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A Lockdown Update

It’s been ages since I wrote an update about how things are here, in my slice of COVID-infected heaven. So, seeing how my partner chose to wake me at 7 am this morning to tell me the good news—that the Orange Cheeto and his spouse were COVID positive—it’s been on my mind for a couple of weeks now, how we’re back to square one, in this pandemic game of Snakes and Ladders!

Three weeks ago, here in my province, we were seeing about 88 cases of corona virus a day, mostly mild cases, mostly in people under 50. And ICU admissions were way down. They were, in fact, only a dozen people, at that time, in ICU … And then?

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Enola Holmes!

Finally, a reason to want to buy a subscription to Netflix … THIS!

I mean, come on! Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister, Enola (Millie Bobby Brown,) taking centre stage to solve the puzzle of what’s happened to her mother—who is, of course, played by the superb Helena Bonham Carter. Yes, I’m all in just to see this. The trailer looks like great fun.

Based on the books by Nancy Springer and set in Victorian London (1884), Enola Holmes puts a youthful, female spin of the endeavours of the detective family. With Henry Cavill switching from his Witcher uniform and white hair, to play Sherlock, and Sam Claflin taking on the role of Mycroft. Yet you just know Enola isn’t gong to play ball with her two older brothers and takes it upon herself to become a detective, and find her mother on her own.

Star Trek: Lower Decks

One of the TV channels up here, in the Frozen North, premiered the first episode, for free, of Star Trek: Lower Deck’s new animated series. Me and mine were beside ourselves to watch it, hoping for the best. But then, we learned that the production was by the same team that did the Rick and Morty show and, we nearly bailed right there and then.

However, we prevailed. We sat down to watch the first episode and … didn’t make it past the giant spider—that was it for me. I just couldn’t get into it. The pace was frenetic, weird, and the humour? Well, let’s say, for me at least, was humourless.

The show is supposed to provide us with a dose of geeky goodness, but ‘Oh My‘ this was really not my idea or, what I might have envisioned happening on any lower decks within the Star Trek universe. And the bat’leth accident? Was that really supposed to be funny?

Oh, I am sure this one is going to get high ratings for CBS’s All Access channel. But I won’t be counted in that number.

Which is a shame, because the show is voiced by some excellent voice talent, with Ensign Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome), Ensign Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid), Ensign Tendi (Noël Wells), the cyborg Ensign Rutherford (Eugene Cordero), Captain Carol Freeman (Dawnn Lewis), Commander Jack Ransom (Jerry O’Connell), Lieutenant Shaxs (Fred Tatasciore), and Dr. T’Ana (Gillian Vigman).

Ah, well, we sat, we watched, we rolled our eyes. And then went and read a book.

Thanks, but no thanks!

Snip, Snip, Snip Part II

We did something dangerous, this week.

We bought a clipper set. We bought a very fancy clipper set … to cut hair. To cut ‘our‘ hair—not other people’s hair, just in case you were wondering if I were starting a new business. I’m not.

For those of you interested in this kind of thing, it’s a Philips 7000 series (though I wonder what happened to the previous 6999 versions?) It comes with three plastic comb fittings. A set of professional scissors, a separate simple plastic comb, and a cape. Yes, we’re going to become super heroes … or something.

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Doctor, Doctor

No, this is not a Doctor Who or knock, knock joke.

I have been without a doctor since mine retired over two years ago. And, since then, I’ve had to do the walk-in clinic—situated across the road from where we live—and get who ever the doctor is for that day. It is very frustrating when you have to get there 20 minutes before an appointment, and then, the doctor is always running late. So that you can end up being in their reception room for over an hour or more.

The last time I had to physically visit was February 19, just before the lockdown was announced. And … 4 days afterward. I fell ill.

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