I was walking the lake this weekend nearby these incidents.  

https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/08/08/man-shot-to-death-in-lakeshore-commercial-district-of-oakland/

https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/08/09/oakland-double-injury-shooting-near-lake-merritt-under-investigation/

It didn’t make the news but woke up Friday morning to a SWAT team across the street surrounding a guy in a car. About 15 police with guns out.  They shot out his window and arrested him.  Never found out what he did for all that.

Other sad weekend news:

https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/08/09/two-men-killed-one-wounded-in-oakland-shootings/

Locals are starting to organize to document and confront the bad behavior around the lake and trying to engage the city council and Mayor.   I don’t think the city has the stomach or resources for it though.

https://www.oaklandca.gov/news/2020/opd-has-recovered-nearly-540-guns-related-to-crimes-this-year-a-20-increase-over-the-same-time-last-year-still-violent-crime-is-on-the-rise

 

So much bad news this week.  At a local level there were two deadly shootings 1 block from our place, one occurring at noon while I was on a conference call!  I heard the shots and found out later what had happened.   There were a few stabbings also, and major vandalism with firestarting at the courthouse and some nearby apartment buildings.  It’s so scary to even go outside now with the zombies running around constantly.

Covid continuing to spike in many states causing things to shut down again.

9.5% decline in Q2 was the worst on record:

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/07/30/business/stock-market-today-coronavirus/the-us-economys-contraction-in-the-second-quarter-was-the-worst-on-record

Trump sent a tweet about delaying the election..WTF??? (it wasn’t received well)

It seemed okay when new infections were hovering around 20K per day but unfortunately there’s a huge spike now and we are accelerating through 50K per day.

California and other states have rolled back openings.  There is still outdoor dining but all indoor places are still closed and fireworks shows for the 4th of July cancelled.  People are tired and don’t want to be told what to do so still gather at parties, etc without masks.  Hoped to be out of this by now but it looks to be a long Summer.  Some other countries have opened up but are banning Americans because we can’t get our shit together.

Protests and social unrest are still occurring and businesses downtown still closed and boarded up- I don’t think many will survive.  There’s been a huge spike in illegal fireworks and these huge explosions regularly occur nightly now until 1am shaking the windows and disturbing sleep (and pets).  One bit of good news is the unemployment rate improved to 11% from 14%.

 

 

Catching up on one of the craziest years in my lifetime and only 1/2 over?

The year 2020 always seemed like the far future but this hopeful future arrived in tragic fashion and has accelerated month by month into uncertainty and increasing chaos.

January

  • The Covid virus arrives into the U.S from Wuhan, China with lots of unknowns and fear
  • The first  cases arrive around the end of January: News Link

February

  • Things are looking like the virus will be spreading to the U.S.  We get nervous and start stocking up on food, sanitizing materials, medicine, etc.  It works out good as shortly these things will be in short supply and grocery stores overrun with desperate shoppers.

 

March

  • On Sunday March 8th in the evening, we get an email from our CIO informing us that the office is shut down and we are to work from home remotely 
    • Staff and Administration: Effective immediately, we encourage all teams in TDS to consider remote work accommodations for staff where appropriate. Please take into account projects, services or collaboration activities and work with your Director or VP to come up with approaches that support our partners. Staff working remotely need to complete a Temporary Remote Work agreement form if one has not already been completed. The forms with instructions should be available Monday by the end of the day. Notably, there are some areas that do not allow for remote work. We expect those staff who need to be on site to take appropriate precautions as outlined on the SHC intranet (link below). Also, if there is not a requirement to hold larger in person meetings, please explore ways to conduct them virtually.
       
  • The night before our cruise vacation, all cruises are suspended and we scramble to cancel flights, hotels, and tours.  It takes around 60 days to get all our refunds processed
     
  • On March 16th the Bay area issues a stay at home order due to Coronavirus.  All businesses (restaurants, shops, etc) are closed and remain so for months https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/coronavirus/region-wide-coronavirus-order-to-impact-bay-area-residents/2255386/
     
  • Governor Gavin Newsom issues an unprecedented stay at home order for the state of California on March 19th https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

 

April

  • Our vacation to Vegas to see Lady Gaga’s Enigma concert is cancelled as all the casinos and venues are still closed
  • Concerts to see the Hella Mega Tour (Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer) and Pet Shop Boys/New Order are postponed for sometime in 2021

May