Posted On: Friday - July 17th 2020 10:12AM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  Kung Flu Stupidity
It's been a whopping 4 days since we at Peak Stupidity got upset enough about the Kung Flu (Season 2!) stupidity to write a Scenes from the Kung Flu Summer re-Panic post. Here we go...
It really is sad, what you see in that picture. You don't have to be a out-of-control full-of-compassion women voter to feel bad for the kids. What kind of life is this for them? It's been 20 years since the helicopter parenting has been big, meaning kids just don't run outside to play with friends and get told to come back for dinner*. They've had to have their parents arrange "play-dates".
That's bad enough, but over the last 4 months, they've had to get their parents to lend them their phones or computers just to talk with friends or see them on zoom. That's no way to interact, just on a screen, not for months at a time! (We've been lucky enough to deal with some other parents that don't mind the kids all being out together ... no masks, no muss.)
Can you imagine what the little ones are thinking, though? If you are a 2 y/o toddler, you may have solid memories only going back 1/2 a year or so. You will think this is the way the world has always been. Adults don't show their noses and mouths in public, in the same way that they don't show their pee-pee's and ass-cracks... OK, well, some of them. If this goes on for, well what will it be, another year, two(?), what kind of impression of the world will this be?
The kid on the right below might have an obsession with not showing his face when he grows up. He may have the same dreams about leaving his face mask at home, you know, like those dreams where you go to the office and realize you forgot to put your pants and underwear on. (Usually it's just the pants, unless it's one of THOSE dreams... with Ivanka working in the same cube as me ... Jared is my reporting manager with his web cam... we've all probably had this one ...)
We went to an outside deck at the restaurant/bar nearby, so I could do a little training with a friend in a field we both work in. I and my boy went up the wooden stairs straight up to the deck, outside the whole time. "Oh, you have to wear a mask", the waiter said. "What? We're outside, and look, they don't have any masks on." "They" were 6 20-something people having a good time about 8 ft. away. "No, you don't need a mask here, but you have to come in through the inside, with a mask on." WTF?!
OK, I know part of this is about being carded, something they all feel obligated (more like, pressured by THE LAW) to do to anyone, no matter how old or young**. They want you to come through the door that would have the bouncer, were it not daytime in the COVID-19 era. "Yeah, well, we're already out here, so ..." I should have added "and I don't want to take a chance on my boy picking up the Kung Flu walking through the crowd", but I'm just not that quick on my feet. The guy let us just sit down.
Next, where's the friend? He thinks the same way as I do on this whole business (and really a whole lot of my co-workers do too, from my informal surveys). I was looking forward to some fun when he showed up! It turned out he was parked, down below the deck, ready to also go up the wooden stairs. "Hey, Joe, here's a mask! Put it on!" I yelled from up top, as I pulled out a balled-up face mask from my pocket and threw it down toward his car. It ended up on the asphalt, and, then the waiter told him to head around the front. He didn't want too much trouble so he came through the inside unscathed. What a country!
* There are lots of reasons for this that may or may not have been discussed in a previous post, but would be good for another.
** See "You need to know how to pick your battles."