Midnight Pub

I Think I'll Keep My Mask

~starbreaker

I haven't been vaccinated yet, but when I get around to it I think I'll probably keep wearing a mask in public. Since I have long hair and fairly soft features, people sometimes mistake me for a woman when I'm out in public, and that often means being told to smile.

That hasn't happened to me since I've started wearing masks in public, and I don't miss it. Besides, if I wear a hat along with my mask it's makes life harder for people who benefit from the ubiquity of surveillance cameras in public places. :)

I look forward to a future where people only show their faces to people they trust, and the sight of a mask is a clear signal meaning: "we're not friends, so please keep your distance".


tlf

Even though I'm vaccinated, knowing most are not yet makes me hesitant so as an at-risk person I'll keep it on in indoor public spaces.

I think it'll also give others who are still waiting to be vaccinated some peace of mind - they've no way of knowing whether I'm vaccinated or infected and life is hard enough.

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starbreaker

Exactly. Even if I was vaccinated, how would I prove it? And would I want to spend time proving I'm vaccinated to anybody who cares to challenge me? It's easier to just wear a mask.

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tlf

Yes, that's the other thing. I find it easier.

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analog

I wear a mask so I can stick my tongue out at people without them seeing.

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starbreaker

Oh, you mean like this?

"Spaceballs- President Skroob!!!"
"Never have that damn thing down in front of me! How do I know you're not making faces at me under that thing?" —President Skroob
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analog

Exactly Like that!

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nsilvestri

The audacity of some people (let's be real: generally older men) to tell others to smile. Who do they think they are? Rep that long hair \m/

But anyway, I'm fully vaccinated and I've still been wearing a mask when leaving the house, although I've started wearing it on my wrist when on walks, putting it on if I pass someone on the sidewalk. It's mostly a courtesy; other people whom I see usually do the same thing.

I think as restrictions at the offices, stores, restaurants, etc. open up I'll generally stop wearing one. I will, however, put one on if I'm sick and going out in public for whatever reason. Too many times have I been guilty of not taking a sick day when I probably should.

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starbreaker
The audacity of some people (let's be real: generally older men) to tell others to smile. Who do they think they are?

The hell of it is I'm one of the older men (40+) myself, but apparently look at least a decade younger. I've *never* done this to other people myself.

I have to say it makes me a *little* sympathetic to people who want to wear firearms in public. But only a little.

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nsilvestri

Oh, I don't mean to imply that all older men are like that, but that there's a trend among the people who did do that.

I don't know why I brought it up. I gotta reign in my woke a little.

edit: I think I misunderstood the parent comment T_T

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starbreaker

It's OK, but I don't think it's woke to think people shouldn't police other people's facial expressions. Some people just can't help having an "unfriendly" default expression. And other people have problems people around them don't know about.

People need to learn to mind their own damn business, is all.

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swan

I don't have the same reasons to wear a mask as you do but I might sometimes wear a mask in the future. Definitely think it would be good to wear when I'm a bit sick but still need to go places or when many people around me are sick.

It will be interesting how people use masks and when they wear them going foward.

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starbreaker

I would definitely make sense to wear them during flu season or if you're stuck working around people who just won't stay home if they've got a cold.

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starbreaker

PS: I could cut my hair, but then the people who mistake me for a woman would assume I was a butch lesbian. You just can't win with some people. Besides, I like being a long-haired metalhead; why should I give up my hair for people who don't give a shit about me?

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