I never wear a face mask while at my desk. Make that almost never. I did this morning — Saturday, January 23, 2021 — while taking that picture. △
And I wore one I’d had at the hospital while taking a picture for “Back from the Hospital: The Masked Minnesotan Rides Again.”
But I didn’t finish the post I’d taken it for until October 5, 2020.
Taking the picture and getting it ready for posting took maybe 10 minutes, tops. Writing the post took about a month.
Partly because it’s one of those where I talk about the main topic — whatever that is — plus the science, history and occasional weirdness behind the topic. Or around it, as the case may be.
And partly because I’d been really sick. But not from COVID-19. I’d been experiencing an old-fashioned staph/strep/cellulitis infection. (October 5, 2020)
The face mask I’m wearing in today’s photo is from Sauk Centre’s Walmart. And that brings me to one of the two things I was going to talk about today.
That could mean we’re witless pawns of Big Store, mindless minions of a megalomaniacal mastermind — or folks living with a limited budget.
I think it’s the ‘limited budget’ thing.
But if the ‘Big Store’ conspiracy theory was right, I’d be a mindless minion: so what would I know?
Oddly enough, I haven’t seen the ‘Walmart will destroy us all’ response to a company offering communities stable employment and affordable products presented as a conspiracy theory. Not that I’ve seen.
Walmart as a dire threat to downtown business, yes. A fear of Walmart destroying businesses by attracting new customers into town identified as a conspiracy theory, no.
I had a few things to pick up in Walmart yesterday, was parked and in the store before I realized that I’d forgotten to bring a face mask along. Dummkopf!
Walmart has a face mask policy — which probably has its own entourage of conspiracy theories, and I’m not going to wade back into that.
Anyway, there I was. No mask. Unwilling to go home, get one and return. Which would have made sense.
Instead, I rearranged my coat into a sort of oversized neck gaiter: went to the employee tasked with watching the entrance and told her this was her chance for telling me to leave.
Instead, she handed me a face mask. The one I’m wearing in this morning’s photo.
So I thanked her, re-rearranged my coat into its normal configuration, put on the face mask and finished my errand.
I figure that free face masks explains a good fraction of the masked Walmart customers. But, since a great many have been wearing other varieties, certainly not all.
I haven’t been keeping track, but it’s been quite a few weeks now that the vast majority of folks in Walmart have been wearing face masks. Which I take as a sign that common sense eventually prevails.
Or maybe it’s proof that the Illuminati-Pixie-Walmart overlords have enslaved us all. By making us wear face masks. No, I do not think so. I really do not think so.
Moving on again.
As the category’s description says, ‘journal’ posts are “… more about me, less about (almost) everything else.”
That’s the idea, anyway.
Fast-forward to earlier this month.
The news was, as usual, full of election-themed sound and fury, topped off by their view of the January 6 U.S. Capitol incident.
Meanwhile, some dude’s Ottawa dorm room project had grown into an “underground newspaper” and was reporting that THEY POPE ARRESTED THE POPE!!! The story included the usual trimmings: sex, crime and The Vatican Suppressing The Truth.
And enough folks were taking the guff seriously to warrant a ‘lets get real’ CNA piece.
I talked about that on January 11, 2021:
- “The Pope Wasn’t Arrested (or) I’m Not Making This Up”
(January 11, 2021)
Maybe repeating the post’s clarifications is in order:
- Pope Francis wasn’t arrested
- The Vatican wasn’t blacked out
- Military officers and/or the FBI haven’t put the Pope in a secret prison
And, seriously: the Illuminati are not really a front for the Leprechaun-Pixie cabal.
There is no Leprechaun-Pixie cabal. Seriously.
Of course, if I was a mindless minion of the Leprechaun-Pixie cabal, disguised as one of the Illuminati disguised as some guy living in central Minnesota — that’s what I would say!!
Which is why I occasionally discuss conspiracy theories, but don’t consistently spend time trying to show that they’re a bit silly. I suspect that no amount of garlic and wooden stakes will stop some conspiracy theories, once they get rolling. And that’s another topic.
Anyway, I had something to say each day after that “The Pope Wasn’t Arrested…” thing.
I’ll soon have done a dozen daily posts. I think this is the eleventh.
Some of my entries, like yesterday’s, are probably far from being a normal ‘journal’ post.
But this is my journal.
I’m more likely to talk about current events in the context of natural law and ancient history — and how that affects me — than I am to perorate on the proliferation of pepperoni pizza.
Today’s started out being about yesterday’s ‘mask’ experience and now it’s here.
Tomorrow’s? I’ve no idea where that will go.
A couple more things, and I’ll be getting coffee and start (again) on the next “Faustus” post.
First, if you’re looking for more of these ‘journal’ entries : pick journal from my Categories drop-down menu in the sidebar. You’ll get the usual thing: title link, date posted and the first few dozen words.
“‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe….”
(Jabberwocky,” Lewis Carroll (1871) via Wikipedia)
- “The Winter Storm Continues, But Not Here”
(January 15, 2021)
- “Fog, Frost, Feelings: and Another Washington SNAFU”
(January 9, 2021)
- “Rereading Christopher Marlowe’s ‘Doctor Faustus’”
(January 6, 2021)
- “My Top 10 Science News Stories For 2020”
(December 29, 2020)
- “Back from the Hospital: The Masked Minnesotan Rides Again”
(October 5, 2020)