Yesterday was rather slow at the store. Not that we didn't have customers, there were, however, not the numbers we normally see approaching a holiday. In normal years, after the Memorial Day sales, customer counts tend to go down because vacations start. There is the slow simmer of anticipation of an approaching school year. This year is different. I do not doubt schools will reopen in the fall, but vacations? They are another matter. My brother in law's family rent a house down in Duck, NC every year. They're going. But then they're staunch Conservatives. Catching Covid is no sweat off of their brow. Since, in their minds, the numbers are low, they probably won't catch it.
There was some sort of odd comparison in Bloomberg regarding China's improving economy and that of the United States after yesterday's jobs report. The author was trying to point out similarities. He missed a big one: China shut down completely and America did not. China's infection rate is very low... ours is going through the roof. China's people are sitting in a carefully controlled sauna. We, on the other hand, are stuck in a sweat box.
Yesterday, the governor of Texas suddenly mandated the wearing of masks in every county where there were at least 20 cases of Covid 19. This after his Lieutenant Governor Patrick said Fauci had been wrong every single time. In case you've forgotten, Patrick is also the fool who said people shouldn't mind dying to spur on economic growth. Patrick isn't sweating this infection. Nope. For him, every death is just another human sacrifice.
Finally, Conservatives have been bandying about their claim that the virus is spreading because of young people going to bars and restaurants. They have no idea how self-incriminating those claims are since they were the ones who want the bars and restaurants open. Are they now trying to say they thought unlimited access to those establishments meant no one was going to go? How stupid are these people? Now they're beginning to sweat their little nads off because the infection rates in these states are going through the roof... because of decisions they, themselves, made.
And summer's just getting started.