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The wearing of masks

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:43 pm
by Phil White
In the UK, it has been mandatory to wear masks in shops for just over a week now, and has been so for many months on public transport.
Today I ventured onto a train for the first time since March, duly wearing my mask.

I cannot actually remember any time in my life that I have worn a mask for any reason whatsoever, and it was not a pleasant experience. Being a pipe smoker, I suddenly realized how badly my breath stinks if I have just had a smoke. Quite frankly, it made me want to give up (travelling on public transport, that is). But if it protects me and others against Covid, then it's worth it.

Either way, it demonstrates the truth of the old adage "halitosis is better than no breath".

Re: The wearing of masks

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:17 pm
by Bobinwales
Margaret and I went to a garden centre today. Mask wearing is not compulsory in Wales, but we were both covered up. There was a woman our sort of age dithering at the entrance. She moved and backed off. I smiled at her and realised that she couldn't see the smile, so I merrily told her that I was smiling. She said, "Oh I do have a mask, but I feel claustrophobic in it".

"Better that than dead!", I told her. She was visibly shocked, to the extent that she took half a step backwards.

She went through the door followed by her husband who said out of the corner of his mouth, a very quiet,"Thank you".

I wonder if that little bit of banter actually did some good.

Re: The wearing of masks

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:03 pm
by Shelley
Phil White wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:43 pm
Either way, it demonstrates the truth of the old adage "halitosis is better than no breath".
Funny, Phil!

I'm quite attached to my mask -- a folded, pink bandana. I can wash it out when I reach my destination (work), it dries quickly, and is all fresh and soap-smelling when I have to wear it again (going home).

And, good shot, Bob: masks and distancing has become a whole new field of study in the behavioral sciences!

I've typed out two lengthy responses to this discussion (without saving -- aaagh!), both of which have disappeared because my login timed out or something. Anyway, not making that mistake again. However, I do have a lot to say about this, and other aspects of our current situation.

The old curse, "May you live in interesting times." has certainly played out over the last several months in my neck of the woods.

Cheers all -- before I get kicked off once more!
Your pal, Shelley

Re: The wearing of masks

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:55 pm
by Phil White
Many years back, I was listening to "One more night" by Phil Collins and was staggered by the bass work on it. It's the only time I was sent scurrying to find out who the bassist was on a record. It turned out it was Leland Sklar, a session musician who has played with just about everyone who is anyone over the past 50 years.

During lockdown, he has been publishing videos on YouTube where he plays along with songs he recorded and tells wonderful rambling anecdotes about his life in music (and about dogs, his yard and life in general). His channel has become a daily joy for me. Yesterday's post had me weeping with laughter, though, and it reminded me of this post.

On Wednesday, as he explains in the first part of the video, he had no time to set everything up to play along with something, so he just plays the number. It's worth watching the whole video to get the background, but for the hilarious part, skip to about 2 minutes 30.


And I really recommend that you watch some of his other videos. He is such an engaging gentleman.

Re: The wearing of masks

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:36 pm
by trolley
This whole mask thing has made me realize how bad my hearing has become over the past few years. I had no idea how much I was relying on visual cues in my normal conversation. I struggle with the muffled, "underwater" sound of people's voices when speaking through a mask but, apparently, I was doing a lot more lip-reading than I was aware of. Add that to the fact that I am getting no information from people's facial expressions and I'm beginning to wonder if I really know what's going on. At least my wife has stopped accusing me of "selective" hearing loss.