To mask or not to mask, that is the question

I’ve gone around in circles about the whole mandatory mask-wearing order lots of us have seen in the past weeks and months. Here in Nashville this week it became required to wear a mask at all times if leaving home. Here it is in writing: (scroll down for the rest of my thoughts)… Phase-2-Opening_Social-Media_06.03_UPDATED-2

So Nashville has gone backwards into Phase 2 because there has been a rise in cases. Here are the stats for the last few weeks in Tennessee. The two images are the number of cases then a screen grab for the number of deaths.

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The first pic shows that there is definitely a rise in cases but the number of deaths has stayed relatively low each day (meaning that an increase in cases does not equal an increase in deaths). In fact, math would show that if the number of cases is rising and the deaths are not, then every day that goes by means the chance of dying from this decreases.

Back to the mandatory order from Nashville metro government… I guess now they’re more focused on reducing the number of cases, although time will tell if that has anything to do with decreasing the number of deaths.

What bothers me is this… 1) I think this crosses the line for what government has the authority to make us do, 2) we are a free country so shouldn’t all citizens have the right and responsibility to choose whether they want to wear a mask or not? 3) these mandatory orders are killing businesses all over the country, especially Nashville which thrives on tourism and locals going out for meals and entertainment 4) dance floors are closed? Are we taking notes from Footloose or something?? 5) I am stubborn and sometimes this stubbornness is a problem for me :/

What’s going on in your city? Are you frustrated, supportive, or indifferent about it all? Let me know in the comments below, and as always, thanks for stopping by.

-Out of the Wilderness

 

Original mazes (part 3)

This is the final set of mazes I’ll be posting for now, but this one contains my #1 favorite. I’ll let you guess which one it is 🙂

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a very topical design for this one
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Christmas in June, if you will
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OK I’ll admit, this is my favorite!
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a blocky design where you end pretty much where you started

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

The Stallion vs. Pollen the Punisher

This match features The Stallion (me) vs. Pollen the Punisher (yes, pollen is a worthy enemy). It’s a no holds barred event in middle Tennessee that happens twice a year and so far, Pollen the Punisher is…

Kicking.

My.

Butt.

Pollen the Punisher is kind of predictable, showing up to the ring at the same time every year (I’ve even written about this enemy before) but of course 2020 had to be different: A surprise attack a couple of weeks before our scheduled fight which totally caught me off guard. I’ve been a step behind ever since! Then halfway through the fight our guest referee, Cory the Virus, said I must wear a mask in certain public situations, like that’s going to help me… I already have an itchy nose because of Pollen and now I have to wear a mask that lightly brushes against my nose and makes me feel like sneezing at any moment?! Just great.

To be continued…..

-Out of the Wilderness

What the Bible says about the coronavirus, sort of not really

Who knew something in the Bible would still be applicable thousands of years later 🙂 But please note, these verses have been taken way out of context. For the full meaning, open up your Bible and check them out. Or just go to BibleGateway.com.


HOW TO AVOID GETTING THE CORONAVIRUS…

Wash your hands, you sinners (James 4: 8)

Cover your face (Ezekiel 12:6)

I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands (Genesis 20:5)


SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR…

His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him (Exodus 2:4)

They stayed at a distance (Exodus 20:18)

The people remained at a distance (Exodus 20:21)

You are to worship at a distance (Exodus 24:1)

my hand will not touch you (1 Sam 24:12)

do not touch anyone (Ezekiel 9:6)

spread out (Isaiah 54:3)


SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE IT ALREADY…

my body burns with fever (Job 30:30)

The boy sneezed seven times (2 Kings 4:35)


IF ANYONE HAS SYMPTOMS…

isolate the affected person for seven days (Leviticus 13:4)

isolate them for another seven days (Leviticus 13:5)


HOW STATES HAVE HANDLED IT… 

governors placed a heavy burden on the people (Nehemiah 5:15)


2020 IN A NUTSHELL…

disaster or disease may come (1 Kings 8:37)


That last one… uhhhhh yep! 2021 can’t get here soon enough! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment below with any additions.

-Out of the Wilderness

adding to song titles to make them more relevant to the coronavirus quarantine

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – Stuck With U at home for 2 straight months

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights when I saw the sun for the first time in 2 straight months

Billie Eilish – everything i wanted has already been delivered

Luke Combs – Even Though I’m Leaving the living room, I’ll just be in the kitchen

Sam Cooke – Bring It pizza On Home to Me

The Lumineers – now the mailbox feels like a Long Way From Home

Jonas Brothers – wash your hands for Five More Minutes

Fitz and the Tantrums – 123456 7891011121314151617181920, ok now rinse your hands

Luke Combs – Six Feet Apart is how my dates always went anyway

Maroon 5 – Memories of the sports

The Pretty Reckless – Death by Rock and Roll, caused by Covid-19

Julia Michaels – I’ll Give It To You if I don’t wear a mask

Jason Aldean – you Got What I Got because I didn’t wear a mask

Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It a mask
Judah & the Lion – Suit and Jacket and sweatpants

JP Saxe & Julia Michaels – If the World Was Ending …wait, is it not?

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car that I haven’t driven in weeks

No Doubt – Spiderwebs inside my car

Green Day – Wake Me Up When September 2020 Ends

The Civil Wars – I’ve Got This Friend who I haven’t seen since March

Donny Hathaway – This Christmas I’ll be getting everyone hand sanitizer

P.M. Dawn – I’d Die Without You Purell

Elvis Presley – Just Pretend to hug me

Three Dog Night – grab a cheap flight if you’ve Never Been To Spain

Tim McGraw – Please Remember Me your Zoom ID and password


Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness