20200417F Day 108: Surfing the Multiverse back through a Pandemic Wormhole

I amuse myself by viewing my experiences through the lens of the multi-world interpretation of quantum mechanics. I began documenting this wormhole surfing experience 108 days ago in almost daily blog posts starting with 2020 Day 1: Seeing is Believing – Good Morning New Universe!. After 80 days, I didn’t recognize the new universe I was in and yet each of the 80 days was connected to the one prior in a smooth fashion. I summarized the first 80 days in 20200320F Day 80: First 80 Days of Surfing into a Pandemic. On that day I also decided to surf out of the pandemic universe, partly as an experiment and partly as a desire to return to a universe in which I could dine in at a restaurant and do other things I had taken for granted before.

In 20200321S Day 81: Three to the Fourth Power is Eighty-One, I talked about exponential growth and documented the exponential growth in COVID-19 cases worldwide:

  • 14 days to go from 1 to 10 cases by Dec 26, 2019
  • 14 days to go from 10 to 100 cases by Jan 9, 2020
  • 14 days to go from 100 to 1000 cases by Jan 23, 2020
  • 7 days to go from 1000 to 10000 cases by Jan 30, 2020
  • 35 days to go from 10000 to 100000 cases by Mar 5, 2020, as the coronavirus epidemic subsided in China and moved to the rest of the world
  • 14 days to go from 100k to 250k cases by Mar 19, 2020

In 2-3 more weeks, the math of exponential growth shows that there will be over 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 if it continues at the same growth as the last few weeks.

Well, according to https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html, the number of worldwide confirmed cases of COVID-19 crossed 1 million on April 2, 2020, exactly 14 days later. I also wrote:

And if we continue at this 10x/month rate for another month or two, the number of cases go to 10M after 1 month and 100M after 2 months. This is not to be alarmist – it is just math.

It is looking now that the 10x/month rate is still on track from March 19 and the confirmed COVID-19 cases are expected to hit 2.5M by April 19.

As I continue surfing out of this pandemic wormhole, the 10x/month rate should stay in a farther away universes and the rate will look much less in my universe timeline. If I can exit the wormhole by my target date of June 8th, and if on that date most countries are back to normal, then the 10x rate/month rate needs to reduce to near zero growth, which would imply the total number of cases are slightly growing at just above 1x rate/month. I don’t have the math handy for a smooth function to get there by June 8th, but I would estimate that 7M is a safe upper bound by June 19th, assuming a double to 5M by May 19 and a 1.4x rate of growth by June 19th.

In 20200322u Day 82: Santa Cruz Shelter in Place, the county I’m staying in issued a shelter-in-place order.

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Updates noted in this post:

  1. 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.
  2. US Senator Rand Paul because the first US senator to test positive for COVID-19.
  3. Locally, Santa Cruz County in CA has only reported 15 cases and Travis County in TX has reported 79 cases.
  4. The national guard is being mobilized for states that have the worst outbreaks.

and on the financial side, I noted:

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.

In 20200323M Day 83: Lone Fisherman, Four Horses, and a #COVID19 Pandemic, I wrote:

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.

and the next day in 20200324T Day 84: 4th Best Percentage Gain in DOW, I wrote:

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.

In 20200325W Day 85: RV Demolition on Day 10 of 15 Days to Slow The Spread, I continued to feel the movement through new universes as the Democrats and Republicans worked together:

The US senate passed 96-0 a $2 Trillion bill to assist individuals and companies affected by COVID-19. It feels good to be in a universe where the two main US political parties work together to write bills.

In 20200326h Day 86: 74 days until June 8th, I gave some specifics about the universe I’m using free will to move towards:

When I imagine June 8th, it feels like just another day in the parallel reality without a coronavirus pandemic spreading across the world. And yet I know COVID-19 outbreaks will most likely still be occurring. The universe I sense and wish to surf to has the following characteristics:

  1. I don’t think about or talk to anyone about coronaviruses or pandemics;
  2. Everyone I know who wants a job, has a job;
  3. The local newspaper only has an occasionally story about a new local coronavirus case and there are no sustained outbreaks nearby;
  4. Daily whitehouse.gov press briefings are no longer happening;
  5. Doctors have a standard treatment procedure for COVID-19 that brings the CFR down to the same level as seasonal flu;
  6. The stock market has recovered somewhat and volatility is rare;
  7. Unfortunately, the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases and deaths will have far surpassed the number of confirmed number of Influenza cases and deaths; and
  8. Grocery stores are fully stocked and N95 masks are available at normal prices.

A short blog post 20200327F Day 87: Unemployment, Stock Market, and COVID-19 Cases are All Up noted:

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.

In 20200328 Day 88: World War C – Humans vs. Coronaviruses, I talked about the world response to the coronavirus pandemic has been similar in some ways to a world war. Having not lived through a world war, it is difficult for me to imagine or compare. I also defined a few surfing terms, including:

Parallel Life Exploration (PLE) is one universe surfing technique that I use to help me understand what is going on in my own universe. Through PLE, I can get a fuller picture of my Quantum Self and also understand the Quantum Environment in which my Quantum Self is existing.

In 20200329 Day 89: Back to the Future, I recorded that the “15 days to flatten the curve” had been extended to 45 days. I also wrote about my target date, June 8th, to exit the pandemic wormhole:

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.

