Obvious is Obvious

I spotted this on the Book of Face just a short while ago:

Don’t bother clicking through. The article is very much a click-baity slideshow.

“The No. 1 cause of death is exactly what you think it is.”

I’ll save you the time.

The number 1 cause of death is…

DYING.

Isolation Day 14?

Just because somebody says, “Everything will be back to normal in two weeks” it does absolutely not mean that everything will return to normal in two weeks.

If somebody says an emergency is going to take x-amount of time. Multiply by three. At a minimum. Two weeks becomes six weeks.

When faced with an unknown emergency, then add a zero.

About a year.

And with as much as everyone’s finances (and economies, globally) have been impacted, a year is probably the minimum realistic timeframe.

Also, those savings accounts that people have been amassing for “rainy-days” or “unplanned joblessness” or other health crises — this is rather difficult to hear and comprehend:

This is why you have a savings account. That’s what it’s for. The unexpected. The unplanned. The unknown.

Is it going to be wiped out? Quite possibly. Will you rebuild it? Eventually.

Persevere.

I just heard that the POTUS has extended the recommended isolation period to the end of April. That’s good. But consider that normality, such as it was, won’t return for many months. If ever.

Another Event…

It’s been a hell of a couple of weeks.

The markets have tanked. If you have stocks or bonds, leave them be — they’ll rebound eventually.

And don’t even think about looking at your 401k — just let it ride and worry about it in another few years.

Companies are laying people off. Many others are are closing up shop.

It’ll get worse. Much worse.

I’ve not looked closely at the numbers for comparison of markets, but I can’t help but think of the stories of the Great Depression in the 1920s.

I have noticed that petty crimes are up. Truck was burgled yesterday — less than $100 in theft. No doubt petty thefts and malicious acts are on the rise because of the perceived lack of law enforcement.

The latest is an order from Gov. Inslee, to stay home.

No legal authority to enforce it, of course. But there’s a guy named Mr. G. Reaper that will see that it’s sorted… I suppose he’ll also see about sorting those petty crimes as well.

Oh, and in other news, something familiar found its way into the house:

How to Throw an Election

Also: How to you really feel.

Watch:

It sounded more like Ole’man Trump was throwing the next election.

Oh, I’m sorry, let me put it another way: How one handles an unexpected crisis speaks volumes of one’s own character. And clearly, he’s not up to the challenges before him.

This was an absolutely critical, legacy-defining moment.

Alexander’s simple, softball question “How would you respond to…”

Could have been a surprising and motivational response showing a bit of humility and compassion: “This is an extraordinarily difficult time that we’ve all found ourselves in — more difficult and complex than any crisis that any civilization throughout all of recorded history has ever seen before. I urge everyone — not only Americans, but everyone across all nations and cultures around the world — to remain calm, to not overreact, and to continue working as best you can, where you are, with what you have. With perseverance, determination, and cautious optimism, we’ll absolutely see this through…”

or

Instead level a belligerent, condescending, ad hominem attack truly underscores that he’s not in the long game.

Full disclosure: I voted for Trump. I’m not apt to make the same mistake again.

Neuro-Psychology Exam, Part 2?

While meeting with my physiologist, we discussed the possibility of participating in a followup to the followup of a Neuro-Psychology exam. We can’t, of course, provide any meaningful recommendations about somebody’s neurological or psychological condition compared with their pre-TBI mental condition — because we simply can’t go back in time to capture the pre-TBI state.

Yet, now, two-ish years post-TBI and perhaps a year and a half after the initial Neuro-Psych eval, perhaps this is a good opportunity to compare.