It has become somewhat confusing to know what to do in the face of recent public safety measures.
There’s a lot to process.
I mean, universities are shutting down larger classes. Disneyland is closed. Tom Hanks and Justin Trudeau and their spouses are undergoing self-quarantine (but not together). I am guessing people who were really looking forward to the Rolling Stones are kind of bummed.
But am I clear on this, this is all in aid of containment? There is the idea still that this virus can be contained and eradicated? Is that the plan? Or are we just prolonging a scenario when everyone in the world gets this new bug, and it keeps coming back…? If we can’t contain it… then what? If we know now that we can’t contain it, are we, what, just giving it our best shot?
No one ever goes to Italy again, or something? Or something more, I don’t know, collapse-of-civilization? What changes are we in the midst of witnessing, and just how temporary are they?
Okay, so, uh, yeah, okay, I can process this. (Do the people who are hoarding toilet paper know something I don’t, or can they at least tell me where I can buy a cheap thermometer?). What are we down here on the lower tiers supposed to be doing, exactly? There’s still lots of people out there shopping – Metrotown was, maybe save Christmas, as full as I’ve seen it… but nowhere fuller than the grocery floor at Walmart, where people were making very large purchases, and there were prominent displays of hand sanitizer described as being 99% something (I couldn’t read the something, because it was in a Chinese character).
Am I overreacting? I had a tickle in my throat so I phoned in sick yesterday, and it turned out to be nothing (I'm fine, today), but – I mean, help me out, here, folks: what’s the playbook we’re supposed to be operating from? If I get a bug, and go to work, and spread it… How exactly am I supposed to be practicing social distancing when I work with people all day?
More importantly, how does this all relate to TOMORROW’S SHOW AT THE RICKSHAW? …Or, what, the Dayglos are playing somewhere, too, aren’t they? I am sure there are lots of shows happening, and I am equally sure that after this weekend, there’s not going to be so many. Mo posted on Facebook about how Timbre and Live Nation's decision to pull the plug on concerts are going to affect him. Dig this, the Rickshaw has no shows booked from March 13th – tomorrow night – and March 26th. Shows I had planned to see (Satanic doo wop band Twin Temple, opening for Tiger Army in April!) are cancelled. Just as well I haven’t put any time into interviewing Martin Barre!
Part of me is thinking, ummm, maybe I should stay home tomorrow night, and play it safe, and part of me is thinking, no, fuck that noise, this might be the last night I’ll get to go to a concert in a REALLLLLLY LONG TIME: who knows, maybe I could take in BOTH Sunday Morning and the Dayglos, depending on when bands go onstage…?
One… last… concert…
It’s messing me up. Should I – sorry – stay, or should I go? What is the more rock’n’roll decision? What is the more rational one? Are we being actually, officially told to not go out for non-essentials?
I still don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’ll say this, Bruce Wilson: don’t guestlist me. If this is gonna be the last time I get to go to the Rickshaw before the world ends or whatever comes next comes next, I’m gonna pay to get in!
If I go.
(Didja see? monkeys are rioting in the streets of Thailand because a sudden massive drop in tourism means they have no one feeding them treats. Thousands of monkeys, running amok. Shit is messed up).