The Worries That Keep the Widder Curry Up at Night

by on April 1, 2020 · 13 comments

in Ocean Beach

‘Who Would Have Thought …’

By Judi Curry

Ever since my husband became ill with lung cancer and had difficulty talking, I have never slept well at night. (I can take delightful naps during the day – but then I don’t sleep at night!)  Because it was difficult for him to talk, or even get out of bed,  he would turn on the light when he needed help and it got to the point that even a small flashlight would wake me up.

Now, ten years later I am still having difficulty sleeping but added to the sensor lights going on because the skunks, squirrels, raccoons and other animals think that my home is a thoroughfare, I am worried about the outcomes of the COVID-19.

I am not necessarily worried about myself in spite of being in the age group that is – or used to be – the most vulnerable, but I am worried about my children, one that works for Kaiser and must go into the hospital every day and one that works for the Military and also needs to go in, but not every day.

But I also worry about the idiots that are walking along Sunset Cliffs, holding hands; drinking; about as close as the letters are in this article.  It is almost a game with them; they come down to the Cliffs and look to see if there are any police nearby.  If everything is clear, they park in the lots or across the street and walk along the waterfront.

Yesterday there were hordes of people actually going down the cliffs onto the beaches below.  Some people even took their bikes down the human-made trails.  When the police arrived, as they do every day, everyone is put at risk; the officers that have to get the people to disperse; the people that stand around and watch the circus being performed in front of them; the people that have to come up the eroding Cliffs because they just can’t follow directions, etc.

Every one of these people are putting others at risk, and still, every single day they are there. I am not saying that they are the same people, although there are so many of them I would wager that many of them are.

And why are they coming to this area when they don’t live anywhere near here?  This is evidenced by the number of cars that are parked along the Cliffs and the side streets.  I have to confess that I sometimes walk my dog – always on the sidewalk side – not the Cliffs side – but I LIVE HERE.  This is where I always have walked my dog.  I do not think it would be right for me to drive to another neighborhood and walk my dog there.  Just like it isn’t right for these people to drive here to spread the virus among the residents – and the other people that are also disobeying the rules.  Maybe they do not have the virus.  But then again, maybe they do.

So instead of sleeping I worry.

I seem to be able to come up with many “what if’s”.  For example, here’s a “what if” that I have yet to find an answer to that really concerns me.  It has been said that animals, dogs particularly, do not get the COVID-19 virus.  But….”What if” someone comes up to the dog and pets him – with or without your permission – and that person has the virus still in the contagion period.  And then I go and pet my dog.  It is unfathomable to me that the virus is not on the dog’s fur, and that I will get the virus in spite of him not getting it.  If it is so contagious that they are now saying that 6 feet apart is not enough to guarantee you not getting it, then it seems to me that the contagion is right there on the dog’s fur.

And you know what else is unfathomable to me?  That gun stores have been designated as “essential” and they remain open while my dentist has to remain closed.  Gun stores are essential?  Is everyone going to run out and shoot a deer for dinner?  What in the hell makes them “essential?”  To shoot a neighbor?

Last night, or early this morning, I was thinking about the possibility of a neighbor buying a gun and shooting me.  (Lord knows after some of the comments I have received from my postings it is a possibility….)  I worried that my kids wouldn’t be able to find my will, my funeral arrangements, etc.  Today I spent hours rearranging my files so that if they needed the information it was available to them.

These are the things that keep me up at night.  Oh yeah, by the way – did you see the beautiful ships that came into San Diego in the past few days? You know, the ones that had over 2500 passengers on them?

Sleep well.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

John Aiya April 1, 2020 at 12:58 pm

Seriously, are you every happy?


Geoff Page April 2, 2020 at 12:12 pm

Seriously, are you “every” nice, Aiya?


Chris April 1, 2020 at 5:14 pm

Speaking of the military, let’s pray for the crew members and embarked personnel onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Over two hundred cases onboard in a matter of days.


