In late April, Dean and I started planning for a reopened society. We plotted our lives, the things that needed to be done for our individual businesses, and then for WMG Publishing.
Finally, we got to the workshop planning.
I wanted to start in-person workshops in the fall. I looked at the vaccination rates here in the U.S., and figured we could do some small workshops before building to something bigger in the spring of 2022.
Dean put the brakes on that. He said that the fall was too early. I asked him why he thought so, and for once, he couldn’t give me a definitive logical reason. He just said it was.
Then, a few hours later, he added that many of our students come from overseas. He was watching the vaccination rates in other countries, and noticed that they were slower than the U.S.
People won’t be ready yet, he said.
We talked some more. I wasn’t sure he was right. Things were going swimmingly on the vaccine and virus front. If the pace continued, most of the people in the U.S. who were eligible would be vaccinated by August. A lot of venues here in Las Vegas were already requiring vaccines to attend a concert or a sporting event.
But we couldn’t figure out how to make vaccines mandatory for our people without a lot of rigamarole that a small company is not set up to do.
Ultimately, it was the mandatory vaccine thing and the fact that other countries were behind that convinced me not to have Fall in-person workshops.
But, heck, I figured, by January of 2022, we’ll be back on with in-person workshops, and everything will be golden.
I did not count on the anti-vax people and the fact that a goodly portion of the adults in the U.S. would decide not to get vaccinated.
I have to tell you that I’m so pissed about this that I can hardly contain myself. You do not want to see the working title for this blog. You really don’t.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. A bunch of you have “good” reasons for not getting vaccinated. Your “good” reasons generally come from vaccine misinformation spewed by your chosen “news” source. I hope to hell someone shuts down that misinformation soon, because it is killing people.
Wait. Wait. Wait. Let me stop here. Some of you do have health issues that make a vaccine untenable and/or less effective. I get that. You don’t need to comment. As someone with a chronic illness, I feel your pain. As someone with a chronic illness, I signed up the hour that the vaccine was available to me, because I figured that if I got COVID, I would either get hospitalization-sick or I would die.
So I was relieved to get the vaccine, and I’m saddened that a tiny fraction of you won’t get the benefit that I will.
But the rest of you…get your heads out of your ass. Seriously. Honestly, I have moved past caring if the unvaccinated live or die. What I object to is this:
Children under 12 can’t be vaccinated yet. They have to go to school. The studies are showing that the lack of socialization from 2020 is causing real issues for a lot of kids, not counting the kids who only get food when they’re in school.
They have to risk their lives, and that risk is worse because of your stubborn unvaccinated ass.
You might not get sick, but guaranteed that, with that Delta variant, you will infect someone else, and that someone might die. That someone might be five years old.
Just read an article this morning about a woman who wouldn’t let her 13-year-old get vaccinated. Said 13-year-old is now in the hospital on a ventilator with COVID. Does that woman regret her decision? What do you think?
I know that my rant won’t convince you anti-vaxers and it probably won’t convince some of you very stubborn I can do what I want types. So why am I writing this on my business blog, no less?
I’m writing it because you people are having an impact on my business—and on millions of other businesses nationwide. (Let’s not discuss worldwide, because of the unevenness of the vaccines.) I personally know of several businesses that are unwilling to open while the virus circulates uncontrolled among the unvaccinated.
We had decided not to hold in-person workshops in the fall, but now, we’re trying to figure out when to start up the workshops in 2022. If there is a fall surge among the unvaccinated, as almost every Covid model predicts, we have to figure out how to handle our in-person workshops. We don’t want to cancel, and we might be forced to—because of stubborn, scientifically illiterate, selfish…
I am purposely not finishing that sentence.
The impact on our in-person workshops, which I enjoy greatly, isn’t the only thing in our business that the unvaccinated are having an impact on.
In late May, we had the final, final, final half-off sale on our workshops, figuring that yes, indeedy do, no one needed to stay home anymore, at least here in the U.S.
Heh, were we wrong.
We aren’t holding those sales for us. We’re holding them to ensure that people take care of themselves.
We actually discussed having a sale for the vaccinated only because we want to reward people for getting the vaccine.
We can’t figure out a good way to do that.
But with the positivity rate rising and hospitals in parts of the U.S. needlessly getting overrun with the unvaccinated, it looks like people will have to stay close to home again in the fall.
This isn’t hard, people. You get fully vaccinated and you will receive damn near 100% protection against hospitalization and death.
(Some dumbass came on my Facebook page and warned that people are still getting breakthrough infections which the scientists said would happen. Because the vaccine isn’t designed to prevent infection (although it mostly does that). It’s designed to prevent serious cases of the disease, resulting in long-term harm and death. And the fact that I have to explain this to some of you pisses me off royally. The fact that you won’t believe me, and will instead believe the vaccinated hosts of Fox News and its ilk pisses me off more.)
I blog about Black Swan events and things that will hurt our collective businesses that come at us from the outside.
Well, for me, this idiocy about refusing to get vaccinated is a Black Swan event—something that I (at least) couldn’t have foreseen.
I have no idea why people refuse to do something easy and free that will save their lives and the lives of the people they claim to love.
It makes no sense to me at all.
If you’re one of those people, don’t try to explain your “position” to me. Your “position” is irrelevant and selfish.
Here’s the analogy I used on Facebook last week.
We need a license to drive. It’s a dangerous thing to do. Let’s just assume, for the sake of argument, everyone can drive. But you still have to follow the rules of the road.
The unvaccinated are driving the wrong way down a one-way street, with blinders on. Yeah, they might survive. But chances are they’ll take out their entire family riding with them in a minivan. Not everyone will die, but someone will get long Covid and suffer for years. And, and, and, a whole bunch of the unvaccinated are driving down a wrong way street with blinders on heading straight for a school bus filled with kids 11 and under.
Good God, people. Get your heads out of your ass. Read this, and then think: Do you want your family (and you) to die in a war that should have ended months ago?
Those of you who need to click the link to the article won’t, of course. Most of you stopped reading somewhere at the beginning of the rant. A handful of you reading this on Patreon have probably stopped early on in this rant and clicked off your support for the blog.
Closing your eyes and mind is not the way to deal with this.
The impact on me and Dean is pretty slight. We got the vaccine, after all. We have a successful business that we will have to adjust because of your behavior, but adjusting won’t kill us.
But it might hurt in other ways. We have employees who have children who can’t get vaccinated yet. The employees are vaccinated, but they’re still following protocols, praying their kids won’t get sick. I pray that their kids won’t get sick.
I pray that your stupid and selfish behavior won’t kill someone. I even pray that it won’t kill you, as angry as I am at you.
If you’re unvaccinated and still reading this, then do the right thing. Walk into your local pharmacy or your doctor’s office or, hell, your grocery store or any one of a hundred different places and get your free vaccine.
Step up for your community instead of being a burden on it.
I beg you.
“Business Musings: Expletives Deleted,” copyright © 2021 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Image at the top of the blog copyright © Can Stock Photo / NicoletaIonescu.