It’s been over a month since my last report and little has changed. Work is about the same with staffing still hovering around 90%.
The only major change is that last week our governor signed an executive order mandating the wearing of masks inside stores, shops, etc. This is being legally challenged by our attorney general. Two of the governor’s previous Chinawuhanbatsoupvirus executive orders have already been shot down in court, so that’s not a good sign, for him.
I’ve been out shopping three times since the order began and participation by stores was mixed. My local Walmart was strictly enforcing it, with an employee and two unarmed guards at the front door to make sure you didn’t come in without a mask. A gun shop not far from my house was not requiring it at all. The employees were not wearing masks and it wasn’t even mentioned the entire time I was there. The convenience store I frequent most had signs up saying “Masks must be worn inside,” but they didn’t seem to be enforcing it. I sat in my car a moment while I watched several unmasked customers coming and going. I went inside myself and no one said a thing. Back in my car, I sat and watched a few minutes more and around 50% were not complying. I was happy to see that at least half my fellow citizens were (figuratively) giving our governor the middle finger and not blindly following his unlawful order.
More updates to follow.
At work things have returned to a (sort of) normal. Most of my coworkers have come back and staffing is now over 90%. The only employees that haven’t returned are a few with very serious preexisting health conditions, like heart and respiratory issues.
As for masks, I see fewer of them every day. I’m still seeing more while shopping than at work. At work about 25% are still wearing them, and the majority of those only “wear” them under their chins, or if it was possible to be more stupid looking, hanging from one ear. Apparently, showing how much you care by walking around with a useless mask is the new status symbol among the leftist lunatic fringe.
As for surprises during the Chinavirusmeltdownshitshow®, there have been very few. I was not surprised that politicians like power, and to abuse it. I was not surprised that there are law enforcement officers more than willing to violate the rights of the people they serve on the unlawful orders of their superiors. I was not surprised that most people take what they see on the news as gospel without giving it one moment of considered thought.
I was surprised that there wasn’t a larger backlash to the shutdown, and sooner. Perhaps modern Americans aren’t as freedom loving as I thought.
I guess the biggest surprise for me, though, was the number of people I personally know, people that I thought were rational, reasonable people, who turned out not to be. I guess you don’t really know someone until you see them in a crisis.
I still don’t personally know a single person that contracted the Chinawuhanbatsoupvirus, or at least knew they did.
I returned to work after taking two weeks of vacation time. The only significant change is concerning management policy on absences. From early March through May you could come in or not, management wouldn’t count it against you. Now, starting June 1, only people with preexisting health conditions can remain off, and only then with a doctor’s note.
On the streets things are opening back up. I’m seeing much more traffic, cars and pedestrian, as people try to get back to their regular lives. As for masks, I see far fewer of them, at work and on the streets. I believe many people are realizing how stupid our overreaction to this was, and how the government and media played them for fools. I would like to hope that as least some of those people won’t allow themselves to be played again.
I still don’t personally know anyone that contracted the Chinawuhanbatsoupvirus, or at least knew it.
More updates to follow.
There has been very little change at work since my last update. A few more of my coworkers are now wearing masks, about 20% of them. Masks are not required at work but company management wants everyone to sign a waiver stating that if you choose not to wear one they can’t be held responsible if you get sick.
Speaking of masks, I’m starting to see them now, discarded, in the parking lots at work and the stores I go to. I’m referring to those cheap throwaway type masks, mostly the baby blue ones and I’m seeing them everywhere. Left there by filthy, disgusting people who feel they need to wear a mask in public but discard it as they get back in their car.
Also speaking of masks, it’s been my observation that more young people are wearing them, compared to middle-aged and older people. Young people are supposed to be the ones who live recklessly and think they’ll live forever. What’s happened to them?
Although I watch very little television I am already tired of the commercials telling us we’ll get through this and what so-and-so company is doing to help in this crisis. You’re not trying to help; you just want the sheep out there to remember your company name if they ever have money again.
I have decided to take some vacation time and won’t be going in to work for the rest of May. Our governor/want-to-be dictator is slowly allowing businesses to reopen. I have a small hope that by the time I go back at least some sense of normalcy will have come back too.
More updates to follow.