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Christmas mask

Started: 2021-01-03 22:45:58

Submitted: 2021-01-04 00:16:31

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Masks are the future

A month into the pandemic, when the CDC abruptly changed its recommendations about wearing cloth masks in public, Kiesa started making her own cloth masks, first with a spare bedsheet, then with patterned cloth suited to the preferences of its intended wearer. (There was, early on, some drama involving getting the thread she needed to make the masks, because offline stores were mostly closed and online retailers hadn't figured out that thread was important to the be able to make the masks necessary to honor the new recommendations from public health authorities.)

While she was looking at fabric online, Kiesa stumbled upon Christmas-themed fabric on sale and wondered whether she should get some so she would have some by the time Christmas rolled around, depending on whether the pandemic was still going on and whether we'd still be wearing masks everywhere. I suggested she should go ahead and get the fabric, because we probably need it.

And, well, here we are.

Jaeger in a holiday mask
Jaeger in a holiday mask

I'm smiling under the mask but I guess you'll have to take my word for it.

Now that we've wrapped up the First Plague Year, and we're three whole days into the Second Plague Year, I do have some more optimism for the future, but I'm beginning to get a little worried that the tail of the probability distribution is getting a little thicker. I'm confident I'll have the vaccine in my arm by Christmas, but I'm less confident about what that will really mean for society. I hope we'll be able to return to something recognizably "normal" by the end of next year, but I'm not going to make too many plans until we get there.

There are a few acceptable redhead jokes. There's nothing wrong with
inspiring fear and trembling in the hearts of men.
- Gem Stone-Logan, 15 October 2002