[207] Unmasked

This whole pandemic bullshit began over a year ago. We went from fear to panic shopping to lockdowns and mask mandates. Along came vaccines, and things are slowly getting back to a sense of normalcy. California amusement parks are reopening (even though Disneyland was closed for over a year, I don’t think they’re hurting at all), sports events are resuming with fans, many restaurants are open and running at full capacity, and some places are allowing the ditching of masks.

I live in Utah, and there was a mask mandate from November until April. Masks were required everywhere, even though many people here adamantly refused to ever wear a mask. Once the mandate was lifted, individual businesses were left to their own choice of mask or not. As far as I can tell, most businesses are requiring their employees to don their masks, as well as customers who haven’t been vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people, per CDC advice, do not need a mask anywhere, except in the most crowded places, like mass transit and nursing homes. Some stores still won’t let anyone in without a mask, but places like Costco and Walmart have said that those who are vaccinated may shop maskless. This is very welcome news for me, as I received my second vaccine dose last month. It’s been wonderful to be able to enter Walmart without the damned mask. Now, if only Cracker Barrel would do away with that stupid requirement…

As I said, I went and got my coronavirus vaccine, mainly because it didn’t cost me anything out-of-pocket. Yes, I am a cheap bastard🤭. Many people have claimed that this whole thing about masks and vaccines have something to do with the return of Jesus and the “mark of the beast”. First of all, I don’t buy into this malarkey. There’s no way anyone can prove these things. Even the Mormon Church, which many locally belong to, has recommended that its followers get vaccinated and follow elected officials’ advice. Besides, don’t the scriptures say that no one knows when Christ will return? And as for the “beastie mark”, no one knows if that’s even a thing or what it would be.

I don’t get these people who have the “my way or the highway” mindset. If you don’t want to wear a mask, or if you think everyone should always wear them, do your thing, just don’t tell me which way to think. It’s like the incredibly stupid customer at work the other night. They demanded to speak to a manager because their server was gay and didn’t like his voice🤨. Um, if he’s gay, that’s his choice. Also, not to sound stereotypical or mean, but many gay guys talk a certain way, with that higher-pitched voice. Just fucking deal with it for a little bit, then move on with your life. Can’t you see we’re extremely busy? I don’t have time to sit here and listen to your moronic bullshit, Karen and Susan. I’m not the one who talked to the scheißekopf, but I heard about it from the manager who did. I asked because I thought it had to do with a different customer who had an issue with their hamburger steak.

Mask or no mask, vaccine or no vaccine, there will always be someone who wants to argue and defend their opinion, as if it were the only one that mattered. Let me tell you something, buddy. Opinions are like assholes: everyone has one, and they all stink!

In closing, I leave you today’s selected quote:

“Everybody is wrong about everything, just about all the time.”

Chuck Klosterman

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