Etikettarkiv: Corona

They gave up…

Lately the gym been crowded, more or less since the new year, until yesterday when it all of a sudden turned empty!!!! I don’t know if it is the “I will start a new life next year” people who gave up, or if it is Covid spreading in the gym. But so nice to be more or less alone. If no windows I could even treadmill in the nude.

Covid report this week

Too give up… Or more cave in, I actually got myself a Spotify account yesterday… I got a Apple Music account last year and hated it, so now I try Spotify (I feel so modern) cause someone promised me I could buy music in Spotify as well as stream. That turned out to be a lie, so now I am already disappointed.

At the same time it’s a wonderful project to create all the playlists again and just be a nerd. Love it…

But also noticed that the release dates are wrong in Spotify, which will make me go ballistic, and I have not even tried yet to import all the music files I have, which is missing in Spotify!? So we will see how this will end… I guess I go back to iTunes at the end and curse at them for not having a perfect statistic program built in. Why can’t I find the perfect provider?

But, today is TGIF, and hopefully I will be able too cut my hair during lunch… We will see if my colleagues allow that to happen. And of course the salon, I have no idea if they have any slots free, now soon.

Björn

SVTPlay and Timothy Stuart

SVTPlay is kind of a lifeline now and then, a lot blocked but some shows are available from France as well, and yesterday i found a show called “Det här är ditt land” (This is your country).

First some background, before I include my colleague Tim in this story. Carina Bergfeldt is a Swedish news reporter, not very liked by the way but this show turned out to be interesting.

Carina did a DNA test, the kind of test you can do from home, and found a half brother (same father) in USA. Out of the blue, and none of them knew about the other one for many years.

So, the show is about how different siblings can be just from growing up in different countries but the part about the differences between USA and Sweden and how different Americans are to Swedes.

So far I have seen the 2 first episodes, but I can recommend it even if you don’t know Swedish since they speak more English than Swedish so far, and the part in Swedish is actually easy to grasp even not speaking Swedish.

So why this, and WTF about Tim, my colleague in Geneva? The brother Jeffrey and Tim are SO alike and from a Swedish point of view tick so many “typical American” boxes so it’s almost parodic sometimes.

My colleague Tim asked for a shoutout on this blog, and here he get one, and not only a shoutout, a complete TV show!!!

SVTPlay link to Det här är ditt land

Also, as always, I check the FB group “Swedes in Paris” – and at least once a week there is a “I moved to Paris last week, how do I get work, apartment and do I need to speak French when I moved” questions. Mainly from girls with a selfie photo from the school of Kardashians, ducklips, filters, fillers and taken from the side a bit above.

So first of all, you take a chance and move to this:

In the middle of a pandemic, and just decide that Paris is a good choice. I suspect behind it all is model dreams, at least the photos often plant that thought in my mind. I do not know if I admire them (to dare and actually think they will manage), the 20 somethings, or if I think they are in the category “IQ = Seagull”. So why even mention this? It seems like it’s more and more now during the pandemic, and it spread to guys as well. Might be that they need to post questions cause now during an ongoing pandemic life is tougher than they thought. Or is the latest generation to grow up actually even more naive than the one before? If so it’s scary.

Take care, stream SVTPlay and see if you agree with Jeffrey or Swedes views on Americans.

Björn

New test done

So, it took a bit over 1 hour and 15 minutes in the rain before I even got in to the test place this morning, and then a new waiting area before test which took around 1 minute.

I wonder, I often wonder, what people are doing when it’s their turn… Today at the test place, what did the guys before do in there for 5- 10 minutes for a nose swab?

At the post office, in the line to get a package, how can it take 2 minutes for me and 20 for the person in front of me? Lifes little mysteries.

Result expected tomorrow, and if it’s still positive I go crazy, actually I will regret doing the tests and ask myself “Why did you not go out after the first 10 days”? Cause according to the rules, as they are now, I could go out after 10 days without new tests. But I am happy to have the doctors appointment on the 3rd.

Do you also remember when Olivier told us that no restrictions will be lifted until we were under 5000 cases a day. Now we are up to 179807 and everything is open… Of course, and thanks heaven, it’s cause of the vaccine and less really sick people. But still… Also 14 days sick leave have a huge impact on the economy (and a lockdown will have a huge impact on next years election of course).

Björn

No answer at 19:19

Just wait for the results of the PCR test done today. It lingers, so I guess it will be a positive result, it always takes longer when its positive, I guess the make a re-test if it is positive. But still not know. So maybe I can tell you tomorrow.

Beside this I been in the winds of gossip today, with plans, what will happen, how will they re-arrange the workplace, who will be in charge etc etc. When the new Presidents crew invades the offices.

A date been communicated, the 12th of January, they will be there, taking over and people are singled out to be one of the ones staying or getting fired.

All gossip, all creating the staff to be nervous wrecks.

But like the PCR test, we know nothing right now.

Have a nice “dan före dan”, tomorrow Swedish Christmas, yes 24th is the right day to celebrate Christmas.

Björn

Taube Taube Taube

Yesterday was 100% work as well as an evening with Evert Taube, the SVT documentary which turned out to be 50% interesting and 50% completely weird. 3 episodes, each one with more or less one song performed by different singers, over and over and over. Extremely irritating to be honest.

But the parts about Evert Taube was really good, and I only remember him as a more or less older man so the pictures of him as young turned out to be a surprise.

Evert Taube
Evert Taube

And on the Covid front the strange thing happened later in the evening, all (and I mean all) symptoms is back. 2 days before the next PCR test, so I am sure I also watched the new variant. How I don’t know, but the feeling to be sick is back, after almost 10 days. Maybe 10 more days in lockdown.

Björn

Delta

A week after the test results I got this second test result today where I am told that I not only tested positive a week ago (I know) but also what mutation of the virus I got. So it seems like it is the Delta variant, typical UK don’t you think? Yes, it is a joke.

What worries me more is the fact that from having no symptoms apart from a day one cough I am today gifted with a runny nose, the cough is back and I sneeze over and over and over without any end. Like it’s all back to square one. Most likely cause I will do a PCR tomorrow or Thursday again to show that Im negative again.

Right now this is not the feeling, I am sure I will still get a positive result from the pre Christmas test and need to stay put for a few days more.

Next doctors visit might also be in jeopardy if I don’t have a negative PCR test before the 3rd of January, and I promise you all that to find anywhere in Paris doing PCR tests over Christmas… Will be a struggle, might have two days in the beginning of next week to manage that.

So even with full vaccination it creates hell when you get a positive test.

Björn

JESC and Armenia

Congrats to Armenia, and that is true – but seriously… I really not approve at all. There was a few really good songs, even in JESC. I liked Georgia, cause it was a working within the concept of a children festival. I also liked Portugal, and was happy to see that he scored so well among the public vote. I guess a gang of grown ups actually voted as well. Good work.

Today I had my day off, supposed to be my day off for buying some Swedish stuff for Christmas on Friday (yes Swedes have our day on the 24th), but still locked in for 3 more days. I just hope I will be able to take a PCR test before the weekend, if not I have not been able to do it before my Doctors appointment on the 3rd. And I hope its negative of course, so I can go out and have a glass of wine next week. Chaud.

But let us now work these 3 upcoming days before a week to catch up and return to life on the 4th of January with a fresh mind, negative tests and hopefully a third vaccine dose, even if Im not allowed to get one before May 2022 – do not feel good at all thinking of all travel plans at work, the ones hopefully decided now, among other changes at work.

And of course, yes, I also hope my heart survived this week.

Björn