Survey Says…..

A thing happened in my city this weekend.
I was not involved.
I remained in my home away from people.
All people.
My only contact with the outside world was via texting with friends and mom.
T was here-he was my in person contact.
I am not overreacting.
I am following a health order put in place by my gov’t to help curtail the massive explosion of Covid cases we are experiencing.
I am not going to rant.
I am not going to rave.
I am bloody embarrassed.😔😔😔
I am a little peeved only instead of telling you now why you must read on.
We have become a meme.
And not the good type of meme.
We have made the news.
We have made the headlines.
Not in the good way.
Saturday an Anti-Mask rally was held in Steinbach.
It began quietly enough but by Friday it was a three ring circus about to explode.🎩🎩🎩🎩
Mockery was being made.
Eyes were being rolled.👀👀
City said no one has spoken with them.
No parade permit was filed for.
Saturday a lot more people show up than I think was expected.
No counter protests.
A few drive bys but they moved along.
Yet when tickets began to be handed out people began to curse at/yell at the officers doing their work.
It has been alleged that someone even backed into one of the conservation officers handing out tickets.
Every and all government enforcement agencies have been called in to help as there are not enough officers to go around.
We are currently in a critical zone.
All of Manitoba.
In my little corner of the world we are on fire.🔥🔥🔥
Our hospital is overrun.
There is consideration that if this is not brought under control our arena may have to be converted.
Individuals are waiting in their vehicles to be triaged/info taken because we have no room inside the hospital.
Our Front Liners are burning out.
On their feet for 11-12 hours.
Barely time to eat.
There is a Public Health Order in Effect.
Avoid going out unnecessarily.
When shopping only one family member from the household should go shopping.
It limits the size of groups meeting both indoors and out.
No more than 5 people.
On Saturday crowd size varies from 100 to a few 100 to over 500.
Depends on who you are.
Depends on what you read.
What is true is there were over 5 people.
Many of whom were not masked nor were they practicing social distancing.
Fast forward to Sunday.
Backlash begins to makes its rounds.
Called out by the Premier.
Called out by the top Doc.
Called out by everyone.
Fines to be mailed out.
Yes that too is part of the Public Health Order.
Individuals found to be in breach can be fined $1296.
That right there is a whole lot of money for a whole lot of…..
I will be nice because everyone has a right to protest.
Everyone has a right to live their lives the way that they want to.
Everyone can do whatever they want.
Within the guidelines not only of what is laid out by law but by how one’s moral compass swings.
Not everyone is able to wear a mask.
Due to medical reasons.
Which is none of our business.
What is our business is our awareness that there are those who have a condition that requires them to forfeit the protection masks afford the rest of us.
By choosing to ignore this fact/rant that your freedoms and rights are being taken/striped away…..
Tells me a lot about the person you are.
Next up disavowal of rally.
Was not anyone from the city involved.
All out of towners coming here to stir up trouble.
Not the heart of our community.
Not the reality of our city.
But it is.
There are people who feel this way right here in the midst of our city.
You cannot go from being quiet and passive to aggressively stating that no one from here was involved in any way.
Suck it up.
I am.
It sucks.
Being the latest meme.
The one that says look at these idiots.
Who allowed them out on the playground?
But I am not blind.
There are pictures.
And I am not stupid.
I mean really do you think we are stupid????🤣🤣
I took and still do take offense to the point of fingers.
To the scapegoating.
Who cares where these people came from?
Come they did.
Protest they did.
Not really peacefully but they were here.
If there had really been a problem with them putting it on it would have been broken up immediately.
By Public Health Order.
But it was allowed to continue.
As was their right.
I think that the only reason that there is now a push is that we are front and center in the mockery ring and some are feeling the scorch of flames at their feet.
Have a terrific Tuesday all.
It is going to be another slow day at work I am hoping as customers continue for the most part to continue the public health orders.
But that is okay there is always something for me to do.
©Nov. 17/20
Meme was forwarded to me by a friend.

