Santa Cruz, CA: I took a stroll along the beach on West Cliff. This weekend, the parking lots began being closed off to discourage people from gathering on the beaches and trails. There were many people still walking along the beach and in the neighborhoods nearby. I saw a classic car parked in one of the neighborhoods.
Today it was also announced that the “15 days to flatten the curve” plan of social distancing guidelines has been extended to 45 days. New York still has the most new total and new deaths due to COVID-19 at 965 and 82, respectively. New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, California, and Washington all had reported 10-21 daily deaths yesterday. The statistics from worldometers.info also show the US with a total of 142,224 cases, 2,485 deaths, and 4,559 recovered. Both Pres. Trump and Dr. Fauci are in sync with preparing the country for 100,000 or more deaths due to COVID-19.
I’m still hoping to intercept a future – to head in a way back to the future of a parallel time line that I was in before I started daily (more or less) blogging 89 days ago. I’ve somewhat arbitrarily selected June 8, 2020, as the date I wish to intercept. Or, perhaps, I’ve sent myself a message from the future that caused me to pick that date for some reason.
This week a record 3.28 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits. Yesterday, the Dow had it’s best 3-day gain since 1931 and today it finished the week up 12.8%, it’s best weekly advance since 1938. The S&P 500 rose 10.3% – best week since 2008. The Nasdaq rose 9.1% – best week since 2009. U.S. COVID-19 cases topped 100,000. U.S. Influenza A cases topped 128,000 and Influenza B cases topped 113,000. Also, the largest relief package ever, at $2 trillion for coronavirus relief, was signed into law.
Today, the DOW had a gain of 11.37%, the best one day gain since Mar 15, 1933, which happened to be the best one day gain ever at 15.34%. Today’s gain narrowly beat out the gain of 11.36% on Sept. 21, 1932. Just last week, the DOW had the second largest one-day percentage drop ever of 12.93%. This was only a few days after the then 4th largest one-day drop of 9.99% (and don’t you wonder who kept it from being 10%). And this was only a few days after the then 11th largest one-day drop of 7.79%.
For the last four days, I’ve been sensing a change in my universe surfing. I am no longer interested in this universe where a pandemic sweeps the globe. In this universe, I consume more twitter than I have in a lifetime prior. My intention to create instead of consume has been challenged by my weak free will in the face of the universe. I have a choice now. I can continue to be pummeled by the huge waves of the universe sending me into this pandemic. Or I can strengthen my free will and surf to a new set of universes in which COVID-19 is not dominating the daily thoughts of myself or the world.
From what I know about universe surfing, I can’t do this alone. So, if you find yourself reading this, please join me in surfing to a universe in which SARS_CoV_2 and COVID-19 are not dominating the world’s psyche and are only a distance memory. Oh, and your retirement savings will also be higher in the universe I’m surfing to. I’m putting myself on an 80-day surfing plan from 4 days ago. Target date of June 8, 2020, the 160th day of this year.
Santa Cruz, CA: Today I drove south on the 1 and made it to Salinas River State Beach. It was quite windy and also empty, except for a lone fisherman. The trail next to the beach had a few hikers – and also some horse riders.
While COVID-19 is continuing to spread as the math predicts, I’m feeling more optimistic that it’s possible fo me to surf to a universe where COVID-19 is not seen as anything more than a really bad flu virus. The universe I sense is one where the 80+% of people who experiences mild or no symptoms from being infected with SARS_CoV_2 slowly build up a herd immunity across the globe.
Santa Cruz, CA: This morning I went to watch the sunrise. Although Santa Cruz County is under a Shelter in Place order, it’s difficult to tell that by walking along the beach. Surfers are still surfing. People are still running and walking along the beach. The coffee shop near the lighthouse is still open with a restriction of only one person in the shop at a time.
I drove up the 1 towards San Francisco and the highways were still filled with cars traveling to the beaches along the 1. At Swanton Berry Farm, there was a sign requesting everyone to wash their hands before coming inside. The jelly samplers were gone, along with the tables where people used to eat. To go orders were still ok.
Updates on the coronavirus today are:
New York cases of COVID-19 rise above 15,000. US cases rise above 30,000. Italy has over 60,000 cases. Worldwide cases rise above 330,000.
US Senator Rand Paul because the first US senator to test positive for COVID-19.
Locally, Santa Cruz County in CA has only reported 15 cases and Travis County in TX has reported 79 cases.
The national guard is being mobilized for states that have the worst outbreaks.
The housemates in the house where I’m staying are all talking about coronavirus much of the day. Visitors are not allowed inside the house per the house rules.
Something surfing related I just realized is that the areas of the US most heavily hit by coronavirus outbreaks are the areas which are more liberal than conservative. Liberals have also been the ones who have been sounding the alarm about the pandemic while Trump previously had been calling the media alarm a “hoax” and comparing COVID-19 to the flu. Could the liberals be resonating with the energy of universes where COVID-19 is much worse than the flu while the conservatives are resonating with energy of the flu being worse? Possibly, but then how would republican senator Rand Paul being the first COVID-19 case be explained.
