It’s funny how it took an “enhanced” community quarantine brought by the COVID-19 outbreak to make me post something on this neglected blog.
Well, I’m working from home, and what I brought home is already done. I’ve already caught up with whatever sleep I lost since the beginning of 2020. I could be Netflixing and chill, but I’m not quite in the mood to binge-watch anything after Kingdom 2 (yes, I will be blogging about that because I have lots of time). Parking my buns on social media is not doing anything good to my sense of humor. It’s taking a lot of effort to stop me from replying to comments that irk me. I could be doing household chores… but NO.
Then I remembered that I have a blog. Aba, andito ka pa nga pala.
Someone told me that it’s OK to kill this blog as blogging is not the ‘IN’ thing anymore. But then, I did not create this blog to be ‘in’. I have this blog to unload my thoughts and share them to those who care to read/listen to my nonsense. And since I’ve recently – as in just a few minutes ago – renewed the domain for another year for reasons unknown to me… I guess I have a reason now. I have one full year of blog space to kill my boredom.
So here it is. I will ramble. Because I have time.
Being community quarantined means we are allowed to work from our respective homes. Working from home means we need to have a stable internet connection to communicate with our bosses, colleagues and clients, and transmit reports and files as required.
Armed with this thought, I sent a random Tweet to Globe, Smart and PLDT requesting that they stabilize our internet connections at home. Knowing them, they could be giving us reprieve from our due dates but they’ll compensate by throttling our internet connections. I mean, c’mon. Not everyone is spending this lockdown by binge-watching on streaming sites or online gaming. Some of us still need to do our jobs from the comfort and safety of our homes.
Globe responded through DM. The respond was the usual, “could you tell us if the lights on your modem are on and/or blinking” nonsense.
I politely obliged. Of course, every light is on and/or blinking. Only, the signal light is YELLOW. Yellow means, “low signal”. In short, it’s working, all right. Just not working as fast as it should be.
Guess what! I did not get any more response after that. Of course. It’s like the corporation is saying, We don’t care if the connection is fast nor if the signal is good. If the lights are on, it’s working. We have no problem.
Geez, thanks for wasting my quarantined time. I could’ve just spent that to catch more sleep. Or watch CLOY. Nah.
That moment when you realized that you just averted possible COVID-19 infection by a hairline. And your laziness basically saved yourself.
Around yearend last year, I got transferred to another team but the rest of my teammates stayed put. Last week, my former team invited me to visit my former office to join them for their birthday lunch on Monday. Which was yesterday, March 16. On Friday (March 13), the government announced a Community Quarantine in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. This resulted to our Big Boss announcing that we are free to not report to our respective offices on Monday and just work from home.
I decided to stay at home yesterday for various reasons. One, I can afford to work from home because my pending work load does not require me to actually go to the office and do it there. Two, my daily commute to and from work is at least four hours and it involves transferring vehicles several times. That, alone, makes me vulnerable for infection. Three, I am diabetic, and diabetics are more susceptible to infection and imminent death due to COVID-19 than regular, healthy people. Four, I have been feeling a bit ill since last week because of work deadlines, travelling long distances, preparing for the League of Alden event and lack of sleep due to all of the above. I felt super-fatigued every day. My glucometer reading for the entire week never went below 140 (normal reading for diabetics is 120). On the way home from the event, I felt nauseated to the point of wanting to throw up. Honestly, I was carefully examining myself for symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, catching up on sleep over the weekend stabilized my blood sugar and made me feel better.
Fifth reason, and the most important one: I GOT LAZY.
Today, the Mayor of that former client agency announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. This effectively made the entire Municipal Hall, and everyone and everything he was in contact with, as Persons/Entities Under Investigation for COVID-19.
And I missed that by a hairline. All because I got lazy.
See? Laziness has its benefits. hahahaha!
Seriously, though. I hope the honorable Mayor gets well and everyone there remains safe. This is just proof of how potently dangerous this virus is. It doesn’t discriminate. Everyone is vulnerable. Thus, as much as you can, STAY AT HOME.