Posted On: Tuesday - March 2nd 2021 9:18AM MST
In Topics:   Curmudgeonry  Kung Flu Stupidity
Peak Stupidity had our 13 part series* called "Scenes from the Kung Flu Summer re-Panic" this past summer (of course). One can find them all with the Kung Flu Stupidity Topic Key. I just looked and only 3 out of them did not specifically involve the face masks. There's a lot more to this PanicFest than the masks. The worst is the economic damage done by the LOCKDOWNS, but we have written about that too (note our discussion about hotel/motel closings). We will shoot for more posts on this.
LOCKDOWNS are not as easy to fight on the small-scale. However, the masking stupidity is. We can ignore the face masking up to our personal limits, and the wearing of them in strange situations and for obviously no benefit shows an inordinate amount of compliance, something I'd always thought American were not supposed to be too keen on. I've been focusing on this personally, so this blog will too.
We've got lots of posts to come in this series, most of them hopefully humorous to not just the blogger, but the reader too. That all said, this one, now that I think of it, is not about the masks but the surface contamination worries, which have, hehe, resurfaced at the library (please
Here's the deal: I didn't even know the library had reopened till a month or more later. You can't go in there though (too bad for the bums, seriously). The nice librarians will come outside and take your request for a book or video. The material we get is stuff we put on hold on the website - that works pretty well. They don't even ask for ID or a library card - too many germs, I believe is the reason, which is something I just now thought about. Hey, I keep a clean wallet, ma'am. I've got nothing older than an old Blockbuster video gift card and a receipt for my projection TV in there.
I would go up without a mask, it being outside and all, but they got on me about it. I will put it on for the 1 or 2 minutes. Well, this time I had 2 videos to return. Worried about forgetting them, I put them on top of the couple of book shelves outside. The lady, who I know pretty well, brought out my new items, and I said, "here you go, before I forget".
I did forget something. The lady came out all worried, asking "wait, you're returning these?" "Yeah." "These have to go into the drive-through boxes." Though I'd done it 10 times already, I really had forgotten that part, rather than trying to infiltrate the building with Covid-one-niner germs on purpose. As I've noted in Scenes from the Kung Flu Summer re-Panic - Part 7, I come from a family of non-drive-throughers. It is still new to me to have to sit in the car when I can simply get out and take care of something in person.
However, this was obviously a bigger faux pas than I first though. "I've touched the items" or something like that, was what the librarian said then. Was she really scared? Was I supposed to feel bad? If she was really scared than I guess so, but then with face masks on, you can't tell about people (subject for another part in this series). "We've got to sanitize everything..." she was telling me. OK, got it. All the stuff comes into the box, gets sprayed off with something or other, and then can come in. All the material on the shelves, and the shelves themselves, are clean, free and clear of the Kung Flu. The air inside is pristine! OK, "was". My two videos had fucked up the whole library.
I get it. Were this the Black Plague 2.0 or Ebola, I would want to see all that and more done. I'd probably just not go to the library. Instead, of reading new books and watching new videos, I'd be holed up in the house writing more frequent blog posts, and eating 3 month-old Top Ramen and beans with the family. This system in place at the 'brary is done to make everyone BE SAFE or at least FEEL SAFE. Well, I do feel bad about screwing up their nice system, the more I think about it. However, the lady goes home too. She probably has a family and germs are all over the house. I really think she and the library patrons should lighten the hell up and get a life.
However, it's this "surfaces full of germs" thing again in a new strain. From now on, I will remember to drops books off in the big box. I just hope I'm not in such big trouble that I'll get a visit at home from Mr. Bookman.
The Seinfeld TV show had quite a few extremely funny guest stars over its years. Ben Stein, seen at the bottom of this post of ours is one, and this guy who plays Mr. Bookman is also a very favorite of mine. I usually don't give a damn who the actors are, but kudos to Philip Baker Hall for multiple LOLs here!
* I wrote the 1st one on July 1st when Season 2 of the PanicFest was just starting "cases, cases, cases!" was the theme then. The last one, Part 13, happened to be right after the start of Fall, and I really thought it might be all over then. Ooops...