Cecilia’s March

1 May


May 1,  2020

Day 41




I went to town again today to pick up a prescription, mail a package and top up the larder. 154 turns on the dodgy road in a caravan behind two other cars all the way down. Whitianga is looking more active but no one knows quite what to do yet. Lots of businesses are trying to figure out how people can shop by standing at the front door and speaking to salespersons inside. Others are simply going to wait for Level 2 to come along before they can open, which is what a lady told me at the door of the stationery store where the post office is located. Package not mailed, check. Off to the the grocery store where there were more people than during Level 4 but fewer paying attention to social distancing. I was the only person with a mask and had to work very hard to get through my list without running into other customers.

I sound like a broken record, but after a month of hard work at Level 4 and good results to show for it, the way people are acting at Level 3 is breaking my heart.




Upon returning home to check the figures for the day I see the behaviour I observed appears to be a nationwide trend. The news is full of stories about push-back at the excesses some feel they had to endure under Level 4. It’s as though many people think things would have turned out just the same had there been no lockdown and now they’re all rebelling at the idea of continued vigilance.




These people don’t seem to get that the quickest way to lose your laurels is to rest on them. They are shaking my confidence daily. We did not get to the numbers below for no reason.



3 New cases. 11 Recovered cases. Ratio of recovered cases to active cases is holding at 84%. Two Zeroes on the board. 227 still under the gun.




With the advent of Level 3, lockdown’s covidiots are being reinforced by thousands of knuckle-headed Cecilia’s who just want it to be over. They march aimlessly in different directions, together in the dark in a room full of gasoline, each holding a lighted match so they’ll be able to see victory if it shows up.




I wonder whether we’ll make it to level 2…




9 Responses to “Cecilia’s March”

  1. rochellewisoff May 1, 2020 at 2:57 pm #

    Dear Doug,

    Your post has me cringing. Is this what we’re facing in a few days? Covidiots in a rush to return to “normal?” it’s not as if the numbers of new cases here is going down. Quite the opposite it seems. As it is, people in the stores can’t read one way signs and can’t tell 6 inches from 6 feet. Colour me even more skeptical than before.
    Thank you for the earworm. My already shaken confidence is shakier than ever.

    I’m pretty sure I still know how to swim, but for now I’ll keep treading.

    Stay safe,


    • dmmacilroy May 1, 2020 at 3:05 pm #

      Dear Rochelle,

      Sounds like you’ve got your own crop of Cecilia’s there. Keep your head down and your powder dry. Shop when the stores open and watch the numbers. You’re going to be swimming again in no time.

      Did you get the Paul Simon connection?

      Love to you in this time of weirdness,



      • rochellewisoff May 1, 2020 at 3:10 pm #

        Dear Doug,

        The Paul Simon connection is why I have the earworm. 😉 The fitness center will reopen on the 14th, but it will be limited access then. Thank you for the wise advise. Happy strange May Day.

        In Living Yellow,


  2. elmowrites May 1, 2020 at 3:27 pm #

    People don’t get it. The virus hasn’t gone anywhere. Releasing lockdown is a nod to the economy not a sign of victory. I’m expecting an ebb and flow of restrictions, but I see so many people saying once they release us, they will be holding parties and never going back to this again. Better lockin for a couple of years then.

    • dmmacilroy May 1, 2020 at 3:45 pm #

      Dear Jen,

      In the end I think that everyone is going to get it except the fortunate few. I just want to put it off for as long as i can. There’s still hope for us, but today wasn’t pointing in the right direction. Come on vaccine.

      I hope you will all stay safe and smart and leave the catching to other aspiring Darwin File partiers.

      With love,


  3. Justin May 1, 2020 at 8:56 pm #

    Yes Cecilia, you’re shaking my confidence daily. To paraphrase Robert Heinlein ‘ These things shall pass. Wars and depressions and prophets and covenants and viruses. All will pass. The trick is to stay alive through it all.’ It may be time to change our thinking toward self isolation as something unfortunate. Instead, we can look at it as a time to slow down, rejuvenate, and be grateful for all our favourite things. Loneliness can be addicting and dangerous. But once you see how peaceful it is, you may not want to deal with people again.

    • dmmacilroy May 2, 2020 at 3:33 pm #

      Dear Justin,

      Working on that trick here. As for your last sentence, well, I’m here because I’ve always been there. Thanks for your eloquent comment.

      Stay low and keep your powder dry.



  4. sustainabilitea May 1, 2020 at 10:13 pm #

    Earworm here, too. I went to two grocery stores today, for my parents as well as us, and still plenty people not wearing masks. The picture of the woman saying “I was going to do that but then you told me to” resonates with me. People are being told not to do things so they immediately want to do them. Another big sigh.

    Stay safe and love from us to both of you. Did I ever tell you B still has the Einstein T-shirt you gave me for him all those years ago when Russ couldn’t wear it? 🙂


    • dmmacilroy May 2, 2020 at 3:36 pm #

      Dear Janet,

      Yes, you’ve told me. My two are now work shirts, paint stained and Holy. Tell Bill it’ll be worth a lot of money one day. Glad you liked my lady driving the car. She’s a favourite of mine, too.

      Stay safe, slacker:)



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