February 1, 2021

January 2021 Inventory

Inspired by this post, I am starting a monthly check-in as sort of a mini-review of what’s happening.

  1. NHL season restarted this month and my Blues are sitting in 1st place of the Honda West division. COVID has interrupted only one game so far, the 2nd game of the Vegas series. They are slowly starting to allow fans back in the Enterprise Center, with about 1,400 due to attend the game tomorrow night (2/2).

  2. My favorite Premier League team - Manchester City sits atop the table after a nice string of wins. Unfortunately my favorite player - KDB is out for a month with an injury. His midfield running mate - German International Ilkay Gundogan has played very well of late which helps fill the void.

  3. The COVID-19 pandemic is still raging, nearly a year in. There is hope though, with multiple vaccines finally being administered, though slower than hoped it appears. This hope is somewhat tempered by 2 new variants” that seem more easily transmitted. Time will tell I suppose. No one I know has actually received a shot yet.

  4. The US President (well former President now) incited a riot which led to the US Capitol building being ransacked, and several of his followers attempting to find and murder members of Congress. Twitter banned him, followed by Facebook and YouTube. The Democrats voted to impeach him…again, but some on his side of the aisle don’t feel this is a big deal, doubled down on their support for him, or choose not to admit it in hopes it goes away I suppose. I don’t see how this ends well for Republicans.

  5. Biden/Harris were inaugurated without incident 2 weeks after the insurrection. It probably helped there was a good 20,000 National Guard troops on hand to keep the peace. It’s weird to say that, though I guess all empires have their ups and downs. This certainly seems like a down” period. Despite all that, it is nice to have calm in the White House again and not have to deal with the POTUS tweeting crazy shit every 5 to 10 minutes.

  6. Gamestop has been in the news a lot the last week after the Reddit group /wallstreetbets pushed (promoted?) it from around $3-4/share at this time last year to upwards of $300+ recently, almost bankrupting at least one hedge fund. Hilarity ensues. I guess the upside is thousands of Americans now know what a short squeeze” is.

  7. Both kids went back to school in person to start the second semester. It doesn’t seem like that long, but it’s been 10 months since they had last attended school in an actual school building.

  8. The weather has been pretty crap the last couple weeks, so it’s been a challenge to keep my 9 (now 10) month streak of closing my rings going. That’s an Apple Watch thing if you aren’t aware. I successfully made it through January closing all 3 rings for all 31 days. Not gonna lie, there were some last minute impromptu workouts to make it happen.