Second Installment of the Vacay to Jerome, AZ, which is like a Hippie Mecca... if you're of my Tribe and you can't get to San Francisco, Jerome is the next best thing, being the Disneyland of Funky Places filled with Hippies, Artists and Free Spirits galore. I always feel right at Home there even tho' I've never actually lived there, but have made Pilgrimages there since the early 1970's. Back then it was more Hippies and less Tourists, Ashrams where there are now Historic Bed & Breakfast Lodgings... but otherwise, it's not changed in it's Visuals, Quirkiness and Charm.
As you can see he kept his enormous little Paws on her even after he fell asleep to make sure she was still there! She said if she even acted like she was moving he was clinging to her like Velcro! *LOL* I mean, look at the Size of that Kitten's Feet will ya, they're disproportionate to the rest of him so I suspect he's going to be an enormous Tomcat eventually! Anyway, he climbed me like a Tree several times and smothered me with Kisses, Heat Butts and Paw Pats when I'd come into the Room, I guess I'm his Default Human when she's not giving him undivided Attention. Yes, it melts your Heart!
Apparently Irresistible Isaac will do whatever Princess T wants to do, since he helped her build a Fort in her Room for to watch TV in while he was over visiting! She's still such a Kid, which is why she doesn't 'Date' and says she's not Allowed to... and tho' he's Older I noticed he does tend to like doing Silly Kid stuff along with her and that's Sweet. Most Guys his Age would not seem to enjoy doing Childish things... but mebbe I'm Wrong, since Straight Anthony and Gay Timmy did too... if they're with the right Girl who doesn't think it's too Juvenile, I've noticed they're enjoying still being Children sometimes too even as they are 16-18. Because in all Honesty, at those Ages they are still Big Kids yet. Plenty of time to Grow up and do Adult things that aren't as much Fun or Silly, Right?
I didn't intend to make the original Post so Epic and dump the whole bale on you all... but the Ole Memory ain't what it used ta be and I didn't want Details to get foggy and lost. So I wrote the Story Line first and then filled it in with the Visuals, Thankfully I had plenty of those, enough for several Epic Posts. It got my Creative Juices flowing to be in a place where Creativity is literally palpable and Art, Fabulous Creations and Creative Souls abound everywhere you are there. I'm sure if I lived there I'd be in a Creative Zone almost all of the time and get Lost in Artistic pursuits. Sometimes here I stagnate and don't feel the Energy as free flowing or the Energy and Vibe so Positive.
There, the Locals and the Tourists are so Sociable, Friendly like you remember it being in the Old Days. Everyone talks as if they've known you from before, even if they just met you. People remember your Name, which I don't know how the Locals do that, but they do. After meeting us the one time, every other time a Local saw us they called us by our Names. The Older Locals also dubbed our Granddaughter the Pretty Little Russian Girl, because of her Russian origin first Name. She thought that was so Funny. She also liked that none of the Older Adults there judged her by her Bold Fashion Sense, sometimes in The City some Love it and Compliment her, but some give disapproving Pious looks or resent The Young who have a Free Spirit and would stifle it.
You don't get that there... anything Goes... there isn't that Judgmental Vibe pervasive in so much of Society nowadays. There you are much more likely to get Sincere Compliments and not contemptuous glances of Side Eye from what we used to call The Squares back in Da Day. *LOL* I always don't give Two Shits about Judgmental people, if they spend too much of their time Critiquing other people, I always Imagine they don't have much of a Life or are desperately Unhappy with theirs? I might be Amused at something I see, but I defend the Right for someone to look that way if it suits them and they're comfortable in their own Skin and with their personal expression, whatever it might be... even if it's hideous or Weird as Hell! *LOL*
Anyway, while there I decompressed a lot from my Caregiving Role even tho' I still had the Two I Care for in tow. It was enjoyable to spend time on an actual Vacay since we hadn't done that in a Decade, which is a long absence from having a proper Vacation! Not that I haven't wanted to Getaway more often, we just couldn't manage it for a variety of reasons that became a virtual Laundry List of obstacles to overcome. This time I refused to let any lingering obstacle prevent us from at least attempting a short Getaway Vacay to somewhere I'd missed and wanted to revisit, before mebbe we just couldn't anymore. I didn't want to have regrets in the Future, you know?
Sure, there are very likely things from the Ole Bucket List that more Time marches on, the less likely it is they'll actually get crossed off. But the Possible Things I just don't wanna put off indefinitely waiting for that Perfect Timing that simply no longer exists in my World. This is probably as Good as it's gonna get so we must Act upon things Now... or perhaps Never is the alternative. I don't want to end up where Never has to be the alternative because I missed the Window of Opportunity that did exist and I failed to Act upon. I'm getting all the more Intentional about that since Pandemic began and gave us all a real sense of how Fragile Life can be and now Mortal we all are.
