I saw my first double-masker yesterday

I saw my first double-masker yesterday

It took me three days to dig myself out from the Nor’easter that hit us last week; and yesterday, I was finally able to venture out to run some errands. Which was good because I ran out of V-8 Healthy Greens juice. And while at the grocery store checkout, I saw my very first double-masker.

Here in New York we are required to wear masks when we go to the store or the bank or whatever. For all I know we’re also supposed to be wearing them any time we’re out of our homes. But since I’m not an idiot, I only put one on when I go inside a business since they’ll toss me out if I don’t.

I’ve been using the same mask for four months. It’s the one the hospital gave me when I went to the ER in October.

Frankly I’m surprised I haven’t spotted a double-masker before now. Then again, I work from home, so other than a trip to the drug store or the grocery store, I rarely have reason to be out and about.

Anyroad.

I discovered double-masker lady in the checkout line. And since I’m what’s known as a “checkout chatter,” I figured I’d said a friendly hello.

In response to my hello, double-masker lady said something more involved to which, clearly, she wanted a response. But the two masks on her face muffled her voice so much, I couldn’t understand her.

“I’m sorry, what was that?” I queried.

Double-masker repeated her muffled remark – this time with hand gestures.

Nope. The hand gestures didn’t help; I had no idea what she was saying.

I used to have an easier time figuring out what my dog was trying to tell me.

I gave her a shrug and looked away.

In mask-mandated states, there are two kinds of people:

There’s the people who keep a mask in their cars to slip on when they enter a store then quickly take it off the minute they walk out.

And then there’s the people who wear a mask when driving in their cars and unquestioningly become double-maskers because some unnamed “expert” suggested it.

The lady at checkout was the latter.

Given the elaborate twist of the elastic on her set of masks, I guarantee you, Double-Masker wasn’t taking that get-up off when she walked out of the store.

It looked really uncomfortable if you want to know the truth.

And as I stood there looking at the twin bands of elastic bending this poor woman’s ear, I thought to myself, “If Fauci told her to wear six masks with a cucumber duct taped to the top, she’d probably do it.”

Whatever happened to the old adage “Question authority?”

Far too many Americans have surrendered that rebellious spirit we were once famous for.

I know we like to talk about how America is the place of “rugged individualism.” And one time that was no doubt true. But it isn’t true anymore.

It certainly isn’t true here in New York State, I can tell you that much.

All it took was a virus out of China to turn us into frightened sheep.

When all this started, I actually thought that Americans wouldn’t put up with this garbage for long.

Boy, was I wrong.

We’ve allowed our entire economy to be destroyed out from under us. Children are near suicidal basket cases from being barred from school and there’s barely a peep of outrage.

And when some “expert” suggests double-masking might be better, rather than fight back against the insanity, some people, like mindless Pavlovian sheep, unquestioningly obey.

It’s pathetic, really.

I’ve never been so disappointed in my fellow man.

“Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” has been downsized to “Land of the Mandated and Home of the Sheep.”

Now obeying mandates is “patriotic” while standing up for freedom and individual liberty is “selfish.”

Perhaps it’s because I live in New York State that I don’t see this changing any time soon.

New Yorkers had a bit of a head start when it comes to acting like obedient serfs. Which might be why I chuckle every time King Cuomo burps out his “New York Tough” messaging.

Imagine thinking someone wearing two masks because some nameless “expert” suggested it is an example of “New York Tough.”

“Obedient” isn’t a synonym for “Tough.”

Nor is it a synonym for “Patriotic.”

Not long ago when I was out running errands, the guy in front of me at the convenience store checkout was told he could no longer buy more than four of his vaping refills per day. He was stunned.

And because I’m a checkout chatter, I said, “You can thank our idiot governor for that.”

Even with his face hidden behind the mandated mask, I could see the horror and disgust crawl over it.

You’d think I committed blasphemy from the way he reacted.

“New York Tough” my ass.

I’m surrounded by sheep; and it’s starting to wear a little thin. And if I’m completely honest, the idea of moving to Florida and getting the hell away from these people is becoming more and more appealing with each passing day.

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14 thoughts on “I saw my first double-masker yesterday

  • February 7, 2021 at 11:55 am
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    The thing is the double maskers think they are better than you, smarter than you, more responsible than you, more caring than you, and heaven help you if you question their devotion to the collective. I don’t know whether to feel sorry for them or not. I usually shake my head in amazement.

