Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well 🙂

I just thought I’d jump on here quickly to provide an update on this blog!

As many of you may be aware, the area where I live has now been under lockdown for almost 3 months. We have 1 more month to go before restrictions will begin to start easing.

This has made blogging increasingly difficult as there isn’t much going on in Australia at the moment, other than conversations about COVID and lockdown.

So, there may be a lack of blog posts in the coming weeks, but I look forward to returning when our world starts to return to a more ‘normal’ state.

And, my first post back will be my 300th article on this blog!

Until then, hope you all stay well!

LL

4 thoughts on “An Update!

  1. LL: If you’re “[looking] forward to returning when our world starts to return to a more ‘normal’ state,” I fear we won’t be reading much from you for a long time. From the always ‘glass is half-empty’ Ted. LOL!

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    1. Hi Ted, as someone who is always ‘glass half-full’, I tend to disagree haha! In my post, I think I was just referring to ‘normal’ as more ‘normal’ than what I am currently living in! I don’t know where you are based, but I am in Sydney which has basically been in a complete lockdown since late June. Any releasing of restrictions is the start of ‘normal’ in my mind at the moment!

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      1. Hi LL. I’m a retired ad guy living in Delray Beach Florida (after 45 years in San Francisco with a 4-year timeout in Tokyo and, prior to California, 30 years in NYC, my birthplace) where, according to our governor, everything is copasetic…no masks, no worries, no rules except complete and unadulterated personal freedom at the expense of everyone else’s health and, ultimately, personal freedom. Too bad about your lockdown. I love Sydney for it’s beauty…and Melbourne for it’s quaintness (put them together, beauty and quaint and you have SF)…and would love to go back some day. (Yeah, I know the Sydney/Melbourne rivalry is like LA/SF one, exacerbated this year by the current NL pennant race). But, given my half-empty glass perspective, not sure when or if that will ever happen.

        There is one thing I would like to ask you: I’d like to use your last post as a lead-in to one of mine. Probably not the next one as I’m knee-deep in writing, optimistically, about the critical need for a complete rewrite of the U.S. Constitution. Of course given that this will never happen, my pessismissm inevitably will take over.

        One more thing. As Jerry Seinfeld might say, “what’s the deal with this submarine thing?” Don’t we have enough problems with our adversaries? Do we have to pick fights with our friends? Couldn’t your PM have picked up the phone and told the overly sensitive French president, “listen mon ami, your diesel-electric subs simply don’t meet our current strategic objectives; this is the 21st century after all. Do we still want to burn fossil fuel when nuclear is so much more…uh…actually, I don’t actually know what it is…dangerous? In any event, take my $7 billion cancellation penalty, throw a huge party a Versailles, and ‘zei gezunt.’ (Actually a man named Scott Morrison probably wouldn’t say ‘zei gezunt’ to a man named, Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron, but I since my tribe is from Brooklyn, I try to throw the term in whenever I can.)

        Cheers…and keep up the good work!

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      2. Hi Ted, thanks for your message! Seems like COVID restrictions vary significantly depending on which American state you live in! I’m very jealous looking at some of the packed out stadiums at American sporting games, but maybe they are causing more harm than good at the moment.

        Sydney and Melbourne are both very special cities. Unfortunately due to a lack of strong federal leadership, Australia has turned into a real state v state ideology to the pandemic. Closing state borders, not assisting each other, sad to see but without a strong and decisive federal government, the states weren’t left with many choices but to fend for themselves.

        Keep the optimism up haha! Not a problem, go for it! I look forward to reading it 🙂

        Hahaha the whole submarine drama did not go down very well in Australia either! Our Prime Minister has mae a habit in recent years of leaving when the country needs him most (notably in the bushfire crisis of 2019/2020 where he decided it would be an appropriate time to take a holiday in Hawaii). I understand the desire for the submarines, and agreement with America, but timing is everything. And talking about how much money is going to be spent on 8 submarines while millions of Australians are stuck at home without work and unable to support their families – it’s just more disappointment.

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