COVID-19: Part 68

May 28, 2022 11:11 am
  • Rancho Las Positas Elementary School known cases on site: 158
  • Livermore cases: 13,883; overall vaccination rate: 79.2%
  • Alameda County cases: 267,361; deaths: 1,820; overall vaccination rate: 84.2%
  • U.S. cases: 83,712,000+; deaths: 1,001,000+; overall vaccination rate: 66.6%

Over 1 million deaths from COVID was passed this week in the U.S.

Things had been going pretty well. April was a pretty stable month for COVID. But it's been ticking up again throughout May. A couple weeks ago Alameda county crossed into the "medium community transmission" category (from "low") per the CDC monitoring.

The Lab has renewed its strong recommendation that employees wear N-95 or KN-95 masks when meeting together, but hasn't moved to a requirement.

We got an exposure notification for Heather almost every day during the week her class was practicing for the play.

The girls became eligible for a booster shot this week and we did that on Thursday afternoon. They felt kind of lousy on Friday morning, so they stayed home from school. But by dinner time they were fine.

Open House

May 26, 2022 8:53 pm

Tonight was open house at the girls' school. The campus full of families and kids excited to show off all the neat projects they've been working on.

Walking across the blacktop thinking there's nowhere to go if someone started shooting. Walking into the girls' classrooms thinking there's nowhere to hide if someone stood at the windows.

Looking around the room and noticing that the teacher has the blinds drawn and a poster blocking the door's window--almost certainly a security measure to protect her students. Her students. My daughter. Our world.

Looking at the artwork on the walls and recognizing that a classroom just like this one is still covered in blood from the bodies of the children murdered there two days ago.

An open house to celebrate their school year.

A unspoken vigil for the victims that didn't get to finish theirs.

I'm so Tired

8:51 am

I'm so tired of the number of children that don't get to come home from school.

I'm so tired of the suffering of the parents who will never see their kids grow up.

I'm so tired of police officers who hide and wait while children are massacred.

I'm so tired of people insisting that if we just had more guns this wouldn't happen.

I'm so tired of politicians using any excuse to do nothing to stop this from happening.

I'm so tired of cowards who love their guns more than children.

I'm so tired of hearing that the 2nd Amendment is sacred.

I'm so tired of this country's completely broken relationship with firearms.

I'm so tired of this bullshit.


Heather is in 4th grade this year. The thought of her in a classroom being shot while we are outside screaming at police to do something is too much. I'm just so tired.

Gymnastics Recital 2022

May 21, 2022 6:18 pm

Like Heather's class play, the girls' gymnastics class held their first recital since 2019 this weekend. Corinne was nervous about it, but had a great time. She was positively beaming when she got her medal. Heather is always very stoic during public performances, her play and this recital included. Pictures came out a lot better this time since I have the new camera. The gymnastics recital is always incredibly challenging for getting decent pictures. Full sun outside, but dim inside with lots of backlighting. We went and got frozen yogurt afterwards.