# Face Panties

23 thoughts on “# Face Panties”

  1. Big difference is that when I rode my motorcycle without my helmet I was truly only endangering myself. Without a mask I’m endangering others. Those who want to live with no limits should take off into the wild. Don’t take advantage of the benefits of society if you aren’t willing to make the simplest concession to the the social contract.

  2. “There’s a particular strain of culture that sees any form of protective equipment as a sign of weakness and submission.”

    Except that unless it is an N95, it isn’t protecting you. It is protecting others from you, by preventing you from expelling droplets that might have the virus.

    So perhaps macho non-mask wearers should be called “germ shotguns.”

  3. The trick is to keep your helmet handy, and put it on right before you wreck. That way you get both badass cred on the crotch-rocket, AND protect your brain/marketable skills.

    It’s probably the same with masks, just put it on when you have a virus particle headed toward you. Wearing or not wearing a mask is turning into a “statement” of sorts that tells what tribe you’re in (the Organic Prepper blog says it better than I can: “If you don’t wear a mask, you’re seen as a callous brute who doesn’t care whether you spread your germs and kill grandma. If you do wear a mask, you’re seen as a quivering sheep, someone who has been willingly muted by the government.”) I do wear a mask when I go out in public, out of an abundance of caution. But people will project what they think the reason is for wearing or not wearing.

    When I was a kid, construction workers and the like were too proud to wear PPE (real men don’t wear hardhats or silly bright-yellow vests!) Now, every worker I see is following the rules – vest, goggles, earplugs, and now masks too – at least when a supervisor is around. Partly it’s a condition of your employment, and it’s probably a generational change too. We like to mitigate risks to zero on the job, now. A wealthy nation can afford those extra precautions, and the admin and overhead that it adds (and the costs, which are significant.) We’ll see how it plays out over the next decades. When I was in Hong Kong a few years ago to visit suppliers, some of those businesses were as safe and clean as anything you would find in Germany or the US. The further inland you went tho, life got notably cheaper – dirt floors in a foundry with molten metal, people getting burns and injuries. Putting up with those risks was the condition of their employment. It was like that in the US a few short generations ago, too.

  4. Great description. My parents were visiting recently, and saw my face mask lying crumpled on the counter and they thought it was some chick’s panties.

  5. There’s a conundrum regarding the “the public” & “the private.” Most Americans spend about zero time in truly public places. The typical person goes from their own garage, in a car, to the parking lot of their private employer or a private enterprise, with no time in between spent in plazas or any sort of traditional public place. What is “in public” in the context of a suburban nation?

    The remaining public dredges tend to be empty, devalued “greenspaces” with no one in sight.

  6. Part of the resistance to masks IMO is because of the conflicting advice from “experts” about the effectiveness of masks. In early March, the head nurse at the small college where I work advised administrators that guidelines at that time said masks were not helpful. Then in April experts said masks stop sick persons’ germs even though they don’t keep you from getting sick (which doesn’t make much sense to me but I am not in the medical field). Then it was everyone must wear masks for the good of the community! My compromise: I am 64 and wear a mask in public places where I cannot easily socially distance like the grocery store. And, just for the record, lots of people in my town of 10000 in western Oklahoma wear masks at the store.

  7. Thanks, Johnny, for this post. Lots of cultural differences out there. In Switzerland–one of the covid hot spots in Europe and shut down like a drum until it started reopening in stages last month–what I’m seeing when I’m out and about on the tram / in the grocery store / in shops is that very, very, very few people here are wearing masks. Maybe one out of 30, and that one is more likely than not an elderly person. In the hospitals of course all staff wear their mask. (Not everyone here wears a helmet while biking, either.)

    1. I love Switzerland. Especially Zurich. I had a romance there in my youth so many fond memories. I like making new fake German words. Does this one qualify? Do you have a better version? Gesichthöschen.

      1. Not fake — that is a fully legit way to make new words. Unlike English, in West Germanic languages if we make a compound like this we don’t tend to put a space between the two parts.

