In my hometown supposedly some eating establishments have been given permission to open back up, albeit under Covid-19 guidelines, I guess.
Well that’s fine, but I need a haircut. I mean I can cook at home and fast food is available. But from what I read, haircutters are not back in business.
I’ve had to resort to cutting my own hair. I don’t really give myself a full-blown haircut. I just trim. The back is especially hard to do. I kind of adjust myself toward the medicine cabinet mirror to my right and then try to see the back of my head by looking in that mirror which reflects the mirror above the wash basin. I have also tried to use the camerea on my phone as a mirror, standing with my back to the basin and holding the camera in a position where it sees the reflection of the back of my head. I think once I even held electric clippers in the other hand. I use both the electric barber clippers and scissors.
We bought the barber clipper set when my wife was still alive. She cut my hair a few times. I think I quit using her as the barber when one time she said: “whoops”. I asked her what was wrong. She said: “oh nothing”.
I think my regular barber spotted the bald spot in the back of my head. I fessed up, with a little guilt, to straying away from his services for a time.
But the barber I used was one town away. Went there for years. However, I began going to one of those haircutting salons closer by. Found one woman operator who does a heck of a good job. I began making appointments with her. But that place has been closed for the last couple months or however long this pandemic shut-down has been on.
And as I have written in this space several times now, while so many have to stay at home and away from their jobs (some are able to work from home), my work as an over-the-road truck driver has continued the same. Yeah I wear a face covering sometimes and the sit-down eating places (which were already fast disappearing) are not open and there are some other restrictions, but the work out here goes on, almost as if nothing happened (traffic is lighter).
Now, unlike the president, I have respect for doctors and scientists (he sometimes says he does but he does not respect anyone), but like the president I think America has to get back to work.
It seems to me the key must be to take the necessary precautions — social distancing, face masks, stepped-up hygiene, retrofitting some things in workplaces to help in all of this — and at the same time go back to work.
I think there has to be strong guidance in this on the federal level. I am not convinced that this can or should be simply done on a state-by-state basis, although I am for individual states having some leeway. But even states have problems when some of their own counties or other sub jurisdictions want to desregard regulations from higher up.
This is a matter of national and world health. The Corona virus knows no local or national or world boundaries or geography. Our modern world is so interconnected, thanks primarily to jet travel, that there has to be strong cooperation in fighting the virus.
And the world economies are inter-tied, and despite talk or any movements to go back to more of a nationalistic approach to economies, that world economic connection is something that is so established it would be hard to impossible to break. And the last time we all tried to go nationalistic we had the Great Depression, followed by a world war.
I’m not going to blame President Trump for the predicament we are in, at least not altogether, but he does a great disservice to us all when he undercuts medical professionals by questoning their judgment in public. He has every right to disagree and should question them (at least where there are rational disagreements) but it would be better to work all that out in private. Instead Trump is breeding disrespect for anyone who disagrees with him.
In turn there are folks out there who seem to take his lead and think that if a law or regulation is not convenient for them then they have the right to disregard it.
I do blame Trump for fostering an atmosphere in which people shoot and kill or injure poor store employees only trying to do their job, and protect others and themselve, by asking people to wear face masks or social distance. Anyone who engages in such outrageous behavior as those who hurt people trying to do their job is nothing more than a thug. People who holler about constitutional rights probably can’t cite anything in the real document or they might mis-cite it. We all do have individual rights, but as the old addage and court rulings hold, you have a right to free speech but not to holler fire in a crowded theater (well at least when there is no fire). In other words we all have rights but they can be restricted when they interfere with the rights of others — such as keeping healthy.
But we do need to get back to work as a nation.
And I need a haircut.
Some other nations have not completely shut down their economies and have done rather well. And why does no one talk about the Taiwan example? They began taking precautions early and did not shut down their economy and have managed to pull through rather well I am informed. Don’t know the full story on that, though. But for some reason the U.S. backed away from even recognizing our once ally because of pressure from China, which claims it, but has not taken it over.