Tales From The Janitor’s Closet And We Got The COVID
That picture tells part of the story. A long story that took up the first two segments of the show. It was a complex tale of how I was down to my last two weeks as the office manager for a maintenance company, loaded up with all kinds of work to help transition me out of the job, and getting sick.
At first I thought it was a cold. A test taken early on seemed to confirm that it wasn’t COVID, but more than one person on the Facebook warned me of false negative results when testing early on during an illness. I kept that information in mind, so I made sure to wear a mask and keep my distance (as best I could) when around other people.
Then my wife got sick on the Saturday at the end of my second to last week at the old job. She did not improve over the weekend. In fact, she seemed to get worse. She didn’t work Monday. She stayed home and took the COVID test.
She tested positive. And later that day, so did I.
And I still had a week to go. It was not easy…
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: A Text Layout Whoopsie
In a suite I clean, I noticed something a little off about their newly installed signage inside the big room of their front offices. They had the name of their company mounted to the wall. It was professionally done. The letters were all level and perfectly spaced, but…
That S is upside down.
Not doing a show for two weeks made talking about “The Slap” difficult to feel relevant. And, really, I can’t other much different from what has already been said. Also, I can’t do better than basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar, so read his take on it.
What I did focus on was part of the reaction to that infamous slap. A couple people chose to attempt to emasculate Will Smith by essentially accusing his slapping of Chris Rock as hitting like a girl. As though hitting like a girl is somehow inferior to hitting like a man. And note I said girl and man, not woman and man or girl and boy, because that’s part of the hold over of the sexist thinking that permeated the old days (and still does today, if we’re honest).
But, part of that old school, sexist attitude could have been why Smith chose to slap instead of punch. I can’t know what was in the latest recipient of the Best Actor award’s mind. His slap might have been meant to emasculate Rock or maybe it was meant to treat him as a child. Or, maybe, Smith didn’t want to hurt Rock too badly, so he slapped instead of punched.
One thing I do know is that use of violence can only be justified if it’s used to defend yourself or someone who is defenseless against violence.
That made me think of something…
Remember when that Nazi got sucker-punched shortly after Fearless Loser was elected President? I remember people at the time attempting to justify punching Nazis, because… well… they’re Nazis.
I disagreed. I understood the Schadenfreude to be enjoyed from seeing a Nazi punched, but that’s still no justification. Neither is attempting to prevent the Nazi from doing something they might do. (As I recall, when I talked about this on the show at the time, I asked if those people who were pro-preemptively punching Nazis, were also for the invasion of Iraq in the aftermath of 9/11. Part of the justification for the invasion was fear of what Iraq might do.)
After Chris Rock was slapped, there were plenty of people who shared the same attitude toward justified use of violence as I stated above. To those people, I have a question to ask…
What if Chris Rock was a Nazi?
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Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: The Mercy Beat by The The and The Killing Jar by Siouxsie & The Banshees
Second ad break bumpers: The Hand That Rocks The Cradle by The Smiths and The Quiet One by The Who
Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle
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