March 16th, 2020

hasui saitama mountains

Continuing

Dentist fortunately and acupuncture sadly both closed for the duration. (That last phrase dates from before I was born. Seems odd that I'd know it, except that rationing in Britain lasted until I was four, and the memory lingered to the time I began reading English books.) Last time acupuncture closed for a month I was completely crippled after, and to this we have the 'avoid anti-inflammatories' advice, which I think I won't take. Getting upright in the morning is difficult enough.

I could also do without a pandemic whose symptoms are coughing, aches, sore throat and fatigue coinciding with the allergy season whose symptoms are coughing, aches, sore throat and fatigue. Yes, and fever, but I never get fevers. Or think I don't, because whenever I take my temperature it's 96 point something F, a far cry from 'normal' 98.8.

Surprised that people are still shopping at large supermarkets like Loblaws, where I'd gone to pick up soy milk and cough drops. (Which were all gone, the familiar Vicks ones I mean, but the more effective European ones were in plentiful supply.) But cases are increasing exponentially here and my guess is the population is thinking in terms of isolation.

I'm reading the Silmarillion and must have dreamed it last night, because I had the distinct disgusted impression that I'd finished the Beren and Luthien section only to have them slip easily into Morgoth's castle and pull the silmaril off his finger. Pleased that that's not how it's working out. And of course I'd forgotten they were in his crown to begin with.