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Removing COVID-22 in 2022

Happy New Year blogging world!

To preface this first blog of 2022, I want to alert you to the meaning of a Catch-22 in 2022!

Did you know this term was created by author Joseph Heller , who discussed this idea in his 1961 novel. The meaning we all understand ‘Catch-22’ as is a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.. In Heller’s novel , actually called ‘Catch-22’, World War II pilots are caught in a catch-22 trying to get out of war time service. You can read more about the plot on Wiki.

The common meaning of Catch-22 however can apply to today’s world. In fact, my feeling of the Catch-22 is COVID-22. To move forward in this life is to admit that COVID is the Catch-22 hanging over our heads in 2022 and forever if we let it. Mandates suck and deplete business, I agree with that. But, having just gone through at least three days of a positive diagnosis it all makes sense.

At this point COVID is no longer 2019 it’s now 2022. It’s gotta end here. Feeling In a Catch-22 about the vaccine? Snap out of it. In a catch-22 about masking up? Mask up and just end this thing. No, it’s not a liberal mainstream puppet talking . This is a human writing that is tired of the idea that some don’t think this is real or real enough to combat.

We collectively must not let COVID-22 torch 2022. Don’t just google a testing site, take action!

Sincerely,

A tired COVID-positive American!

The Hulk of a Holiday Season In 2021

We all know The Hulk. He’s that iconic Marvel character that just explodes as the mind of Bruce Banner becomes polluted with thoughts.

It’s time to recognize the emotional Hulk that lurks in ALL OF US. Can you admit that yes you bottle up until the meltdown instead of having the dialogue needed? At least I can. That’s why I want to address it for the Holiday Season!

I can say it was an emotion-filled week and the after-math of that has brought me more awareness. My experience of late has been just trying to analyze a lot of little things to the point where it gets me to either tear up at a bar OR just shut down. That’s the bluntness I have to offer. F THE LITTLE THINGS.

I also cry at times too and when I’m done I’m like why did I do that? Sometimes it’s just awkward for myself and the people I care about around me. It feels like a ‘Hulk’ takes over and there is no going back.

So why am I saying all this? To again crush that emotional Hulk that could be felt during the holiday season. This is a time where we have to worry about the vaccine status to even live some kind of normal life. Add family dynamics during the holidays, angst about traveling and oh by the way a lingering pandemic , yes, that is a Hulk of a Seasons Greetings isn’t it?

The best saying I can is a SAVOR THE HOLIDAYS ! We are able to celebrate with family again! That should be joyous, not stressing ! God is giving us a chance to live again also as we are about to honor the birth of The Son of God! So savor the holidays and don’t let the Emotional Hulk SAVAGE your 2021 Holiday Season!

Merry Christmas!

Previewing ‘King Richard’ and The Adaptations Made By the Williams Sisters

On my most recent podcast, sportswriter Cecil Harris discussed with me his interactions with Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena. We talked ahead of the release of ‘King Richard ‘, starring Will Smith, about Cecil’s up-close interactions with the real life Williams family.

Cecil also gave us a look at the 76 page plan Richard Williams made to woo coaches and bring his girls up to be tennis superstars. We also discussed how adaptations made by the Williams Sisters were led by ‘King Richard’. Is it possible one man inspired generations of women by just hearing the term The Williams Sisters ? Click the interview link below to find out Cecil’s answer to that one !

The conversation also covered Colin Kaepernick’s Netflix Series , ‘Colin in Black And White’.

Listen to the entire conversation with Cecil Harris HERE https://www.spreaker.com/episode/47530074)

SOCIETY CANNOT BE CHECKED OUT IN 2022

I can’t explain it, I really can’t! Yet, there is a massive feeling that the world has adapted to just being checked out right now. On the whole. We have to re-adapt ourselves !

In America, we have got a supply chain crisis. We have trucking issues where there is a shortage of drivers. THERE IS EVEN A SHORTAGE ON SANTA this Christmas season (https://www.businessinsider.com/labor-shortage-santas-short-supply-covid-19-fears-christmas-2021-11?amp). And the general consensus seems to be a big shrug. Email me if I’m wrong at Alex@alexgnyc.com.

I really hope that when 2022 rolls around, mandates are lifted and society can check back in once again. For society’s sake we can no longer be checked out. The continuous grind of a news cycle that offers no hope, fears that if you don’t get vaccinated you will be excommunicated from the world and the unwillingness to work are ultimately destroying us.

