The new normal?

Posing on the scarlet sofa. It is scarlet. Trust me.

WELCOME TO our living room in the Plague Year.

So, okay, we’re just having a bit of fun. We don’t wear masks inside the house … or outside either. These tissue ones I bought in a 10-pack for 20 pesos two weeks ago are next to useless. However, I have a couple of good ones en route from above the border that I purchased on Amazon, apparently just in time because now they’re unavailable.

Amazon tells me they will arrive here between May 14 and June 11, which means we can use them for the next pandemic, not this one. And there will be another because the Chinese Commies are intent on world domination by hook, crook or virus.

Note my new buzz cut, a more convenient hairdo in these troubled times. Something you cannot see is that I quit shaving about a week ago. If I keep it up, I’ll resemble a svelte Santa before this is all over. But I will not bear gifts.

My child bride did something wacko with her hair this morning. That’s a housecleaning hairstyle. She would never hit the streets looking like that, I promise.

We’ll be dining in a restaurant this afternoon, so our quarantine is half-assed.

28 thoughts on “The new normal?

    1. Señor Lanier: Of course, I’m onto the Chinamen. That’s where this began, and the last one too. One must affix blame where it rightfully belongs. Even your Bill Maher agrees with that. Some folks are now calling it the CCP Virus (Chinese Communist Party). And I may switch to that from the Kung Flu.

      We’ll be dining on sushi this afternoon, which is Japanese, not Chinese, even though all those Orientals look alike.


      1. The Chinese? The most current info that I have seen, scientifically speaking, is that the virus began from a bat. Just another zoonotic transfer from animals to humans. “Houston we have a problem.”


        1. Curtis: That’s been the official line up till the last day or so. Now, apparently, there is evidence/suspicion that it might have started in a Chinese lab nearby. Of course, that theory may have changed by mañana.


  1. I have the same hairstyle when I work around the house! I just put the pork shoulder, which is my tradition to make for Easter Sunday, into the oven. I will fix my hair, or not, later since it’s just us, my husband and me, here today.

    Happy Easter to you and your wife.


    1. Andean: Maybe the hairstyle is a Latina thing for housework. Pork shoulder sounds good. FedEx us some, please.

      Happy Easter to you too!

      Don’t know why your comment went to the moderation pile. Sorry.


  2. Those masks don’t look very functional but cute picture. I was in the bank the other day and two men entered wearing masks. We were HORRIFIED. Then they said it was a holdup and we were all relieved ! 🤭


  3. We Catholics eat meat on Easter Day since we have been on a no-meat fast for 40 days, or at least on Fridays. Anyway, that is the tradition. I remember visiting your friend Steve’s area in Mexico many moons ago and during Lent (before Easter Sunday), no meat tacos Anywhere! No meat in any restaurant. Nada, solo pescado, which is not a bad thing there because it is so fresh. Maybe things have changed there.


    1. Andean: Steve lives on the sweltering coast, unlike me. But he does have the advantage of fresh fish. I don’t think he messes with it, however. Never seen him mention it on his website. As for me, not being Catholic (or even Christian), I have the advantage of eating whatever I want whenever I want, a big advantage of being an infidel.


  4. Does the Missus sew? There are several patterns out on the inter-webs that are good. The current wisdom is they should be four layers and at least one of them be non-woven interfacing. I think the non-pleated ones fit the best. From experience in manufacturing elastic bands, around the back of the head gives the best seal around the face. Behind-the-ear elastic bands hurt after a while, and they leak around the sides. Of course, all them can be made with tie straps.


    1. Judy: She does sew, but not often. She went through a sewing phase about a decade ago, and we bought her a fancy machine. It now rests full-time in the closet. R.I.P. As for the masks, I’m just assuming that the ones I bought on Amazon will arrive sooner than they said. They often is the case. Let us pray so.


  5. If you go out for sushi, you have canceled self-quarantine. The sushi-makers and restaurant patrons are out there connecting with God knows whom every second they’re within 10 meters of you. Even if the restaurant is empty of partons when you’re there, you’re still mixing it up with what they’ve left in their wake. They are your cootie funnels from the outside world. You are deluding yourself.


  6. Bill Maher is not an idiot. He is also not a liberal wacko. He’s a smart comedian who knows what makes people laugh, and he knows how to get dollars to do that. Part of that is that he knows how to really piss people off. And, sometimes he tells the truth.

    As a matter of fact, I would make the argument that he is a “liberal” in the true sense of the term. That is, what the British still call a liberal. Not PC, not so left-wing the communist blush. What a liberal was before the PC crowd redefined it. You get the idea.

    Do not trust the Chinese government. They do not have your best interests at heart.

    Nice pics, señor. I like the hairdo. Thought maybe the wife was going for the ’60s look. Big hair.

    You are handsome people. Keep it up.


    1. Ricardo: Maher says he is a classical liberal, and he does sport some of those characteristics. He’s also got Trump Derangement Syndrome, so I fault him big-time for that. He’s also snotty, self-important and smug. Last year he said he’d favor a recession if it would damage Trump. He’s like that broken clock that’s correct twice a day. I’m not a fan except for those twice daily events.

      Yes, we are handsome folks. Thanks for noticing.


  7. The longer this situation evolves, the more criticism there will be of all leaders. Almost every leader in all hard-hit countries is being chastised for lack of foresight. They all have PR people who spend all day deciding how to minimize the political damage, and I’m sure more than a few would come up with conspiracy schemes, A.K.A. it’s someone else’s fault.

    Now, I’m sure China has not been forthright with the world about the origins and statistical data they have supplied. Also, as far as supplies of equipment and drugs to fight this virus, it’s not unreasonable to know they will always act in their own self interest. They are guilty of doing the same things the USA has done for years.

    If anyone doubts this, look up the Sedition Act in 1918. This was basically a extension of the 1917 Espionage act, but with different targeting. During the period of the Spanish Flu, it was against the law to criticize the government. That not only applied to people, but also the media.

    The conspiracy theories are now multiplying like rabbits. The more sensational the reporting gets, the less truth we will know.


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