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Saturday, June 20. 2020
Why Maskachusetts? You can imagine. Masks in cars, masks walking the dog, masks walking the beaches, masks on runners and bikers. Crazy.
Well, we decided to do a stretch of the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT). Rent a bike and off you go. It is wonderful, riding through marshes salt and fresh, antique villages where you can stop for coffee, woodlands. It's the old railbed for the train from Boston to Provincetown but as of now the relatively flat route is only Wellfleet down to Dennis.
Anyway, at one road intersection I pulled to a stop behind a distinguished professor-looking guy who scolded me "Too close, too close." I said "Sorry, I did not expect you to stop." He raised his voice: "It's not a fucking joke."
By then, Mrs. BD was on the other side of the crossing with that guy's wife, who put her arm over her face and yelled at her "Corona, Corona!" Yelled like a crazy lady.
Mind you, Mrs. BD and I are fairly polite and refined people, but Mrs. BD had had it and responded to the lady "Finally, I have met a real Karen." We went off ahead of them to their relief.
She may not have known what a "Karen" is.
By the way, neither of that couple had a mask on.
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I complement you on your restraint. Probably beyond my limit.
We are only traveling to sane places this year. South Carolina was a blast - and completely open.
We are renting on Folly this summer and grandchildren joining from NC. But it’s really sad about the destruction in Charleston weeks ago. Police and fire just didn’t show up when called.
Democratic mayor since 1871.
On two occasions I have used, "Common decency prevents me from asking you to kiss my azz."
People suck. Present company excluded. I too commend your restraint and politeness in the face of irrational verbal abuse. What are they doing out in public if they are so seriously concerned?
We have relocated to southern seacoast Maine - one of the resort towns. Not as busy as usual but still a fair number of people out and about. Folks are carrying their masks, putting them on to enter a place as required. Few wear them while walking. Most sheepishly, and half-heartedly, put theirs on when passing someone on the sidewalk.
I keep thinking this will pass soon and am disappointed when it hasn't.
That is Massachusetts. There is a reason for the term "Massholes."
You don't know their situation. They could have just finished chemotherapy, or live with an older person that has underlying issues. Sure they are probably over-reacting from a brief outside encounter, but it doesn't hurt to be nice and give worried people some space. That's why i still wear a mask if i go into a public place like a grocery store, its not for my protection, but if it helps ease the fears of a stranger, its not that big of a burden to carry.
Yea, right. Someone who just finished chemo is out on a bike trail cussing others out for getting too close.
If they are that fragile and this virus is a threat them or their loved ones then THEY should stay away from others in public, not the other way around.
And it certainly isn't polite to swear at others.
They have as much right to be outside as you or I do. Just try to be courteous to others, the world works way better that way.
it is a bit ironic that you give this advice, given that Bird Dog and wife were much more courteous than the other couple.
>You don't know their situation. They could have just finished chemotherapy, or live with an older person that has underlying issues.
I know three of which who had cancer and survived. All three have been staying inside for the most part. Another person I know is currently going through chemo and openly goes out in public with a mask on. She has accepted the possibility that she may get COVID. None of them act like Karens.
To wear a mask to ease people's comfort is a common response that has been circulated and used towards those who either refuse to wear a mask or, in this case, have a close encounter with a real life Karen.
I have a line which I have used 3 times in the last 20 years. I save it for very special occasions. It needs a few people around and is delivered in a stern voice.
"Don't you rag on me you old bat!"
The look on their face? Priceless.
Sounds like you live in a land of Alice in Wonderland nut jobs. Here in NE Florida we are almost totally out of the mask and distance bullshit.
My favorite retort in those sort of confrontations. “Bless you, and the horse you rode in on.” Most folks find it confusing.
Karen is a description of a middle aged white woman used by the left and BLM thugs, it is nothing other than offensive.
Karen has been around longer than BLM. It's more of a highschooler's description of a woman whose hobby is stopping a good time. Or someone who has asked to speak to a manager more than twice in a lifetime.
Confession: a galpal and I were hiking at nearby Fair Hill, MD preserved land a few weeks back. A "Karen" shrieked at me from at least 15 feet away, "Where's your mayayask?" Notice the drawn out Karen pronunciation of the one syllable noun. I, 108 pounds of bleached blonde piss and vinegar, demanded, "Where's your waistline?"
That's not really funny. Every middle-aged woman is not a Karen. And when you're middle-aged you'll lose a lot of your waistline, too, no matter how fit you are.
Actually, it IS funny. And the poster didn't state that ALL middle-aged women are Karens, but she DID point out that this one was.
