Posted On: Monday - October 4th 2021 5:18PM MST
In Topics:   Music  Liberty/Libertarianism  Big-Biz Stupidity  Kung Flu Stupidity
It did happen to be a Monday when I was down in the panhandle of Florida, now that I think about it. As soon as I got out of the Ft. Walton Beach Valparaiso (KECP) airport terminal, I don't recall seeing ANY people wearing the face diapers outside, at the gas station, or at the hotel, and especially not while driving their cars. This was a real nice touch of normalcy.
The only place I remember any noticeable face diapering was at the hospital as I visited a friend. That looked ALMOST normal too, and I think that practice may be in existence for a LONG time to come. All it takes is "one person getting infected and ruining it for the rest of us!" Yeah, like hospital air is the cleanest around anyway - far from it - where do most people die, in fact? Yeah, you got it, at the hospital! As with "and boy are my arms tired", that and the original doctor joke never get old.*
Hey, and I stayed there on Tuesday too, so it's not just Maskless Monday out there in the Florida Panhandle part of DeSantis country. How about New York? Will they have Maskless Mondays to complement Casual Fridays? #SoMuchFreedom, you'll get tired of having #SoMuchFreedom!
Next, I will put in this anecdote from a family member in another State. He has worked at the medium sized company for many years. Because the founder/CEO was no MBA (Master Bullshit Artist), but an expert in the same field as my family member, he has been a good CEO from my FM's perspective. That has been the case for a long time.
The Kung Flu PanicFest has changed all that. I realize that the man probably has the pressure of government, Big Biz customers, and who knows who else, to push the COVID experimental vaccines. He's hardcore on it, though. My FM was sent home back in late March or early April of '20. His job was one that could be readily done from home. He was not happy at first with having to do so, just due to that change in environment. However, he got used to it after a time.
Now EVERYONE must get vaxxed, even those who are working completely from home! Even the occasional meetings, which my FM thought were a waste of time anyway, can be "attended" via zoom. Well, it's nice to not be one of those paycheck-to-paycheck-existing Americans, so the FM decided, OK, I'll take the latest retirement package, see ya!
The FM's immediate boss was miffed by this development and really, really didn't want this work to end up being done incompetently by some POS (People Of the Subcontinent?). The way out was a religious exemption, which was really no farce at all. The company came through at the last minute - OK about 4 hours from the retirement acceptance deadline.
Here's the latest thing he told me about it. The end of October is the Drop Dead date ... well, I mean it could be if you and the vaccine don't get along... shouldn't use that term, I suppose... Anyway, anyone who hasn't gotten a medical or religious exemption from the jab by then will be fired. They will also get ZERO severance pay.
OK, I'm no lawyer, so I don't know if there'll be some legal recourse on that one, but my FM's point in telling me this was to note that this CEO is being just plain mean and vindictive with that. If he's a real Believer, I can see him wanting for his employees to be "clean" in some way. No, the vaxxed still spread the same germs, maybe more of them even, and, well, my family member can't spread it though the internet - even Dr. Fauci hasn't mentioned that one yet - but, yeah, they can all feel better ... or GTFO. However, what would the severance pay have to do with it? Is it a further threat to get people to take the jab, or is it about just being a mean asshole? My FM says the latter, and that's a shame how the guy's flipped like this.
Finally, as to stick with the title theme and the 1st segment, we could embed The Bangles Manic Monday here, as that is probably what is (hopefully not) in the readers' heads at the moment. It is just not one of my favorite Bangles songs. I was about to tell you all that Our Lips Are Sealed was, and point you to this post, yet another previous Kung Flu post on the face masks. No, but that was another 1980s girl band - The Go-Go's. They all blend together after a while. Here is my favorite song from The Bangles.
Walk Like an Egyptian was a #1 hit song from the band's 1986 album Different Light, the same album that had Manic Monday. It is not as strong a tune as that Go-Go's song, but it's pretty catchy and has a decent bass line. Three different band members sang lead on the 3 verses, Vicki Peterson, Michael Steele, and Susanna Hoffs, on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively.
Susanna Hoffs – lead and harmony vocals, rhythm guitar.
Debbi Peterson – drums, percussion backing and lead vocals, acoustic guitar.
Vicki Peterson – lead guitar, backing and lead vocals.
Michael Steele** - bass guitar, backing and lead vocals, acoustic guitar.
The 1980s were pretty fun compared to now, I don't care who ya' are, or were**...
* What? Never heard it? C'mon, man!
The patient moves his arm 45 degrees at the elbow joint and says "Doc, it hurts when I do this."
Doc: "Don't do that."
** No, don't worry about this if you've watched the video. You're not a homo, and the bassist during The Bangles' heyday was formerly known as Susan Thomas, who chose a stage name of Micki Steele when she started playing in the band The Runaways. I don't know when or why it got changed to Michael, but she is still a she... as of publish date.