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                                             Scene Around Town
   BY PETER PHELPS
   Today we might tap elbows, bump fists, and smile behind face coverings. These civil separations seem so... anti-social, but those are the unusual standards by which we are living.
I decided to test those reasons and asked a local barista about why she wears a mask and she told me it was a ‘coughy-filter.’
If we are ‘Scene Around Town’ at all, we are hidden behind masks, once re- served as standard garb by superheroes and villains alike. Claude Rains lament- ed in the Phantom of the Opera, Clayton Moore of the Lone Ranger radio and television fame rode off in a cloud of dust, Nick Castle scared us in Hallow- een, Tyrone Power made his mark in Zorro, Damon Wayans boldly saved an elderly transit passenger in Blankman, Cary Elwes rescued Buttercup in the Princess Bride, and Batman and Robin left their bat cave to holy-kapow evil... yep, they all wore face coverings.
health care arena, which have been sporting facial-protective gear to keep their patients safe for centuries.
But with this infection plaguing the world, and everyone is being required to be more cautious by putting on protec- tive paraphernalia to vanquish the virus, the urgency and notoriety have seemed to have worn off a bit. I guess, if push comes to shove, bank robbers might re- sort to breaking into lending institutions without wearing them so they won’t be recognized.
In the animal kingdom, black-footed ferrets, pandas, raccoons, cedar wax- wings, even my tuxedo cats, all sport markings on their faces resembling masks. And lest we forget those original cloth-garb heroines and heroes in the
Health experts report that the evi- dence is fairly clear that face coverings, when worn properly, can help prevent the spread of COVID-19; the more people wear them, the better. But,
not everyone agrees. To copy David Letterman, a former classmate of mine,
Before COVID-19, we freely shook hands, patted others on their backs, and even hugged. Not so much anymore though. The rules have all changed.
here is half a list of top 10 reasons
some folks give for not wearing a mask despite scientific warnings: 1) We want the freedom to do whatever we like and we don’t like wearing them, so there; 2) the virus is not that bad; 3) masks smear my lipstick; 4) it’s just not cool to wear a mask; and 5) I only put a mask on at Halloween as a ‘masquerade.’ Now that last ‘logic’ is scary.
Masks, elbow taps, and fist bumps.
Early on, following governor’s orders, there was a run on face cov- erings at local stores and pharmacies. Then some with an artist flair, began making masks for others when supplies ran short. And now, everywhere you go, you see the creativity in every color and design. Basic black, white, camo, even tie dye motifs are safely covering our noses and mouths. We appreciate their talents ‘sew’ well.
We are a country that has survived on individuality and choice. Our free- doms however are sometimes over- looked for fashion. Mark Twain once said, “It is a good idea to obey all the rules when you’re young just so you’ll have the strength to break them when you’re old.” I might suggest a twist to Twain, ‘Observe the rules when you’re youthful so you can be Scene when you’re elderly.’
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