Capitalism is alive and well…

Only the USA would capitalize on a worldwide pandemic. The old supply and demand economic theory is alive and well. This last week my wife and I have been in a mini panic looking for a place to get a COVID test before we head to the Brandi Carlile, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Weekend. We thought we had a plan. While we had to travel maybe two hours to a location, the Walgreens we planned on going to is no longer offering rapid result tests. A PCR is not an option because we have to get a test no more than 48 hours before arriving in Mexico. Google is our friend…so we went on a search. Most of the places were only offering to test people who have been exposed or are exhibiting symptoms. None of those scenarios fit, and neither my wife nor I were comfortable telling a lie. We kept expanding our search…

Finally, we found a place that will perform a rapid test for a mere $190 a pop…Yup, nearly $200 for a COVID test. And…the place is at least a four-hour drive over a snowy pass. Now…compare that with Mexico which offers tests at the airport for $17.00. I know this because they had the wrong birthdate on my COVID test last year and had to scramble to get a last-minute test at the airport. I am thankful for the fact that we can get a test and we have the resources to pay for it, but I get concerned about those who aren’t as fortunate as we are. Sure, COVID tests are not necessary for survival, but there are many examples of how price gouging happens during times of crisis and that is deplorable to me.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge people making lemonade out of lemons. Nor am I fundamentally opposed to Capitalism, but it does seem like there are times when people seriously take advantage of national or world crisises, and that is just wrong to me. Is it so horrible to adopt a more community-minded view of the world? Here is a wonderful example: Last year Kris Bryant read on a Facebook post how we weren’t able to get toilet paper and were dangerously close to having to wipe our asses with whatever we could get our hands on. And, guess what? She sent me a case of toilet paper.

So…what the hell does this have to do with writing? Not a damn thing…so thanks for letting me vent on something so inconsequential. But, while I have your attention (if I really do), I have a new book out that I hope you will check out! Disconnected went live on January 15th and is slowly starting to get reviews (good ones so far). I need all the love I can get on this one which seems to be rather sluggish out of the gate. Simply click one of the links below to get your copy!

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