In financial news, as much as I want to call a market bottom, I think the next week is going to be rough. The best bet for a market uplift is if the US congress can agree on a relief package for individuals and businesses.
Santa Cruz, CA: The entire state of California is now on lockdown by order of the Governor Newsom. California is the most populous US state with over 40 million residents. At the time of the lockdown order, there were 19 confirmed deaths out of 910 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California. This compares with at least 5300 confirmed cases in New York and almost 1400 confirmed cases in Washington.
Santa Cruz County and other counties around the Bay Area have been under similar “Shelter in Place” orders for the last two days. The “lockdown” orders appear to be the same. All non-essential businesses are shutdown and social distancing is required when people are out in public.
How did we get here? It seems like a good time for a review and also a good time to start thinking about how we are going to get back to a universe without all of this social distancing and scary coronaviruses.
I awoke this morning in a new universe – a new reality – a different dimension of reality – a parallel world. As I type this, I feel myself moving through these different dimensions – I feel the influence of the different dimensions in my body, in my mind, and in my soul.
I described my experiences of being in this new universe and what it felt like in my body, mind, and spirit. I ended my blog post with:
It’s 1005 and I now feel complete with this share of my experience now having arrived in what feels like a “far away” reality. I’m curious if I have developed my universe surfing skills sufficiently to stay here for a while and explore or if this has been only a short trip.
My curiosity was around if I would just write one blog post and then go back to my previous set of universes where I wasn’t blogging. I was also curious to explore what was true in this new set of universes I felt myself in.
In 2020 Day 3: In the Wormhole of Consumption and Creation I talked about how I wanted to move from universes where I was spending my time consuming content and move to universe where I was spending my time creating content. I also started talking about stocks because I wanted to eliminate my habit of checking the stock market multiple times a day. It’s interesting to see the stocks I picked to diversify:
For 2019, I was blessed to have AAPL and AMD as my top two investments. I hedged these growth stocks with some value stocks (IBM, WETF, DS, SFM, and NOK) which also provided a bit of diversification. I sold some AAPL and AMD to rebalance my portfolio for 2020 and plan to now only check my portfolio monthly.
Well, the selling of AAPL and AMD turned out to be a good move, but the diversification of buying the other stocks did not protect me from the recent market crash. Of the pick, Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) is the only one that held up. I should probably think of DS as “dumbshit” and WETF as “WTF was I thinking”. Note to self – always liquidate stock holdings before surfing to a new set of universes!
2020 Day 7: 88% Charge was just another example of how different sets of universes interfere with one another. It seems that my working battery from the prior set of universes was affecting my bad battery of my new set of universes.
As I try to restrict my attention to world and financial news, these both start shouting louder for attention.
Wow, how this insight turned out to be an understatement. On the ninth day of me surfing into this new set of universes, I felt my first synchronicity involving the Chinese city of Wuhan. In 2020 Day 9: New Strain of Coronavirus found in Wuhan, China, I blogged about the “novel coronavirus” as it was called then. Almost a year earlier, I had traveled through Wuhan as a random stop-over on the way to Thailand. I was able to walk around outside and take photos such as this one:
and this one:
I remember noticing how cold it was in January and how cloudy the sky was. In my blog post, I wrote:
Today it is being reported that the Wuhan pneumonia outbreak “mystery illness” that has infected 60 people in the last 2 weeks is caused by a new coronavirus.
Had I not been to Wuhan a year earlier, I doubt this story would have caught my eye. I used my universe surfing skills to notice it and blog about it. It was already an unexpected event for me to travel through Wuhan, and then seeing a “mystery illness” unexpectedly show up in Wuhan was very synchronistic for me. It was a marker that I was in a connected flow of universes. As I reread my post, I’m noticing how much I focused on researching coronaviruses at the time. I’m also remembering that I was sick:
I’ve been sick with a respiratory infection for about two weeks.
I didn’t have a fever. It seemed like just a long, mild symptoms cold. But with my partner later getting sick with (supposedly, according to the second test) FluA, maybe I had the flu. Or, maybe the universe surfing was stressful on my body. Or, maybe my parallel self was traveling to Wuhan this month instead of a year ago, and I was feeling symptoms of him(/her, parallel selves can be any or no gender). My best feeling now, is I was infected with one of the 4 coronaviruses endemic in our population which I also wrote about:
Four identified coronaviruses (HCoV-229E, HCoV-NL63, HCoV-OC43, and HCoV-HKU1) are endemic in humans and cause up to 30% of respiratory tract infections worldwide each year.
The next day I found myself in a universe where I was a runner. I hadn’t run in quite a while and never longer than 3-4 miles. I periodically wrote posts about my running progress – basically every time I ran. I’m no longer in a universe where I’m running, but feel I will return one day.
