A sequel to #894: Entertainment Needed at the Vaccine Clinic
At an age that seems like a another lifetime ago, I refused to get vaccinations. I wasn’t anti-vax by any means. I was actually quite pro-vax, but simultaneously, a chickenshit. As soon as I was old enough to make decisions for myself, I stopped with the needles. Then about 15 years ago I decided to get the flu shot. My reaction was so bad that I swore off needles once more.
A global pandemic has a way of forcing you to get over your fears, and so I’ve just had my second shot. My arm is just starting to get sore as I write.
When we last caught up at the vaccine clinic, they were administering Pfizer. This time it’s Moderna. Canada has approved the mixing of these two brands, as they are so similar. As for the side effects, I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
As before, things were fast and efficient. We were in and out in 45 minutes, including the 30 minute wait afterwards. There appeared to be about four times as many people, but the massive facility didn’t feel any more full than last time. Good to see us getting on top of this. I like being in the percentage of people who are double vaxxed in Canada.
As before, the volunteers were excellent — the perfect mixture of professional and friendly.
You know what? None of us here are scientists. (If you are, raise your hand!) We’re just music fans trying to make the best of a worldwide crisis. This the first global pandemic for any of us, unless you’re 103 years old. We are living through history and we are even making history.
16 months ago, near the start of this pandemic, I predicated and hoped that we’d see creativity blossom in new ways. I think we have seen that. Our friends in the band Suicide Star are a great example. They recorded their new album Isolation during lockdown, learning to work in new ways, and finding a bloom of creative sparks. Elsewhere, Styx were also working on new music. Lawrence Gowan was able to use some vintage and not-very-portable keyboards on this album that he never thought he’d play on a Styx record. How cool is that? On the other side of the coin, the new Dennis DeYoung album 26 East Vol. 2 has several lyrics directly addressing the pandemic, such as “St. Quarantine” and “Little Did We Know”.
We have suffered, we have lost, and we have sacrificed. With this second shot in my arm, I hope that I am doing my part to get this behind us. If that makes me a guinea pig, so be it. You can thank me later. I have a birthday coming soon, and my whole family will be double-vaxxed by then. Does that mean I can actually have a birthday party this year?
I miss walking into record stores and toy stores. I miss my grandma. We all hope this is slowly but surely coming to an end. After so many false hopes, it seems somehow unlikely, but hope I shall. Wish me luck with the side effects and I’ll be sure to let you know how I’m doing.
Let’s end this — no mercy!