In 20200330 Day 90: COVID-19 Vaccine Development in the Multiverse, I discussed an article highlighting some of the hurdles that will have to be overcome in developing a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. I also noted:

So, there are universes in which COVID-19 is not a threat to the world. Many of these involve a vaccine that is developed and tested over the next 18 months. Which vaccine it will be, and how immune enhancement will be avoided, will depend on the universe.

In 20200331 Day 91: How Chloroquine affects Viruses in the Multiverse, I looked at a possible ripple backwards in time, by analyzing a paper published in 2003:

Since the COVID-19 pandemic is such a big effect on the world right now, I was curious if ripples of this event could be felt in the past. I found the following:

1. Effects of Chloroquine on viral infections, an old drug against today’s diseases, Savarino et. al., Nov. 2003

In 20200401W Day 92: 5 April Fools Jokes in Distance Universes, I told the following April Fools Jokes that would be Jokes in another universe, but were true in our timeline:

  1. “Foreign-flagged cruise ships can no longer dock in the U.S.” (Ha!). But in our universe today, the coast guard tells ships with COVID-19 to stay away from U.S. ports: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/01/825205607/coast-guard-tells-cruise-ships-with-covid-19-cases-to-stay-away-from-u-s-ports
  2. “A single person became infected with a novel coronavirus and spread it to almost a million people in 3 months” (Ha!). But in our universe today, 934,519 cases of COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus.
  3. “Don’t take Zantac, it was just discovered that it causes cancer.” (Ha!). But in our universe today, FDA orders Zantac to be pulled from shelves because it contains NDMA, a cancer causing substance.
  4. “Everyone has to start wearing masks now whenever they go shopping.” (Ha!). But in our universe today, Pres. Trump is reported as being “sympathetic” to the idea of having all Americans wear masks.
  5. “The IRS is going to send people money instead of taxing them.” (Ha!). But in our universe, everyone is going to get up to $1200.

In 20200402F Day 93: Human Coronaviruses in the Multiverse, I wrote:

Yesterday, I clearly felt two distinct sets of universes. In one set, the world is in a state of crisis and fear due to a novel coronavirus that is causing a fast spreading pandemic of deadly respiratory disease. In the other set, the world is in a state of peace and prosperity. I can sense wormholes connecting to the two sets of universes.

and talked about the different ends of the wormhole that I’m trying to surf through. I also looked at other coronaviruses that are endemic in the world.

In 20200403F-05u Days 94-96: Long Stock Picks for June 8th and Beyond, I listed some stocks I purchased on that day. I just checked the return of the stock picks and it matched  the S&P500 over the last 2 weeks, a little over 15%.

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In 20200406M Day 97: Ying Ying and Le Le Make a Baby Giant Panda in Many Universes, a happy post about one positive outcome of shelter in place.

In 20200407T Day 98: Santa Cruz Moonset Sunrise Sunset Moonrise, it was a full moon and I got to start and end my day with the moon and the sun.

In 20200408W Day 99: Bernie beats Trump in one Universe and Suspends Campaign in Another, I made a prediction:

Given the merger of two sets of universes we are currently experiencing, COVID-19 pandemic in one set and no pandemic in the other set, there will be ripple effects that create unexpected events. While Trump and Biden are the two horses to bet on for President of the U.S. 2021-2024, a third horse is likely to emerge from the tension of these two opposites.

In 20200409h Day 100: First 100 Days in a Pandemic Wormhole in NY Daily News Front Page Headlines, I reviewed the first 100 days of the pandemic through front page headlines of the NY Daily News.

I took a picture of closed beaches in Santa Cruz in 20200410F Day 101: Man walks safety Tape at Seabright Beach.

In 20200411S Day 102: Sheltering Solo, I wrote:

In going down the wormhole of the coronavirus pandemic, I found myself consuming more and creating less. So, to extract myself from the coronavirus pandemic set of universes, I should have an easier time if I also move toward creating more and consuming less. I’m still targeting June 8th, 2020, as the date to exit this pandemic wormhole and look for a new wormhole to enter.

In 20200412u Day 103: Stock Market Thoughts and Predictions, I talked about the huge bets against the market that were made by hedge funds before the pandemic. I wrote:

My thoughts on where the stock market is going is all of the above. It will drop due to the increasing costs of the pandemic, it will rise due to the monetary and governmental stimulus, and it will stay the same due to the balance of these two. There are a set of universes for each of these three scenarios and I would like to plan so that my portfolio stays roughly the same in each of these cases.  For bonds, I like floating over fixed, shorter over longer, and treasuries over non-treasuries. For real estate, I like residential over commercial. For equities, I like American over non-American – although the stronger dollar is going to be a weight on American companies. For currencies, I like the Dollar over the Euro and Yuan and the Yen over the Dollar. For precious metals, I like Silver over Gold. There is a high likelihood that one or more fiat currencies experiences hyper inflation and the Dollar is not immune.

In 20200413M Day 104: Dr. Robin Armstrong, M.D. in Texas, Interview with Joe Piscopo about COVID-19 Treatment at Nursing Home, I wrote about a doctor in a Texas nursing home treating COVID-19 patients with Hydroxychloroquine.

