WuFlu Fallout . . .

A while back I talked about some of the societal changes that may be lurking in our future as a result of the recent WuFlu pandemic.

Some of them are obvious, like working from home and remote schooling. But others are more hidden because they’re connected to others, sometimes several layers deep.

A personal example is our daughter Brandi. She’s a Commercial Insurance Broker with a large national firm with expensive office space in the Westheimer and Beltway 8 area. Brandi’s been working from home for a couple of months now, while our grandson Landon was remote schooling from home also.

Originally her company said that they would be working from home until August. But now that’s changed and they will not be coming back until sometime after the first of the year. And the company is looking at permanently downsizing their office space by 30%, because they like this way this is working out.

And Brandi likes it too. She’s said several times how many money she’s saving on gas, tolls, lunches, clothes, etc., all the expenses of a full-time job and commute. And a lot of parents now working from home on a permanent basis are also looking at home schooling their kids, since they’re home with them.

Not remote schooling, but actual home schooling. There are a number of free K-12 online homeschooling curriculums available with excellent credentials. And more and more parents are, and will be, utilizing them.

One thing interesting is that parents that are already homeschooling find that their kids are testing above grade level, and they’re only spending 4 or 5 hours a day in their studies. No homeroom, no changing classes, no rollcall, etc., all make a difference.

But you also have to look at the fallout of these simple changes. Less commuting means less gas sales, less tolls, and less restaurants sales, just for a start. And then less commercial office rentals, less janitorial services, less electricity used, etc.

And on the homeschool front, more homeschooling means less children in public schools, less government funds coming to the school, less teachers needed, less school buildings needed and new ones being built. Also less busing, less drivers needed, and so on and so on.

And some people are talking about what’s going to happen to NYC. Rents there, commercial and residential, are the highest in the nation, and the WuFlu shutdown has shown many companies that maybe they don’t need that expensive office building, and it’s shown many workers that, if I can work from home, maybe I don’t need to live in the city in that $3000 per month, 600 sq.ft. walkup. Maybe I live upstate where I can rent something 3X as big for half the money.

And maybe it’s a reflection of this that May rentals in NYC are down 62%.

It’s going to be interesting to watch how all this falls out as the changes ripple down through our lives.

Another in our Where We Were 8 Years Ago Today series.

2012 was our first year of Oil Field Gate Guarding. And our last one where we worked during the summer heat. For the next 5 years we worked from the middle of August until the end on November.

June 12, 2012

But it’s a Dry Heat . . .

or, It’s Summer in South Texas!

When someone talks about the summer temperature in Yuma or Tucson, they always end by saying “But it’s a dry heat”. At which time I always say “So’s the inside of an oven”.

But the humidity does make a difference, believe me.

This was the temp here yesterday (Sunday). I actually saw 105 degrees for a few minutes but it was gone before I could capture it.


But note the humidity is 24%, not the 95 to 100% you’d see in Houston. And because of this low humidity, our misting system works to really cool things down. If you tried to use a mister in Houston you’d just end up hot AND dripping wet.

Sometime in the next few days I may try adding two more mister nozzles to my system for a total of four and see how that does. It did make a difference when I went from one to two nozzles.

And of course no blog is really complete without a Landon pic.

Landon at th Park

Although we just saw him less than two weeks ago, we already really miss the little guy. It’s amazing how fast he’s growing up.

I’ve been trying to get more info on our next drill site location. I know the lease name, and supposedly those leases are back on the east side of I-37, somewhere between Karnes City, where we were last time, and the Gate Guard Services office at the Whitsett exit. Hopefully this will mean we’ll have 3G cell service again.

Jan got in a baking mood yesterday and whipped up a big batch of her Oatmeal Walnut Chocolate Chip cookies.  Hmmm, Hmmm, Good.

And then this morning when the Company Man, Juan, and the Company Safety Man, Ryan, made a run to Tita’s Taco Stand, they brought us back 4 of Tita’s delicious breakfast tacos.

Life is Good. Thanks again guys.

That’s about it for now. Things have been kind of slow for the last few days. We only had about 30 vehicles a day through the gate for the last several days.

Good for reading and napping, especially for napping.

