A pleasant walk, spoiled by a Covid scold
Blaska is walking down Monroe Street Wednesday 03-10-21 on the uber-progressive near westside of Madison WI. Powering through a heart-healthy, brisk walk in the clean fresh air. Cue the Young Rascals.
Maybe 10 yards ahead on the sidewalk, in the vicinity of Wingra School (read its progressive mission statement). A woman is walking her dog, leashed. She is wearing a face mask; her little dog is not. The woman turns back toward your raconteur and shrieks:
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!
YOU’RE NOT WEARING A MASK!
(Sorry for the all-CAPS, but they were necessary.) Blaska holds hands apart and remarks that walker, masked woman, and dog are out and about in God’s great outdoors. Woman begins jabbering about some “family member who …” Blaska bores easily and was not in the mood for more victimology. Dialing the volume to an 11, he barks (more all-CAPS):
GET OUT OF THE WAY!
I’M COMING THROUGH!
Whereupon woman and her little dog skittered onto the nearest lawn, still moist from the melting snow, as Blaska powered through. As he did so, woman mutters: “You don’t impress me.” (The leather motorcycle jacket patched with assorted expressions of open road Freedom may have inflamed her ire.)
Blaska is vaccinated against progressivism
As it happens, Moderna’s miracle dose #1 has been coursing through our veins these past three weeks. Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine advises that just one dose of the similar Pfizer Fauci ouchie produces “bullet-proof” immunity after four weeks. Aside from wearing a mask “for a few more weeks or months” … “There is little a vaccinated person should be discouraged from doing.”
⇒ And that mask advisory, the good doctor emphasizes, applies only “indoors.”
• So I ask you, the peanut gallery and human crash-test volunteers: Did the Squire handle the situation appropriately?
• Has this coronavirus pandemic created a new subspecies of holier-than-thou, self-righteous scolds? Or just a new opportunity for chronic virtue signalers?
• What sense of entitlement must Monroe Street woman enjoy to tell others to mask up OUTDOORS or keep their distance? So when she stops, the Squire must stop? When her little dog sh*ts, must the Squire?
We intend to submit these questions to the New York Times’s resident ethicist: Kwame Anthony Appiah. (Blaska Policy Werkes fired its ethicist.) Mr. Appiah rules on touchy feely questions like: “Should I get a Covid-19 vaccine when others need it more?”
To answer the poor over-thinking devil, Mr. Appiah thrashes about in 395 words with equivocal phrases like: “But there’s another overall desideratum …”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: consists of only seven words and no (zero) overall desiderata: You got an arm? Stick it out! You want to wear a mask outdoors? We won’t stop you. Free country. We think.