In 20200414T Day 105: Earth Population 7 Billion, 777 Million, 777 Thousand, 777, I marked the passing of the world population past 7,777,777,777 people and calculated the expected mortality rate for 2020 to be 0.7770%, or 60,437,080 people, after accounting for an anticipated and estimated 1,371,080 additional deaths due to COVID-19.

In 20200415W Day 106: U.S. Federal Taxes are Due in Most Universes, I wrote:

So, we are definitely in a wormhole and surrounded by a thin layer of universes in which taxes are delayed by 3 months, which is inside a much, much thicker layer of universes in which taxes are due today! I’m trying to surf to the universes past the thin layer of COVID-19 pandemic universes in this wormhole I surfed into. So, I spent all day today working on my taxes and filed them electronically, as I would in many of the universes in which there is no pandemic.

And yesterday, in 20200416h Day 107: Behind the Curve, I wrote a short post on a flat earth documentary I watched.

I’m looking forward to the next 52 days until June 8th. Today, Texas began relaxing shelter-in-place restrictions and I expect California and other states to follow soon.

 

 

 

20200415W Day 106: U.S. Federal Taxes are Due in Most Universes

Santa Cruz, CA: April 15th is a day that is usually filled with last minute tax filers trying to frantically finish their U.S. taxes and mail them in before midnight, or file them electronically. Some years, the 15th falls on a weekend and people get an extra day or two. This year, in the timeline of most everyone reading this, the tax deadline has been extended by 3 months! This is quite unusual and unexpected, as Benjamin Franklin famously noted.

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So, we are definitely in a wormhole and surrounded by a thin layer of universes in which taxes are delayed by 3 months, which is inside a much, much thicker layer of universes in which taxes are due today! I’m trying to surf to the universes past the thin layer of COVID-19 pandemic universes in this wormhole I surfed into. So, I spent all day today working on my taxes and filed them electronically, as I would in many of the universes in which there is no pandemic.

 

20200411S Day 102: Sheltering Solo

Santa Cruz, CA: I spent day 102 in my own place sheltered in place with only myself. For the prior month, I’ve been living in a community house with 8 or so other people. Now, I have a studio by myself – although it’s in the back of another community house with 8 or so other people. It’s a bit of a universe surfing hack to change the minimum amount of things between universes as you can in order to achieve the effect you want. So, while I could have moved into a studio that wasn’t in the back of a community house, it is more likely that I would have never moved at all and stayed in the universe where I was still in the original house. In a way it took less “free will energy” to move into my studio because it has characteristics of the universe from which I came.

There is enough difference though that I should be able to make other changes that I want. One is to get back to more creating vs. consuming. In going down the wormhole of the coronavirus pandemic, I found myself consuming more and creating less. So, to extract myself from the coronavirus pandemic set of universes, I should have an easier time if I also move toward creating more and consuming less. I’m still targeting June 8th, 2020, as the date to exit this pandemic wormhole and look for a new wormhole to enter.

 

20200409h Day 100: First 100 Days in a Pandemic Wormhole in NY Daily News Front Page Headlines

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“Out With The Old” — The Jan 1, 2020 New York Daily News front page appears, in retrospect, to warn us of the elderly targeting pandemic that is coming our way.

Santa Cruz, CA: The New York Daily News was founded in 1919 during the 1918 flu pandemic. It was the first U.S. daily newspaper printed in tabloid format. With a 100 year history, it seems like a good one to review the first 100 days of my universe surfing through what feels to me like a wormhole into a pandemic and back.

The first day front page headline “Out With The Old” could mean many things. The least on people’s mind then would be a warning of an upcoming pandemic that would kill the elderly at the highest level since the 1918 flu pandemic.

Here are the first 100 days of front page headlines from the NY Daily News:

