MAR 24 2020
So I’m standing outside an H-E-B right now. It’s about 7:20 in the morning, and I brought my laptop with me. I’ve been standing in this spot since 6:00, and I got here about about 5:30 or so. I am probably the only person here with a laptop, but everyone is on their phones, and a couple people are talking to each other.
None of this is relevant to anything, I just felt like documenting it. This is life right now. If you want toilet paper and flour, right now, you have to get to the grocery store early early early.
Thankfully, everyone is polite and kind. Probably because we’re at the front of the line and we all know we’ll get what we need. I only wonder what it’s like towards the back. Someone a few people behind me said when he was here on Friday last week, he got here at 8 oclock and the line was already about 300 people deep. And the store only lets 50 people in at a time. Oof ouch.
As of about 10 minutes ago, I finished writing the script for the project. At least one iteration of the script, since I have to have several branching stories, but I really wanted to complete at least one version of the game in it’s entirety so I can start creating content for it, and branch off from there.
I’ve come to find that I have a lot of content that I want to add to the story, but the more I write, the more script I create, the more I realize just how much work it would be to add everything I want to add. And for that matter, it would probably take up a lot of space.
In any case, I’m happy I’ve reached a milestone of sorts. Now I just need to get home and start creating images from the script.
So things are really ramping up out here, as far as I can tell. Word just came down that today, our mayor is going to announce shelter-in-place restrictions for our city. Which basically means we’re not allowed to leave our homes other than to get groceries, go to necessary medical appointments, go to work if it’s essential to society, or go outside for a walk as long as we’re staying away from other people.
I’m sure there’s a few more small things we can do, but ultimately, everything is closing down. Businesses that are not essential to human survival, big and small, are all forced to close. I’m lucky my wife is allowed to work from home, and a friend of ours is with a company kind enough to pay their employees despite having them all stay home.
But my concern is that there are so many people right now that do not have these same privileges. So many workers have been laid off, so far. A restaurant chain in our town that has 10 locations had to lay off 700 workers for the time being. And that’s just one restaurant in this one city. Multiply that across so many cities in the country (the world!) and you’ve got a lot of people who are going to go broke and possibly hungry. It’s extraordinarily concerning. Some of these people may take drastic measures to secure their livelihood, and you can’t really blame them for it.
On top of that, we were already headed for a recession, but this whole mess is likely going to turn it into the worst depression this planet has ever faced. We’re all going to feel it, I imagine.
Anyway, I’d like to keep rambling but there’s only 20 minutes left until this store starts letting people in and I need to organize my grocery list.
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