May 11th, 2020

5th street los angeles 1905

Day Zero Zero Zero Zero (this is starting to look really stupid)

As I expected, it became necessary to turn on the air conditioner today. Then I remembered to turn it off when I went out to mail the rent check and buy some things at Dollar Tree. I ended up buying ten items; three boxes of tissues, two three-packs of bath soap, a bottle of shampoo, a bag of cheese balls, two bottles of soda, a root beer and a black cherry, and one of those lighters people who have barbecue grills use. I don't have a barbecue grill but I do have some scented candles in jars, and once they burn down a bit they are impossible to relight without a long lighter.

I took a quick look at the remaindered books Dollar Tree stocks, but didn't seen anything of interest and didn't want to linger to search more thoroughly. Again, I just wanted to get the hell out of that place. A few people we wearing masks, but there were many weren't, including the cashier a the check stand. I don't plan on going back there for a long time.

Though not as hot as Saturday, the afternoon was quite sultry, and I tried to walk in the shade as much as possible. The mailbox I use is beyond a good sized stretch of treeless parking lot, though, and that made for some unpleasant walking. It was good to get back to the apartment, which had remained fairly cool despite the air conditioner being off. I changed back into my comfy pants and indoor slippers, for which my feet were very grateful. Now that I'm seldom wearing my outdoor shoes and walking very little my feet get sore quickly.

Once the sun went down the air cooled nicely, and a breeze came up, a harbinger of the rain that is still predicted to arrive Monday afternoon. I must try to remember to get the wheelie bin out to the street for Tuesday's pickup before that rain begins. I'll have to put my miserable street shoes on again, of course. Semi-quarantine is spoiling my feet. I don't know how I'll ever get them used to regular shoes again after this is all over— if it ever is over, and if I'm still around.

California is one of the states where cases are once again increasing, so even though it has about the lowest infection rate of any densely populated states, it is still not ready for even the limited reopening that has just gotten underway. In fact the low rate of infection so far puts us at risk for a very rapid growth of cases if we aren't very careful. I'm pretty sure that most of the country is loosening restrictions too quickly, and we could be in for a very ugly summer. I had been thinking about making a quick run to Grocery Outlet later this week, but now I'm inclined to believe that that could be a very bad idea.

Ramen for dinner again. If this keeps up I'm likely to lose what little cooking skill I ever had. Pathetic.