Friday JohnKu – AKA- TGIF

 

TGIF

“Where you going Little One?”
“It’s Friday. Time to enjoy a game.”
“What game?”
“Twenty questions.”

 

It is Friday once again. Hopefully, everyone is safe and well. It is becoming more difficult to stay safe and well for sure.

Today the governor approved a workaround for requiring the wearing of masks here in Texas. A county judge in San Antonio found a loophole whereby the state and local municipalities cand enforce the wearing of masks in retail establishments. It is quite simple. Retailers are now required not to let anyone in the store without a mask. As we all know, social distancing and masks are very effective in stopping the spread of Covid-19. With people jamming into bars and onto beaches the new case and hospitalizations of Covid-19 victims has skyrocketed. So far voluntary compliance has not been effective. Let’s hope the new retail requirement can make a difference. For the life of me, I don’t understand why folks take this disease so casually especially when the young are getting sick.

In other news. There has been no response from the agent community on my queries. I guess I’ll have to send follow up notes to extract a decision.

Today’s JohnKu talks about individual rights in a pandemic. I hope you have a super weekend.

Rights by John W. Howellย ยฉย 2020

Good health is a right,

Which supersedes most others . . .

Put on the damn mask.

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  1. Good points, John. I’ll stick to staying indoors mostly, for the time being.

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    1. Good idea. Thanks Keith.

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  2. I’m staying indoors, John. Hubby has to go to work, though, and I’m just waiting for him to bring the virus through the door. It was better when we were both in lockdown. Keep safe, everyone, and have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. My suggestion. Gotta treat the house as a sterile zone. Hubby in shower when he comes home, clothes in safe place before washing. He wears mask and does the hand sanitize when he leaves work. (Carry little bottle) Stay safe.

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  3. Iโ€™m with you, John. Do NOT understand why wearing a mask is a bridge too far for so many. Such a simple act that can have such a profound impact. Stay safe!

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    1. The stats say that if someone with Covid-19 and someone without Covid-19 come into contact and both are wearing a mask, there is less than a 1% chance of infection. If both are not that goes to 99% chance. Thanks, Lori

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  4. Yeah, I don’t get it either, John. I guess some people just don’t care about others. What a sad life they must live. Have a great weekend!

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    1. You as well, Jill. There are so many out there that only think of themselves. It is shocking.

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  5. Stay safe. Iโ€™m kind of surprised that so many people are fighting against the mask idea. Guess it stems from the โ€˜not my problemโ€™ mentality.

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    1. Those who thought they were less vulnerable make up the most cases now. Sad.

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      1. And rather scary. Hope it doesn’t get worse before it gets better.

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  6. Your JohnKu should be plastered on billboards across the country.

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    1. Don’t I wish. Thaks, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  7. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Our area is open and tourists are pouring in. The only folks who seem to be wearing masks are the elderly, retail/restaurant employees, and medical professionals. It certainly raises a lot of concerns.

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    1. Anyone without a mask is a threat to themselves and others. I had a delivery guy attempt to approach me with out a mask. I told him to get away. He looked at me like I was from outer space.
      “what about the package,” he said. “Drop it there. “I said. What a dufus.

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  8. Hang on to your rights, John. Good luck with the agents.

    I hope you have a good weekend.

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    1. I hope you have a good one as well, Dan. See you at the bar.

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  9. Too many took our 2nd phase of opening as a signal that life goes back to normal. The beaches and protests in one week gave us such a spike we just may now have a new lockdown.

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    1. Same here, GP.

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      1. Ar, no – that’s a shame.

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  10. I think that’s a great idea about the masks, John. It can only help.

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    1. That’s what I’m thinking. Thanks, Teri.

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  11. I am half inclined to send Tiny out to do mask enforcement. Perhaps we could do a bit on ten things not to say to Tiny when caught without one’s mask out in public. And while he is out there he can stop in on those publishers and explain polite timely responses… I guess we will find out if Tiny is fond of Promethean tasks.

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    1. He would hold up the world if there was bar-b-que involved. Thanks, John.

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  12. I agree, John, why the rush, this thing isn’t over, yet.

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    1. Not by a long shot. Thanks, Mark.

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  13. I’m sorry you’re having agent problems, John. Everything seems to cause problems these days. I had trouble getting bank checks and then was only sent one book of checks. I tried to get an agent for help with renewing my U.S. passport but, there’s been flooding in Mumbai, so haven’t heard back. Many things seem harder these days. Have a great weekend, John. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. You are right, Suzanne. Much tougher. Have a good weekend.

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  14. Good points, John, and I agree with you completely. While I have finally (after 4 months of total isolation at home) been cleared by my doctor to go out, I have restrictions (hers and my own) that include wearing a mask and only going to places that are diligent about social distancing. I won’t be gadding about very often yet, for sure, as cases are rising here in Florida at a fairly dramatic rate. The mayor of Orlando (where my husband works) is considering going back on lockdown, and as of tomorrow, wearing a mask at ALL times is required by law there. We live slightly north of Orlando, and it isn’t a requirement here, but I wish it were. I’m in a very high risk group, I do NOT want to catch this steenkin’ disease!

