Sunday, July 5, 2020


Is there really any point saying something about Florida?

I don't want to waste a lot of time on this (Thee Optimist is viciously self-disciplined and hates wasting time), so I will just bullet point a few things and leave it at that.

* Thee Optimist lives in Florida half the year.  It is a beautiful place.  The natural beauty is astounding, in fact.

* The governor of Florida, Ron Desantis, is an archaic human who isn't bright enough to run an ice cream stand.  He isn't bright enough to open an envelope.

* What happened in New York and New Jersey back in March and April was a result of poor preparation, combined with a brief period of confusion and inaction at the beginning of the disaster.  

In essence, New York and New Jersey were hit with something they didn't understand, and it took them a while to get a handle on what to do.

* What is happening in Florida is entirely voluntary, and political.  Covid-19 was well understood long before Desantis chose to reopen the economy.  Many experts warned against doing exactly what Desantis did, and suggested that this monster outbreak would happen as a result.

Desantis plunged ahead because a) he didn't want to (or couldn't) pay the unemployment benefits of everyone who lost their jobs; b) he is a freedom-loving whatever it is those people claim they are; c) he does what his master Donny tells him to do; and d) he is not smart.

* Many people in Florida, including some of my friends and neighbors, are what video gamers refer to as NPCs, or "Non-Player Characters."  

Non-Player Characters are mindless drones who do what the machine tells them to do.  I cannot possibly overemphasize how many people in Florida, when the economy reopened, were suddenly in a mad rush to rip their masks off and go to the nearest crowded restaurant, beach or bar. 

* Florida is cooked.  

* At this point, only the most severe lockdown measures can reverse the upward trend of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and the soon-to-be upward trend in coronavirus-related deaths.

* No, I am not in Florida at the present time.  

* Yes, I know they closed the beaches and bars again.  Too little, too late.


  1. We miss Thee Optimist! It would be great to have more posts during these dark times.

  2. Thee Optimist is missing in action.