A lot of people, practicing isolation and stay-at-home behaviours these past few months, prefer it. “Ya know, I haven’t had as much work and my income is down and I must admit that I have to get back to work soon but, well, I enjoy the slow pace and getting some home work and projects done and well, I am in no hurry to get back to the rat race.”
Others are not so pleased at the interruption. I tried to get some parts for Sal’s Suzuki outboard. “Geez, just about everything is on back-order. Especially Suzuki, they have been locked down the most and we just can’t get parts!” I have noticed a lot of items on ‘back-order’ at Amazon, too.
The businesses in downtown Victoria are dying. Their revenue this year so far is down 95%! No tourists and no government workers makes for a devastated economy in a government/tourism based city. Sal and I went down there over these past few days to see our grandchildren and Sal’s mom. Victoria looked almost deserted. A ghost-town. If it weren’t for the 1500 plus homeless people, there would have been no street life at all.
The good news is that my son’s immediate neighbourhood has pulled together in a very natural and communal way. Son got a new front deck and porch finished up and the neighbourhood seems to gravitate to it every day and early evening. Mind you, the tradition started when they had the old deck so it is very likely this phenomena is all socially driven – not architectural and only a bit enhanced by Covid. They can all stand six feet apart and it seems OK on a lawn.
While we sat outside and ate pizza, three or four separate ‘families/neighbours’ popped in. Dogs came too. Butts were sniffed. Some of the people stayed and chatted. Some had wine. At any given time, there were at least 5-6 different people other than his relatives (6) hanging about. Very pleasant.
Costco was busy. And, this time, it was more relaxed customer-wise. Everyone needed a mask and the carts were being wiped but the store allowed as many customers as arrived. It was somewhat crowded. Given that BC has few cases and no deaths in six days, I suppose the new protocol is fine but I preferred the ‘only ten in the store at a time’ that they had imposed a few months ago.
A friend of mine who works in Montreal reported that he is doing better post Covid revenue-wise and he doesn’t even have to leave his house. He is a teacher of Karate and Photography and, because of C-19, started on-line classes using Zoom. He makes more money doing that ‘virtually’ than he did doing it in gathering places.
Everyone knew that C-19 would change things but I am pleasantly surprised that it has changed many things for the better. Of course, shops, retail and that sort of thing will suffer and traditional large scale operations have immense overhead and so this interruption will knock more than a few out of business but our ‘shopping lady’ is doing boffo box-office and so is my Montreal friend. Liquor sales are way up. So is groceries. And so are home sales! That is a surprise.
When you throw a large wrench into a complicated system, things go awry. But rarely do they go better! In this time of pandemic, some things are going better and that is an unexpected side-effect of this disease.