Wear a Mask

Earlier this week, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order for all persons (with some exceptions) in the state to wear masks.  I don’t know all of the details, but since I wear a mask every time I step outside of my apartment I figure I’m in compliance.  It always covers my nose and mouth. I live in San Francisco, and I went out for groceries today.  Approximately half of the people I saw either were wearing no masks or wearing them improperly. A mask marketed to the general public is intended to protect others.  Although the level of protection … Continue reading Wear a Mask

Who Moved the Rock? And are We Surprised Louis C.K. was Hiding Under There?

By now, most of us have heard about disgraced comedian Louis C.K.’s surprise appearance at Comedy Cellar in New York. We can’t always stop bad people from being admired public figures.  It depends on the public’s value system, and whether enough of us are willing to demand that creative people adhere to the same decency standards that apply to the average person. Granted, there has been difficulty in applying basic decency standards to the average person, especially where sexual misconduct is concerned.  Women still hear the questions “What were you wearing?” and “Why were you there in the first place?” … Continue reading Who Moved the Rock? And are We Surprised Louis C.K. was Hiding Under There?

I Haven’t Traveled Outside the U.S. and Can’t Verify, but This Looks so Nice

Many Americans think of the United Kingdom — England in particular — as a classy place where there are no lapses in etiquette.  Many Americans also think of that neck of the woods as full of educated people, all of whom graduated from Cambridge or Oxford. A British accent of any type sounds more sophisticated to us than our own ways of speaking.  Obviously, I don’t hear my own California accent, but I’ve been uncomfortable with it since the early 1990s, when I saw the Al Pacino film Scent of a Woman.  You might recall the central character’s crass reference … Continue reading I Haven’t Traveled Outside the U.S. and Can’t Verify, but This Looks so Nice