Our first airplane trip since Mexico in 2019 took us to Palm Springs for Spring Break for the week. We rented an Airbnb with a pool and mostly stayed at the house by the pool, ate dinners outside and did very little else. It was a nice to have a change of scenery and warmer weather.
I was concerned about taking flights during Covid but they were short flights and everyone at the airports and on the planes were very safe, wore masks and everything was contactless.
Before we went to Palm Springs, Seattle was still chilly and I was wearing sweaters. While we were away, Seattle changed to warm weather and it feels like Springtime.
For the first time since the pandemic started we went to a restaurant, Terra Plata, for Gay’s 51st birthday dinner. On the way home we tried to find an open Starbucks so she could get her free birthday coffee but there weren’t any. Then we had cupcakes and presents at home.
All 5 of us passed. We took tests so we could spend the weekend with friends who need to be extra safe because their daughter is in a strict school “pod”. The tests were super easy: pull up in your car, take a swab and swirl it in each nostril and give it back. It took about a minute, was painless and cost nothing. And there are those who think government can’t do anything right. 🤷🏻♂️
If it was done as a commercial business it wouldn’t be free, so less people would do it which would make everyone less safe, and there’d be incentives to falsify results to be the most popular service (“get tested by us, we have more negative results than anyone!”), making everyone even less safe.