Thought for the Day:

‘The Only Defense Against Evil, Violent People is Good People Who Are More Skilled at Violence.’

9 Responses to WuFlu Fallout . . .

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Our daughter also was just notified that her job will remain at home throughout the rest of this year.  It is a bit worrisome as she has not worked there too long, making the switch early this year…but it will help with the childcare situation if they too are held home that long, which there has also been talk of doing.  Many changes alright…we can hope it works out for all our kids!!

  2. Breanda Brown says:

    You know I used to think you were an intelligent man but ever since the beginning of Covid-19 and you constantly calling it the Wuflu I can see you are a racist bigoted small man.  Some of your information is just laughable as well.  I am done with your blog

    • Brandi says:

      Bye, Karen.

    • gregwhite says:

      Breanda or Brenda,

      So I assume I’m racist because I use the term “WuFlu”. Though I have to wonder why you have apparently been reading my blog all this time before suddenly deciding that I was a racist for calling it the WuFlu.

      I first used that term on March 11, 2020, over 3 months ago. And you’re just now offended?

      So, are you slow to make up your mind, or just indecisive?

      Plus I’ve also called it the WuHan Virus, the Wuhan Flu, the Chinese Virus, the Chinese Flu, and even, wait for it… the KungFlu.

      Would you like any of those any better?

      Or are you still trying to make your mind?

      So it’s:
      Spanish Flu
      Japanese Encephalitis
      Lyme Disease (Lyme, CT)
      German Measles
      West Nile Virus
      Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
      Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
      Norovirus (Norwalk, OH)
      Marburg Virus Disease (Marburg, Germany)
      Valley Fever (San Joaquin Valley)
      Guinea Worm
      Zika Virus
      Ebola (Ebola River, Zaire)
      Hanta Virus (Hanta River, So. Korea)
      African Sleeping Sickness
      Montezuma’s Revenge

      And finally . . . Chinese Food!

      But Chinese Virus or WuFlu is racist?

      Who Knew?

      And honestly, I’m not sure where you’re going with ‘bigoted’

      The Dictionary.com site says this about ‘bigoted’. adjective: utterly intolerant of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.

      I’m not sure that I completely agree with this, actually. I could probably come up with a number of ‘beliefs’ that I won’t tolerate, and I would imagine you probably could too.

      But I can tolerate a lot, and do. But I do reserve the right to point and laugh at any moment.

      I can’t help but notice that you didn’t give me any examples of ‘laughable’ information. Everything I posted is ‘sourced’ and ‘second sourced’, though I normally only post one of the sources.

      So I assume that you doubt sources like the CDC, NIH, NHS, WHO, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, MSMBC, CNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Seattle Times, Time, Forbes, etc., etc.

      Again, I still would be interested to hear what you find ‘laughable’.

      And, ‘small’?

      I won’t even go there.


  3. Nancy K says:

    Home schooling may work for some, but most are praying school starts again soon so they don’t have to deal with their kids.  In this area they are finally realizing just how good those teachers are.  Sadly, most parents probably didn’t bother to teach their kids and their grades will suffer.  It will be interesting to see who ends up in what grade and what the fallout will be.

  4. Rob says:

    The Education Industry is worth a lot of money and has some powerful unions, I don’t expect them to give anything up (long term) without a fight.

    Then there is as Nancy K pointed out those parents who really miss the childcare & freedom that public education provides.

  5. Linda in NE says:

    You write about many of the possible changes to life after the WuFlu that I’ve already been thinking of. I have a feeling there are going to be so many changes that nobody ever considered. It’s good to see I haven’t been alone in my thinking.

    I’ve also thought of another change that might not be good for us old folks. Did you see the piece about the 70 year old man who survived the WuFlu only to get an 80+ page bill from the hospital for over $1.1 million? Of course Medicare and his supplement would be paying most of it. Can you imagine how high our next supplement premiums are going to be!!?? And all the cuts that could be made to Medicare if it survives at all!!??  The increase in Medicare tax withholding working people might be saddled with!!?? Makes my head hurt to even think about it.

  6. Linda in NE says:

    Oops, should have said 181 page hospital bill.

  7. Pat Kitchen says:

    Love your blog. Love that you call it like you see it.

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