Geoff Page April 2, 2020 at 12:17 pm

If you gonna waste time praying, why not ask the Big Guy why he started this in the first place and ask him to end it?


Bob Edwards April 2, 2020 at 1:38 pm

The lord works in mysterious ways, right?


Geoff Page April 2, 2020 at 1:53 pm

To me, it isn’t a mystery, I’m a non-believer. But, that is the answer that is always given. When I see survivors of a tornado standing in front of a destroyed home thanking god for sparing them, the cognitive dissonance amazes me. But, when confronted with it, that is the answer and it can’t be refuted because how do you refute a fairy tale?


Chris April 2, 2020 at 7:17 pm

I’m just saying that in the most general sense. I’m not religious either. As to the big guy, I think we all agree he is useless. The fault in this case lies at the tops brass of the DON. I’m sure you heard today the CO was removed from his position for submitting a letter asking for help.


Geoff Page April 2, 2020 at 7:27 pm

Yes, I read that. I can’t say that I couldn’t believe what I heard because that phrase has become useless. “They” have already quickly pointed out t-rump was not involved. BS. And it could be a set up. All he has to do is reinstate the guy or give him a medal and his minions will love him. The advantages that human beings take of disasters show how low people will stoop to further their own interests. t-rump is the poster boy.


Christopher Thomas April 1, 2020 at 5:30 pm

As for people from outside neighborhoods congregating along Sunset Cliffs and other beach areas, I think that goes with the territory. While I fully agree with you 100 percent, those who don’t live within walking distance of an ocean view are going to drive to and take walks in areas that have it. It’s their escape and until there are further restrictions they will continue to do so. Any danger they may pose towards people who live there is for the time being completely off their concern radar.

The gun thing is interesting. Looking at some of threads on social media, I get the impression that the logic amongst the gun purchasers is they are preparing for the possibility that society will fall into chaos and they want to be “prepared”. Funny and sad and scary all at the same time.


nostalgic April 2, 2020 at 8:23 am

John, Once you know someone who has died, you will think differently.


retired botanist April 2, 2020 at 3:16 pm

Ok, so I’m going to be blunt here. Bless all you dog lovers and dog owners (i do like dogs), worried about whether their fur transmits covid-19. I’m not a dog owner, I don’t pet dogs, and I live in a highly populated metropolitan area. If only the solutions were as easy as “Don’t pet my dog”
Here’s how our Govt is working for us- I’m on the pulse of the Washington Post every day, and I also know the DelMarVa area hasn’t even seen the spike yet. Here are the guidelines from our Govt:
Do not wear masks. Wear masks. Do not get tested. Get tested. A huge stockpile has been sent. The stockpile is grossly underestimated. FEMA is prepared. FEMA is not prepared…
Who’s in charge? Is it ok to eat Fauci sprinkle donuts? Ventilators have been sent. Broken ventilators have been sent. We’ll be open for business by Easter. We’ll be open for business by July. We wont be open for business. You’ll get a $1200 check. No, you have to file a tax form first, then you’ll get a check. No, you don’t have to file a tax form….
Seriously? Is there ANY SINGLE component of the government that isn’t dysfunctional?
No wonder 2/3 of the country are experiencing mental health problems.
Walking around or not walking around, whether its “you” or the person you want to avoid, are literally the least of our concerns…..


Doug Blackwood April 3, 2020 at 9:53 pm

For those of us who are fortunate enough to live in OB/ Pt Loma: we know & love 92107! I surfed the Cliffs since 67, and still reside here. We can thank the Internet: media, & Real Estate Moguls for: endlessly promoting our place by the sea! Yes even some local surfers became real estate agents. Don’t worry, be happy.


Geoff Page April 6, 2020 at 8:20 am

I’ve surfed with firemen and women, construction workers, lawyers even, but real estate people?! I had no idea. The horror…


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