  • February 7, 2021 at 12:53 pm
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    I would imagine that “tough” Fredo’s brother will call on people to wear their masks to bed, even if they are single.

  • February 7, 2021 at 1:09 pm
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    Florida welcomes you! This state is awesome. I used to live in Philly, but got tired of how everyone was simultaneously wimps but promoted acting tough.

  • February 7, 2021 at 1:20 pm
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    In 1962, Aldous Huxley (author of Brave New World) gave a speech “The Ultimate Revolution” at Cal-Berkeley. You can still listen to it on YouTube ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RX-iUfPJ9I ) and the transcript is also easily found on-line. More recently, After Skool posted a video on YouTube — “Love Your Servitude” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caCkMX6YdYU ) — which covers much of Huxley’s speech and includes a brief snippet from Orwell, too. In his speech, Huxley says, “that we are in process of developing a whole series of techniques which will enable the controlling oligarchy who have always existed and presumably always will exist to get people actually to love their servitude.” Not the least of the techniques is the use of Pavlovian methods, as you point out above; and Huxley ties them to a form of modern terrorism. He notes the Pavlovian truth “that conditioning installed in a state of stress or fatigue goes much deeper than conditioning installed at other times.” Furthermore, he cites a Boston hospital study that concluded “20% of the people who can really be suggested into believing almost anything,” which means they can be conditioned to come to love a state of things that reasonable people should not.

  • February 7, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    Dianny,
    Better get out ASAP while the real estate market is hot.

  • February 7, 2021 at 9:14 pm
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    There’s no stringent mandate for mask wearing here in Georgia but I see about a 97% rate of mask-sheep whenever I go out. Can’t believe Georgia has taken such a disappointing slide.

    Florida is a great place to live but, like anywhere else, just have to be careful when choosing a specific location. Lived there for 30 years, 15 on each coast, and absolutely loved it! Would go back in a heartbeat if my personal situation allowed it.

  • February 7, 2021 at 9:18 pm
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    Tennessee is still conservative (well, there’s the problem of Nashville, and I don’t live there, and Memphis? Not even worth a visit) so stay a while in Chattanooga on your way down to the Sunshine State.

    I am intrigued in giving Oklahoma a try sometime. Every country voted for President Trump in 2016 (and presumably this time around).

  • February 7, 2021 at 11:32 pm
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    if the experts said covid is 3 feet above ground and to escape it you have to crawl on all fours the sheep would do it. I am so ashamed of my fellow americans.

  • February 8, 2021 at 12:29 am
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    Do it Dianne! Come to Florida! I need a partner in crime 😆 Come to Fort Pierce!
    I’m a Realtor — I’ll get you set up.

  • February 8, 2021 at 12:48 am
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    Oh, if only I could get out from under this granite here in Hyde Park, New York.

  • February 8, 2021 at 1:47 am
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    Dianny,
    I’ve been a lurker for years, always enjoying your wit. Montana would be a great relocation site. I’m originally from Auburn, not far from where you are now, I gather – Syracuse or Rochester? It’s drier than upstate and the weather is not nearly as bad as the weenies say it is. I live in Nolackaloonies, the State Capital, but there are enough good people here – and especially Statewide – to provide plenty of comfort in refuge. Get out of there and give us a look!

  • February 8, 2021 at 6:43 am
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    Double mask!! You ain’t seen nothing yet. I am in NH, and a lot of Massholes come up here to shop in tax free NH. I was at the gas station filling up my gas guzzling SUV and at the next pump a Mass pickup pulls up and the driver, who is alone in the truck is sitting there with two masks and a face-shield on. No one else at the station is wearing any mask but this biden voter wore enough for all of us.
    Can’t wait for faucci to tell his sheeple to wear 4 masks.

  • February 8, 2021 at 10:20 am
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    I’m hard of hearing, so I have a hard time with conversations, even with hearing aids. Best case, I recognize around 50% of what I actually hear, no matter how loud it is. Add a mask, and it drops to about 20% because I can’t lip read a mask. Add a double mask and I leave the room.

    Not fun. I wish people would stop being so selfish and start wearing plastic bags so I can watch people say “I can’t breath!”

  • February 9, 2021 at 9:53 am
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    My husband and I are decluttering and sprucing up our deeply “blue state” home to put it on the market next spring. We can’t wait to get the hell out of Dodge. Our IL Governor is taxing us to death. We’re heading to TN to be around fellow conservatives and to get away from the sheeple. I honestly think some people enjoy wearing masks, like it’s a fashion statement or comfort item.

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