Cruises, Theme Parks, and Masks: Shall You? (#Covid19)

To borrow a phrase from Adam the Woo – lol!

Like us, you’ve probably been watching all the videos about the opening of Disney Springs, Universal Florida, and, perhaps Disney.

Masks are the norm now, especially with the news that the “Bob” isn’t really caught by touching surfaces but through cough, sneeze, and speech. David of FreshBaked seems to think this will be the new normal for the unforseeable future. I disagree. I don’t believe this is the “new normal” but the normal now – the in-between normal.

Soooo, will I retract my statement about avoiding places where masks are required unless absolutely necessary?

The Disney Springs video showed the CMs making it seem like fun, as I’m sure all of Disney will, and even the guests having fun does make me ask myself if it’s worth it, wearing a mask, that is, for the sake of fun? Even if the masks are tolerable, will it still be fun if you have to wear one? That’s the question Disney and other theme park fans are asking themselves, even if they’re willing to take the “risk.”

I will say I’m quite pleased by the positive approach from Disney Springs, Universal, and Carnival Cruise Lines. I’d much prefer to hear of potential openings, not cancellations and closures like most cruise lines and Disneyland.

We’ll be watching Carnival to see what happens with cruising changes and how it’s all handled. Will we still want to cruise? Right now we have 3 cruises booked with Princess. The first is the end of November, but since final payment is due September, their silence about their plans is a bit disconcerting. Not sure we will move forward with it (assuming it will still sail), if we haven’t had a chance to see how they’re handling it. We don’t plan on being the guinea pigs.

As for Disney World, I read that they submitted their plans for reopening but without a date. But I’ve heard nothing on the Disneyland front. Not sure Napa Rose will be open on my birthday, which is before Disneyland’s birthday on the 17th, which some are suggesting might be the reopening date. So many of us probably won’t really know what we will do until it’s time to do it.

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Washer and Dryer and How Long is a “State of Emergency?” (#Covid19 Rant)

Two more days until our washer and dryer is scheduled to be delivered after being delayed due to supply issues during the “Bob.” It will be over 3 weeks since we moved here, living without these essential appliances. When towels got low, we ordered new ones, both kitchen and bathroom. We’re just now getting to washing out our underwear – lol!

We need CenturyLink and/or Cox to come back when they can actually move our internet from the garage to inside the house where it belongs.

And, finally, praise be to God, we’re seeing results of states being sued over this lengthy #stayhome order. Not only Wisconsin, but Oregon and several other states. I imagine all states are in the process of legal push back. Here’s the link to the Oregon case.

Basically, it ruled that you can’t call a state of emergency for longer than 30 days without going through the Legislature. Recently I railed against stupid people asking the Oregon governor stupid questions such as “Can I go to another county to get my hair cut.” “No,” she said, to name one.

But the churches are really getting me hot under the collar. I’ve been stomping around the house, jumping up and down, hitting my head on the ceiling in fury, ready to burst into flames – lol. Well, not really, but you get the idea. I guess you can see my position on the “obedience vs fight back” response issue. I’d like my church to at least do something. Take steps. I’m tired of livestreaming. Worship is something you do – not watch.

A group of 190 pastors in Nevada went to the Democratic governor to plead their case that church openings be part of Phase 1 and he pretty much said, “Absolutely not.” When the news of what businesses were included in Phase 1, a local Orthodox priest said he was disheartened that “churches were in the same category as brothels” – lol! In digging up some info on the Governor (we weren’t here when he was voted in), we discovered he’s a Catholic.

But being Catholic doesn’t necessarily define your governorship, as I’ve discovered. The Arizona governor has recently allowed church openings and he’s Catholic but a Republican Catholic. That doesn’t mean much to me in itself, as an Independent, but it is interesting how it plays out. Yep, this whole pandemic has been political from the start.

At least the Orthodox (OCA) and Greek churches in Las Vegas, I think I mentioned before, are opening up slowly, according to their Bishop’s plans and the priests are staying connected to their flocks. I don’t see the Catholic Churches doing much in that regard. Very enlightening.

As an Orthodox convert turned Eastern Catholic Convert, I’ve had many opportunities to run like Hell from the Catholic Church, but I love my Eastern Catholic Church. As some say, it’s “Orthodoxy in Communion” with Rome. It’s what Orthodoxy in America should look like, a church for Americans. Not Russian. Not Greek. Etcetera. Etcetera.

And that’s the story for today.