  1. Out With The Old
  2. How Hate Looks
  3. U.S. Kills Top Iran General
  4. Iran Vows Payback
  5. The Return of Fear
  6. N.Y. At Her Best – 20,000 march against hate
  7. Bolton: I’m Ready to Sing
  8. Iran Hits Back
  9. Brit Hits the Fan – Harry, Meghan to Ditch Royal Life
  10. Iran Shot Down Jet (accidentally killing 176). PowerBall jackpot $277M
  11. She was 92, Sicko (21yo charged with sexual assault and murder of 92yo)
  12. Revolving Door Lunacy
  13. Sicko’s Lame Defense (21yo denies attack despite video evidence)
  14. The Last ‘Stro (foreshadowing a world without major Sports events)
  15. May The Farce Be With You! (foreshadowing an epic struggle with truth)
  16. Schmear Campaign – Mayor who eats pizza with a fork sparks new fury by TOASTING a fresh bagel
  17. The Good News, He’s UNDEFEATED – The Bad News, He’s UNEMPLOYED (foreshadowing a world where even though shelter-in-place keeps more people alive, it kills their means of employment)
  18. ‘ICE’ Cold Slap at Bill (New York’s sanctuary city policies come under attack)
  19. No ‘Bettor’ Place to Be – Jersey crushes N.Y. in sports gambling
  20. Bloomy’s Blitz for Black Votes – Mike Bloomberg Touts mega-bucks for homes, businesses, and poor neighborhoods (Even multi-billionaire Bloomberg can’t fathom the “mega-bucks” stimulus to come)
  21. Get Out of My City! (foreshadowing a world with travel restrictions and screening)
  22. Close 2 Perfect
  23. Wein Stains (about the connection of sexual assault with power and the presidency)
  24. Trainwreck (foreshadowing the world and US mishandling of pandemic)
  25. Devil Duo
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  27. Kobe Bryant – Hoops Legend, 41, killed in helicopter crash (the first of a wave of unexpected celebrity deaths)
  28. Chicken Kiev – Mitch refuses to budge on witnesses despite Bolton’s Ukraine bombshell
  29. Coward’s End
  30. Road Kill – Uber & Lyft doomed cabbie biz; Center of the Storm; Weinstein Sex Games
  31. Come on, GOP, it’s your last chance to … Show Some Spine
  32. Baby-Faced Butcher
  33. No One Would Listen (foreshadowing U.S. and world leader’s ignoring warnings of coming pandemic)
  34. City Hall’s ‘Gangsta’ Problem (anti-gang activists accused of acting like a gangster)
  35. Caucus Chaos (foreshadowing chaos to come in U.S. presidential election)
  36. Who Won? Who Lost? Who Knows! – And This Guy [Trump] Definitely Doesn’t Care
  37. Our Long National Nightmare is Over (Far From It) (foreshadowing the coming statement from Trump that the U.S. is going to get back to work, and yet we are likely only in the beginning fight against the coronavirus pandemic)
  38. No Safe Haven from ICE
  39. The GOP father
  40. Trouble at the Polls (more foreshadowing of what is yet to come)
  41. ‘Assassin’
  42. Gunning for NYPD
  43. Pimp & Circumstance – Kerik’s best man ran sex cult at posh college
  44. Menace 2 Society
  45. Pamper Party Playboy – Accused of drugging, raping underage girls
  46. Just Did It
  47. Bust in Tessa’s Killing
  48. End of the Wein?
  49. Stuck in the Middle
  50. Cuffed for 30 Hours
  51. Bloom Goes the Dynamite
  52. Roger & Over
  53. Split Happens; Remember the ‘Miracle’
  54. Jackpot!
  55. Grisly Machete Attack
  56. #WeToo
  57. School Bus Horror
  58. Buggin’ Out! (Second front page about coronavirus pandemic does not appear until Feb. 27)Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.02.58 AM
  59. Turnstile Justice (back to jail revolving door); Streets of Death (foreshadowing?)
  60. Mask HysteriaScreen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.05.49 AM
  61. Joe Yeah!
  62. It’s Here!Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.06.59 AM
  63. Go, Joe Rabbit!
  64. Smokin’ Joe
  65. Bloom and Bust
  66. Spread Dread Grows in CityScreen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.08.39 AM
  67. Hero Fights for Life (foreshadowing the coronavirus deaths to come from our heroes who are working to save us); Stumped By DiseaseScreen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.10.29 AM
  68. Way Off Course; N.Y. State of Corona EmergencyScreen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.11.48 AM
  69. Time for the Truth; Virus finds a new route into cityScreen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.13.03 AM
  70. Cuo-Rona Cleaner; Dow Suffers Worst Drop EverScreen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.14.28 AM
  71. New Roch-hell – Mile-wide swath of W’chester city shut, schools closed, National Guard deployedScreen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.15.13 AM
  72. War on COVID-19 – President Trump bans all travel from Europe for 30 daysScreen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.16.41 AM
  73. Goin’ Bunkers – Mayor de Blasio declares a state of emergency in New York CityScreen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.18.17 AM
  74. Anger Goes Viral – Mayor de Blasio came under fire Friday from parents and advocates for keeping city schools open in the face of the coronavirus pandemic Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.19.23 AM
  75. Terrible ‘Strain’ – Healthy but panicked people are draining resources. New York has its first two deaths from COVID-19. President Trump tests negative for coronavirus and says he’s totally “normal.”Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.21.08 AM
  76. School’s Out – Virus risk forces mayor to send 1.1M kids home for more than a month. Mayor de Blasio announced Sunday that city schools would be closed until at least April 20 Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.21.44 AM
  77. Last Call – Restaurants, bars shut to limit crowds. Parents grapple with school closures. Trump finally concedes virus’ threatScreen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.22.53 AM
  78. Helter Shelter – Blaz, Cuomo at odds over “quarantine” for city. Streets of Little Italy and rest of city are mostly deserted Tuesday. Mayor de Blasio was ready to order residents to shelter-at-home before Gov. Cuomo ruled against draconian measure.Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.23.28 AM
  79. Help is on the Way Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.24.37 AM
  80. Send in The Army – With coronavirus cases skyrocketing, deaths doubling and the city in dire need of medical supplies, Mayor de Blasio urges President Trump on Thursday to send in the military for functions like setting up field hospitals before coronavirus cases ravage the city. Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.25.12 AM
  81. Long Pause – Gov. Cuomo shuts down all non-critical staff in New York on Friday for an undetermined period as the state’s coronavirus cases soar. With the worst still to come, Mayor de Blasio begs for medical supplies, personnel.Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.26.48 AM
  82. Ground Zero – New York City is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic with over 8,100 cases. Gov. Cuomo chastizes sunbathing millennials. Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.27.57 AM
  83. Coming up Empty – Desperate city gets only more promises from Trump as Congress fails on $1T aid package Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.28.59 AM
  84. Javits (Medical) CenterScreen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.30.06 AM
  85. Easter Basket Case – Hare-brained Trump wants churches full for holiday – even as he calls NYC ‘very hot spot’Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.31.29 AM
  86. Our Grim Reality – “Probably more than half of all New Yorkers will be infected with this disease,” NYC Mayor de Blasio said on Wednesday about coronavirus, noting most would have less serious symptoms. “But for a lot of other people, it’s going to be really tough – and we’re going to lose some people.” The majority of sick patients are under the age of 50. (New York Daily News)Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.32.10 AM
  87. Labor Pains – 3.2M people in the United States file for unemployment as coronavirus crushes businesses. (New York Daily News)Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.33.08 AM
  88. Fire Kills Rail Hero; Checks are on the way; ‘Death sentence’Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.34.12 AM
  89. Getting the RonaRound – Gov. Cuomo questioned the legality of President Trump’s surprise idea to shut down the entire N.Y. metro area before Trump backed down. (New York Daily News) Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.35.13 AM
  90. Chow will they survive? – Without financial help soon, many city eateries will die. Jimmy’s Diner in Brooklyn and hundreds of other restaurants across the city wonder if they have served their last meals. (New York Daily News)Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.36.11 AM
  91. Hope floats – Navy ship arrives in city to ease strain on hospitals. The Navy Hospital ship Comfort sails into New York Harbor and is welcomes by a grateful crowd (inset) before docking Monday on the West Side. (New York Daily News)Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.36.36 AM
  92. “We’re on a suicide mission’ – Bronx hospital staff fights through fears, tears to save lives even as colleague dies. Sean Petty, a pediatric nurse at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, wears his desperate need for a proper mask on his face. Petty is among countless nurses and doctors at city hospitals forced to fight coronavirus pandemic without adequate personal protective equipment. (New York Daily News)Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.37.22 AM
  93. Gov Fears 16,000 Dead – The grim state death toll from the coronavirus would dwarf the tally from 9/11. (New York Daily News) Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.38.44 AM
  94. Running Out Of Air – In six days, New York will deplete its ventilator supply as cases soar toward 100,000 in the state. (New York Daily News)Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.39.34 AM
  95. If Only It Were A Muzzle — President Trump announced on Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded all people in the U.S. should wear “a basic cloth or fabric mask” whenever they go outside. Trump said, “I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.” (New York Daily News)Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.40.16 AM
  96. Ride On! — MTA getting 250G N95 masks to protect workers from infection. (New York Daily News)Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.41.01 AM
  97. COVID-19 fosters new pain – CUNY kids forced from dorm return to city-provided parents. Queens College student Marcus Diego, who grew up in foster care, said it’s cruel to send students back to homes that are not really theirs. (New York Daily News)Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.41.56 AM
  98. COVID Field – City eyes Hart Island for mass burials as grim toll nears 3,000. Hart Island north of the Bronx (inset) could be used as temporary resting place for coronavirus victims as funeral homes get overwhelmed. (New York Daily News)Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.42.46 AM
  99. Death at Dad’s Door – Brooklyn man, 33, joins grim list of virus victims to die at home after hospital visit. Jorge Cruz of Brooklyn (with son, Logan) died Friday, apparently of COVID-19, after being sent home from hospital. Now his 2-year-old also has the disease, along with the tot’s mother. (New York Daily News)Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.43.31 AM
  100. Out Of Order — On March 12, the courtroom of Brooklyn Judge Johnny Baynes was jammed. He died of complications from COVID-19 two weeks later. (New York Daily News) Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 8.44.13 AM