It’s the unwillingness to work that is bothering me. Why do we have these shortages? No one wants to do the job any more. Is that truly possible? Isn’t America the roll up your sleeves and just do it country? Well a pandemic and being used to stimulus checks a year later, and even unemployment, there is no encouragement to get back to work. In September alone, ‘a record 4.4 million people’ QUIT their job , QUIT! (https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/11/12/economy/job-openings-quits-september/index.html)

In New York City, it’s continued to be discussed that work spaces should be turned into affordable housing. THESE GIANT OFFICE SPACES to be turned into a home? (https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/11/new-york-shrinking-offices-housing-520318) The way to keep work going is if we encourage people to get BACK to the office! The more people work from home the more checked out we become. Also, as busy as it is starting to be, this lifelong New Yorker still doesn’t feel that is back 100%, that’s what I pray for in 2022.

Here’s the biggest gripe I have. The more people are encouraged to work from home. The more people are becoming OK with unemployment, the more lulled to sleep this society becomes . Allowing, Big Brother to step in and tell us what to do. Thank God Virginia was awake on Election Night and went Red. It was a refreshing feeling that we could be just an election away from getting out of this slog created by prolonged lockdowns and mandates and even job threats if an agenda of vaccination was not met. I’d add the hypocrisy these Democratic leaders like former Gov. Cuomo and California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tired us all out!

Holding life over our heads if we don’t comply is not what America is. America and its leadership should let us LIVE LIFE once again 2022, and we should all check back in to society before the fabric is pulled out from under us! God is also guiding us through this, I remind myself daily!

Election Day Coverage on Alex Garrett Podcasting

As New York City prepares to adapt to a new Mayor amidst vaccine mandates , Alex welcomed Zach Miller of New York Truck Stop Radio to discuss what the new era should bring for NYC. After all, Mayor-elect Eric Adams will inherit quite the mess from Mayor Bill de Blasio!

Take a listen to my conversation with Zach Miller HERE : https://www.spreaker.com/episode/47281380

Nationally, Alex Garrett Podcasting talked with author Richard V. Battle about the residents of Minneapolis/ St. Paul voting to KEEP the police department . They also discussed the common sense of Virginia voters to elect Republican Glenn Youngkin over Terry McAulliffe. A reminder, Virginia also turned their state legislature RED!

Take a listen to my conversation with Richard Battle : https://www.spreaker.com/episode/47308799

The NLDS Check-Swing Heard ‘Round The World

I write this with one major plea. Please do not make check swings reviewable!

If you had tuned in Thursday night to the Los Angeles Dodgers- San Francisco Giants NLDS Game 5, you got the classic you hoped for !

Baseball fans were in elation that this legendary series dating back to the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants was alive and well in 2021 on the West Coast! Interestingly enough, the ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World’ that propelled the NY Giants over the Brooklyn Dodgers was 70 years ago this month!

That is why I say the check-swing that ended the 107-win SG Giants season is the check-swing heard around the world! It had that magnitude as Wilmer Flores CLEARLY held up yet first base umpire Gabe Morales called him out . Morales later explained , “Check swings are one of the hardest calls we have. I don’t have the benefit of multiple camera angles when I’m watching it live. When it happened live, I thought he went, so that’s why I called it a swing.”

As bad as the call was to end the NLDS classic, the call was what we have fell in love with in baseball, the pure human nature of the game. Of the call of the umpire, and the nature of the game. That’s why to call for check swings to become reviewable will continue to shred the purity and the human error this game was built on! For goodness sake, E is for ‘error’ on the scoreboard! Why can’t umpire calls be left sacred? Why must this game become more robotic via video review? It will become too robotic for the average fan and the purist!

As this league looks to make the game faster, a reminder there is no clock and all the reviews in the world simply add two minutes to an already 3-plus hour game! It would be insanity to add check swing to the growing list of video reviews !

Is the Eviction Moratorium A Fair Shake For All?

As a Nee York City lifer, I’ve always enjoyed the apartment life. I loved living in one until the time was right to move with my family to Queens. Yet, as this pandemic winds on, to read reports that tenants are bailing their apartments and skipping out on paying rent , I have to ask if the eviction moratorium is what progressives would like to call a ‘fair share’.

