Friday, March 20, 2020

friday video flashback: 2014 Rolex 4*

Happy Friday, everyone! It's been.... wow. It's been a week. All the way back on Monday, I wrote about how the covid-19 crisis finally "got real" for Marylanders, in that just about every single citizen was impacted in some tangible, meaningful way.

And, as many of you are experiencing, things have only escalated from there. There has been a lot of uncertainty and some chaos. I feel very fortunate to say that, at least for my own network anfd connections, not too too many consequences as yet. There is worry tho, especially as speculation runs rampant and cold hard facts remain rarer than rocking horse manure.

shot from our epic 2019 LRK3DE5* trip!!!!
Conventional wisdom says that we will adapt to the current "new normal," tho. And settle. Right now everyone is on edge, and that's freakin exhausting haha, and therefore unsustainable. Soon (I hope), we'll be able to step back a bit and assess.

In the meantime, I'm still a little too consumed by vague nihilistic existentialism to like... idk, sit down and write about our recent dressage fix a test clinic (tho it was, in fact, awesome haha). That'll come eventually, probably tho ;)

I'm **not** so preoccupied, however, to not be sad about the cancellation of this year's Kentucky 5*. Per my and my group's annual tradition, we'd already secured our tickets and booked travel well in advance. And had been nervously gnawing on our fingertips for the last few weeks before they inevitably (and correctly) announced the cancellation.

(obvi tons of familiar faces bc duh, but it's fun for me to recognize folks like Dan in the video. equal parts sad tho bc both he and his wife Katilin were qualified, sound and ready to return ((finally!)) to this level of competition this year. .... sigh)

Boo. Add another hash mark to the "lost" tally bc of this insane pandemic.

But!! With hope (and healthy doses of precaution and prophylactics), life goes on.

So, before we get too sad about losing the 2020 5*, or too excited about the 2021 5*, let's instead sit back and enjoy the throwback to simpler times haha. Specifically, NBC's 2014 broadcast of the then-called Rolex Kentucky 4*. Go watch, it's lovely ;)

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Meanwhile, I sincerely hope that you're all doing ok, and adapting to the evolving situation within reason. How are you all coping? Have things changed much for you? Or maybe not at all?

Are you like me, for whom "self quarantine" kiiiiiinda describes my normal every day to day life?? Or maybe where you are, self quarantine isn't even a thing and you're not so sure what I'm even talking about? Or, god forbid, you're dealing with consequences the rest of us are only just now realizing could be coming? Or, perhaps you feel differently, and think this will all be a distant memory sooner than anyone says?

Also. If anybody is intensely bored or feeling particularly isolated by this new self-quarantine lifestyle, feel free to drop me a line at fraidycat.eventing at gmail.




13 comments:

  1. Things sure are changing quickly out in the world...that is fo'sho! Our province enacted a state of emergency this week, which I think might be the first time ever...? I'm working from home and as a solid, confirmed introvert, I'm fine. I have lots of cats, books and the internet. ;-) My hubby is working from home now too and he is adapting as well.

    We should set up a group email to share cat/animal pics! lol

    My very elderly inlaws are flying home from the west coast (of Canada) tomorrow and I'm a little worried about them in the flying germ can, but c'est la vie, I guess...? We went out and got groceries for the inlaws and another friend that is stuck at home. My anxiety levels were a bit high during the day as a result and I fell asleep at 8pm I think because of the stress... I'm feeling good again today, so yeah me? lol

    Ok - this comment is turning into an email length thing...so sorry. heheh

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    1. ugh as someone who is fairly change averse - in a weird way, it's almost easier that the change is so constant lol.... anyway tho, that's really nice of you to have gone and gotten groceries for people, even it if was a little nerve wracking haha. i'd be nervous about my parents flying too but... it's just hard to know what the better choice is, right?

      anyway, glad things are going ok in your household -- hopefully it stays that way!!