As I read through the headlines, it was interesting to see how delayed the news was to covering the coronavirus pandemic as it was raging away in China and entering the US. Since the NY Daily News is a local paper, it can only feel the virus when it is local. This is similar to universe surfing in that we can really only feel the universe we are in. It is very difficult to quantum sense other universes, especially those that are far away. I would bet that the reporters and writers did quantum sense in January what was coming, and yet were too wrapped up in the matrix of the universe to write about what they were sensing. It is a hard enough to quantum sense and even more difficult to make a classical decision in the universe you are in that doesn’t align well with all of the other classical stuff going on in your universe. A ‘hack’ I use is to acknowledge that what I am sensing is a “quantum” variety, and not of this particular universe. Then, I feel like I can access it more readily and it requires less free will to talk about.

20200402F Day 93: Human Coronaviruses in the Multiverse

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A) The number of tests performed to detect any of the four human coronaviruses (HCoVs) -OC43, -NL63, -229E, and -HKU1 reported to the National Respiratory and Enteric Viruses Surveillance System (NREVSS) by week, July 2014–June 2017, B) The percentage of tests positive for HCoVs -OC43, -NL63, -229E, and -HKU1 reported to NREVSS by week, July 2014–June 2017. (Killerby et. al., Apr 2018, 10.1016/j.jcv.2018.01.019)

Santa Cruz, 0403F: Yesterday, I clearly felt two distinct sets of universes. In one set, the world is in a state of crisis and fear due to a novel coronavirus that is causing a fast spreading pandemic of deadly respiratory disease. In the other set, the world is in a state of peace and prosperity. I can sense wormholes connecting to the two sets of universes.

One of the wormholes I sense is there is a novel coronavirus circulating the world, and it is as deadly and infectious as it is in this universe, but the degree of news and fear around the coronavirus varies from one side of the wormhole to the other.

