I just went to get my regular salon for my usual grooming and the staff was all working on their N95 masks, getting them ready. I asked what that was all about and she said the city inspector came in and said that everyone needed to wear N95 who was working there. It didn't matter what the customers wore, but the staff had to wear N95 or they would fine them $500. What kind of science is behind this arbitrary law, I have yet to understand.
This business has been jerked around by the state and city. They were closed down. Then they were doing nails outside. They bought plexiglass. I was there the day before they shut everyone down again right before the holidays and this Vietnamese woman looked at me and said, "How am I supposed to survive another lockdown?"
The owner told me that customers are coming in and taking pictures when other customers are there without masks and threatening to tell the city. She said, "We just get busy--we don't see when people take their masks off right away."
What compels ANYONE to behave like this, after all these businesses have been through, when the customer taking pictures most likely have a vaccine and a mask on is frankly disturbing. This mentality of policing businesses and fellow citizens is toxic and dangerous and it appears it's infected a large percentage of the body politic.
And I fucking hate it.
Today on #WalkInsWelcome I had a great talk with comedian turned political commentator Lee Camp about his political awakening, why we should turn off all mainstream corporate media, how the Democrats are not really a left-wing party, and so much more.
I totally forgot to post this here yesterday! I was laughing too hard at the Martha's Vineyard stuff. Nimesh is hilarious and his special on youtube "Thank You, China" is great. He's not holding back.
I spoke to Greg Lukianoff for #WalkInsWelcome about how deeply messed up it is to tell people they're more fragile than they are, how the victimhood mentality is undermining cognitive behavioral therapy, and how he wishes business wasn't booming at FIRE.
Maybe we should just focus on TV show reviews.
Grandpa's letter home after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Maggie is back! Also: The "No Complaining" challenge.
This week's question: How do people (new parents in particular) manage, deal with, or get over their fears?
Some of you have been asking if we have a list of our promo codes for all the Dumpster Fire & Walk-Ins Welcome sponsors. We made a list and you can find it here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11ErjcLnuDxjb4FibbeY3yh97UOUyfeqr5xz6zKV57mw/edit?usp=sharing
We'll do our best to keep it updated.
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