Normal Is a Myth

I started writing this in March and put it down because at the time, I felt like it was a bit tone deaf. We were just getting started, and now we are in the midst with no relief in sight. – Dom

I don’t think we’re ever getting back to normal.

This COVID-19 pandemic (nicknamed The Corona Virus, The ‘Rona, That Shit and other epithets) has rocked the world to its core, and since I live in the United States, I can speak specifically to how it has affected this nation.

The short answer is that we’re in dire straits.

The long answer is that this crisis has further revelaed every single flaw, blemish, weakness and ugly truth that this nation has attempted to hide throughout it’s 200+ year history. This reveal has been going on since, hell, probably since 2008 if we’re keeping it a buck, but the reveal was ramped up in 2016 upon the campaign and eventual election of the most incompentent president this nation has ever seen.

Herbert Hoover breathes a sigh of relief.

Every single truth we’ve been told is being revealed as a lie. People can work from home and don’t have to subject themselves to an office environment and still be productive. Low skilled jobs are actually some of the most valuable positions out there. This country can turn around and actually help it’s fucking citizens. Teachers deserve to be some of the highest paid professionals in this country. Greed is not good.

The jig is up. Whenever this is all said and done, we cannot go back to normal. I know a lot of people want to. A lot of people are hoping that this will blow over before the summer so we can go back to work and going out and what it was before.

I don’t think we can go back to that. I don’t think that I want to go back to that.

For one thing, everybody’s normal is different. That’s something to look at.

For another thing, our previous normal has proven to be unsustainable. Our previous normal has put us into these dire straits, woefully unprepared, at the mercy of a narcissist who can’t even be bother to act like he gives a damn about anybody but himself and his own self interests and his merry gang of sycophantic oligarchs. Our previous normal gets people killed. Our previous normal keeps the nation in a contant state of fear; it doesn’t allow for us to live, it allows for us to survive, at the expense of whoever or whatever gets in our way. Our previous normal has put it into our minds that the elderly and those who are already sick and disabled and who don’t fit into certain segments are expendable. Our previous normal allows for billionaires to keep getting rich when they don’t fucking need it and for everyone else to constantly be one paycheck, medical bill, accident, stock crash, housing crash away from the poor house.

I get it, some of you want to go back to normal because normal was safe, normal made sense, normal was something that you had a bit of control over. Normal is a myth. It was never safe, it never made sense. Normal is a sedative, a balm over the festering wounds that this country has inflicted upon each and every last one of us (yes, even white people).

I hoped that people would see what’s been going on and would fight for a new normal, but a slate of protests have sprang up and I have given up on fighting. People want the soma. Normal is our soma. People want to go back to normal. Granted, these protests are plants backed by some bullshit, but even those who aren’t protesting want to go back to die at the alter of white supremacy (more on that in another post).

What these people don’t realize though is that even getting back to normal will not be normal. For a lot of people, they have lost loved ones, colleagues, associates. Some folks might breathe a sigh of relief that they get to go back to their favorite restaurant and then realize that the cook who fried their wings just right is dead. People will go back to work and realize that the gossip in the cubicle next to them, the one that had all the good tea, is dead. Their children will go back to school and find one of their peers with a shell shocked expression that will not go away for a long time because their parent was deemed an essential worker, or was on the front lines at a hospital and they died. People are dying alone, in a hospital, and they can’t even have a proper send off. People are dying in apartments and the fucking coroners won’t come pick them up.

But yes, let’s get back to normal so that you can get a fucking haircut.

The Mae Young Classic Episodes 1-4

I’ve been on a wrestling hiatus. I say wrestling  because although I’ve been actively avoiding WWE, there are five episodes of Lucha Underground that are sitting in my DVR, including the much anticipated bout between Rey Mysterio (who has slowly gotten back into my good graces) and Johnny Mundo (who has improved tremendously since leaving the WWE).

However, I made a promise that I would watch the WWE Women’s tournament back when they first announced it. The filming of the matches of what was eventually named the Mae Young Classic, named for one of the greatest old broads who ever old broaded, was done back in July and I miraculously avoided spoilers.

The first round of the tournament aired Monday, August 28th in four episodes that were posted to the WWE Network, and after giving up on Monday Night Raw after a few minutes, I decided to fulfill my promise to myself and watch the first round while it was still the topic of conversation and not wait like I am with quite a few other things.

I was not disappointed. Instead of reviewing all sixteen matches one by one, I’m just going to highlight the good and the bad of the opening round.

The Good

  • Humble brag time: I went to Wrestlemania 31 two years ago, and during that weekend me and my former podcasting partner also took in a few independent shows, including a SHIMMER Chick Fight Tournament. It’s amazing to see women that were on that show two years ago wrestling for the WWE and in this tournament. Mia Yim, Evie, Nicole Savoy, Candace LeRae, Kimber Lee and Kay Lee Ray all participated in the Chick Fight tournament, while Nikki Storm, Evie, Kimber Lee and Athena are all working in NXT and I’m sure that quite a few of the women in this tournament will be signed in the future. Speaking of Mia Yim…
  • Her match against Sarah Logan, the former Crazy Mary Dobson was the best match of the first round.
  • Kairi Sane is cute and I don’t say that to be offensive or to stereotype. That elbow is pretty vicious. A solid prediction that I made was that Kairi would be the one to stop Asuka’s reign on the NXT Women’s division, which meant that Asuka would hold on to that belt a hell of a long time, but we see how that turned out.
  • Good to see Serena Deeb. Sucks what happened to her back 2010 but I’m glad to see her cleaned up.
  • Lacey Evans was definitely giving me Liberty Belle vibes. Or did Liberty Belle get her vibes from Lacey Evans?
  • Jazzy Gabert ladies and gentlemen. Never seen this woman before in my life, I want to see her again.
  • Bianca BelAire is a beast.
  • I’m really happy to see that Women’s wrestling in the WWE has evolved.
  • Good to see Mercedes Martinez, I’ve been hearing about this woman for years. Which leads to an excellent point in…

The Bad.

  • The WWE could’ve hired a whole bunch of the women they probably considered for this tournament if they weren’t on that Divas bullshit 10+ years ago.
  • I like Marti Belle.  I have no quarrel with Rachel Ellering Evans. Their match was dry. Like chardonnay dry. And if you like chardonnay I can’t fuck with you.
  • Stephanie McMahon’s voice at the beginning of the show. All up in the videos….
  • I do not like Tessa Blanchard. Part of that may be because of Ricochet. Like maybe 35%. I know it’s none of my business. I can still hate.
  • Having to wait for the next few episodes.

Anyway, if you have yet to watch the tournament, you have a whole week to catch up before the second round airs Labor Day. The finals will be live in Las Vegas on September 12th, all on the WWE Network.



*Edited to mention the fabulous Kimber Lee, bka Abbey Laith who held her own against Jazzy Gabert.