  8. Situational. I’d rather NOT, but….If masks become a standard indoors, on trains and planes, etc.? fine by me. Walking from the suburban parking lot to a store entrance, or just walking around in general —-forget it. Exceptions maybe for places like Times Square, I suppose.

    Bike…or in my case bicycle……. helmets….also situational. Again, I’d rather NOT. There’s a 15 mile circuit I often ride…..but 75% of it is segregated bike PATH, (not just bike LANE), and the balance is quiet residential 25 mph streets. So in that case I do not. (I’m not worried about falling off…..I’m not a spaz. )…LOL…….On busier roads I DO generally wear a helmet, however.

  9. I am an American who has lived in Hong Kong for the past few years. As much as I would like to be judgmental about Americans and masks, I have to admit that I went through the same process of resistance to masks from the time that I moved here to now.

    But I’m from New York, a dense international hub of eight million people that saw >16,000 deaths from COVID-19 and right now I live in an even more international hub of seven million people that has recorded only four deaths. I don’t know how much of that is because of masks, but masks are certainly part of it (along with constant disinfecting and wide-scale screening, central quarantining and contract tracing.)

    Also, it’s not like Hong Kongers just wear masks because of some conformist stereotype about Asian people. Hong Kong and much of the region experienced SARS and other epidemics and adopted the protocols to protect against spreading infections. You live and you learn. Or you don’t learn. Being an individual should not preclude you from adapting your behavior to the present circumstances. In fact, that should probably be one of the perks.

    Always enjoy your posts, Johnny.

  10. I was in Southwest Florida last week looking at an annual Condo rental. We were both wearing masks and the realtor shows up at the condo with no mask and then asks if we want her to wear a mask.

    I told her “Yes. My friend has a nice house, a wife, a dog and a boat so he has a lot to live for.”

    Her reply was that it was so “hot and humid”, but since she wanted the commission she donned the mask

  11. Trying to comprehend the resistance to face masks from my home in Maryland, I have to assume that face masks are much less comfortable along the Gulf Coast, with its heat and humidity, than they are here, or up in New England. Everybody should be doing a conscious risk calculus based on the infection rate in their region, the amount of mixing in the local population (that is, density x mobility), the cost and availability of masks, etc.

    Personally, I’m a man, in my 60s, who’s proud to have purchased some fuzzy flannel before the lock-down froze us out of stores, and sewed matching face mask and scarf combos. Scarf? My hunch is that a warm neck is a less likely to let an upper respiratory infection become a lower respiratory infection than a cold neck is. (I sewed masks for my wife and sons, too.)

    My respect for Official Medical Advice dropped a massive amount between “don’t wear a mask (unless you’re a health care worker)” to “everybody wear a mask”. I think they got it right in the end, but the flip-flop set a precedent. HCQ? Remdesivir? Ventilator-assisted breathing? Fatality rate (0.4, or 0.04)?

    1. In many places the underlying reason for that shift in attitude was a general shortage of masks.

      It was almost impossible to import masks in March. So with a limited supply we’re better off with the available masks used in hospitals and residential care homes.

      We may get similar flip-flops regarding fatality rate. Nobody knows for sure how many infections there actually are. Places with a lack of testing capacity where only severe cases are tested may be too low by an order of magnitude. The difference between 0.5% and 5% may be just an artefact of low detection rate.

      This being a brand new virus, it will take a while until we figure out these numbers.

  12. Speak for yourself. I’m a rootin’ tootin’ cowboy and oil driller fire fighter who also sky dives, wrestles bears and fights in MMA, when I ain’t skinnin’ rattlers!

    1. ………..alive? LOL………Reminds me of…..

      Hedley Lamarr: “Qualifications?”
      Black Bart: “Stampeding cattle.”
      Hedley: “That’s not much of a crime….”
      Bart: “Through the Vatican?”

      1. It’s sad to think about how far we’ve regressed .. If Mel Brooks were to make Blazing Saddles today, he’d be pilloried .. with the phony sjw idpolers eating him alive on CNN! He’d be an outlaw… face panties aside. Many folks have totally lost their sense of the Humors.

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