‘Rona Virus – It Feels Like the Movie ‘Groundhog Day’

Do you remember the movie ‘Groundhog Day’? Bill Murray portrays Phil Connors, a cynical television weatherman covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He becomes trapped in a time loop, forcing him to relive February 2nd repeatedly

Welcome to the ‘Groundhog Day’ Pandemic

Here in Alberta, we are in the fourth wave of ‘Spike and the Variants’. Like the previous three waves, it is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. For the past 18 months we have been subjected repeatedly to  ‘short sharp lockdowns’ that aren’t short. The difference with the fourth wave is that now we have enough vaccine for everyone – except not everyone has chosen to get jabbed and not everyone who got jabbed has the same immune response. Thankfully we haven’t been put into another ‘lockdown’ but we have been mandated back into masks, have restrictions for gatherings and need vaccine passports to enter some venues, etc, etc.

On the plus side, The Car Guy and I are surrounded by vaccinated family and friends whose risk tolerance is similar to ours. We live carefully, but a bit more liberally, than the more fearful do.

The ‘Groundhog Day’ Election

Canada’s Federal Election (#44) was held on September 20, 2021.  Prime Minister Trudeau called it mid way through his term. He hoped he would get a majority government.

The election cost the taxpayers $612 million (the most expensive election in Canadian history). What did we get for our money? Same old, same old. Justin Trudeau is once again the Prime Minister of a minority government  but with the new distinction of having the slimmest share of overall electoral support in Canadian history (32.6% of the popular vote.)  The voter turnout, at about 62% is one of the lowest since Canada’s first election in 1867 (maybe having an election during the fourth wave of the pandemic had something to do with that).

Journalist Tristin Hopper probably summed it up best:  at $36.02 per vote,  16,991,074 voters might as well have bought a  24-pack of Molson Canadian Beer instead.

Unlike this election result, at least the movie Groundhog Day was rewarding.
– Tasha Kheiriddin –


Fortunately, there is still a lighter side to the ‘Rona Virus:

25 thoughts on “‘Rona Virus – It Feels Like the Movie ‘Groundhog Day’

    1. Dor, it is getting harder and harder to find light hearted humour about Covid. Most of the memes now take jabs at anyone who doesn’t belong to your ‘Covid tribe’.

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    1. I understand your frustration. I suspect, though, that you know what they say about anger – it is like carrying around hot coals – the only person who gets burned is the one carrying the coals!

      Personally, I don’t blame the unvaccinated. I blame government messaging, mass and then social media for sensationalist, unbalanced reporting.

      Here is a link to a video by a Dr. I respect for his honesty and understanding. It is an American perspective, but is applicable to Canadians too.

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      1. I know you’re right but I keep wondering why they think a government would spend all the money getting people vaccinated if it wasn’t a worthwhile effort. The success of the numbers proves it.

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        1. Yes, the vaccine is working the way it is supposed to. If you look at the fact that only about 33% of Albertan’s got the flu vaccine last year, then the number of people who got Covid vaccines is really pretty good!

          If the vaccine hesitant look at the Alberta stats and see that 4.3% of all Covid cases resulted in hospitalization and .9% resulted in death (with the vast majority of deaths being elderly people) then maybe they just don’t think they are at very high risk.

          This shows up in the vaccine stats where less than 70% of people under the age of 40 are fully vaccinated. About 90% of the people over the age of 60 are fully vaccinated!

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    1. It will be really interesting when this is all over to see what things worked well in what places! I suspect there will be unintended consequences to every intervention – hopefully time and cooler heads can figure out a better pandemic response than the one we have all gone through!

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  1. I loved the signs, particularly the one about hiring a taller staff so he can get a taco! And it’s funny, because as you know we’re having the same problems in the States: plenty of vaccine, but too many people choosing not to take it. But the way it is being presented to us is that the problem is unique to the US, and all the people who don’t want to get vaccinated are Trump supporters. Sigh…..here EVERYTHING has to be about Democrats and Republicans fighting each other, even when the facts don’t support that!

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    1. I’ve been watching your countries political infighting for a number of years. Hard not to because we live in Arizona part time and have many friends there, both Republican and Democrat. Personally, I can’t see that Biden has done a better job than Trump in defusing the political divide… maybe these candidates would have been a better choice: H. Brooke Paige/Thomas Witman (Grumpy Old Patriots Party).

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    1. That tradition makes sense! Our family used to watch ‘Amadeus’ at Christmas time. We’d make up a big batch of rum balls, then roll them while we watched the movie. I don’t know why we chose that movie in the first place, but it was a tradition for many years.

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    1. Hard to say what would have happened if more voters turned out. Trudeau started slipping in the polls as soon as he called the election. His party lost even more of the popular vote percent than the last election even though they won enough seats to form a minority government. They are going to have to be propped up by an even further left party if they hope to pass much of their agenda. He said prior to the election that he would call another election in about 18 months if he didn’t get the majority…

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      1. Sounds like you might be going back to the polls sooner rather than later. Although a minority government can sometimes be productive if they are and can be collaborative with the other minor parties to get legislation passed.

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  2. “Pandemic of the unvaccinated”–I don’t think so. I think it is the pandemic of the unhealthy and those with serious medical issues. I am not certain, but I have hear one the biggest commonality of those who suffering are those who are overweight.

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    1. In our province, it is a pandemic of the older population – the average age for Covid deaths is 79 years. As for it being a pandemic of the unvaccinated, in our province, since January 1, 2021, 85% of cases were in the unvaccinated; 85% of the hospitalizations were unvaccinated and 76% of deaths were unvaccinated. As for pre-existing health conditions, our government lists the conditions, but they don’t indicate whether the root cause of any of those conditions is obesity.

      So yes, it is a pandemic of the unhealthy, but the vaccine has made the playing field a lot more level!

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