Fuck. No, it's July.
I realize I could have just edited that first two-word sentence, but it seemed like the way to go considering how this year is shaping out to be.
So welcome to July 2020.
As of this writing, the county I live in is still in Phase 1 of reopening while the majority of the state is in Phase 2 and looking forward to Phase 3, all the while infection rates for COVID-19 are steadily on the rise, breaking the record number of newly reported cases every couple of days. Thankfully though our (current) total infected since the beginning of March (8,931)is still lower than what Florida reported on June 27th. It was 9,585 new cases. In one day. One. Day.
And the protests are still going (which is a good thing) and there are signs of progress in one form or another. Mississippi finally joined 1865 last month and decided that having a racist symbol used to oppress an entire ethnicity (and any other non-white ethnicity) was probably not a cool thing to do in this day and age, although what their new state flag will look like has not yet been solidified beyond requiring it to have "In God, We Trust" emblazed somewhere, so things could still go deeper south if they are not careful. In the last week, there has been more attention drawn to the death of Elijah McClain who was murdered by police in Aurora, CO and the chances of that case being reopened or re-evaluated are growing, which is good. Meanwhile, two of the three police officers who murdered Breonna Taylor are still gainfully employed and one has been fired, but none have been arrested and tried. Which is bad. And thankfully the death of Robert Fuller is being reexamined by the FBI after he was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, CA two weeks after Malcolm Harsch's body was found also hung from a tree in Victorville, CA. Both were initially categorized as suicides. This closer examination of both crime scenes is a good thing. And in the last four days, there have been two separate instances of white people pulling guns on either protesters or people that they themselves hit with their car.
I have no idea how to transition from this.
But hey*, I did manage to kill over 1,190 nazis while playing through Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, as well as the 949 that I killed playing Wolfenstein: The New Order, as well as however many I will kill in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Yeah, I'm a sucker for this series. I also finished The Sinking City: Deluxe Edition on the Switch and there (should?) be a two-part series coming out for that game, which was a lot of fun and far from the dumpster fire that certain swaths of the gaming community would have you believe. I also finished Old Man's Journey which was a nice emotional ride in and of itself. And I have been playing Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and I will have a review of that game that may get me banned in a few online circles, but that's just the way the brass tacks fall these days.
*I really need to work on my transitions.