Rather than post this on Facebook, I decided to make it an entry in my blog. A couple of mornings ago I was standing in line at a small local market — which is a liquor store (thank God I’m 7 years sober). Two hispanic gentlemen walked in and neither one was wearing a mask. Needless to say it had me feeling some kinda way. When they approached the line carrying their 211 beer laughing and speaking Spanish I asked them why they weren’t wearing a mask. The taller one immediately retrieved a mask from his coat pocket and put it on; however, the shorter one responded in a nasty tone, asking me if was going to buy him one. He continued speaking Spanish to his friend, and I felt the anger building up in me.
In that it was 8:30am I realized that they were both drunk and had probably been drinking all night. An older white lady who I always see there whispered to me that to engage any further in a conversation with them wasn’t worth it. Reluctantly I stayed in reserve mode as I listened to the short one continue to speak on the subject in Spanish. Even though I don’t speak Spanish, I knew he was talking shit. I wanted to bust him in his fucking mouth, but that would have just escalated into a situation I didn’t need. After purchasing my things I sat in my car scratching on one of the scratchers I had just purchase. When they exited the store, neither one of them made eye-contact with me, which was a good thing.
In this day and age you have to be careful. You never know if someone is carrying a gun. This whole situation with mask defiance just irks the hell out of me — especially when the Corona Virus is spreading like wildfires globally — especially in the USA. If this whole pandemic has taught me anything it has taught me that we live amongst so many selfish, irrational people. I have no empathy left for them; however, I do feel for the innocent people that will be subjected to them when they return to their homes.
This Pandemic has taken so many lives. It is disheartening. I will say this though, the environment is finally getting a chance to heal because millions of commuters have had to halt their daily routines, polluting the air. I also like the fact that parents are getting an overdue opportunity to spend time with their families. I feel for the businesses suffering as well — especially with the high unemployment. I know that from an economic standpoint things are getting pretty serious, but I still believe in my heart that this is just one great big reset for humanity.
What will we learn from it?