anymore), no distancing, I’m back to hugs, handshakes and bro-hugs. I’m about three weeks away from “last year is last year”. I don’t even think about COVID anymore.

I’m treating my vaccine as, well, one would treat a vaccine.

Normal is fantastic.

Alas, I can’t help feel sorry for those who still run around in a mask, whether to signal some form of virtue (if you’d even call it virtue, I wouldn’t), because their employer or government requires them, or because they’re still legitimately scared.

Another set I feel sorry for is the group that won’t get vaccinated – be it vast right-wing or vast left-wing conspiracy folks (if you think they’re only from one side of the political spectrum, you’re wrong). In fact, this is an excellent line of thought to expand on.

Whatever the case with the COVID, I’m enjoying my double-immunity (had it and I’ve been vaccinated… didn’t really know I’d had it till I was sick for a full week after my first jab).

One of my friends sees everyone through a political spectrum. Now, we all have our political leanings and beliefs, but the vast majority of us can look beyond those beliefs and see the good in others and let the rest go to be friends. After all, these are politicians we’re talking about here. Not this friend of mine, though. In fact, I don’t think he much cares for me due to the way I lean. He certainly likes to take pot-shots at me from time to time. I rarely react, because other than his political views and the way he treats those who think differently, he’s generally a pretty good guy to be around. Funny thing is, he’s lost on the fact I choose to look beyond his political leanings even though I disagree with a lot of what he believes in. I like to say, “if it was actually as bad as he thought it was, I’d be just as mad as he is, too”.

On a ride a while back during a ride, we passed Nuggent Road and I pointed to it as we rode by. This friend of mine is a connoisseur of rock and roll and I figured he’d get a charge out of passing Nuggent Road.

He got a charge, all right. He let me know how Ted Nuggent was a denier of the COVID until he got it and how he despised the man because he’s a radical right-winger.

First, the Nug wasn’t a denier at all (though he was mis-reported as being one – shocker). He said the toll on freedom was too much, and he was right. Anyway, I took that opportunity and said, “He also happened to play a mean guitar”. Then I added, “You know, half the country is a whole lot of people to hate because of their political beliefs”. I didn’t say a word after that.

If you can’t see the good in people beyond a bunch of political bullshit arguments meant to keep you angry, I’d like to suggest you try to make the world a better place. As long as you know where to start doing that. Try a mirror.

I do. It’s a great place to start. The asshole looking at me is the only one on the planet I can change anyway.


6 Comments

  1. sullivanspin says:

    What led you to get the vaccine if you’ve already had it and don’t seem too concerned about the virus? Maybe I missed your explanation in a different post, sorry if you’ve already said that somewhere.

    • bgddyjim says:

      So this is interesting. I thought I had it, but I wasn’t sure. It was early in the pandemic and they didn’t have the antibody test yet. When it did come out, the news was misreported antibodies only lasted a few months, so I was right on the edge of that. I figured why bother. My wife was convinced I didn’t have it because we didn’t get sick enough (never mind the symptomless) and I was persuaded maybe I hadn’t. Then I got the first shot because it was misreported, again, that if you did have it you lost your antibodies and I have a cruise to go on next summer. I figured I had to get it either way to get on the boat. I got the shot and it absolutely hammered me. Top five sickest I’ve ever been. I then read that those who have a reaction like mine, likely had the virus. Then everything made sense. The second shot wasn’t near as bad.

      And Bob is your uncle.

  2. sullivanspin says:

    Sorry to hear the shot made you so sick. Hopefully the cruise makes up for it!

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