Spring is arriving. It’s just taking its time.

There are little signs. Buds on the trees. The first asparagus of the year. Daffodils. Changing the clocks. A stretch in the evenings. But the weather remains, for the most part, chilly and grim.

Reality is refusing to behave like a fast-forward montage leading up to to a single day when you throw open the curtains and springtime is suddenly there in all its glory.

That’s okay. I can wait. I’ve had a lot of practice over the past three years. We all have. Staying home, biding time, saving lives.

But hunkering down during The Situation isn’t like taking shelter during an air raid. There isn’t a signal that sounds to indicate “all clear!” It’s more like going from Winter to Spring. It’s slow, almost impercetible. But it is happening.

I’ve noticed a subtle change in my risk assessment over the past few months. I still think about COVID-19. I still factor it into my calculations. But it’s no longer the first thing I think of.

That’s a subtle change. It doesn’t seem like that long ago when COVID was at the forefront of my mind, especially if I was weighing up an excursion. Is it worth going to that restaurant? How badly do I want to go to that gig? Should I go to that conference?

Now I find myself thinking of COVID as less of a factor in my decision-making. It’s still there, but it has slowly slipped down the ranking.

I know that other people feel differently. For some people, COVID slipped out of their minds long ago. For others, it’s still very much front and centre. There isn’t a consensus on how to evaluate the risks. Like I said:

It’s like when you’re driving and you think that everyone going faster than you is a maniac, and everyone going slower than you is an idiot.

COVID-19 isn’t going away. But perhaps The Situation is.

The Situation has been gradually fading away. There isn’t a single moment where, from one day to the next, we can say “this marks the point where The Situation ended.” Even if there were, it would be a different moment for everyone.

As of today, the COVID-19 app officially stops working. Perhaps today is as good a day as any to say Spring has arrived. The season of rebirth.

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@adactio I’m also factoring it into my decision making less, and have been encouraged by recent numbers and trends, but I’m still mostly braced for another spike.

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Previously on this day

1 year ago I wrote Suspicion

Responses to my thoughts on why developers would trust third-party code more than a native browser feature.

3 years ago I wrote Modified machete

The viewing order for a Star Wars movie marathon

8 years ago I wrote 100 words 037

Day thirty seven.

13 years ago I wrote June

There is nothing in this world more bitter than Spring.

14 years ago I wrote The Death and Life of Geocities

Geocities is no longer here for you to use.

15 years ago I wrote Loosely joined

What to do with those small pieces.

18 years ago I wrote Possible Amazon redesign in the pipeline

It looks like I’ve been chosen as a guinea pig for a design that Amazon is considering. Changes like these are usually served up on a small subset of Amazon’s servers. It’s then delivered to a correspondingly small subset of visitors.

18 years ago I wrote Introducing Adactio Elsewhere

I mentioned a little while back that there seems to be more and more bits of me scattered around the internet. My photos are on Flickr, my wishlist is on Amazon, my links are on Del.icio.us and my events are on Upcoming.

21 years ago I wrote NRA Takes Credit for Bush's Win

This report on the NRA’s 131st annual meeting sounds like something from The Onion.