Absent the COVID, last night would have been quite the scene in my little burg. Costume parties, college football - the joint would have been hopping.
Alas, the streets were sparsely populated. The local government didn't quite ban trick-or-treating, but tried to discourage it.
We held a modest (masked) gathering in the garage, and were encouraged by a few hardy souls who ventured out in search of candy and some actual human contact.
When all this passes, there needs to be a frank and brutal reckoning with the public health authorities who have imposed all of these useless regulations. Keeping children in perpetual fear is far more destructive than a respiratory infection that is overwhelmingly non-lethal. Despite soaring "case loads" the number of actual hospitalizations in the area are in the single digits.
I guess what bothers me the most is that no one can articulate what "winning" looks like. Are we to destroy society in order to save it? All of the previously announced benchmarks have been reached - hospitals are able to cope, treatments are improving.
These developments should be celebrated, but the media dutifully spreads panic and despair.
They too will have much to answer for.