I’m finally booked for a COVID shot in FLA


I’m back at the Publix vaccine site at 7am.  If it’s Friday, it must be Moderna. Please hold on, the site implores.

Strange how we are giving away vaccines to foreign countries, when we can’t get them yet in FLA.

Meanwhile, I woke up with sore knees and back from the 10-mile walking and biking episode yesterday.

Made some chamomile tea, and put a drop or two of the D8 tincture in it (see prior post).

An hour later, problem solved.  The tincture is not as strong as the chocolate (see prior post!), and so does not knock you out.

I am thinking about buying De Quincey’s book (the original edition, not the inferior revised version).

I read excerpts of Confessions of an Opium Eater in my sophomore year in college, when I was studying 19th Century English literature — and came across the pre-Raphaelites — a loose collection of Victorian-era bohemian artist types that caught my interest at age 20.

Meanwhile, I have been watching Billions off and on on Amazon Prime.  I liked it because I grew up outside NYC, and lived in Manhattan for many years and developed financial trading systems during part of that time.

(7:20, and the county I live in is down to 87%.)

Billions has a very literate script.  I don’t get the need for the whole Giamatti S&M thing, seems kind of weird and irrelevant to the plot at large. An (obvious) point the series makes seems to be that all that Wall Street trading and the Hedgie biz is really about is inside info — which is kind of naive, but I left that world long ago, so don’t really care any more about imparting my take on it.

I particularly enjoyed the brief (on Billions) scene at the Gray’s Papaya on 72nth and Broadway. Brought back definitive memories of when I used to live in that neib with my then g/f, now wife — since that was the sort of thing I did, rather than hang out in all these ritzy penthouses with the killer views that the show loves to porn over.

Hey surprise, surprise!

My number came up, and I am NOW booked for a COVID VACCINE this coming Tuesday!


I take it all back.  😉


update: my wife just got hers for a Pfizer shot. Double yippee!!

Covid Rollout Disaster in Florida Continues


Happy St. Paddy’s! Wonder how many teens will hang off the lamp posts on Fifth Avenue today! Used to be Metro North gave special dispensation till late at night, for all the Fordham kids.  Guess no more.

Logged in the Publix site today before 7am.  My county was fully booked by 7:11am.  So the disastrous Publix rollout continues.

Tried the Winn-Dixie web site yesterday.  That too was a complete clusterfuck, impossible to negotiate on a smartphone, hard on a laptop. Apparently Winn Dixie thinks it has the vaccine shots, but then when you drill to, say, their pharmacies near me, they don’t.

There is one other way, logging in through a Florida (contracted out to who knows who: privacy and HIPPA issues are ignored by Florida during this pandemic) web site that directs you to get shots at some mall a half+ hour away in brain-dead, stop-and-go snowbird geezer traffic.

Meanwhile very few reports by the county or state w/ any hard information regarding the vaccine rollout in this state — such as what should people with Graves’ Disease (which I have) do.  Had to venture to the UK’s (country of my birth) NHS web site for that information.

And Spring break is coming up — school closed here starting today — with  no mask mandates on the beaches, bars or the many golf courses around here.

I am going to wait for the Federal Vaccine deployment to fix this Republican-engineered mess.

Update: drove up to my local Winn-Dixie.  They said they are giving it, but there are no spaces available.  Try the web site again on Monday, they said.


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Covid Vaccine in Florida A Nightmare


In the lovely state of Florida, filled with every sort of Americana bizaroido  you can imagine, obtaining a Covid vaccine continues to be an ordeal.

This new group (see note by exclamation mark) will make it harder for seniors to get theirs.  Reportedly only about half the seniors in my county have had at least 1 shot.

Next week it goes to the over 60s.

This will continue to push back availability.  No worries about the muckie-mucks; they had theirs a long time ago!

So today, in about five minutes, at 7am, I will keep a browser window open to the page you see in the pic above.  The site refreshes automatically.  The slots will probably be gone in my county in under an hour.

After that — assuming the Covid lottery goes on at all (it was cancelled last Monday) — I will walk the dog and go about my business.

As a de facto hermit, I do not need this shot with any urgency.  I will get it eventually, though, when it becomes time to travel again.

Meanwhile, it would take with a grain of salt any claims about how everyone who needs a shot can now get it in FLA.



So there’s that…


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