This past Monday was my dad’s 86th birthday (astrologers, put your charts away) and I thought I would stop by to wish him a Happy Birthday and to brighten his and Mom’s day with my mere presence. I have that effect on them.
It was after sundown when I arrived and as I hopped out of the car I heard the hoot of a great horned owl. I stopped in my tracks to listen and then I hear another owl returning the hoot. There were two in my parents’ neighborhood doing a call and response.
It was very cool!
I’ve lived in this area since 1973 and the hoot of the great horned owl has been a thing for just the last couple of years.
“I Have An Immune System”
There seems to be one specific group among the anti-vaxxers with regards to Covid that has suddenly become experts on the immune system. Well, they seemed to have discovered they have an immune system. And that makes them experts.
The group is white, middle-aged, Republican men who sycophantically support Fearless Loser. I personally know of two such people who have become so proud of their immune systems. One has even modified his Facebook profile picture with the banner declaring, “I have an immune system.” It’s his way of saying, “I won’t get vaccinated.”
Well, yeah, he does have an immune system. And that’s why vaccines work. Vaccines work with your immune system to prepare for exposure to a virus, such as the one that causes Covid-19.
But try explaining that to them.
Something Else My Cousin And Ted Nugent Have In Common
I have a cousin who falls into the same category as the two immune system fellows I know. He is a Fearless Loser supporter and he has often posted anti-mask and anti-lockdown rhetoric on his Facebook. I don’t think he was being all that careful in avoiding Covid. I’m sure he wasn’t wearing a mask and he was probably hanging with other anti-maskers, because of their rights and they all have an immune system, obviously.
Well, he posted the other day that he had tested positive for Covid.
My cousin did admit that Covid was pretty rough. Thankfully, he seems to be recovering.
Enter the Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent. Ted had spent the past year downplaying the pandemic, much like his favorite president. He touted the immune system (again with the immune system, you’d swear these guys were doctors) and was suspicious of the vaccines. He also didn’t like masks and social distancing and any of the other mitigation measures.
Mr. Madman posted that he tested positive for Covid early last month. He admitted getting hit very hard by it, that it wasn’t like any flu he’d ever had. He said he had “never been so scared in all my life.”
Will this humble him? Will he start advocating people ought to wear masks and get vaccinated? Or will he continue to spread the stupid as he did just before he got infected?
A Dimland Radio Science Zero: Joe Rogan
Wildly popular podcaster Joe Rogan doesn’t know science. His podcast has a huge audience, which makes his influence troubling. Especially when he advises younger people to not get vaccinated. Oh, sure, if you are older and maybe not in the best health, then get vaccinated. But if you’re young and swingin’, no time to think about tomorrow, why bother?
Rogan is preaching Me thinking, not We thinking. A young and health person might get infected and get through it fine. They might not even show any symptoms. BUT! They can infect others! This is why everyone who can should get vaccinated. We need to get to herd immunity to put this pandemic behind us.
Between the middle-aged, white, Republican men and dumbasses like Joe Rogan, I fear America will not get to herd immunity.
President George W. Bush Can Paint?
It’s probably just sour grapes and envy on my part, but former President George W. Bush has decided to become a portrait painter in his retirement. He has worked with tutors and he’s had two books of portraits published.
As an artist who does portraits, my assessment of W’s skills is… He’s ok. With study and practice, he’ll get better. He has shown improvement already. And I don’t want to discourage him.
It’s all this folk/outsider art thing. People who don’t know what they are doing getting praised for their art. It irks me.
W is certainly better than that total hack Grandma Moses. He has worked with tutors, so he’s learned something. And his portraits do look like the people he’s painting, however there is lots of room for improvement.
But, he’s a former president, so he gets published, while excellent portrait artists need to launch Kickstarter campaigns.
Hit A Wall
Speaking of artists, this one has hit a bit of a wall. I had been working on a series of sketches of movie scenes. I intend to fill a sketchbook with 220 such drawings, but I am stuck. It’s hard to explain, but I’m having trouble getting back to the drawings which have been idle for months.
I am determined to finish the project and I have come up with an idea to break up my mental logjam.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress, should I make any.
Blue Moon Of My TV Tray
There was this water mark left by a sweaty can of soda not placed on a coaster (shame on me) on one of our fancy TV trays. The look of that water mark kept suggesting an image to my mind. I decided to turn the furniture boo-boo into a piece of art.
After first getting permission from my wife to draw on the furniture, I grabbed a black Sharpie® and a blue highlighter marker and went to work.
Ten minutes later and here is what I did.
It’s a simple case of pareidolia. I saw a moon in the pattern and drew it out.
Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe. WEAR A MASK! Get vaccinated!
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