Lockdown Part 2: The Revenge of the Rona

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There is really nothing better than living in a country that doesn’t take a global pandemic seriously. It’s really a step above living in a state that doesn’t take a global pandemic seriously.

My favorite part was when we became an epicenter and a global laughing stock. According to the CDC website as of sitting down to write this, Florida is number 2 in the country. Looks like we lost out to California.

It’s the beginning of a new month and I’m sitting here, once again unemployed. This past week I was laid off from my job and I had quit bartending back in May. I’ve spent the past week at home and it has been an interesting journey. You’d think that I’d be used to it given the previous time of self-isolation but that isn’t the case.

Back at the end of March when everything first went to hell, I was in the process of looking for a new apartment which was actually more of a cause for stress than losing my job at the time. I found a place in the 11th hour and spent most of my lockdown getting settled in a new place. Next thing I knew it was time to go back to work.

But things are different now.

Back then I knew I had a job to go back to. Now is a different story.

I quit the restaurant because I was being put in an uncomfortable position by my managers. I took it up the ladder and nothing was done. It became apparent that I was working for people who didn’t give a damn about my safety, the safety of my co-workers or that of our guests. Additionally, overall management had gone beyond downhill. It wasn’t a good situation to be in. For the betterment of my mental and general health, I quit.

Things at my other job were going great until they weren’t. Our attendance numbers were decent when we first reopened but once the positive-COVID numbers in Florida spiked and the unemployment subsidy ran out- things changed real quick. It became apparent that we weren’t going to be able to keep our doors open and soon, the lay-off letters were in our hands.

So here I am.

I’ve been feeling oddly Zen about the whole thing. Sure, I’m really worried about what’s to come and I am applying for jobs as I find them, but I’m also excited to have this time. I was so pre-occupied during my last respite from reality that it really felt like nothing was all that different.

So now’s my time to shine. We have a new month ahead of us and I plan on using it to the fullest. What that means, who the hell knows. I just know that I’m not going to allow myself to stress about what is beyond my control. I’m excited to use this time to work on projects that I’ve been putting off and improve my current projects.

And here’s hoping USA can get it’s shit together sooner rather than later because I’m pretty sure Lemon is already sick of having my home all the time.

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