Another one of the wormholes I sense is there is a novel coronavirus circulating the world, and it is feared as it is in this universe, but the degree of deadliness and infectiousness varies from one side of the wormhole to the other.

A third wormhole I sense is there is a novel coronavirus circulating the world, and it is as deadly and infectious as it is in this universe, and it is feared as it is in this universe, but the degree of beneficial action people and governments are taking varies from one side of the wormhole to the other. The beneficial action involves things such as social/physical distancing to slow the spread, manufacturing of PPE for health workers and masks for everyone, financial support for individuals and businesses affected by the shelter-in-place orders, widespread testing and surveillance of the disease, investigations of treatment options to reduce mortality rates, and development of vaccines to decrease the chance of a future outbreaks in the following  years.

In the figure above, testing of the four human coronaviruses is plotted for a 3-year period. It can be seen that testing peaked at around 10K tests/week and the percent of these tests that were positive for one coronavirus or another totaled around 10% during the winter season.

20200328 Day 88: World War C – Humans vs. Coronaviruses

Parallel Life Exploration (PLE) is one universe surfing technique that I use to help me understand what is going on in my own universe. Through PLE, I can get a fuller picture of my Quantum Self and also understand the Quantum Environment in which my Quantum Self is existing.

I am using the terms “Quantum Self” and “Quantum Environment” to refer to the Multiverse versions of “Self” and “Environment”. The Multiverse versions can be thought of as multidimensional and probabilistic. “Self” and “Environment” represent a single (classical) slice of their respective Multiverse versions.

Your Quantum Self is simultaneously existing in all of the possible universes that it could exist in without violating the (known and unknown) laws of physics. Similarly, the Quantum Environment is the superposition of all of the environments of these possible universes.

For example, this morning I had a brief feeling of a parallel world. I was watching a video that was attempting to encourage people to sacrifice more to fight the spread of this novel coronavirus that is infecting the entire population of the world. The video referenced war times and what past generations have had to suffer. It made a plea for people to just stay home and watch TV – how this was very little to ask compared to what has been asked in the past during war situations. It struct me that we are literally in a world war, World War C, with all of humanity against a 125 nm coronavirus. I then felt connected to the parallel world in which the world was at war but against each other – humans against humans – as has been in the past. I noticed the similar feelings of fear and helplessness that would exist in both universes. I noticed the similar loss of life that would occur in both universes. As a planet, we are beginning to resonate with the energy of a world war. US President Trump has been reluctant to use the Defense Production Act, but yesterday made a point to use it against General Motors for the making of additional ventilators which are in short supply. During times like now with high emotion, it is easier to Quantum Sense parallel realities. We are now in World War C.

As I attempt to surf back to a more peaceful universe, I want to take with me Chris Mann’s parody music video “My Corona”:

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My Corona by Chris Mann (https://chrismannmusic.com)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojrtwXqqc6g

20200326h Day 86: 74 days until June 8th

When I imagine June 8th, it feels like just another day in the parallel reality without a coronavirus pandemic spreading across the world. And yet I know COVID-19 outbreaks will most likely still be occurring. The universe I sense and wish to surf to has the following characteristics:

  1. I don’t think about or talk to anyone about coronaviruses or pandemics;
  2. Everyone I know who wants a job, has a job;
  3. The local newspaper only has an occasionally story about a new local coronavirus case and there are no sustained outbreaks nearby;
  4. Daily whitehouse.gov press briefings are no longer happening;
  5. Doctors have a standard treatment procedure for COVID-19 that brings the CFR down to the same level as seasonal flu;
  6. The stock market has recovered somewhat and volatility is rare;
  7. Unfortunately, the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases and deaths will have far surpassed the number of confirmed number of Influenza cases and deaths; and
  8. Grocery stores are fully stocked and N95 masks are available at normal prices.

20200320F Day 80: First 80 Days of Surfing into a Pandemic

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I took this photo yesterday at sunrise near Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz, CA

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.

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Local BBQ Place under Lockdown – Take out only, except for beer

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.

Eighty days ago I wrote (2020 Day 1: Seeing is Believing – Good Morning New Universe!):

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.

On the second day, I could feel the prior universes trying to pull me back. My notebook battery didn’t make the leap to the new universes and wasn’t holding a charge. I felt a wormhole closing behind me as I wrote: 2020 Day 2: Feeling a Short Trip and Closing the Wormhole Behind Me.

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!

The key quote from 2020 Day 4: Undone and Time Travel is:

I sometimes experience time as moving backwards – effects occur earlier than their causes.

2020 Day 5: “You are praying for my son, aren’t you?” was a documentation of me sensing a set of universes in which the US was at war in the Middle East.

2020 Day 6: Earth2 (a.k.a. TOI 700 d) Found 100 light-years Away was marking the discovery of a potential Earth2 planet. I enjoy quantum sensing parallel universes that have different origin stories of how life arose on our planet, and in the universe.

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.

2020 Day 8: Consumption and Creation key quote was:

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:

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and this one:

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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.

2020 Day 10: 3 miles in 27:20

2020 Day 16: 3.33 miles in 29:19

2020 Day 19: My longest run 4.67 miles and chair entanglement

2020 Day 23: My longest run 5.47 in 53:33 and Life Coach business plan

On Day 11, I think the synchronistic meeting in Whole Foods I blogged about on Day 5 was in my mind. I felt much closer to a universe in which the world is at War as I wrote: 2020 Day 11: Ukrainian passenger plane was mistakenly shot down.

