Posted On: Saturday - August 22nd 2020 4:22PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  Kung Flu Stupidity
(If she'd had a butt like this I think I'd have put a mask on and enjoyed the view.)
There are a dozen or more posts on the front burner here at Peak Stupidity, all with their specific cooking times as determined by the smoke alarm, and I thought it would be another week before the next "Scenes from the Kung Flu Summer re-Panic".
But no, the only reason, I mean, the only reason I'm here writing this post today [/Arlo Guthrie] is that I just had to leave the gym for a while this morning due to my first Becky encounter, and it was completely due to the Kung Flu re-Panic. My schedule allowed time for writing later, but I had this time, 20 minutes forced on me, as I must wait for this hysterical lady to finish her workout on a (nice, Precor with the best console!) treadmill.
I would not have believed it, if this woman had not apparently opened her mouth. I say "apparently" as she had one of those thick black masks on. I just got started on the bicycle machine (Precor P60-series, baby!) 12 ft away from the lady. I mean this is as far as I could get from her, though that was not my thought anyway - it was just the only recumbent bike machine. I had spent a couple of minutes finding the remote, getting it to work, then turning off the TV. Then I got 2 minutes in on the bike, with my heart rate coming up a tad, when this 55 y/o or so white lady told me I need to wear a mask... while working out!
OK, the ceiling in this room is way high, and there's loads of air flow with it opened up to another room. I told her about the 12 ft away part. I told her I need air flow to exercise, starting off nice about it, but this hysterical broad was telling me there are still germs floating around. Before I walked in, a guy with no mask on had already, and still was, doing sideways one-armed pushups and that sort of thing, about 8 ft. from me and 15 ft from this broad. He had nothing to say - I think it was the earbuds, but I don't know ...
The lady went off to talk to the management, but I really don't know what they told her. She came back insistent. I wasn't going to take this one to the mattresses for business reasons that I shouldn't explain here. "How long are you going to be?" "20 minutes." "OK, I'll be back in 20 minutes!" This is just a big sickness in people, but before I finish this post, the 20 minutes is up ....
(Written a few hours later:)
I got the workout in, heart rate up, and later the BP hopefully down. The lady was gone (I think I ended up giving her 25 minutes.) Push-up guy was still there. "Hey, did you hear that from this lady?" "Only the last part." I mentioned hysteria, but this guy was down with the Panic Program. It turns out he's an Ob/Gyn doctor who's been working in NYC. We discussed the herd immunity and mutation stuff. He didn't know any more than he'd been told on TV, I could tell. I've heard 2nd hand from an I.D. Doc on this (Infectious Disease Doc) months ago, who told my Doc friend "do you know anyone who's never gotten a cold? It's going to be like that after a while."
Well, the Ob/Gyn told me about people on ventilators, delivering pregnant women in distress in NY City, and then he finally put on his mask to go out! I was kind of glad I didn't start any conversation about problems in NYC, such as it being a big China-travel hub, it being much more crowded than most of this country, and it being damn close to the 3rd World in many parts. He was just a young guy with zero perspective on life.
I checked in with management about what the deal was on masks. It was a grey area, as nobody had an answer. They all agreed that it'd be silly to wear a mask while doing cardio workouts. I'm guessing now Becky lied to me.
PS: Yeah, I don't really take to the slur "Becky" much, but I don't know what else to call her.