And she was right.
My wife, although named Karen, is not a Karen. That said, she wishes another name had been selected. :) We all have our challenges. Perhaps we could start rioting and proclaiming that "Karens matter" and get funding from major corporations and idiot donors...or not.
The name, from a first impression stand point is now unfortunately conflated on a subliminal level. I could post something satiric, sarcastic or ironic and because of my name on the post be completely taken seriously. Does she like her middle name?
I have biked that entire rail trail many times, usually with a stop at Arnolds for a frappe, any biker must keep his strength up, ha ha. Yes, that couple is typical self-righteous Mass busybody, a bigger pestilence on the Cape than the sand flies.
The current mask-everywhere rules are just unbearable, we pushed back our July Ptown and Wellfleet reservations to August in the hopes that they come to their senses after a while.
Wouldn't surprise me if we just skip the Cape this year. Lots of nice places to enjoy where the Karens aren't as thick on the ground, and where you can actually enjoy the environment.
If concerned, don't speak into people's faces and don't shout, yell or sing, which are spittle making activities.
Tonight I went to pick up some bbq, as I walked up onto the deck I had to pass right by a table with 3 people. I looked away from them as I went by, did not speak, and kept my mouth shut. Spittle-maker control.
Sorry you had to experience that. Your politeness and refinement are why you and Mrs. BD are some of my favorite online peeps. Well, the missus because of her appreciation for sunbathing on the lawn, the picture of which you have neglected to post this year.
I live in SE MA and am constantly amused by masks on people who are alone in their cars, or biking or strolling by themselves. They seem to think it's a magical talisman, but my fear is that it's simply a tribal symbol of mindless unity.
The professor and his wife are dead already, they just haven't realised it.
As for masks, my daughter the nurse tells me of an epidemic of quinsy and of pleurisy induced by the wearing of masks.
The sad truth is that we all will have to be exposed to the Rona sooner or later. Most of us will fight it off. Some of us tragically will not. All the mask wearing in the world simply delays the inevitable. If you are in a high risk group, it’s up to you to decide what risks you want to take, but don’t lecture others on how they should behave while going into populated areas without a mask yourself. Standard masks also do nothing to protect you from getting it.
They are obviously unaware that being outside carries essentially no risk of catching anything from anyone, if you just keep a normal arm’s length distance and wash hands frequently.
Outside is a big place. A very big place. Those germs have a lot of dispersing to do. Germs are everywhere and have been forever, but of all the environments one can picture for oneself, outside is the best one and it isn’t close. This is both common sense and empirically true.
If people want to live in a bubble of lies so they can re-invent the world around them as a dangerous place even while on a bike ride on a warm summer day, well, that’s on them. That’s a failure to understand what real risk looks like. What a mental prison that is ...
being outside, there is absolutely no proof of transmission. Now, coughing may be possible to get you, but those idiots you just avoid by as wide as possible. forcing us, the 98% to do stupid (karen) things in order to contain the 2% of stupid that do not know (or care). that is the progressive way.
We are now visiting various national parks and we see only a few people wearing masks (out in the sunshine and fresh air), and social distancing is almost impossible at certain memorials. I had the experience of walking out of a public toilet and having a woman (masked up, of course) practically jump out of the way as I exited. I thought to myself: "Lady, you are about to sit your naked butt on a public toilet that's been used hundreds of times in a day, and you think that mask and six feet are going to protect you?" People are irrational.
Awesome. I love the very understated New England retort from Mrs BD and the punch line that neither in the bossy couple were themselves wearing masks. I am picturing Kathrine Hepburn in the role as Mrs BD. Based on the picture of your father I would choose Gary Cooper as you.
My understanding of the unfortunate evolution of "Karen" is that initially "Becky" in her uggs was the name of choice in the black community but it wasn't as perfect in terms of resonance. Karen was a top 10 Baby Boom name but is now and has been the equivalent of Myrtle. Very dated. In 2005ish a popular comedian took the sentiment and used Karen just as social media was taking off. The rest is history.
That said, "Dick" use to be a very popular nickname that has fallen out of favor but in this particular case...
PS I think the meme is hilarious and over target. Gretchen Whitmer is queen of the Covid Karens. She has empowered and unleashed the Karenwaffe. See how fun land over target that was
No, she is well beyond the Karen look. For super-Karnens I nominate the name Gretchens. Here's an original Gretchen, Irma Ida Ilse Grese, the Hayena of Auschwitz and warden of Bergen-Belsen.