Sore arms and sunshine

Sunny, warm, and windy. Don’t smoke ’em if you got ’em, please.

Well, here we are, enjoying our first Monday of total vaccination.

Not really. It’ll be a couple weeks before we’re deemed properly armed against The Bug® v1.0. But we’ve both had both shots, and so far the side effects seem mostly minimal.

Herself required a longish nap the day after she got stuck, and so did I. Sore arms for both of us, too. But the procedures went even more smoothly than before, zip and zip and zip. I’ve seen slower Golden Pride drive-thrus.

Before bagging some Z’s yesterday I went out for a short stroll to keep all the pivot points well oiled. It was shorts weather. The official high was 83 degrees, three short of the record and 11 above normal. Less than an inch of precip’ since Jan. 1. “No significant weather was observed,” adds the NWS. Ohhhhhh-kay.

Today we have more of the same, with single-digit humidity and winds from the southwest that could hit 50 mph. We’re already had a couple small fires in Torrance and San Miguel counties and it would be nice if we didn’t have any more, please and thank you.

In other weather news, freak cold snaps devastate vineyards in France. In The Washington Post, Rick Noack writes: “By the end of France’s big freeze, at least one third of this year’s wine harvest and many other crops were lost, in what by some estimates was the country’s worst agricultural disaster of the century. It may take years for some vineyards to recover.”

I guess we’ll all be smoking weed before much longer. That shit will grow anywhere, under any conditions. The roaches will be toking up long after Gaia has given us the shove.

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16 Responses to “Sore arms and sunshine”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    I got the Pfizer and felt a little buzzed the next day, kinda that feeling when you are coming down with a cold. Then it went away. Meena had a splitting headache the day after her second Moderna shot. We are both more than two weeks from the second poke.

  2. Pat O’Brien Says:

    We are three weeks past the second Moderna jab. We had chills and fatigue the day after the jab. Still not ready to mix it up with large groups, especially indoors. I have a jam session tomorrow afternoon. Three of us are vaccinated. We will see who shows and what precautions we take. Four variants, Brazilian, English, South African, and Californian are in Arizona, and we seem to be cooking one up of our own according to ASU scientists. Who believes scientists anyway?

    • khal spencer Says:

      I’m not surprised at the variants. It is, after all, a virus and with millions of hosts, evolution will do its thing. Every year the medical establishment needs to tune a flu shot for the flu bug of the year. This will likely be analogous.

      We are in no mood to let our guard down on large groups. Large groups generally tend to be up to no good anyway, whether it is tearing down statues, storming halls of government, crowding into Big Box, Inc. to buy cheap shit that we don’t need, crowing to The Guy in the Sky (New Mexico just said churches can go to full capacity, even in areas where The Bug is still holding the upper hand**) or other endeavors that we don’t have much use for. The dog park up here is as crowded a place that we don’t mind enjoying and with 138 acres of park, its easy to avoid people.


    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      No large groups for us, thanks. We’d be happy to spend more time with the neighbors and their kids, outside, which is where the kids want to be anyway.

      New Mexico seems to be seeing some backsliding and “is devising a new method to judge the COVID-19 risk in a given county and the level of restrictions imposed on businesses,” according to the Albuquerque Journal. I’m not sure I find this reassuring.

      Pretty soon booster shots are gonna be coming around more often than software updates.

  3. Pat O’Brien Says:

    That 80 % chance of rain you have on Wednesday looks pretty sweet. It’s just 40% for us, but I have the rain dancing music ready. I want to canoe the San Pedro river all the way to Benson!

    • carl duellman Says:

      i was flipping through the youtubes and saw the name guthrie trapp. he’s a local guitar legend that i’ve seen play twice and both times i was amazed. anyway, he’s the one in the black hat. he’s in good company.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        If Tommy Emmanuel is in the room, guitar magic will happen. Mr Trapp is a hell of a player too. I’m in awe of these guys. Tommy is a huge Doc Watson fan. Thanks for the link!

  4. Tony Geller Says:

    I’m off for my second Moderna this afternoon at Ribera Healthcare. The process went fine the first time; though they did see fit to submit a claim to United Healthcare for $294.16 which was paid out of my spending account. Ribera said innocent mistake,, computer glitch, new process, etc. and they were working to correct it. Sure.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Heh. Sure. Honest mistake.

      “Say, is that your pocket my hand is in? Gosh, sorry, thought it was mine.”

    • SAO' Says:

      Moderna shot is 0.5 mL.

      So the vaccine costs, before you count coupons, frequent flyer miles, and S&H green stamps, approx

      $294 / 0.000132 gallons =


      And that shit had better be high test!!

      (Can someone please check my math on that?)

      Damn, I thought my kids $325,000/gallon Rx eye drops were pricey.

  5. SAO' Says:

    Han took the first shot

    Make sure you take the second!

    And may the Farce be with you.

  6. SAO' Says:

    I apparently got the Howard Johnson shot. Now I want boysenberry syrup on everything and I keep turning my placemat over looking for the answers to the jumble.

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