Posted On: Wednesday - July 8th 2020 7:15PM MST
In Topics:   Humor  Curmudgeonry  Kung Flu Stupidity
This and the next post on this re-Panic are just about the masks. I guess one could call it a trivial issue, but when one looks around, it all seems so sick. Our society is sick OF the COVID-19.
This post is about a handyman, a guy who can do all kind of residential jobs. We'll call him George. Well, George has done a lot of work for a friend of mine. He can be sometimes hard to get along with, from what I've heard from another friend, but he does good solid work with albeit irregular hours. When he's working, you leave him alone then.
My friend was out of town while this guy was continuing a bathroom project. "Hey, I need you to do me a favor, and bring George a face mask." "Sure, we've got plenty." Some of us are kind of worried at our house, so we have quite a number of them. I just occasionally use the one or two that are normally balled up in the pocket of my blue jeans, if there's no way out, "Put your mask over your face." "No, you didn't say 'Fauci says!'" "Alright, dammit, Fauci says 'put your mask over your face."
I pulled out a fresh 3 of them just for George. See, he'd tried to go to the tile store, and they wouldn't let him in. Haha, my friend should have known. Knowing the guy he is, I would have figured he'd been ignoring all the BS. Still, that store is more hard-core than you'd think a building supply store ought to be, but maybe it was the tiles, and the women in there...
Anyway, it was a good excuse for a bike ride, and I brought the 3 and we both bitched about the whole thing. I thought about this much later - why couldn't he have worn one of the dusk masks shown above? Oh, because he doesn't wear any of that stuff either. I gotta say that I'll go without the eye, mouth, and ear protection when using the chainsaw even, as I think you want all your senses keen when near a dangerous tool like that. What surprises me is that I can still hear fine after using a Skil saw for years with no hearing protection. Those things scream!
There was a negligible amount of money and time involved in supplying George and keeping the job going, plus I could see how he was doing on this job. On the way home I thought about this too. Could he not have gone by the drugstore on the way? No, because, that's right, they wouldn't have let him in! What a scene that would be:
"Sir, you can't come in here like that!"
"What, I've got my shoes on."
"No, we require wearing of face masks by all customers."
"Oh, yeah, well that's what I'm coming in here to get, so I'll have one."
"OK, but, Sir, you can't come in here like that."
"How can I buy a face mask if you won't let me in."
"We'll be glad to let you in to buy a face mask. You just have to wear a face mask to enter the store."
"But, if you don't let me in ... aaah, shit ... that's some catch, that Catch-19."
"It's the best there is."