The Pandemic is also worsening and I expected that Outcome, given how our Country has handled it from The Jump and all the reasons why it's gone badly and could have gone better, had we but done better as a Collective. As a Nation the Polarization and Politicizing of everything has just spiraled so far out of Control now that it's absurdly ridiculous and downright dangerous. Even whilst on Vacay I noticed how lax people have gotten and I knew for sure that 100% of the lax ones weren't even likely Vaccinated and will soon become The Infected. We'll not have to call them the Unvaccinated anymore, they'll just be The Infected. Sadly, some of the Vaxxed will also become The Infected because of them. Probably not Fatally so, but Contagiously so all the same.
Round and round we'll go and where it will Stop, or IF it will Stop, nobody can really know at this point as things go from Promising to Disheartening all over again. I know if it weren't so dangerous, destructive and demoralizing, so downright preventable, I probably wouldn't be so angry. Now I'm seeing Coverage of the Unvaxxed at Death's Door being Interviewed in ICU and saying how angry they are at themselves. Not that all of them were Anti-Vaxxers, some just never got around to it... for a myriad of reasons that are personal or even somewhat unavoidable, many were much Younger this time around and their Luck just ran out as they allowed their Window of Opportunity to close behind them. Some might Live to do better, many will not.
Many will have Lifetime Health Complications they will have the rest of their Days on this Earth to regret not adding a simple layer of Protection readily available and Free. Anyway, my Point is, I went on Vacay now because by Fall and Winter, I do Fear that restrictive measures are going to be right back where we started in all of this and a lot of everyone's actual Freedom will be gone again. Nobody has the 'Freedom' to put someone else in Danger without consequences thereof of their irresponsibility, a Public Health Hazard is what this is, it's not a matter of a single Individual's Freedom when the Good of All is at stake! You might have the Freedom to risk your own Life, but you don't have the Freedom to risk ours, period.
Steps down off Soapbox because it's all been said before and a lot more eloquently than I can say it or perhaps be influential. If I can get one person to have more of a Peace or Urgency to get Vaccinated, I will feel I made a small difference and perhaps Save their Life and those around them. That's all any One of us can do, Grass Roots from the Bottom Up is the only way we might actually Survive this shitstorm of a Plague, since that Virus is getting more wily and virulent. If a dangerous Organism outsmarts Human Kind, we Lose, it's just that Simple and the Truth. Why offer yourselves up as willing and ignorant Hosts? Especially when Experts and Reliable Information isn't that hard to come by. Don't fall for the Snake Oil Wackos over Experts in the Field of Contagious Diseases.
I'm a relatively Smart person but there's so much I just don't know, can't know, so I've always relied on people Smarter than me to get Advice from and I seek the most Reliable and Knowledgeable Sources. That's in ALL things, I wouldn't get my Financial Advice from some Moron that doesn't know what they're talking about and is making shit up, so why would I get my Health advice from one? What I'm hearing some people Believe astounds me sometimes, I really can't even fathom the depth of Low Information being run with by too many, it's absurd to me. Coddling people who can't handle The Truth or talk Bullshit isn't something I've ever been able to do, I have no Filter at Calling it Out whether they get Offended or not. It's Stealing our Joy to have this prolonged needlessly.
I want to enjoy actual Freedom, a Healthy Economy, not have to worry about people dropping Dead horribly from a highly infectious Disease ravaging the World. Or becoming the next Wave of Seriously Disabled Folks that could have Prevented what happened to them, but refused to be as Protected as they could have been. Their defiance, Denial and stubborn refusal to accept Reality isn't just going to Cost them... it's going to Cost us ALL and that Cost is going to be very High, staggeringly High! If you think we're Paying now, you ain't seen nothing yet and it will get far worse and I'm not just Predicting that randomly, I'm telling you what Experts are desperately trying to convey already. It's falling on a lot of Deaf Ears.
So, yeah, I enjoyed our Short Vacay and saw so many Unmasked Folks everywhere on the way up and on the way back. *Le Sigh* We were a Marginalized Minority that were still Masking Up Indoors and also if in the Outdoors in places anyone congregated that we did not know. I think we'll soon forego Eating Out again since I'm no longer feeling as comfortable with that anymore. We really have tried to Support our Local Restaurants, 40% of which went Under the last time everyone couldn't Dine-In... if we regress to earlier Pandemic restrictions due to the Unvaccinated, I'll really resent what they're doing to the Economy at large.
