Wednesday – the New Saturday

Didn’t set the alarm last night – slept until 8.30, which was nice. Felt rested when I got up, which was unusual.

Baked eggs for breakfast with bacon, spring onions, cheese and black pepper. We didn’t have a delivery last week as we were out on Thursday night, so we are living off what we have. Now that the panic buying is over, Brexit is done and there are no shortages, we are working our way through the tinned tomatoes and beans. Another week or two should see us nearly done, then I will start laying in a properly planned food and toilet roll reserve. After all, just because there is nothing on the horizon it doesn’t men that there won’t be a plague, zombie apocalypse or meteor strike tomorrow…One growing trend we see in the shop is people buying silver and gold, particularly silver, because they fear for future instability. To be fair, these are people who, in general, also believe that covid is a government plot, vaccination is bad and that Bitcoin is as good as real money.

My view is that gold is a good long term investment, silver is a good, but less stable, investment and that Bitcoin is made up and is similar to the Emperor’s new clothes – as soon as someone catches a cold and finds it is all made up, the whole thing will collapse. Some people will have made big money from the credulity of others and millions of people will have financed the 21st century equivalent of the South Sea Bubble.

Vaccination, covid and Government plots are topics for another time. It’s Wednesday, which is my equivalent of the weekend, and I have things to do, which include being cheerful, ordering groceries on the internet and, of course, submitting more poetry. But first I must do the washing up. Julia has gone to get her hair done and was quite clear on me not sitting at the computer all morning.

20 thoughts on “Wednesday – the New Saturday

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      There are many sub-groups in collecting, some of them are wonderful people, some a trifle unbalanced (though I am not one to talk . . . ) and a few shouldn’t be let out without supervision.

  1. tootlepedal

    I hope that you remembered to remark how good Julia looked after her visit to the hairdresser.

    One of the side effects of the covid virus has been the absence of flu and norovirus this year. I wonder if not breathing on other people and hand washing will catch on?

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I did remember., though it took a few minutes, as I was deep in writing a haibun. πŸ˜‰

      As for hygiene habits, I’m not sure that everybody is on board with that even now, give it six months and there will be even less interest.

      That reminds me – I really should go to the bank and savour the feeling of being allowed to wear a mask in thee.

      1. Garfield Hug

        Aww…always young at heart and remember it. 60 is the new 50 etc. We have an artist here, a painter who does great works of art – at 100 years old, still painting!

  2. Laurie Graves

    When you really think of it, despite the turmoil, chaos, and panic, things did not go completely to heck in a handbasket. Civilization did not crumble. There were some very rough patches, I know. I have a daughter who lives in New York City, and at the height of it, when we spoke to her on the phone, we heard one ambulance after another go by her apartment. Still, most of us managed to bump along, to get enough to eat. Yes, there were shortages, but we coped. On the truly terrible side of things, 600,000 people in the U.S. have died of Covid and many more worldwide.Their loss weighs heavy on us all, and they will not be forgotten. But we carried on, didn’t we? Even with idiots in charge.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      It’s difficult to envisage the scale of the loss. We had 128,000 die, which is a huge number, but only about a fifth or one percent. And I only knew one of them personally. My experience of the pandemic has been very easy compared to a lot of people.

      1. Laurie Graves

        Terrible losses, and in this country, many of them were completely unnecessary and due to poor leadership. Yet somehow we bumped along. A writer, Max Brooks, recently observed that time and time again, the U.S. gets sucker punched. But somehow, we get up again.

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        When you look at some countries, like the US and UK, is their weakness also their strength? In valuing freedom and not wanting to dictate to people, you also give them the freedom to act like idiots and spread disease.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      In that case, let me demonstrate. Send me $100 and I will send you some of my new crypto-currency .

      While you’re doing that, can I interest you in a map showing a lost gold mine in Nevada, and a deal involving a deceased politician who told his widow, with his last breath, to contact someone at random and promise them $20,000,000 if they could help get his money to the west . . . πŸ™‚

      1. LA

        I can’t wait to add it to the portfolio including the bridge I just bought. The Nigerian prince will be thrilled

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