Mean Ol’ Jay

This may come as a surprise to some but I am not always a nice person.
Yes I will wait for you to recover from your fainting spell/loss of breath/falling to the settee melodrama but there you have it.
A character flaw and one that I work on daily.
But there are times when mean grouchy old lady Jay comes out.
You know who I mean…..
Every last one of you know what I mean.
That old say it like it is pull no punches because I am old damn it who resides in all of us.
That person.
Well she is alive and well residing in the dark recesses of my mind and coming out when I am annoyed.
Delighting in situations where maybe I should be a little more caring.
A little more understanding shall we say?
But I am not.
In my head I am judging and saying things that thank goodness are not coming out of my mouth.
This week has been a trying for me.
We are in Code Orange restricted level.
Masks are mandatory inside all public places.
Unless you have a medical condition.
A medical condition.
We have young adults walking into the store unmasked and saying exempt.
Exempt from what?
Being a considerate and caring member of society?
****Since writing this this morning it has been announced that our Southern Health region will be moving into Code Red. As the cases continue to rise.****
School is now going for the short term-two weeks is our first test-with some students at home accessing the Emergency Remote Learning that has been set up.
Those who are going in-school such as T will now be going every other day.
A or B who knows until the email flows. (Sorry it sorta fell out of the fingers)
So now I have to trust that T is going to do his work.
Will also have to check said work on the days that he is home when I get home from work.
Have I mentioned lately how if I get a cold that it always settles in my lungs.
As it does with T.
So I am all good with wearing a mask.
Which again is mandatory in all indoor public places.
Unless you have a medical condition.
One of my regular couples comes through and the wife goes on a tirade about the masks.
How she hates them.
Wants to rip them off her face.
She is tired of Covid and cannot wait for it to be gone.
For life to get back to normal.
I adore this couple.
They are favorites of mine.
I had to bite my tongue hard as she was going on and on.
In my head I was saying:
Better than the alternative. 
You know?
The one where you are dead.
I need my job and well I am an adult now and you cannot say things like this.
Out loud.
To their face.
I also discovered yesterday that in fact wearing a mask indoors in a public place is in fact not mandatory despite what the government has put out there.
That is right folks all this time I was mislead into believing that I should listen to the Public Health Authorities….
that they might have some better sense of what is going on with this virus then I do…..
nope masks are a choice.
If one does not choose to wear one one does not have to.
Despite what the government says.
Despite the fact that Manitoba is now at the top of the list for infections.
That is right the province that was lauded for its quick response and containment has now fallen to the bottom of the Covid heap pile.
And we are not talking about a fall in the right direction.
So yes it is a choice.
Do not want to wear one.
It’s okay what is the worse that can happen?
Now you might wonder where snarly old Jay is going with the above sarcasm.
How she might have discovered this astonishing fact of not having to follow a public health mandate.
Without having a medical condition.
Putting through a regular customer and chatting away.
She is hefting around two cases of 1kg bags of sugar.
16 bags in total.
Chatting away and asking her if she found everything alright.
Which is when I was informed that she had not appreciated another customer following her around the store calling her out for not wearing a mask.
That it was HER CHOICE if she did not want to wear a mask.
Yep you read that right.
Her choice.
Despite the government mandate.
Granted we can not force people to wear masks but you would think common decency would prevail.
Our cases are rising daily.
Our death count is rising daily.
Our ICU’s are nearing full capacity.
And we still have adults acting like petulant children.
Put on the mask.
Cut down on outside contact from the home.
Cut down on unnecessary trips outside the home.
But no.
Where I live the common theme is ‘I am protected by God. I am a good Christian living a good life. I will not get it.’
Now that I have offended about half my readers today maybe more grumpy old lady Jay is the one ranting and raving right now.
And she could care less because she wants this Jay-
the 48 year old Jay typing this-
to be around to become a crotchety old lady wearing her nightie in the middle of the street with a cardigan hollering for her 12 cats to come home-
and this Jay-
well I am hoping I will not be wearing tattered nighties and cardigans in the middle of the street bellowing for my 12 cats when I am old crotchety Jay.
I have ranted.
I have raved.
I have blasphemed.
What I am not is sorry.
I wear a mask for 7.5 hours straight in a day.
T wears one for call it 5.5 hours straight in a day.
You are shopping for what maybe .5 of an hour.
Put on your mask.
Unless you have a medical condition.
Which I completely understand.
But do not make a mockery of a serious illness which necessitates this individual putting their life at risk because of your desire to choose not to believe…..
©Nov. 6/20
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