Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Fun with COVID-19: Riding out the pandemic... in style!
People seeing me wear it already want one, and have asked where I bought it, including a girl with a compromised immune system who is very worried about this pandemic. I am not sure what is happening with the mail system right now, but I wonder if cybergoth is going to make a mild comeback, if people are ordering masks like these, because they are a lot more interesting to look at than wimpy dust or surgical masks. (BTW, that's a functioning respirator with real cartridges - there's decoration over the filters, which might make breathing slightly more challenging, but the filter is functional, so it's real protection. People wondered how functional it was - it's real, it just looks like pure novelty.)
As bizarre as this sounds, part of me is very hopeful about this COVID-19 thing. I feel in my gut that, despite the deaths, this might be exactly what Mother Nature wants... it may even force current systems that are in place to re-examine themselves. I'm not one who is politically up on everything going on in the world, but in my gut, I am not afraid, I am not the least bit worried. I am looking out for my needs, being cautious, and staying on top of everything. Work hours have been cut, but I think things won't get that bad for me. People in my circles are looking out for one another with supplies, which is a nice demonstration of the heart. In the mildest of ways, this is like a lame, enforced version of Burning Man, just in that I see people looking out for one another's needs, and this is a bit of a break from the standard day to day reality.
I think one of my next articles will be a re-examination of the classic horror movie, "The Exorcist", which I haven't seen since before demonic possession. Coming out of the experience, I want to watch this movie again, and write about how I feel about it now. I have it on DVD, purchased second hand from BMV... I didn't watch it immediately after I bought it, because it is rather hard to watch on a bad day.