Everything in 2020 Is Fine, Things Have Always Been This Way

Remember your very first dumpster fire? First layoff? Ronald Reagan’s sixth consecutive term? Your very first bulletproof vest, and how nervous you were your First D̶a̶y̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶S̶c̶h̶o̶o̶l̶ Zoom Meetings Install? 2020’s going great. Things have always been this way.

Alice C. Minium


There is absolutely no cause for alarm whatsoever (Image Credit: Axios)

It’s been a pretty uneventful year, 2020. Business as usual. Not much to report.

Things are looking great. Awesome, actually. Future prospects are looking excellent for humanity at large.

Very confident in great times to come, because this year has just been one delightful, easygoing thrill.

We are thriving like never before. One day, we will refer to these as the Good Old Days. Lines outside the store for soup, California burning, the nightly hum of police drones meandering in loops over your house. Some fireworks. Or were they regular explosions? You’ve run through flash grenades and swarms of rubber bullets, chased through alleyways, so many times that it’s impossible to tell. Were they gunshots? A possibility.

The sky is orange. No, wait, blue? No wait, it’s always been orange. This is the way it was meant to be. “Everything’s fine. We are thriving.” -Direct Quote From Our President, Basically

Just another day in Oregon with orange skies. The earth is fine. (Image Credit: Straits Time)

Everybody knows someone who knows someone who’s died, everybody knows someone who’s sad, or they are that sad person. Your job doesn’t exist anymore, but the government gave you $1200 once, so it’s cool. Maybe one more stimmy and you can go another week without getting evicted.

You didn’t leave your house for two months. It was awesome. So cool. It was really, especially cool when you started eating cold tomato soup out of CD lids because you didn’t feel like doing dishes. (Do not get me started on soup.)

This is fine. Fucking great, tbh. I went outside today to post a picture of myself on the front lawn, pretending it was a park, so people would…



Alice C. Minium

Richmond-based writer, investigative researcher, and police abolitionist. Contact me at alice@openoversightva.org.