Now, in these times of chaos, sadness, loneliness and uncertainty, so many of us have and will continue to have strong opinions, one way or another.
Now, as you all may have gathered from previous posts of mine, I'm all of getting vaccinated to lessen the symptoms that are the nightmares we all called Covid (or Delta).
I would love it if everyone got vaccinated, however, that's never going to happen.
While I may not agree with the anti- vaxers or the people who choose not to get vaccinated (not including those who have medical conditions), I do respect your choice as I would like to think you would respect mine to get vaccinated.
Here in the Pacific region of the Southern Hemisphere, certain parts of Australia have risen in continuous protests on their streets, N.S.W. & Victoria. Sadly the latest rounds in Victoria are against the mandate to force the building sector to get vaccinated otherwise they aren't allowed on site.
I've been thinking of what compromise would there to be to not hinder what is essentially an essential business.
And then it came to me. Italy, just last week, has laid down a new law for these trying times and is due to take effect on 15 October 2021.
It's a great compromise to both sides of the fence of vaccinations.
What the Italian government have done is they've adopted one of the strictest Covid measures in the world last week, requiring all public and private sector workers to have a vaccination certificate, a negative coronavirus test or a certificate that they have recently recovered from the infection.
The goal of the move is to persuade people to get vaccinated and reduce the infection in one of the most affected countries by the coronavirus pandemic.
However, I personally believe that this is a great compromise for those who will not or cannot vaccinate - just provide a negative Covid test.
Apparently, a worker who won't be able to present a valid health certificate will be suspended without pay but cannot be fired.
Those who ignore the ordinance and come to work without any of the required certificates will be fined between 600 and 1,500 euros.
The idea of Covid certification was initially related to travel, but Italy very quickly started to apply it to places like museums, gyms and the interior of restaurants.
Although there have been protests against the measures in recent weeks, most political parties as well as major employers' associations have backed them, hoping there will be no further closures of the economy.
Italy, after Britain, has the most coronavirus-positive deaths in Europe, more than 130,000 since the start of the pandemic.
About 74 percent of 60 million people received at least the first dose, and about 68 percent were fully vaccinated.
As I said, it was just an interesting thought I had spinning around in my head.
Auckland will shift down to alert level 3 lockdown at midnight tonight.
Businesses will be able to operate using contactless options for ordering, pick-up, delivery and payment.
The financial blow of Covid-19 lockdowns on business has been harsh.
Are you planning to support a local business in alert level 3, and if so which one?
An old man and woman were married for many years, even though they hated each other.
Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night.
The old man would shout, "When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!"
Neighbours feared him. They believed he practiced magic, because of the many strange occurrences that took place in their neighbourhood. The old man liked the fact that he was feared.
To everyone's relief, he died of a heart attack when he was 98.
His wife had a closed casket at the wake.
After the burial, she went straight to the local bar and began to party, as if there was no tomorrow.
Her neighbours, concerned for her safety, asked, "Aren't you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life?"
The wife put down her drink and said, "Let him dig. I had him buried upside down, and you know men won't ask for directions."