Things have been stressful lately (seems to be a common thing around here) so we found some good tickets and made a four day weekend trip to L.A. It was a lot of fun, the weather was nicer, and for the most part we were able to avoid crowds. I wish I could live in California, but there don't seem to ever be jobs in L.A. anymore and if there were I could likely only afford to live in a shoe box.
Everyone had fun, we spent time on the beach, checking out the hiking around Hollywood, driving around Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, getting late night fish tacos, and we tried to do Disneyland since we read it was only at 25% capacity (which turned out to be a lie, so we only rode a few things then left.). One of the things we got to ride was the Millennium Falcon ride and I was in Han Solo's place and one of my kids was in the place of Chewbacca. Of course when we needed to go into hyperdrive I told him, "punch it!"
Overall I hope my kids are appreciating the travel that they're getting to do. When I was a kid I was lucky to go to King's Island once per year and go on camping trips. We'd visit family either by driving really far or flying standby for free on airplanes, but that was it. My kids have been on ancient pyramids in Mexico, seen the Mona Lisa in person, been on top of a mountain in a national park, explored the Grand Canyon, seen the birthplace of America, seen Hollywood, and so many other experiences at this point in their lives. We live in a very diverse area so they get a lot of aspects of other people and places at home but travel gives them so many other perspectives. We're thinking of a trip to Japan for next year.
Work still sucks and it bothers me. They're acting as if Delta doesn't exist and management doesn't get to work from home ever, while our staff at least get two days off per week. However, COVID is still spreading and a guy on my floor tested positive Monday. He was supposedly vaccinated too. I still look for other jobs, but either there's nothing remote with a good salary or it would require me to move somewhere that isn't interesting.
Texas really sucks at the moment and I don't understand why the governor and other state officials seem to be intentionally trying to sabotage people to spread the disease, especially around schools. Fortunately, our county and school district are rebelling somewhat. They won't do a mask mandate in the school district (as of today, things change daily because the county is trying to impose one that will apply to the schools) but they are offering online schools at the last minute for K-6 which would help my kids that are too young to be vaccinated.
Also, I've tried to get the kids into several clinical trials and had no luck. I know it's not perfect with the Delta variant but I prefer them to have some protection, especially in a state where so much of the population and government is pro-death. I'm just sick of this shit and if Thanos were real and snapped out of existence everyone that can't wear a mask right while opposing mask mandates and vaccines I wouldn't even mind. I feel guilty about those thoughts, because I know it's not good to have given up on the humanity of a significant portion of the population but they're holding us back and risking our lives based on their arrogance and narcissism. Enough about this topic though, because I think and talk about it way too much.
I go through phases of video games and surprisingly this one has stuck with me since about 2016 or so. I'm still not very good and I get motion sickness if I use ball cam, but it's a lot of fun. It's a good distraction from life.
Actually I lied. I can't think of anything else to say right now. Sorry for being boring.
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