Bouchercon is a conference for mystery writers and readers. I haven’t been before but I’ve heard about it. It’s in Minneapolis this year, which is only about a two day drive. And I have relatives along the way as well as relatives nearby.

I’m really debating about going. It’s in the fall and there is supposed to be another Covid surge in the fall. Is that enough to make me change plans? I have to consider the best and worst case scenarios. The best case is that the expected next surge doesn’t happen or if so, it happens later than expected. The worst case is that it’s worse than expected and happens right as I would be going. I expect I could get a refundable hotel room even if that costs a bit extra, but the tickets to Bouchercon aren’t likely to be refundable.

I hate this not knowing yet. I’m not ready to say all is well and I can do what I want. I know people with long Covid. I know people who have died of Covid. I know that I’m as protected as I can be and that masking up protects me further by limiting the amount of virus I’d be exposed to if the vaccine fails. I’m unlikely to get a serious case. It’s also looking like the vaccine does offer some protection against long Covid, though I expect we’ll be hearing more about that in the summer.

I want to make plans but I’m not quite ready to commit to things just yet. Maybe after our upcoming vacation. I know. I’m worried about September but I’m going on a vacation now. The numbers are low and aren’t yet rising too high. I’m as protected as I can be and sometimes you just have to go have some fun.

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