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  2. I'm so grateful to live in the middle of nowhere and to have my horses here during these novel, uncertain times. I'll eventually have to venture out to bring hay home and more feed, but for now, we're hunkered in making the most of it. I imagine all of my spring chores for the farm and the house are going to be accomplished in short order! Busying myself with everything I can get my hands into around the property is the best use of my time right now.

    Now, I only have to find a way to get my media online so I can share blog posts with this wonderful community!

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    1. ha yea, now is definitely a good time to live in remote locations!! like, there are a couple preppers included in my typical blog diet, mostly tbh out of morbid curiosity... but go figure, they're all doing jusssst fine right about now haha. doing exactly what you're saying above - knocking out some of those bigger chores that maybe otherwise get pushed back or delayed or whatever haha.

      meanwhile i'm over here sitting in my 10 story high rise apartment right smack in the center of baltimore city, surrounded by a couple large college campuses and neighborhoods packed by either older folk or college kids and... it's a different feeling for sure haha.

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  3. It's been a crazy week for me lol. I won't go into it here since that'll take a while but I did post about what's been going on in Vegas and how crazy it is. I will say that aside from going to work, staying at home is not abnormal for me, so not much has changed in that respect LOL. I finally have an excuse be an introverted, anti-social hermit hahaha!

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    1. ha yea i'm pretty accustomed to staying at home too - considering i've been working from home for close to 4 years at this point... which in some ways makes it weirder bc my day to day *looks* the same... but it doesn't *feel* the same haha, if that makes sense. but yea. apparently the hermit lifestyle is well adapted to current conditions!!

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  4. Like Liz, we live in the middle of nowhere and have our horses at home. Life hasn't really changed much except for the constant existential dread. I am high risk myself so hunkering down at home is in my own best interests. Weirdly though, I've been out and about almost every day for random little things (like going to the pharmacy and taking the trash to the dump because we're too rural to have trash pickup).

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    1. the constant existential dread haha... it's a real grind. glad that you guys are able to stay secluded for the most part. i've never actually wanted to live on a farm or in a rural area full time -- have been too urban my whole life for that -- but can definitely appreciate the advantages at the moment!

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  5. My job went from "absolutely no work from home, ever, we aren't even discussing it" to "take your laptop and go home immediately". It's scary when even my crappy company is worried. My husband braved the grocery store on Friday, where people we absolutely not practicing safe social distancing. That is making me crazy! We've been told the best way to at least slow this down, and some people just aren't listening.

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    1. ugh yea, the mobs at grocery stores are so.... counterproductive right now. i'm lucky that my neighborhood has a few smaller independent groceries, plus a pharmacy, that have not been so hard hit (yet). but still.

      and omg i feel ya on the big shift in company position. my former job was the same about "no work from home, period." which... is frankly excessively old fashioned in 2020, ignoring covid altogether. but now has been forced to adapt and innovate and shift the workforce home. i'm very curious to see what long term impacts this has on the "9-5 chained to desk" paradigm!

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  6. ugh..sorry i didnt even check blogs much from Friday on. I took the weekend off a bit. I did ride twice thinking this may not happen much longer! UGH...my husband still has to go into work no matter what so no matter how much i am quarantining he is still capable of bringing into our house Stay safe Emma and hopefully this is over faster than everyone thinks. UGH...i just am going back to my fetal ball now...my work cut 20 percent and i am thinking they probably will end up furloughing us later. SIGH

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    1. i feel ya :( i haven't really been checking blogs either. not bc i'm like super busy or anything haha, but like. emotionally it's just hard to do i guess. i'm sorry your husband has to still be out and about exposed to risk -- it's a scary time for a lot of folks in that position. and even more sorry to hear you expect furlough. fingers crossed it all works out but man, it's just so hard to know what to think! :( hang in there!!!

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  7. Ugh. I have so much angst. But I'm hopeful people will get the memo, stay home, and we can get through this sooner than later... Hopefully. Stay healthy!

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