I am convinced we are firmly entrenched in a political theater of the absurd with ‘masking’.
For the last 6 months or so here in Pennsylvania restaurants have been opened with reduced capacity ‘social distancing’ and disinfecting protocols. I drive up to restaurant (not wearing a mask) walk to the door, put on the mask. I’m escorted to my table, takeoff the mask, give the masked server my order, eat with friends (the protocols say we’re supposed to be a ‘household unit’ but this seems to be universally ignored),then put on mask to walk out the door.
My doctor, whom I visit every 3-5 months for a routine check-up does not wear a mask, nor does his office staff.
Last week Joe Biden told the country that it was our ‘patriotic duty’ to wear a mask, even if you are vaccinated. He is then seen visiting Jimmy Carter and his wife; he is seen entering and leaving their residence with his wife Jill, both wearing masks – then pictures surface of the Carters and Bidens sitting next to each other in the Carter residence – without masks.
Also last week the CDC issued guidelines for youth attending summer camps. Included in the guidelines was the requiring of all children to wear masks outdoors, even when playing tennis.
My niece has been living with me since her college shut down and went all virtual in March of 2020. Yesterday she and 2 of her sisters visited their mother (my sister) for Mother’s Day. My sister lives in a retirement community (the reason my niece lives with me) and the 3 of them went to visit my sister’s sister-in-law and her husband who live in the same community. Regrettably my sister is totally ‘woke’ and, because the niece who lives with me is not vaccinated (nor am I), required that everyone wear a mask during this visit – even though all of the other participants are vaccinated. For reference, the ages of those involved – 19 (the niece that lives with me), 20, 22, 65, 76 and 81.
Can anyone explain to me who is at risk? The un-vaccinated 19 year old niece, surrounded by those who are vaccinated? Are the other participants, all vaccinated, at risk? Unfortunately I don’t think my sister’s reaction in this situation is that uncommon.
My reasons for not being vaccinated would require another long post which I may or may not go into – and I’m not an anti-vaccine nut.
And one last thing, for those of you who don’t know (or remember) my demographics, I’m 78 years old –yep, I’m the Grandfather you’re going to kill if you don’t get vaccinated.