A Founder’s Thoughts with D.J. Lewis (12/01/2020)

Well guys, we’ve finally made it to the final month of 2020. I don’t even have to say how much of a struggle the last nine months have been since this pandemic. With vaccines on the way many of us are breathing a sigh of relief, but at the same time we’re still dealing with the absolute worst of COVID. For as long as we live none of us want to hear that word anymore as soon as its over, and I agree with you 1000%.

Although Christmas is 24 days away, most of us just wanna get to the date that really matters at this point; December 31st. At 11:59pm of December 13, 2019 I’m pretty sure millions of us already had our 2020 year planned out as to what we were gonna do, and then BAM! COVID hit us in the face like Mike Tyson. Never in the 31 years that I’ve been on this planet, have I ever seen a virus put the entire world on lockdown. There have been many pandemics to hit us like H1N1 and the Bird Flu, but COVID…man. Throughout the months we’ve all been feeling it, but the ones who are feeling it the most are the healthcare workers, the doctors, and the nurses. For the men and women out there who are on the front lines, we are all keeping each and every one of you in our prayers.

For nerds like myself and A. Goldman, COVID shutdown the convention scene. Although that happened many of our favorite cons (and yours) have found digital alternative ways to keep the morale going while staying safe. Virtual conventions have been the way to go this year thanks to the creative individuals who run these cons. Even once things do get to “normal” I don’t think this will be the last time we see virtual events. (Though in my defense there’s nothing like physically being there in order to get the full con experience!) 2020 has put humanity in a position where we can do one of two things; get our ‘ish’ together and start treating each other as human beings, or remain divided because of our differences – especially politically!

This year has been many things; horrible, stressful, merciful, eye-opening, you name it! I just hope that we’ve learned something about ourselves in this time of difficulty, and start to become better people because of it.

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