Cheers Y’All!


Haiku 203

To drink or not drink

That is the burning question

Apparently not!



We had a severe Lockdown at the start of the Corona pandemic in March, here in South Africa. At Level 5 we were not allowed out to exercise and many things were not for sale; including alcohol.

Level 4 provided some easement of the restrictions and we were allowed to exercise between 6 am and 9 am. Still no alcohol.

Finally Level 3 arrived on 1st June, bringing further easing; more freedom to exercise and more things for sale. Alcohol was permitted again. Hooray!

We quickly replenished our stocks of alcohol and relaxed a bit.

As can be seen from the photo above, I went a little overboard with my vodka purchase, but I can explain!

Obviously, there were long queues outside the booze shops once alcohol was on sale again, so I waited a few days before going. As I queued for my turn to enter the shop I saw notices stating there were limits on what you could buy. I selected a few bottles of whiskey for my husband and then went looking for my vodka. The shelf was bare! But I did find one plastic bottle right at the back, so put that in my basket.

Heading for the check out, I suddenly came across a shelf stacked full of glass bottles of Smirnoff vodka. Yay! I asked a shop assistant how many bottles of spirits I could take. She said, “You can have one!” I looked at the three whiskeys in my basket already and repeated to her, “I can only have one?”

“No,” she said, “You can have what you want!” Honestly, no-one can hear a thing anyone says in masks!!

And that’s how I ended up with so many!!

Just as well I over-stocked as it turns out, because –

Without warning, alcohol was banned again last Sunday night. There was no chance to stock up.

Now we are back to eking out our supplies until it’s legal again.

Other measures were also put in place, such as a curfew again, between 9 pm and 4 am. Taxis (most of ours are mini buses holding many people, which function as buses) can now run at 100% capacity for short distances and 70% for long distances. They are going on the theory that you can sit in a confined space for a short time and not catch the virus! Also gatherings of up to 49 people are now allowed for religious practices, and – get this – casinos!

So we can go gambling, but we’re still not allowed to see family members.

Why all the ups and downs with alcohol?

Some people abuse alcohol, causing an increase in drunk-related casualties and violence. The hospitals become overrun with alcohol-related cases, taking up doctors’ time and beds that could have been used for Corona cases. Sad but true.

So the majority of us have to do without our sun-downers, because of the irresponsible behaviour of a few.

Our severe Lockdown measures at the start of Corona in SA curbed the spread, giving us time to build extra hospitals and make other preparations for dealing with the pandemic.

Now, however, the numbers are rising at an alarming rate, despite all the mandatory wearing of masks and hand sanitizing. There are just too many people living in densely populated areas.

Today’s Corona Stats for South Africa –

Confirmed cases: 324221; Recovered: 165591; Deaths: 4669

Still, the death rate in SA is quite low compared to other countries. For example, though our total number of cases has now exceeded that of the UK, our death rate is only 10% of theirs, and we have the same number of total cases as Mexico, but only 12.5% of their deaths.

Also, because misery likes company, we are now having power cuts again! Of course we are. It is mid-winter, the Cape has just been battered by violent storms and there is snow on the mountains. Why would you need electricity to make a cuppa?

The power cuts are scheduled, so at least you know what time you’ll have yours. It is called Load shedding and naturally we have levels for that too.

But you may as well laugh about it all, as South Africans are wont to do. We are at Level 3 Lockdown and there’s a meme where our President says, “My fellow South Africans, we are going to Stage 2 . . . of Load shedding!”

And another meme which says, “I can’t believe it’s Load shedding season already. I still have my Covid-19 decorations up!”

However, like the rest of you, I’m fed up of 2020 already!


26 thoughts on “Cheers Y’All!

  1. scooj

    These are such difficult times, and the pandemic still has a long way to go. I don’t think life will ever be the same again, so preparing for a new and vibrant future is essential. Well done in timing your booze run.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      As they told us here in CT when we had the drought in 2017 – This is the New Norm! We still save water like crazy, even tho the dams are OK for now.
      So, that’s what I think will happen when they finally ease up on the Lockdown. Things won’t go back to how they were before, but to a new norm!

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  2. A Curious Introvert

    Loved your photo and poem and after reading your post, I need a drink!!😁 Like you, our numbers are going in the wrong direction, with our most cases this week in our state since May, and it has been mentioned if this continues we may have to scale back. Everything feels out of control and so much has changed. I don’t know how you’re handling power outages on top of all your other restrictions. We’ve had some severe storms with power outages in the area, but luckily we’ve made it through with power or else you might have heard my scream all the way over there.😁 I’ve given up on 2020 and 2021 and now I wonder how many bottles I might need to add to my next shopping list. Take care and keep your spirits up and well stocked when you have the chance!πŸ·πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much πŸ˜€
      Sorry to hear about your severe storms – they seem much worse than ours.
      Yes to skipping 2020 but I hope 2021 may brighten up a little!
      We have enough booze to last us well into next year – by which time I am Hoping some form of normality will have returned!
      Keep Safe – and Cheers! πŸ˜€

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  3. Jewels

    What a crazy world we’re all living in right now. Our liquor stores here have remained open this entire time, but I can’t stomach most alcohol, so I wouldn’t have missed it. I missed my grandchildren terribly though – that’s been the hardest part. And hugs, I miss hugging. When this passes, I’m hugging EVERYONE Haha! Stay well and safe Sci! ❀

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I really miss seeing my daughter and the hugs too, so I am sure you must feel it with your little grandchildren.
      My vodka is my pain killer, as regular tablets do not work, so that’s why I make sure I don’t run out! πŸ˜€
      The world is such a weird place right now – who could have foreseen this?
      You too, Keep Safe. πŸ˜€

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  4. Herman

    I can shoot the same photograph but with chocolate of course…!! πŸ˜‰
    The situation is going the wrong direction in this part of the world. The number of infections is rising again the last 10 days and we’re facing a new local lock down…

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha Yummy chocolate! πŸ˜€
      I think we’re all going to have spikes in the stats for a while yet. Hang in there – as long as you have your chocolate supply it’s OK! πŸ˜€

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  5. oldmainer

    And I thought we had it bad. Boy, did I get a wrong number. I can’t imagine what it would be like here if they even attempted to ration booze, much less shut it off. I guess that is why we will come out of this as fat alcoholics and you wont.

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  6. Murphy's Law

    Boy! You’re getting it from every angle. I guess it’s true that it never rains but what it pours. So sorry for all the upheaval you’re experiencing, but hang tight and keep your sense of humor. So many states here have an alarming increase in Covid cases because some people just won’t follow the guidelines. I can’t even envision where this is all going….it’s too overwhelming.

    Please continue practicing your safety measures. I too am fed up with 2020!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      All one can do is stay Positive (Erm – perhaps the wrong choice of word there! πŸ˜€ ) and look on the bright side.
      After all – This too shall pass! πŸ˜€
      You Keep Safe too Ginger. πŸ™‚


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