This idea of a fair share should not pertain to just the tenant, it must also pertain to the landlord who is owed the rent every first of the month. To answer whether this Eviction Moratorium is a fair share policy, I turned to Cassin and Cassin , LLP partner Steve Ebert. You can hear Steve Saturday Mornings on Eye on Real Estate with Dottie Herman 10-12 on AM 970 the Answer!

Below is the link to my podcast’s discussion on adapting to the eviction moratorium : https://www.spreaker.com/episode/47005368

Should America Adapt to a Global Minimum Tax?

I know for a fact I am no economist. I do know we are all taxpayers, able-bodied and the disabled community alike. I do know athletes and sports franchises have to pay their taxes as well, which is why any financial news feels worth blogging and even podcasting about.

The frustrating thing about rising taxes is that it deflects from the real issues. Why should the American taxpayer feel the brunt of a disrupted supply chain when those costs should be foisted on the companies who have been slowed up and yes even China. China of course led the disinformation campaign on COVID-19 yet we have not asked them to pay their fair share for the deaths and destruction and loss of income.

Yet, the G20 could be adopting an Accord that will be asking 136 countries to impose a MINIMUM 15% tax on profits made by companies making over 150 BILLION DOLLARS. Sounds like a fair share, right? What if , I mean what if countries taxed them beyond just 15%, say 25% ? Possibilities are endless when it comes to taxing companies at a minimum. You can read more on this through Reuters (https://www.reuters.com/business/oecd-says-deal-global-minimum-corporate-tax-rate-has-been-reached-2021-10-08/)

I admit I like the idea of discouraging corporate inversion , which according to Reuters this minimum tax would do , “many governments want more than ever to discourage multinationals from shifting profits – and tax revenues – to low-tax countries regardless of where their sales are made.” Yet, the idea that this will just hit big corporations feels like a farce. I could see hard working American small business owners who have a company that works around the world being hit with this .

Anything ‘Global’ isn’t for the American, I heartily believe that! We aren’t the Global States of America ! We are the United States of America who help out around the globe where and when needed.

Our government should not pre-occupy ourselves with this kind of foreign affairs. We need to figure out a way to keep from our companies being hacked and work to fix this supply chain without paying a ransom! Stop using COVID as a way to tax us , America !

Americans won’t let the government wear us down completely! We have a first amendment to speak out and a ballot box to fill!

America’s destiny remains in the voter’s hands, I do believe that!

#FreeBritney Is the Adaptation Story of 2021

The freedom of Britney Spears is by far the biggest story of adapting in 2021. For starters, the work of the #FreeBritney movement has truly made a difference in the 39 year old pop star’s life. This also could inspire us to breakthrough in our own lives.

The breaking of Britney Spears conservatorship brought me to ask this on Adapting With Alex Garrett, ‘Can we rid ourselves of the mental and metaphorical conservatorships?’ Our head can be quite the place if we let it. Does our mind own us? Heck no ! Yet, we sure let it bother and own us as if it has a conservatorship over us, am I right?

When I say metaphorical, I am saying someone or something external also has a hold on us as if the situation owning us! Perhaps, the adapting to freedom by Britney Spears can inspire us to break free from the metaphorical conservatorship some of us might be going through daily! A reminder, God can break us through the metaphorical conservatorships we go through as well by faith!

I discuss more of this on the latest podcast HERE : https://www.spreaker.com/episode/46749237

Why My Personal Story Rarely Makes the Podcast

Firstly, despite public opinion, I don’t like talking about my daily life story on my podcast . In fact, I love hearing about what others have to say about the times and the world around us. Hence, when I look for that next big story to cover, I scroll. I scroll furiously in fact!

For those just meeting me and my podcast, I admit I could be more open about rollerblading around New York City on just one leg. That is something everyone seems to want to look at as I just wheel, zone it out, and turn up my headphones. Yet, talking about other big stories is what excites my podcasting palate.

If there was anything I want to be on record for, it’s sharing thoughts on the world around us, not ‘here is how I overcame today’. Quite frankly, very rarely do I feel like I overcome, I just feel like I’m living the best life I can! There are people out there who literally struggle to overcome, it’s those people I want to highlight and then it’s the ones that overcome the most that I want to highlight through interviews and features on ‘Adapting With Alex Garrett’.

So, if I ever am gapped in posting on my blog, it’s because I’m out finding the next adapter to highlight!