At this point, I noticed that I was having more difficulty blogging each day. To continue my habit, I would blog something – anything – whatever popped into my mind. Numbers and spirituality/mythology/religion seemed to guide me as I blogged:
In another universe in which I didn’t run on the 16th day, I blogged about hexadecimal numbers. Then, the novel coronavirus returned to my notice as Thailand and Japan reported confirmed infections: 2020 Day 17: Wuhan Coronavirus infections in Thailand and Japan. It’s interesting to see what I focused on in this post:
This is interesting because China lobbied who.int to not refer to the novel coronavirus as “Wuhan Coronavirus” and today Trump is only using the name “Chinese coronavirus” to describe officially named SARS_CoV_2, which causes COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019).
I also wrote about diagnostic testing by WHO, which is the test rejected by the US.
Testing has become a big issue as South Korea has used widespread testing to “flatten the curve” and control the spread of COVID-19 while the US has struggled to get a working test deployed.
I also showed a graph of the phylogenetic tree of SARS_COV_2. It is still unproven from where SARS_COV_2 arose.
The last paragraph of this blog post reads a bit prophetic to me now:
This story is still not widely reported, but has made it to The Economist. I hope to surf to a universe where this is not a big story, but the synchronicities that found me posting this make me worry that the odds are against me.
Day 18 still feels like a random post – not sure what future this is connected to: 2020 Day 18: Ned Snead. In another universe, I blogged about hanging out with a friend and his family.
I’m now beginning to wonder if these two blog posts will be understood more clearly through a universe surfing viewpoint that does not require time to move in only one direction, and instead allows for anyone to quantum feel possible futures.
20200202 Day 33: First Palindrome Date since 11/11/1111 notes a date for millennials to celebrate. That it’s the 33rd date of the year and this is also a palindrome strikes me as such a rare numerical event. An “exercise for the reader” is to determine if the palindromic qualities of this 33rd day of Gregorian calendar will ever be seen again.
I then pivoted from palindromes to Coronaviruses and discussed palindromic RNA sequences. This lead me somehow to looking at finding a phylogenetic tree of SARS_COV_2 which included a Bat SARS-like coronavirus WIV1 (ID: KF367457.1) that I had happened to find through my own BLAST searching. I documented this unexpected event to see if it had any links to the future:
I made some more posts about politics and the democratic political race:
Assuming no outbreaks in other countries, using the official numbers reported to date by China, and hoping for the best, the number of worldwide reported cases peak at 145,000 and number of deaths peak at 2,000.
20200209u Day 40: Conspiracy Theories in Multiple Realities is about how universe surfing and quantum sensing can lead one to sound like a conspiracy nut. If you sound like a nut, you’re doing it right. Just know that you sound like a nut and you’ll be ok. The final quote I made in this post deserves to be repeated because it is linked to the future:
At this point, the origin of 2019-nCoV is still in a superposition of states (wild and man-made), at least for most of the people on the planet.
Then cruise ships made the news for all the wrong reasons and China changes the way it counts COVID-19 cases for a few days.
20200317T Days 61-77: Definitely in a New Universe Now! is continuing to feel into the changes in the universe. I am now using twitter and consuming news much more instead of creating. I fell down a wormhole of COVID-19 pandemic and into a set of universes that feel very foreign to me.
20200318W Day 78: It’s a New Universe! is me feeling a desire to leave this set of universes I have found myself in and travel back to one in which there is no pandemic and everyone isn’t worried about the loss in value of their 401k or how they are going to pay their rent.
12. Religions across the world will reclaim their role as protectors of the long-term survival of humanity by joining together with a common voice against climate change.
11. Gasoline prices, Gold, and Bitcoin will spike higher with Gold hitting $2000/oz and Bitcoin topping $20,000.
10. April will be a tough month for the stock market, which will end 2020 roughly even after a rollercoaster of a year.
9. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will remain a Supreme Court justice longer than Trump will remain President.
8. Combined global land and ocean surface temperature for August 2020 will be almost a full degree Celsius above the 20th century average of 15.6°C (60.1°F).
7. Over half of U.S. states will legalize marijuana for at least medicinal purposes, and over half of those will also legalize marijuana for recreational use. Vaping will continue to be increasingly banned.
6. CERN’s plans to build a 100 kilometer particle accelerator will move forward while China’s plans to build a similarly sized particle accelerator will remain uncertain.
5. Tom Steyer will continue to gain unexpected support for President at the expense of Biden.
4. Bernie will gain the Democratic nomination in a brokered convention and will select a woman as his running mate.
3. Despite all of the saber rattling, 2020 will be a peaceful year.
2. Trump will not be removed from office.
1. The Battlestar Galactica Series coming in 2020 on NBC will have a unique storyline that will be well received by most Battlestar Galactica fans.