Sunday, the second day with exit restrictions in Bavaria. The Spessart is Bavarian and yet closely connected to the Rhine-Main area. It is a flight path for Frankfurt Airport and the background noise of civilization is always present. Correct: was present. Everything has changed since yesterday. Hardly any traffic, hardly any people on the streets. And the sky is blue - and empty. It has been empty for weeks. And today? No aircraft far and wide - a situation that has not been observed in decades.
Germany is shutting down and we are only at the beginning. What we are experiencing now will be the new normal for some time. More months than weeks, depending on how Covid-19 spreads. The virus invades every area of life, and it also changes the blog.
It affects my professional and private life, the plans for this and the coming year, and my hobbies. Everything is from now on waste, dates are canceled and postponed indefinitely. I won't see friends who live far away anytime soon - a situation that you have to deal with first. Behind the events is also the question of whether one can and should write an autoblog given the general situation. Aren't the topics too profane when people die a few 100 kilometers away and the health system threatens to collapse? Although I don't have to go as far ...
If I look out of a window, my gaze falls into the neighbor's garden. Neat, well-kept, not as close to nature as my property. The pride and joy of its owner. The old man is well over 80 and has a lung disease. And the owner in the house in front of it has been in the clinic since Friday. An operation not to be postponed. The threat is real to both of them, and the hope and desire that they will make it through time is huge.
So how about the profane car themes? Keep going? In any case, the editorial plan for this year is history. Visiting appointments that were due from the end of the month are canceled. The “visiting at” division is no longer available. Likewise, the Saab appointment planner, which Mark always writes. No meetings, no appointments, nothing can be planned. Even the test drives and Saab test reports are affected.
The new normal
It is advisable to accept that Covid-19 changes our lives. Our behavior can no longer be what it was, it will leave traces. Socially, economically. It may shape our future, even if we have survived. It could be that things will be different afterwards, a lot has to be reconsidered. The damage is already huge, but there is no comprehensive insurance. Even if our politicians try to suggest something similar.
That is precisely why we have to face the virus and maintain some normalcy. The blog is very profane in the current situation, admittedly. But for this very reason, I would like to continue filling it with content. An island in the midst of economic and health concerns, where simple things like old cars are allowed.
The plan is already there. A project that should only start in summer is preferred. Saab films! And those that were guaranteed not to be public yet. I will reveal the background later this week, then it will start! And we found a club. Not in the usual sense, and no competition with the established associations. More virtual, but not for everyone. A Saab is a basic requirement, but that alone will not be enough. Curious; excited?
Saab films, club, participation
Third is the desire to create an opportunity for readers to get involved online. More participation in the blog, an uncomplicated access for everyone to write small articles and experiences that can be put online and read here. The software for this is already running in the background, but it is still a question of securing; that should work effectively, but is best invisible in the background and not difficult to access.
And unfortunately it is precisely the question of data security that still gives me some headaches. With the outbreak of Covid-19 in Wuhan Province, the attacks on the blog came to a halt. The state cyber warriors had enough work to do in China's interior, and there was no attack from mid-December. The firewall already started to moss, there were only a few small attempts from servers from Hungary and Turkey, which are hardly worth mentioning. To put it plainly: China was concerned with itself and the surveillance of its citizens, and the attacks decreased by 95%.
China is doing better now. Good news! It gives hope and joy. Although Covid-19 has not yet been defeated in the country of origin, independent bloggers speak a different language than state-controlled media. But the Chinese cyber warriors are already free to attack Western media. The first attacks of the year against the blog from China started on Saturday. If you have these friends in times of urgent international solidarity, at least you no longer need to worry about possible enemies.