Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Life after Covid: yes it’s great to be alive, if you can call this living

This morning I got up, got my cup of water and bowl of oatmeal.  I could feel my stomach tighten, the last thing it wanted was another serving of this tasteless gruel.

WELL UNTIL I BECOME A REAL LIVE BOY AGAIN WITH REAL LIVE TASTEBUDS, YOU GET JACK SQUAT, CARDBOARD DOUG!  What good is feeding hot buttered toast, scrambled eggs and sizzling Canadian bacon to a Doug that can’t taste anything?

Today is Day 7 of losing my sense of smell & taste to covid, and it’s making me a little crazy.  I’m not just talking about food.  Toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lemon scented kitchen wipes, Fabreze spray, Bounce dryer sheets… their scents are all gone.

I’ve read that for 3 out of 4 Covid patients who experience this olfactory dysfunction, it lasts on average 21 days; but a full quarter of patients are still dealing with the loss 60 days later. 

I don’t think that will be me though, I’ve gotten a recent glimmer of hope.  Two things—a jar of Jif Peanut Butter and a bottle of yellow mustard.  The peanut butter is tasteless, but if I wave it back & forth under my nose for a minute or two.. I get the faintest whiff of peanuts.  The yellow mustard has no odor, but if I put a dollop on my tongue, I think I can taste something sour!  It only works once for both, I have to wait a couple hours to try either again, but all I can do is keep hoping the Blue Fairy comes around and turns me into a real boy.

What was I going to write next?  I lost my train of thought.  My tv is on right now while I’m typing this, and I just heard “In 2020, Americans aged 60 and over were scammed out of one billion dollars in savings.  In 2022, that amount is estimated to be three bllion dollars.”   I’m now an American aged 60 and over! 

I have noticed an abundance of scam emails this past year from reputable looking sources like “Amazon Security” and “Microsoft Accounts Team”, but I’ve grown tired of wondering and now just delete everything unsolicited.  Bastards.


Speaking of Amazon, I just received 3 packages from them and I’m excited.  I don’t want to share what’s in these just yet, let’s just say they are… precision instruments for something I’m planning on writing about in 2-3 more weeks.  Heh heh!

And speaking of distractions, someone just slid a piece of paper under my front door. 

I’ve been expecting this, a notice from Steiner Associates (who manage my apartment building) that my new lease is now online and awaiting my signature.  (If it doesn’t become effective until April 1, why am I obligated to sign it every year by February 15??) 

Anyway, I’ve been especially nervous this year, wondering what the rent increase will be.  Since moving here April 2017, my monthly rent has increased $20 for each year.  In April 2018 it went from 710 to 730, in 2019 to 750, in 2020 to 770, in 2021 to $790.00.  But there’s been talk from other tenants of rent increases being higher in 2022 then in previous years, what with inflation and everything going up in price.  I can’t take the suspense, I must go online and look.

Dear Douglas E. Morris ,
I/We, Douglas E. Morris, hereby agree to renew the present LEASE for the property located at 925 California Avenue, Apt 402, for the term of 1 year from 04/01/2022 and upon the same terms and conditions as set forth in said LEASE except; the new monthly rent shall be $810.00

Well, I can’t say I’m thrilled about my rent going up $20, but I really was expecting worse.  I suppose I’d better get off here and get busy, I’m hoping if I work up a real appetite today my dinner might become a little closer tasting to real food tonight.   Wish me luck!