And the uniform of the day is. …

Some faces should be covered.

Face diapers for everyone!

I’ve been wearing mine for a while now. I like to think of it as a community-beautification project.

Still, Jesus H., etc. Afghanistan’s up the spout and all its daddies are ducking for cover, the West’s faucets are running dry, and Paris Hilton has a cooking show. Truly these are Dire Portents of the End Times.

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25 Responses to “And the uniform of the day is. …”

  1. SAO' Says:

    I’m torn between my responsibility to maintain some semblance of being an informed citizen vs my desire to not lose any more brain cells. The latter is winning but it’s a close one.

    Maybe it’s easier to get through life if you dump the newspapers, stay away from the internet, and don’t read anything that was written less than twenty years ago.

    • Patricio Says:

      Not a bad idea. Going dark for awhile. I have friends to see and guitars to play.

    • JD Says:

      Ignorance is bliss??

      • Patricio Says:

        It is at 72, at least for a few days. “And the news just repeats itself like some forgotten dream that we’ve both seen.” John Prine

        • SAO' Says:

          I always try to use math that I can’t verify to explain things I’m not smart enough to explain in words. So here goes … We generate a googol-byte of info every day, so if you memorized the entirety of the NYT every day, you’d only know 1% of what’s going on in the world. Therefor, by ignoring current events, at most you’re only 1% behind everyone else. And most of that googol-byte of information turns out to be rubbish, so if you wait until it comes out in book form, you’ve saved yourself the pan-sifting part of the equation.

          Limit your information consumption to three chords and the truth, and mathematically you’re ahead of the game. Spiritually and emotionally as well.

  2. Patricio Says:

    You look good!
    I thought Paris Hilton was a hotel in France.
    Maricopa County grew by 11% in the last ten years. They just showed up in time to run out of water. Wonder who will bail us out when the taps run dry? Airlift out of Sky Harbor to the shores of Lake Superior where the winters are so fine?
    Stupid and apathetic people ain’t funny anymore.
    Afghanistan will do fine without us, and it appears that our people and some others that helped us will get out just fine. The naysayers can pound sand.

  3. Charley Says:

    If I’m in public I have a mascon, and I am fully vaccinated and have been since January.

    It is my hope that we start a new beginning for all mankind! I’m tired of the depression and sitting home.

    • Shawn Says:

      A mascon? That sounds like an acceptable new word.

      Perhaps another is “maskinated”. I’m proud to say that I have no problem with maskinating in public.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      “Maskinated.” This I like. “Mascon” sounds like Spanglish for someone who refuses to wear the mask.

      “I was at Smith’s the other day and this mascón was causing a ruckus. The security guards maced him and frog-marched him out the door.”

      I got the second Pfizer in April, and I don’t mind wearing a mask for the half hour every 10 days it takes me to collect groceries and grog. We went out to eat a few times between rounds, when The Visitation was in full swing, but I think that has to stop for a while. I’ll be surprised if Herself the Elder’s place doesn’t start restricting visits and field trips.

      A lot of what happens next is up to the folks who’ve been late to the party.

  4. B Lester Says:

    I work in Dane County, Wi, home of the People’s Republic of Madison. At 12:01 am Thursday, the county resumes it’s mask mandate. Tomorrow we’re back to half faces at work again. Sigh….

    I’ve been wearing one for a few weeks now when going anywhere in the indoor public.

    To quote the Right Hon. Gov Kay Ivey (R-Ala) “I don’t know. You tell me. Folks [are] supposed to have common sense. But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.” And, “I can encourage you to do something,” she said, “but I can’t make you take care of yourself.”

  5. khal spencer Says:

    This is getting old. Really old. My better half has been masking in public ever since the shit hit the fan with the Delta variant. I’ve been a little more reluctant, except when it gets crowded and then I either pull out my concealed carry mask and hide my schnoz and pie hole or just leave. So now we are back to face diapers thanks to all the eejits who think the shots are not important. Its not just the MAGA hats, either. Apparently minority group members as a whole are behind the curve, perhaps due to issues having economic and historical (Tuskegee) significance. Its a bloody mess.

  6. John A Levy Says:

    I r3ceived the 2nd Pfizrer Vaccination in March.
    Due to the fact that 60 % of the people in Flathead County Montana are too stupid, ignorant, lazy, skeptical or mentally challenged, pick three of the above. I have to mask up. Due to business, I have to mingle among the masses and maskless to complete everyday life. I wish the 60 % would get ill and take that final journey to whatever afterlife they happen to subscribe to. We were so close to really closing this thing down. Then the Republican / Fascist party with the lies and half-truths and total lack of morality have convinced 35 % of their faithful that it is unnecessary to be rational. Just pisses me off that a few dumb asses can wreak so much havoc on the rest of us.

  7. SAO' Says:

    My media ban apparently has some holes in it. Forgot about newsletter’s I’m subscribed to. Oh well, I’ll make an exception for Zeynep, she’s the best:

  8. khal spencer Says:

    So Katie got busted?

    • carl duellman Says:

      kind of a bummer but yeah.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Laura Weislo at Cyclingnews has some thoughts, too.

      • SAO' Says:

        At this point, I don’t waste any brain cells worrying about who’s telling the truth. But speaking as a consumer and omnivore, it’s kinda obvious that when you put a package of Red Bird chicken breasts next to a pack of Frank Perdue’s, those Perdue birds are either hitting the gym or they’re pecking at feed that’s a little more potent than orange juice, to paraphrase my least favorite Ferrari.

    • DownhillBill Says:

      I was gullible enough to believe in you-know-who until I heard about the blood testing machine on the team bus. Duh. My bad.
      I met Floyd one time. At least he had the grace to look guilty and haunted.

      My remaining illusions evaporated when I read that Eddy was quoted as saying “The Tour de France is not won on coffee and sandwiches.”

      That said, I did (casually) follow Le Beeg Show this year, and after the last year of The Plague and American “politics”, it was again enjoyable, if not in quite the same way. Would have been better, naturally, with our heroes live-blogging, but I can hardly blame them for opting for sanity instead.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I have to thank Greg LeMond for getting me interested in bike racing. Without bike racing I might have been stuck in newspapering until the bitter end.

        Got to meet some interesting athletes, too. Folks like Andy Hampsten, Ned Overend, Alison Dunlap, Tim Johnson, Michael Creed, Danny Pate, and yes, Katie Compton. Even Eddy and Ol’ Whatsisface. Lots of lesser lights, too.

        But in my dotage, I’m pretty much back where I started with sports, as a kid. I’d rather participate than watch.

        • Shawn Says:

          I was already shopping parts for an old steel rig (a new alloy crankset, yeah!) and wanting to pedal faster when I got to see Greg at the ’81 Coors Classic teaming up against the Russians. It took me a couple more years and a generous family friend to allow me to pick up a reasonably nice Italian road machine. I still sure like riding my bikes.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          I got to see a few stages of the 1985-86 Coors — Morgul-Bismarck, Tivoli crit, etc. Watching the big boys work The Wall was quite a humbling memory when I tried climbing it myself some years later.

          You can think you’re fast until you see a bunch of hardmen big-ringing it up that sumbitch and then have your hair blown back as they pass at what (for them, anyway) is a conversational pace.

  9. Dale Says:

    Off topic, but for a few hours DC has been involved with a potentional bomber near the Capital, Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court.
    They are negotiating with him now. If he has a bomb, he may also have a dead-man switch. His truck apparently has no plates, but he is dumb enough to not realize that Congress is out of session.

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