Sunday March 15
Speaking of shit shows…
This Covid-19 fiasco has everyone losing their minds. Not only are people panic-buying but there is general uneasiness. While we are attempting to maintain a calm and level-headed exterior, on the inside we are scared and suspicious of everyone.
As you know, I’ve had a head cold for the past two weeks – no fever or dry cough so not Covid-19, just a regular head cold. What’s the difference? Well, a cold is a cold and Covid-19 is the flu. Flu comes with aches, chills, fever, dry cough, fatigue. I’ve been diligently washing hands and disinfecting things I touch but I still feel like a leper. I’m not sneezing or snotty in public, but even just a sniffle is enough to turn heads. People with allergies must be feeling socially outcast these days.
Which is exactly how we are supposed to be feeling – socially isolated. They are calling it “social distancing” which simply means stay two meters away from anyone and everyone. Don’t close-talk, don’t shake hands, don’t hug. It’s pretty hard to buy supplies without getting close to the cashier but it can be done. Wear gloves, use the machine to tap your bank card, pay at the pump. How about those hotbeds of germs – busses, gondolas, airplanes, movie theatres, bars, any place where people are forced to be close to one another? Avoid them. Just don’t go. If you have to take the bus, wear gloves, don’t talk to anyone and don’t touch your face.
If you’re feeling indignant and think it’s all overkill, I would just like to point out that not everyone is YOU. Yes, YOU are strong, YOU have a great immune system, YOU could kick this virus to the curb. But those who you could potentially contaminate are NOT you, and they or someone they know may not be able to beat the virus. Please know that even if you don’t contract it yourself, you could be spreading it by touching an infected door handle and then touching the shopping cart. You wash your hands after so you’re not infected, but the next person to touch that cart will pick up the virus and unknowingly take it home with them. They could have a child or parent with respiratory problems and they are very vulnerable. Stay away from crowds and don’t touch your face. Do it for yourself and do it for society.
All this togetherness with the family is not ideal either though – I like my family more when I don’t have to be with them 24/7. Despite best intentions, we did NOT have a family game night with tacos and snacks last night. We went to the grocery store for ground beef for tacos and the meat section was cleaned out. Not a ground beef package anywhere. People are worried there won’t be enough supplies? It’s the same supply we’ve had all along – there’s no disruption to the supply chain ffs. People are weird. I blame all those zombie apocalypse movies…
No tacos = no games, so we all scattered – everyone went to a different room and zoned out on screens. I downloaded a Scrabble game and started games with friends and strangers via Facebook. The night FLEW by and I didn’t feel at all isolated! Anyone want to play online Scrabble with me? Send me an invite! Let’s get distantly together. While I wait for your invites I will binge-watch Prime and Netflix shows. I’ve run out of things to watch so I’m taking recommendations – what are you watching right now? No super violent or apocalyptic shows please. I was watching Black Mirror but had to stop after eight episodes because it got too disturbing.
Avoiding people is the only way to contain this nasty virus but that doesn’t mean you need to stay locked up in your house. Get outside – this fresh air will do you good. Go for family walks, bike, hike, ski, garden, play tennis, toss a frisbee, climb a tree. But don’t go to the cesspool at the community centre – I can’t believe they haven’t shut down the swimming pools yet. Think of all the germs floating around in that humid air. Barf.
This chaos has spilled into our contesting. Yes, social distancing is in order and the corporations are taking it very, very seriously:
If you were expecting to pick up a prize from Virgin or QM, you have three options: ask them to mail it (many things get lost in the mail so you are taking a chance here); forfeit the prize (which means you can win again); or ask them to leave the prize at the security desk on the main floor. I doubt they will be closing the entire building so at least you could pick it up from the desk by the elevators. At worst the security guard could bring it to the door and hand it to you with tongs…
Luckily radio hosts work alone in studios and can isolate themselves while still doing their jobs – yay! Those jobs might look a little different for the next few weeks and months though. I hope they put a kibosh on all those “invite us to your workplace and we’ll bring treats” contests, as well as the “we’re broadcasting from this location to advertise this sale” events. Just stop that. Stay. Away. From. People.
With that in mind, Rock 101 has suspended their Rock Around the World contest for the time being because they can’t promise concerts will still be happening. Oh yeah, and also flights. No flights. Concerts should most definitely NOT be happening until this virus is contained, which means my Rolling Stones concert will probably also be cancelled. So what will Rock 101 do now? I hope they have something decent for a replacement – cash would be nice!
Luckily I didn’t win those tickets to Playdome from JR – it was cancelled too. If you’ve won tickets to anything in the past 30 days, consider them null and void. Canucks, Whitecaps, Auto Show, etc. – it’s like you didn’t win them so you SHOULD be eligible for other prizes.
