The Glorious Sights of 2020

 

I do a lot of local travel. This means, in this time of coronavirus (when McDonald’s bathrooms are no longer as reliable as they once were), that I visit many rest stops. The scene at every rest stop is much the same:

A carload of pre-masked people pulls into a parking space. They disembark, mask their way up the pathway to the bathrooms, finish their business, mask themselves back to their car, pile in, and mask away into the sunset.

This weekend, I spent some time at a state park. It had the atmosphere of a rest stop: A bunch of pre-masked college students, itching to commune with nature, masked out of their car, masked down the trail, masked between the trees and among the mossy boulders, and took masked selfies as they stood in front of a waterfall.

Lord, when will it end?

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  1. EODmom Coolidge
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    It seems so odd to me that so few are asking that very question. How do those college aged people – and older too – get through their days? How did they manage themselves before March 2020? Golly tamale. They seem unable to do more than go through a drive through. 

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  2. Stad Coolidge
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    Looks like there will be mask requirements into 2021 because flu season is starting soon . . .

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  3. Kephalithos Member
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    Stad (View Comment): Looks like there will be mask requirements into 2021 because flu season is starting soon . . .

    Oh, god. Let’s hope the COVID mask craze doesn’t become a cold-and-flu mask craze. If it does, I’ll refuse to abide, consequences be darned.

    This weekend, I also saw this, which warmed the cockles of my heart:

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  4. Doctor Robert Member
    Doctor Robert
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    It ends when we end it.

    If ten percent of us refused, it would end in a week.

    If thirty percent of us refused, it would end in a day.

    If sixty percent of us refused, it would end in an hour.

     

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  5. Al French of Damascus Moderator
    Al French of Damascus
    @AlFrench

    I like to hike. (I’m not doing much now, since I’m tutoring my granddaughter during her WuFlu induced virtual “learning”. But that’s another story.) Masked hikers flabbergast me. Not at a waterfall a quarter mile prom the parking lot. I’m talking five miles up the side of a mountain. In a freaking WILDERNESS! SMH.

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  6. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    @RushBabe49

    Depends on the state. South Dakota has no mask mandate. WA will never end the mandate. I have an appointment with an insurance broker today. No mask needed in his office but mandated in every retail store and stores could lose their license if they allow unmasked people inside. Tyranny. 

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  7. Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Avenger Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Avenger
    @BryanGStephens

    Work mandates it Doc. Not worth losing my job over. Sorry. Call me a sheep. Blame me for the fall of the Republic. I have kids pending college in a year and a half

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  8. Al French of Damascus Moderator
    Al French of Damascus
    @AlFrench

    Oregon just raised its mask requirement to include all workplaces.

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  9. Lois Lane Coolidge
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    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… (View Comment):

    Work mandates it Doc. Not worth losing my job over. Sorry. Call me a sheep. Blame me for the fall of the Republic. I have kids pending college in a year and a half

    I totally get it. We do what we need to do to work.

    But you probably wouldn’t wear a mask if hiking the Cheatham Hill Loop on Kennesaw Mountain, right?

    I have run that sucker nine billion times, and you may pass by people, but they are probably running, so they go by you before you can even inhale. You are out in the wilderness, out in the glorious sun. Your job has no mandates in a state park.

    Yet I see people in such spaces with masks as well, and I don’t get that at all.

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  10. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49
    @RushBabe49

    Depends on the state. South Dakota has no mask mandate. WA will never end the mandate. I have an appointment with an insurance broker today. No mask needed in his office but mandated in every retail store and stores could lose their license if they allow unmasked people inside. Tyranny.

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  11. SpiritO'78 Member
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    Al French of Damascus (View Comment):

    I like to hike. (I’m not doing much now, since I’m tutoring my granddaughter during her WuFlu induced virtual “learning”. But that’s another story.) Masked hikers flabbergast me. Not at a waterfall a quarter mile prom the parking lot. I’m talking five miles up the side of a mountain. In a freaking WILDERNESS! SMH.

    Yes, any outdoor masking up is just crazy.

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  12. Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Avenger Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Avenger
    @BryanGStephens

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… (View Comment):

    Work mandates it Doc. Not worth losing my job over. Sorry. Call me a sheep. Blame me for the fall of the Republic. I have kids pending college in a year and a half

    I totally get it. We do what we need to do to work.

    But you probably wouldn’t wear a mask if hiking the Cheatham Hill Loop on Kennesaw Mountain, right?

    I have run that sucker nine billion times, and you may pass by people, but they are probably running, so they go by you before you can even inhale. You are out in the wilderness, out in the glorious sun. Your job has no mandates in a state park.

    Yet I see people in such spaces with masks as well, and I don’t get that at all.

    I sure has hell did not this Saturday with the Scouts. 

    But I do in the Kroger because they ask nicely. I am being polite. 

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  13. Buckpasser Member
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    Masks will be required for the rest of my life. (I’m 64) Accepting all edicts from the state by so many people has shown that this is not the America I grew up in.

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  14. Flicker Coolidge
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    Buckpasser (View Comment):
    this is not the America I grew up in.

    I’ve been increasingly mourning this fact for the past four years at least.

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