After a wrote and published last weeks blog post, a number of news groups had guests on that talked about the same approach...wear the mask or suffer not having access to services. Businesses that don't require masks are really hurting themselves and the owners will suffer in the longer game.
Wednesday's "Shenanigans of a Studio Potter" LIVE program is continuing for another month. We will probably shift the technology over sometime later in August...the fiber should be on site sooner than later, but at the least, the WIFI system we currently use will be upgraded and extended in advance of the fiber, giving us a better platform for both recording and LIVE events.
Coming up on August 19-23 (yes...five days of fiber fun) is FIBERWORLD2020... www.fiberworld2020.com...a virtual fiber festival replete with classes, runway shows (including one for pets), give-a-ways and door prizes and over 50 vendors of all types...including LickinFlames. I've done a number of virtual shows but this one is different...very cool technology, extremely thoughtful... over the top inclusive process...they really REALLY care about people and fiber.
We're going to have a ton of surprises during the event including live guests, NEW product introductions, FLASH sales (including OOAK exclusives), tours of the studio and care to guess who one of the presenters is? Yeah, I know, clay at a fiber event...thank goodness it's virtual... but LickinFlames is presenting one of the virtual workshops... we will be making adult mudpies together. Sign up for that one early, the seating is limited (sounds weird for a virtual class, but we limit our classes so I can put more attention to each student).
We'll be posting our schedule (and the event's schedule) as it gets closer to the event...but be warned...it's going to be a wild five days. FUN!
Apparently business folks in the United States are not serious about getting the economy back up and running.
I'm serious. I mean that. There are solutions.
And the best part is that the solutions do not have to be mandated by the government. The solution is not easy but it would work...expensive in the short term and brutal but it would work.
If ALL retailers...food, gas. and trinkets...if ALL services...realtors, hair, nails, deliveries, airlines, buses, truck drivers and repairs...if ALL factories including food processors and cars and baubles...if everyone would would just refuse service or entry to those without masks on...we'd be out of this thing in a month. No mask...no service. No mask...no work.
Don't for a minute think that going to the grocery store is a right...or buying gas is a right...or have a job is a right. We primarily live our lifestyles through privileges.
If you don't want to wear a mask and want to be independent of our complex society...THAT is a right and you can make that choice. You can grow your own food. You can walk to the work that you provide for yourself.
I told you it was brutal...and you will learn that carrots are not actually little blunt orange things that come in a plastic bag (spoiler alert: they are a root and come from the ground).
The reason we're still playing "wack-a-mole" with the virus is that not everyone is doing their part. Too many people are using that old thought process...well it's just this one time and it's just one person...nobody will notice...135000 dead folk noticed.
What I'm finding humorous is when folks talk about this virus thing being just like the flu...no...with the flu you feel sick, you stay at home and generally don't spread it because you know you're sick...COVID is contagious before you know you have it. Thus the power of the mask...you wear it because you might have it. You wear it because you should be caring for others.
Some people obviously don't care about others.
"My kids are driving me crazy...I need them to go back to school"...really?...a tad on the selfish side. If you think they're driving you crazy now...wait...it gets worse. Oh yeah...and what part of this excuse says that you care about their education?
"The mask is so uncomfortable"...really?...so is the tube down the throat and the diapers...oh wait, if you surviv (30% don't) you won't remember all that because of the sedation.
"The mandate from the government takes away my rights"...really?...I suppose the seat belt does too then. Or smoking in a restaurant. I'm just suggesting that "No shoes, No shirt, No services" be extended to include "No Mask."
But serious...if businesses would close up for just 30 days and stop trying to get away with letting others do the hand washing and mask wearing...if ALL business would shut the economy to all those without masks...we'd be out of this thing in just 30 days OR LESS.
Ninety percent compliance on the mask wearing for just 30 days and we will be in great shape...the virus will still be with us...but life will be so much more like is was and the economy will be on a rebound.
We can not keep cheating or people will keep dying...and so with your business.
The computer has been slower than normal lately. We are living in a "cloud" world more and more...and while that may be good for some people...in the DSL world...the cloud can suck. When you consider the number of people who are spending more time at home, that really puts a burden on the speed of the service.
When the governemtn yabbers at you about their bringing "broadband" to all of rural America...hmmm...technically they might be trying to do that, but the speed is 1.5 mbps up and a max of 3 downloading. The speed is not competitive. Apparently broadband can is fairly narrow.
By now, you might surmise that we have DSL...why yes we do...and the lowest speed available at that. There is no plan for anyone to upgrade that speed in the future. EVER...never ever. Sometimes it seems that the upload part of the equation gets all jumbled up and we have stuff move so slowly it's hard to get work done. The last few days has been like that.
So we took the bold step of speaking with AT&T about bringing fiber onto the property. We're negotiating...the contracts are on my desk. So before you jump and down in celebrating for us...fiber is not unlimited and is sold in levels of mbps. We're thinking 20 mbps. We should have it all installed in a few months.
It's a game changer in our rural foothill location.
...and about that picture of the sheep...it's here just because.