Just in time for social lock-down, JR has announced their Sleeping Around With Clay and Karen contest. Two nights (Thursday April 2nd to Saturday the 4th) at a winery in Oliver, BC. What could be more social-distancing than driving for 4.5 hours and having intimate dinners with eight people?! If you’re flying there, that’s an hour spent with dozens of germy people to have an intimate dinner with six strangers. If you think this will still be going ahead, go enter HERE. I hope they cancel this for the sake of Clay and Karen and their families.
Keeping hope alive, Virgin is still giving away tickets to Camila Cabello. Her concert isn’t until July 29th so it’s possible the virus threat will be over by then. If you are hopeful, you can win your way in at 8:10, 11:10, 3:10 and 6:10.
The best things going right now are Beat The Bank and Gold Digger – fair chances at winning cash. Sure, JR, Peak and CFOX are giving away cash, but we don’t have a fair chance at it – they are picking and choosing who they want to give that cash to. Humph.
Even Kiss has deserted us, moving to text-in for their new Whatchamacallit contest. This would be fun to play! It’s a guessing game where you have to figure out what picture they are drawing with their words. I’m going to listen in just because it’s different and interesting.
This week The Breeze will be taking more names for the draw for the most relaxing year. They will post the artist of the day on their site each morning. Text them when you hear a song by that artist. The next day they will award one texter with a gift and they get their name into the draw. We could all use this right now!
With all these crowd-events cancelled, the promo people must be having a hard time coming up with prizes. Gone are the concert tickets, special event passes, movie passes, sports tickets, etc. Who wants to take their family to see a live VSO show or even Thomas The Tank Engine? Nnnnope! The best thing they can give out now is iTunes cards so we can buy shows and games, or Amazon gift cards so we can have things delivered. And then mail them to us so we don’t have to show up at their offices. LOL!
Oh yes, before I forget: you’ve probably heard about Zed’s new morning show but in case you missed it, you can read my thoughts on it HERE. I reserve judgement for now but my April 5th newsletter will have no-holds-barred rants or raves.
Everything’s CANCELLED!!! Well, not everything. But Beat The Bank and Thousand Dollar Thursdays have been suspended, along with QM’s $1000 Minute. Add that to the Rock Around the World and what are we left with? GOLD DIGGER!
You can still try to convince JR and Peak to call you back if you want, but don’t hold your breath. Actually, Peak might just call you back because nobody else is texting in…
Or you could try for JR’s Secret Word prize because it’s AWESOME! A Quarantining Care Package with Netfllix, snacks and TP. PERFECT!!
5:40 – JRFM, Secret Word given (Google Home Mini or Netflix Quarantining care package including TP!)
6 – 10 – CFOX, Best/Worst of the Weekend (?)
6 – 10 – Rock 101, ?
7 – 9 – JRFM, Secret Word said (Google Home Mini or Netflix Quarantining care package including TP!)
7:00 – JR, Cash Cow
7:00 – Peak, Montage
7:05 – QMFM, Beat The Bank – SUSPENDED
7:30 – Rock 101, Grand IQ Test
7:35 – QMFM, $1000 Minute – SUSPENDED
8:00 – Rock 101, Rock the World – SUSPENDED
8:00 – The Breeze, Song of the Day
8:00 – Zed, Gold Digger
8:05 – QMFM, Beat The Bank – SUSPENDED
8:10 – Virgin, tickets to Camila Cabello – SUSPENDED
8:10 – Kiss, Whatchamacallit
8:30 – CFOX, Royal Allowance name called
11:00 – Peak, Montage
11:00 – Rock 101, Rock the World – SUSPENDED
11:00 – CFOX, Royal Allowance name called
11:05 – QMFM, Beat The Bank – SUSPENDED
11:10 – Virgin, tickets to Camila Cabello – SUSPENDED
12 – 1 – CFOX, 90’s at Noon (?)
12 – 1 – Rock 101, Rock Trivia (?)
2:00 – CFOX, Royal Allowance name called
3:00 – Zed, Gold Digger
3:10 – Virgin, tickets to Camila Cabello – SUSPENDED
4 – 5 – JRFM, Head Blank (?)
4:00 – JR, Cash Cow
4:00 – Peak, Montage
4:00 – Zed, Alphabucks
4:00 – Rock 101, Rock the World – SUSPENDED
4:05 – QMFM, Beat The Bank – SUSPENDED
4:45 – CFOX, This Is Our World (?)
5:00 – CFOX, Royal Allowance name called
5:00 – Zed, Gold Digger
6:10 – Virgin, tickets to Camila Cabello – SUSPENDED
Good luck everyone!