Posted On: Wednesday - October 7th 2020 7:20PM MST
In Topics:   Healthcare Stupidity  Peak Stupidity Roadshow
No, this post is not about President Trump, though we will discuss the COVID news about him tomorrow. It's not about the disease itself. Part of this post is something commenter Ganderson reminded me that I was going to write about from over a week back, and the other part is from this week.
Do you want the good news first? Nah, you'd rather hear the bad first, right? I'm the same way. No, no, no, this isn't a doctor joke either, dammit, but I've got some.
My 9 y/o and I played 12 "holes" of frisbee golf, excuse me "disk golf", so sorry, professionals. There are the professional-style
Were they marking something? I didn't want to mess up something, so I asked. "No" is what I got out of this reticent pair. I think that's what the woman said. We started tossing the disks their way, and it took a couple of throws each. Well, now the disks were 20 ft from them, and I just made sure "you wanted them back, right?" The guy was just silent. "DO YOU WANT THESE?", I tried, really slowly. (Maybe the guy was deaf.) He finally just said he'd rather we left the disks alone. Whaaaa? I didn't even think of the Kung Flu germ worries. I thought all that contact contagion bit was behind us.
That's what it was though. This guy, no more than 30 y/o, was scared to death of germs on his frisbee!! Perhaps he'd have been safer staying at the house on this beautiful day. I made some remark about "we can get wipes out of the car ... ", as if I were his Mama. Actually, there were no wipes in this car, just insurance, registration and change for parking meters. I wish he'd just said "keep 'em!". I really want to use some better equipment some time, seeing as I averaged only 6 throws per basket and my kid about 11 1/2.
I wish I hadn't bothered trying to help, though. People do have the right to be left alone with their, if you asked me, it's stupidity.
That was the bad news, people still being freaked out. A road trip had the good news.
Mr. Ganderson mentioned a gas station along the way on his roadtrip from MSP airport up into Minnesota on the way to Nisswa, in a town called Royalton. I'd never heard of EITHER, and man, I've been everywhere in this here land! Well, Nisswa is a little ways north northwest of Brainerd, dontcha' know, while Royalton is 75 miles along the trip from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport.
I was on a road trip myself, a kind of stressful one, having run a few minutes late on the way to something important in a far away part of the State. Everything ended up fine, so I was relaxed on the way home and stopped to gas up, pee, and get some snacks for the rest of the trip back. This little gas station had 2 friendly women behind the counter. I didn't bother with a mask, and they didn't either*. I wondered, from also observing in the town I'd visited earlier, whether this part of the State was more relaxed about this stuff. It seemed like that.
I remarked about the masks and we all were in agreement about the stupidity going on. I did need to use the bathroom, but his little place had no bathroom at all. I've never seen that before. "OK, I'll guess I'll use the one in the back then." They knew what I meant, and we discussed the best spot. This was at a fork in the road with quite a bit of traffic, so I had to go back into the trees some. This was urgent, come to think of it, so I came back in for the snacks afterwards. "See, now you two can't do that." They smiled, rather than getting offended. Come to think of it, what the heck do they do?
That stop really brightened up the road trip.
* There was an inch and a half of plexiglas keeping out the Kung Flu germies (not a bad section of town from what I could see, but most places seem to have this now). If it can stop your average bullet, well that ought to do the trick on COVID-19. There is that airspace at the bottom, and the girls had stocking duties too. I guess the manager just had some common sense.