    Good luck with your agent queries! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yes. I am in a high risk group too. So I don’t go out unless it is necessary for exercise or doctor visits.

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  15. I for one won’t feel safe until we get a preventative (and a cure) for this thing. Every time I have to leave the house, upon my return, I sanitize my car and myself (head to toe), wash all the clothing and towels, etc. I can’t afford to bring it home. I hate masks as much (if not more!) than the next person, but if that’s what it takes to protect us and others from this virus, then masks I shall don!

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    1. It is such an esay preventative. That and social distance. Thanks, Debbie.

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  16. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Well said John! Our governor made the same declaration. I just wonder how it will be enforced. I know I will be wearing mine.

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    1. Me too Denise. That is all we can do.

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  17. No excuse for avoiding WholeFoods now then, John. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Yeah this old guy is not going near Whole Foods. Seems sad since it is so close.

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  18. Maybe it’s going to take a second and third and fourth wave before these people truly get what is happening? I dunno, Boss.

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    1. I hope not but am afraid you are right. Thanks, Marc.

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      1. I hope not either. Be safe, compadre

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  19. I completely understand your frustration, John. I don’t get it either. Nowadays, people are just lacking empathy, consideration, and love for one another. Have a happy Friday and weekend! โค

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    1. I agree, Vashti. Have a super weekend too. โค๏ธ

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      1. Enjoy your Sunday, John. โค

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  20. I dunno what it’s gonna take, John. Honestly.
    On that note, have a super fantastic Friday!

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    1. You as well, Dale. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. I totally agree, John. The retail merchants must require masks because otherwise, people won’t comply. I don’t understand it either. A friend and I were talking a couple of days ago about music venues and he thinks the Liquor Control Board should enforce the wearing of masks in bars. I thought that was a good point. Happy Friday. Stay safe and well!

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    1. Enforcement is key. Local ordinances can now be put in place requiring masks at retail. While eating or drinking no masks are okay. Thanks, Jan

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  22. I haven’t even tried to go around people. Even my work days involve private offices that are about twenty feet from each other.

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    1. I’m not going near anyone.

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  23. I’ll never understand how the idea of creating a government that respects human rights and treats its citizens equally in matters of law became a license to do as you please even if it kills other people in the community. It seems so…well. Greetings from a guy whose been in his man cave too long. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I agree Robert and it is good to see you outside the cave.

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  24. Oh Texas, bless your big dumb heart. I’m sorry, John. Stay safe. Stay home.

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  25. Wearing a mask is being enforced here, John. We have the same rule for retail. I think young people generally think they are invincible and this was sold to the public as an old people’s disease.

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    1. I think you are right. There was an initial bunch of announcement on protect yourself to protect the elderly. So much for thinking of others. Now is time to protect yourself to protect yourself. (taht message may resonate) Thanks, Robbie.

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  26. I donโ€™t understand the objection either John, I got bullied in a mini-supermarket for wearing a mask in April, the man followed me all around the store calling me stupid, fortunately i didnโ€™t need much and paid and left quickly hoping he didnโ€™t follow me outside.

    My Mum sent me a ffp3 mask in early March and told me to wear it on the underground and when close to other people with instructions on how to put it on and take it off and sterilise it, that was a really unpopular move too, lots of people staring and laughing, I was in South Korea last year and wearing a mask there was commonplace in many high pollution areas and most of my friends from Asia had started wearing masks too and were trying to explain to everyone it was to protect other people more than them so I just followed my Mums advice sheโ€™s into world affairs and news.

    Coming out of this lockdown is going to be harder than going into it for a lot of people.

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    1. I don’t think anyone will laugh at you now. I think you did the right thing. I have been wearing a mask on airplanes for the last five years. My immune system will not support any kind of virus. People would actually ask for a different seat if their’s was next to me. (This suited me fine) I also carried a personal bottle of sanitizer which I used frequently. I know people thought I was weird, but I am still here and have avoided contracting something that would prove to be critical. Right now we are seeing major increases in cases because people are not social distancing or wearing masks. Thanks for the comment and stay safe.

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      1. I have a humidiflyer have you heard of them, they are a mask and also keep you hydrated when flying, otherwise it is so drying when you fly long distance then have to sing shortly afterwards. I know what you mean about odd looks. I recommended it to my Nana because she kept getting serious respiratory illness every time she flew and it didnโ€™t happen last time when she used it.

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      2. It really works. Thanks, Charlotte

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  27. Friday’s arrival at the Twiggy resort! Enjoy the afternoon tea! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with agents no matter what!

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    1. Thank you, Maria. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  28. I’m surprised masks haven’t been mandatory in stores all along. That’s just letting the bee out of the beehive. Yes, a follow up with your queries is a good idea.

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    1. Or letting the hornets into the hive. I agree, Jennie. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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