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Helen BS: NSW, Oz - lockdown ends 11 Oct 2021 (39) RE: BS: NSW, Oz - lockdown ends 11 Oct 2021 14 Oct 21

This week when I've been shopping in the supermarket I've noticed that people seem to be pooling around aimlessly in the aisles like lost sheep. They have the appearance of people who have forgotten what they came for but they move slowly in random circles and seem totally oblivious of other people nearby so they walk straight out in front of us without any recognition or reaction. This isn't any one kind of person. Old, young, whatever. It has been very difficult to navigate around them while maintaining social distancing because it is difficult to predict the path they will take. All in slo-mo, like they are walking around underwater.

I've been predicting that the same thing will happen while driving and this morning I was proven right. I turned into a street and there was a car stopped in the lane (single lane, suburban street) so I waited patiently for the driver to do whatever s/he was planning, e.g. pull in to a parking space, or drive forward, and then s/he began inching forward (a snail would have won this race) then stopped, slowly edged toward the parking space, stopped, moved forward again, stopped, so I decided to drive - cautiously - around and go on my way and then s/he starting moving into the lane in front of me - without indicating - and I blasted her/him on my horn because I didn't really trust that the driver knew I was right next to her/him, and after I went past s/he - finally - indicated and turned right into the street across the road.

Luckily all this occurred in a 40 km per hour area, but I don't think that the other vehicle was doing much more than 5 km per hour.

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