The first six months of 2020 has been extremely rough for me. Sometimes It’s hard to write because it hasn’t let up. I found myself looking for solace, at a duck pond in the city, because it’s healing. Many others feel the same way.
My summary of the last few months
I lost my partner in early February to cancer. Immediately afterward, Los Angeles was put on lockdown because of the pandemic. Because I couldn’t afford my apartment on my own, I had to move during the lockdown to a small room in someone’s home.
Meanwhile, 100,000 and counting people have died from the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses are just beginning to open in Los Angeles even though life will not be normal anytime soon. Masks are the newest fashion statement.
Then, George Floyd happened
America imploded. Protesters are marching in every major city. His death was horrible, and any sane person should be enraged by it. Most of the protests have been peaceful but a very small minority of bad actors are creating chaos by looting and burning businesses that have already been severely impacted by the pandemic. It makes no sense.
. . . and, it’s not supposed to
Remember KAOS from Get Smart? It was one of my favorite shows. The so-called anarchists are not much different except they aren’t funny at all. But, despite what some news outlets are reporting or the person who sits at the Resolute Desk, they aren’t a defined group.
They are a mixture of bad actors and hoodlums. From what I’ve seen on camera they’re whites, blacks, Hispanics, and everyone in between. Some are female. Almost all of them are young.
We have to quit putting people in one bucket
I don’t want to speculate on who the looters and anarchists are but they are separate from the majority of peaceful protesters. For those stuck on Antifa like the President, here is some info that the FBI has discovered.
Also, remember there are foreign governments trying to create division to influence our election.
I believe most police are hard-working and caring individuals. Unfortunately, there are bad actors among them as well that caused these protests in the first place.
You can’t put them all into one bucket either. The same goes for Democrats, Republicans, Christians, Jews, or Muslims.
But, a few bad apples spoil the whole bunch.
All this is happening while the pandemic is still killing people
I can’t even imagine how COVID-19 cases are going to spike after all this. Add that to the fact that businesses in some areas may be opening prematurely. It’s mind-blowing. All we can do is hope for the best and stay safe, especially if you’re a Baby Boomer or senior.
Months in isolation will drive anyone nuts. But, as much as I would like to join in on the marches to express my outrage, I will leave that to younger people. I expect this unrest to continue for a while in some way, shape, or form.
To calm my nerves, I sought solace at a local duck pond
Originally, I planned to go to Lake Balboa, which is about 15 minutes away from where I live, but the parking lot was filled with cars and there were way too many people hanging out. The weekend before I got there early to take some photos but then my phone died.
Add that to my list of horrors for the year because I had to buy a new phone.
I was about to head home in frustration but noticed a park on Reseda Blvd. with a huge gathering of ducks and geese.
The park had a small pond so I parked and took my dogs to mingle with the waterfowl. It was a lovely way to seek solace and peace, at least for a short time. Ducks and geese are funny creatures and are hilarious to watch.
My chihuahuas didn’t know what to make of them. One tried to surge toward a goose, but it hissed at her and she backed down.
The Jacaranda trees in the park were in full bloom making the environment serene, even though the park itself isn’t that spectacular. The solace I found there was needed and it was a nice escape from the turmoil.
Enjoy these photos of my ducking fun
Urban lakes can be so soothing. Do you have any you enjoy going to so you can get away from the noise? How have you been surviving during this crazy time? Please leave a comment below.