They say be careful what you wish for. I had been wishing for Steve to work less and be home more, and we were even thinking about living at our beach house on the north shore – and well look-ie what we have here! It’s day 3 staying up at our north shore house with no idea what we’re all in store for. Everyday feels like the movie Contagion and Groundhog Day in one.
My family and I have been sheltering in place for about a week now even though our state has not mandated us to. We watch other states and countries around the world lock their borders down and mandate residents indoor with no work, no school, no essential travel. Hawaii is of course and always has been ass-backwards, so we sit here today in limbo waiting for our idiotic government to attempt to protect us.
Yesterday we went down to the beach at sunset time and crowds of people began to gather and socialize. We left because it was pretty obvious no one was practicing social distancing. Today I went to the grocery store in Hauula and passed several beach parks full with cars and even one with tents set up for a party. The state did mandate all beach parks to be closed and no gatherings of 10 or more, but who’s enforcing this? No one! All I can do is shake my head in disbelieve and think how fucked we are.
Italy just reported the most deaths in one day, which means they still did not reach their peak, which means they have not slowed down the spread. New York City just reported over 10,000 cases. It’s really simple math here.
I wake up every morning, sometimes in the middle of the night wide awake sick to my stomach with stress. It’s like a feeling of impending doom. I am not afraid of getting this virus or dying from this virus, but the impact it is having on the world, my family that could be at risk, and the future of all humanity. Many people are more concerned with picking up more toilet paper than stopping social interactions or traveling right now.
Tomorrow, I have a video shoot and two private showings scheduled. I feel guilty to go out, but also feel obligated to my client to help sell her home. I’m sure many of you are also going through these types of feelings. Do your job or protect your health, family, the community? I hope our government leaders will step up and do the right thing to help control the spread of the virus and also help the American people out financially.
For the immediate near future I wish for the governor to grow some balls and lock us all down. I wish for Trump to disappear. I wish for all the world to be healthy and well. I wish for many many more days of good surf. And I wish for everyone to finally understand that we have to stop paying pro athletes and actors millions of dollars and give the money to scientists, teachers, and health care providers.