Afternoon Pages: January 16th, 2021

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the D.C. metro region has been in a state of lockdown. To alleviate fear and stress, my writer's group has put together a daily "morning pages" get-together on Zoom in order to touch base before starting the day. Here's some of my brief thoughts.

Catto wants food.


21,000 troops is now 25,000, and apparently 14 states have activated the National Guard in order to protect their state capitols ahead of the anticipated violence. News always sucks, so I walked downtown in order to see what Washingtonians were thinking. Well, every store that was not permanently bankrupt wasn't boarded up, and people were outside eating, so that looked like good news to me. I think the government is mostly interested in protecting the National Mall (or "The Green Zone" as some friends call it), not sure if any militias would get pushed into Georgetown or apprehended on-site.

Also a discreet but clearly visible Army and Secret Service / FBI presence in Rosslyn too, they were in the hotel I passed by walking in and out when I went to the bathroom. Probably getting a list of reservations from last week or the next week.

In better news, apparently the incoming administration will look to give out 100 million doses of vaccine in the first 100 days, instead of taking half the order and selling it overseas for personal profit then telling states to fuck off. That'll be a good change I think.

I'm starting to read a bit more. I think I was surprised by how much I've read last year and I fell out of the habit. So hopping back in with some easy reads, and hopefully that'll translate to reading more complex books down the line.