New Covid-19 variant roars into town

So there’s a new Covid strain in town coined the Delta Variant, which apparently packs a virus load in the sinus that can be 1000 times higher than the original virus. It’s much more contagious, with predictable results in hospitalizations:

Shasta County Covid 8-23-2021

Recent hospitalizations are now more than the prior peak last Winter. I wrote here in Spring that things seemed to be improving, and so was the mood. Now infection rates are rapidly worsening,  just as kids are now back in school. Back during that first spike in late 2020, we went into a lockdown to “bend the curve” and avoid overtaxing the hospitals. Now, there is no official response, and seemingly no politically acceptable way to re-impose a new lockdown. Worse, a free and widely available FDA approved vaccine that we didn’t have during that last spike is being shunned by a significant number of county residents.

My Facebook feed is festooned with hard core anti-vaxxers, not just the vaccine hesitant. Nobody can change their opinion.

So it looks like we are in for a rough ride, especially our frontline medical workers. Sorry!

A very American explanation

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A pandemic Spring in Redding

I last posted here during a grim Christmas season. Despite lockdowns and (frequently ignored) masking and sanitizing regimens, infection rates were on the rise with no end in sight. I could not escape a feeling of gloom and uncertainty about how bad it might get.

But it got better… gradually.

A promised vaccine materialized miraculously (THANK YOU scientists), and now my family members and I are vaccinated. Most local kids got back into school months ago, and thankfully in-person instruction proved not to be a serious source of infection. Rates fell fitfully but steadily, and we recently had a 9 day period when there were no Covid patients in an ICU in the Shasta region. Lately the numbers have started to tick back up again. Probably due to people letting their guard down. Nationwide rates are still fearsome, but California still looks pretty good. Now millions have gotten vaccinated, and vaccines are becoming widely available to all.

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So things are looking up again. You can see it clearly in the re-openings, increased traffic, and people out and about enjoying our terrific Spring weather. I’ve never felt anything like the buzz I got after getting that final vaccine injection. Like a veil of impending doom was lifting. Almost giddy. It’s been a hard year on everyone. But that was then, and this is now.

ReallyRedding once again.

Redding from the bluffs

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A pandemic Christmas for 2020 in Redding

Hello readers.

I see it’s been more than a year since I last posted at this blog. There are a couple of reasons for that. Our real estate brokerage, The Address Realty has been very busy. We are considered “Essential Workers.” Good for business, bad for blogging. Then too, much of what was formerly blog content has moved over to social media. Online life is very different today than it was when I began this blog more than a decade ago. Lots of changes, and not all of them for the good. So here we are.

Art installation

Art installation in downtown Redding with our Christmas tree visible in the background.

I thought it might be important to post about life in the “Purple Tier” in Redding during a murderous Pandemic. I once posted about a tour we took of the Redding Cemetery. We saw so many of the tombstones were from 1918, when a prior pandemic christened the Spanish Flu swept through our town. It seemed evident that everyone in our small town of 1918 must have known somebody who perished from that flu. Now, I myself have lost 2 dear friends to Covid-19. In life, they were surrounded by a network of friends and family. In death, they died alone gasping for one last breath surrounded by beeping medical equipment. Ugh. Unlike 1918, we are promised a vaccine next year. Meanwhile, the virus rages, and we are all trying not to become victims. But it seems likely that before it is over, all of us remaining may very well know a victim or victims.

Covid 19 rates 12-24-2020

Covid 19 rates 12-24-2020

And many are very concerned. Others not so much. There is a facemask mandate that just seems to make sense. Such a minor inconvenience as a tradeoff for the safety of yourself and the others around you. Most stores have signs out front demanding that entrants be masked. But we see plenty of people out and about, defiantly not wearing masks. Even videos were posted of fairly large unmasked religious gatherings, which later became responsible for a local spike in the number of cases.

No question the lockdown has been hard on our small town’s economy. So much formerly local commerce shifted to online purchases. So many restaurants closed. I haven’t gone to a restaurant since early Spring, although we try to order takeout as much as possible. The federal government did some good things with stimulus checks at the beginning of the pandemic, but then seemed to lose interest. It’s easy to imagine many restaurants and small stores are going under for good. Lots of them are small family businesses with their entire life savings invested. Some are defying the orders to shut their doors, and one can sympathize. And pandemic fatigue has set in. People are eager to get back to normal life, even though that relaxing of pandemic discipline may well cost lives. 

Clearie’s closed early in the pandemic, hoping to reanimate in some other location later. We hope so too!

Also very hard on kids. School has been on again/off again. Rough for education and staff. Difficult for parents needing childcare arrangements and/or unable to help with schooling. Anyone whose tried to assist with “distance learning” knows how frustrating that can be. Worrisome too, for the long term damage to educational and socialization efforts. 

Distance learning

We are fortunate to have a credentialed retired schoolteacher to help with distance learning.

Mental health seems in short supply too. All the uneasy tension or downright hostility between the masked and unmasked. The loneliness of isolation during lockdown certainly takes a toll. We are not hardwired to live like this. Society is frayed. People are too.

Garden of lights

Scene from Redding’s Garden of Lights art installation currently running in the McConnell Arboretum

But hey, it’s Christmas! My grandkids will be opening gifts here at grandma’s house in the morning, and I will be of good cheer. 

Sundial lit

Redding’s Sundial Bridge is lit for Christmas in 2020

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Redding’s lovely City Hall

We received a light snowfall a few days ago. I was hoping to shoot our City Hall with a dusting of snow, but it had melted away before I got there. Took these shots anyway. It’s a beautiful building.

Redding City Hall

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A Shasta Sunset 2019

lol, I tried to post this June 10, but never hit Publish evidently. So here is a sunset shot from last summer.

According to my insider sources, Lake Shasta is as full as it will be for 2019, right now.

While it will be a terrific year for boating, longtime lakers know that the early summer will be filled with driftwood at the launches, and scattered randomly throughout. Especially after the Delta Fire. Boat with caution. But, do boat. It’s going to be an epic lake year!

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Granddaughter takes flight

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Mountain biking in the Redding burn scar

Striking mountain bike video of the trails west of Redding, post Carr Fire. These riders and their coolest-ever dog, show what it looks like as the fire recovery begins. Green grass, flowers, and twisted burned manzanita.

Looks like you can still have some free fun shredding it in the west hills. It doesn’t look the same as it once did, obviously. But the recovery is underway. Out on the trail with your dog, that’s Really Redding.

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Heading to Redding after a good snowfall season

From Shingletown on Hwy 44, looking towards our destination, Redding CA.


Heading to Redding

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Shasta Dam with floodgates open

Redding is blessed by an abundance of fresh water.

“Freshwater makes up a very small fraction of all water on the planet. While nearly 70 percent of the world is covered by water, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh. The rest is saline and ocean-based. Even then, just 1 percent of our freshwater is easily accessible, with much of it trapped in glaciers and snowfields.” National Geographic

“Trapped in glaciers and snowfields” for a while, anyway.  The snow you see here gracing Mt Shasta will mostly melt away this summer.

We are having an exceptional rain year. I feared we would see mudslides and worse, similar to what Santa Barbara experienced in the winter after their last big fire. So far, so good.

The floodgates of Shasta Dam are not often opened. Check it out, while you can. It’s ReallyRedding.

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