I know I'm Radical at times about some things, but I feel that if things continue to worsen, all Businesses should require Proof of Vaccination to keep themselves and their Patrons and Employees Safe enough. The alternatives are too risky not to and things could collapse entirely. Those too militant to do the right thing by Society and who are adamant they'll never be Vaccinated, will just have to suffer the consequences of their poor Choices. If they choose to risk contagion and the consequences of that, we shouldn't ALL have to everywhere we need to go. Since every Child under 12 cannot be Vaccinated yet I do Fear for the very Young, even if some of their Adults are acting oblivious to the risks.
Even on Vacay it was difficult to not consider the Pandemic because clearly it's still the Elephant in The Room with us all. Whether some are just moving around the Elephant recklessly or not doesn't mean it isn't there. I try to sometimes not have to fixate on a Pandemic still raging around me because I don't want to Live in constant heightened Anxiety about it and who I might just Lose to it? We've already Lost too many, if you haven't yet, consider yourselves Fortunate but about to possibly run out of Dumb Luck. If, by the time this Ends, IF it ever Ends, everyone hasn't Lost someone, I'll be Pleasantly Surprised. And I'm not even being Hyperbolic... so just fucking get Vaccinated if you haven't already!
There are people I know and Love that haven't yet, most of them got COVID previously and so feel this Variant won't Negatively impact them, but it could. The Vaccine would just give them an added layer of Protection I'd have more of a Peace about, I don't want to see any of them suffering needlessly otherwise. We didn't watch The News when we were on Vacay, but when I got back I felt obligated to get caught up to whatever else has gone Sideways in my brief absence from the intentional disconnect of Coverage. Too much has gone Sideways in such a short time, compounded Crisis are always the worst kind... like Compounded Interest, you can't even fathom how exponentially it increases... yet not in that Good Way!
I'd be hard pressed to pick a Favorite between the Black Crystals one and this White Crystals one, they were the same price. I had to Crib the White Crystals one off their Web Page, link was above near the Malachite pix... because my pixs of it didn't do it Justice.
There was something therapeutic to looking into these Magnificent Kaleidoscopes that are vastly improved from the ones you enjoyed as a Child. Along with being Magical Works of OOAK Art, I'd Love to own one and Invest in it as a Statement piece.
The Shop was one I could have spent all day in... they had Architectural Salvage, Lamps made from various Antiques, Steam Punk Creations that were Magnificent and so Creative. Just look at that one piece of Architectural Salvage above the Antique Typewriter Lamps and Books... Swoonfest! I think this is a nice addition to the Artist Community in Jerome and their Grand Opening seemed to be very well received and I think they will get the Demographic of Client they cater to.
I'd Save Up and buy some of their Creations even tho' the ones I tended to gravitate to were of the more Indulgent Price Point. *LOL* What can I say, I have Champagne Taste on Beer Drinker's Money as my Dear Ole' Dad used to say. *Smiles* And, I am one inclined to Save Up to buy that one Statement Piece and do without compromise until I can finally afford to get it. That's always Served me Well as an Investment Strategy actually, if you buy Quality and Extraordinary Objects to Invest in, it typically only Appreciates in Value. I've always bought the very Best I can afford.
The pricing ranged from Modestly Expensive to Consummate Collector Prices that would be quite the Investment and prohibitive, but worth every Penny if you could afford it. Many items there were too Top Shelf for me to attain but I sure could Appreciate them! This Steampunk contraption that was a moving Art Installation was Sixteen Grand... yowsah, but so Cool!
Their Ceiling was Wine Corks, now that's quite a Commitment to Wine and Drinking right there to glean this many Corks! *Winks* Everything about the Shop was Unique, I'd highly recommend visiting their Website to see better Images of it all and all of the Inventory offered.
The View from the side of the Mountain of Jerome is rather like looking out over the Grand Canyon, it's just that breathtaking... and goes on Forever! I can't stand that close to the Balcony or Railing like that Guy, and even if The Man and Princess T can I Freak Out if they do so they try not to give me a Panic Attack. *LOL*
One of the Fun things to do around Jerome is look at the Quirky Hood Ornaments the Fun people put on their Beater and Hooptie Vehicles. This one was one of our Favorites, how whimsical and clever is this? *LMAO* There was one we didn't Photograph that called their POS Vehicle 'Thumper' and had that Name painted on the Side, with a huge stuffed Animal Bunny smashed against the Grill! Princess T was like... Awwwww, I Loved Thumper... and I dryly said in my best Morticia Addams Channeling Voice, "Well, he's Dead..." and she burst out laughing hysterically.
Stay Safe, Get Vaxxed and Be Well my Friends... Dawn... The Bohemian