Friday April 24, 2020
Today, the United States (quite a misnomer) passed 50,000 Covid-19 deaths. Forty states announced schools would not reopen this school year.
I gave myself a haircut. Really, I just cut some hairs off the sides and top of my head. Not the back. Even with good scissors, this was easier said than done. I went at it in a few short rounds, as the task did not hold my attention. My skill improved slightly over two days, perhaps a total of twelve minutes. The principal difficulty was the reversal of everything in the mirror. Struggling to align my shears with what I was looking at reminded me of a non-reversing mirror that my father brought home when I was in junior high school. He had a flourish for investing in inventions and this was one of them. I am not sure any panned out.
The non-reversing mirror magically turned your image around. The effect was as though you were looking directly at yourself, as someone else sees you. It worked, providing a peculiar and strangely unfamiliar experience. The design was not visually pleasing; too much off-white plastic with a thick ugly frame; I guess the extra space made room for invisible mirrors that made the magic happen. My mother did not think much of it either, and women were probably the primary intended customers. Decent engineering without enough design input, but it would have helped my haircutting.
It seems we get used to how we look in reverse, just as we get used to so many things.
If I lived in Georgia, I could have gone to a barbershop. Even as the death rate continues to rise, the governor has allowed the reopening of some businesses, including gyms, tattoo parlors, bowling alleys, and barbershops.
On Monday, restaurants in Georgia will be allowed to have “eat-in” customers. President Trump, who nearly suggested drinking a Lysol cocktail to kill the virus yesterday, is not supporting the Republican governor. He is good at surprises.
On Monday, restaurants in Georgia will be allowed to have “eat-in” customers. President Trump, who yesterday nearly suggested drinking a Lysol cocktail to kill the virus, is not supporting the Republican governor. He is good at surprises.