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:

2020 Day 12: Twelve is Spiritual

2020 Day 13: Superstition

2020 Day 14: The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism

2020 Day 15: XV Le Diable

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:

Since then, the Wuhan Coronavirus (it’s slightly interesting that I called it this above as I now see that wikipedia calls it the same – not that unexpected though) has resulted in two deaths in Wuhan, two cases in Thailand, and one case in Japan.

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.

WHO has a paper describing diagnostic detection of the Wuhan coronavirus by real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

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.

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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.

2020 Day 19: My longest run 4.67 miles and chair entanglement tells a story of me donating my double-recliner to Goodwill and making an analogy to entanglement. I am not a physicist in this universe, so if you are, please correct the analogy where needed.

2020 Day 20: Twenty predictions for 2020 is a set of predictions. The ones most relevant to now are:

19. The Wuhan coronavirus will spread in a similar way as other SARS-like coronaviruses. All cities with direct flights to Wuhan will be infected.

10. April will be a tough month for the stock market, which will end 2020 roughly even after a rollercoaster of a year.

2020 Day 21: Surfing Universes – Life Coach – 60 Needs that Healers Have is a value-heavy post that I plan to flush out more as the year goes on. I began this flush out with a few more posts:

  1. 2020 Day 24: Identifying your desired target market
  2. 2020 Day 23: My longest run 5.47 in 53:33 and Life Coach business plan is another value-heavy post that has a sample business plan useful for healers and others starting a solo career.
  3. 2020 Day 26: Helping Healers identify products and services to offer
  4. 2020 Day 28: Helping Healers determine what to charge for their offerings
  5. 2020 Day 30: Needs that Healers Have – Determining Market Value
  6. 2020 Day TBD: Needs that Healers Have – Marketing to their future customers

I also made some posts on habits:

  1. 2020 Day 22: Habits in the Multiverse is about my understanding of habits using a multiverse model of reality.
  2. 2020 Day 29: Create a habit in 29 and a half days hypothesizes that the moon cycle may be useful for making new habits or breaking old ones.
  3. 20200208S Day 39: Using Full Moon Nights to Wormhole to Far Away Universes

2020 Day 25: Wuhan Coronavirus in the Year of the Rat returns to COVID-19. I discussed quantum sensing as it relates to the soon to be official pandemic:

Quantum sensing can also appear as a déjà vu feeling. Laurie Garrett, a reporter for CNN, reported yesterday that when she read reports of patients exhibiting symptoms of pneumonia as early as December 12, 2019, she had a “chilling sense of déjà vu”. Seventeen years ago she reported on the SARS virus pandemic that caused illness in at least 8000 people across 37 countries and was associated with at least 774 deaths, including 299 in Hong Kong.

I also wrote this interesting sentence:

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.

2020 Day 27: SP500 has largest single-day drop since Oct 2, 2019 reported the financial news of the day.

I then wrote a story about my experiences feeling, and also my brother feeling, multiple universes as my brother’s washing machine breaks and get replaced with a new one.

  1. 2020 Day 31: Delivering a washing machine through the multiverse 
  2. 2020 Day 31 Addendum 1: The washer looks damaged
  3. 2020 Day 32: The 32 Paths of Wisdom – finishing the story of the washing machine and teasing a story about wisdom yet to be written

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:

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I made some more posts about politics and the democratic political race:

  1. 20200203 Day 34: Iowa Democratic Caucus Results in Parallel Universes
  2. 20200205W Day 36: Senate Acquits Trump as Romney votes from a parallel reality
  3. 20200219W Day 50: Quantum Analysis of Debate Shows Bernie Likely to Win Most Pledged Delegates
  4. 20200221F Day 52: Insurance for All Plan with Social Security Savings
  5. 20200222S Day 53: Bernie wins Nevada Caucuses

In 20200204 Day 35: Feb 28 Cases Peak 145,000 and Deaths Peak 2,000, using China’s reported numbers for cases and deaths, I made this prediction for China’s total cases by the end of February:

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.

20200206h Day 37: NPR Interview with David Quammen Notes Mapped to the Multiverse documented a very interesting interview for the future.

20200207F Day 38: Wuhan Central Hospital Doctor Li Wenliang is 638th Confirmed Death from 2019 Novel Coronavirus was to make sure I was surrounded by universes where Dr Li Wenliang was known and honored for the ultimate sacrifice he paid while trying to protect the world from a new and deadly pathogen. The health care workers on the front lines deserve more support and appreciation.

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.

  1. 20200210M Day 41: Voyage of the Diamond Princess through the Multiverse
  2. 20200212W Day 43: Universes Colliding as Coronavirus Daily Cases Increase 10x
  3. 20200213h Day 44: COVID-19 spreads asymptomatically
  4. 20200216u Day 47: Diamond Princess Experiment will End Soon
  5. 20200218T Day 49: Kentaro Iwata leads Infectious Disease Control on Diamond Princess in Another Universe

and I imagined myself surfing to different universes where I either analyzed viral genomes or worked for Google:

  1. 20200211T Day 42: Surfing to a Universe where I analyze viral genomes
  2. 20200223u Day 54: Surfing to a Universe where I work for Alphabet

All of my focus on infectious diseases seems to have brought an infectious disease into my home:

  1. 20200214F Day 45: Near Universe where 2019 Novel Coronavirus is in Austin – while COVID-19 is not officially in Austin yet, signs have been posted expecting it soon.
  2. 20200217M Day 48: 3rd and 4th days of Influenza A in Austin

20200215S Day 46: Traditions in the Multiverse is a short note on the role of traditions in universe surfing.

20200220h Day 51: Aliens are Among Us and Within Us is a story of origin in a timeless multiverse.

20200224M Day 55: Alphabet down 4.28% – I guess news travels fast 😉 is the last daily blog post I made in this universe of day 55.

20200229S Days 56-60: Arriving in what feels like a different universe is my list of things I notice different in the universe.

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.

20200319h Day 79: Number of new cases in China equals $IRX 13-week T-Bill Interest rate equals Zero is synchronistic to me because zero is a singularity and good place to go through on your way to somewhere completely different. So, I’m optimistic I can use this – and the world can use this – as a pivot point. I’ll see you in a new a better universe!!

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20200318W Day 78: It’s a New Universe!

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Santa Cruz, CA: I did something this morning that I haven’t done in a while – I got up early to watch the sunrise. I drove to the lighthouse where I first learned to universe surf six years ago. Even though seven million people are sheltering in place around me, you wouldn’t know it by walking along West Cliff right now. It feels very much like the old universe I still remember where people are doing their same daily tasks and getting ready for the day. I see a couple with a baby in a stroller. The church bells are ringing. The surf is crashing against the shore. Runners are getting in their morning run before they go over the hill to work – except they most likely won’t be going to work today.

I’m amused at how the Universe is such a trickster. Yesterday, I went to top off my car with gas. The cash price was cheaper, and so I asked my partner if she had cash. She gave me $12.25 for a $12.04 bill. I asked her if she had a nickel. She looked and looked in her purse and didn’t have any more change – only the quarter. So I went to the cash register with the feeling of wanting to hold on to the quarter. When I offered the $12, the attendant said that was good as he reached his hand into an empty penny-saver tray and pulled out 4 imaginary pennies. I kept the quarter in my hand and returned to my car. There were a few used disinfecting wipes to throw away, so I grabbed those and put those in the garbage. I noticed I was about to throw my quarter away! As I pulled it out, I noticed it was now a nickel!! I showed it to my partner and asked “Did you give me a quarter or a nickel?”.

“I gave you a quarter”, she replied as she quickly took the nickel and threw it back into her purse after noticing it was a nickel.

“Wait, let me see that again”, I requested. She dug threw her purse and finally found the coin. It was now a quarter again – although it looked like a different quarter to me with lots of crumbs on it.

I meant to go through her purse when we returned home, but forgot. I actually don’t have an explanation for what happened. My only clue is when I returned home, I felt in my pocket and pulled out a quarter. It was like the Universe knew it had flubbed up and needed to give me a reason to be able to rationalize what had happened.

The synchronistic part of this story is how a day earlier I was telling my new housemates about my grandfather’s experience during the Great Depression. My grandfather told me that when he lost a nickel, he would get physically sick because money was that precious. I wonder if the Universe was letting me feel that yesterday – which I definitely did.

We now live in a world that operates on a currency that is no longer backed by gold. Dollars are not worth an ounce of Silver anymore. They are only worth another paper dollar. And, if toilet paper continues to be in short supply, you may not even be able to get paper dollars soon – only digital.

20200317T Days 61-77: Definitely in a New Universe Now!

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Santa Cruz, CA: I walked along West Cliff earlier today, on this first day of the county’s Shelter In Place order. Exercise is allowed, provided that people maintain a six foot distance between each other unless they are from the same shelter home. I also went to Home Depot to buy some tools in order to renovate my RV. This feels like a universe where I’m preparing for an apocalypse. When I started this experiment in universe surfing 77 days ago, I remember being curious and excited. The excitement has turned into frustration and the curiosity has increased. I’m frustrated at my apparent lack of control. The last 16 days have felt increasingly volatile – as if multiple sets of universes are combining together. My curiosity is increased because this universe feels so different. I’m also curious if it’s possible for me to feel more in control. Can I surf back to the universe I was in 77 days ago? If I do, it will almost certainly be different because the timeline of my surfing experiment must somehow fit into that universe.

Before I try to surf back, I want to document this universe find myself in. Some things I notice different are:

  1. Instead of blogging daily, I’ve been tweeting daily;
  2. The US Congress is able to write and pass bills with bipartisan support;
  3. The retirement savings of most Americans is significantly (up to 33% or so) less, measured in dollar terms. Oil is also significantly cheaper;
  4. A growing percent of the world’s population is under some form of quarantine or shelter in place;
  5. Stores have run out of certain items and people have gotten into fights over toilet paper;
  6. Fewer people are working and more countries are planning to distribute money directly to their citizens;
  7. Countries are beginning to close their borders to foreigners; and
  8. “Social Distancing” and “Coronavirus” are now in the general vocabulary.

 

— Updates After Posting —

Since this blog post covered so many days, I want to add to it for the days I missed. I also want to reference blogs from others.

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