This week, Dick and I drove from our home in Key West to Naples, Florida, for a coronavirus-postponed procedure on my knee, now that elective surgery is a go again in southern Florida.
Key West is home to eccentrics, artists, writers, small-town pirates – generally an independent bunch – so we’ve found it pretty incredible to see how seriously these mortals were adhering to the shelter-at-home and self-distancing rules in the Keys.
Everyone seems to be wearing a mask. Even while riding bicycles in the middle of auto-less Duval Street or jogging on Higgs Beach at dawn’s early light. Traveling Rt. 1 from Key West to Key Largo, we passed drivers – apparently alone, car windows shut tight – wearing masks. Seemed a little weird, but then it is the Keys.
Arriving at a Naples beach resort, it was bewildering, if not shocking, to see not one masked employee or guest. For sure the hotel is nearly empty, but observing a group of eight gathering for sunset cocktails cinched it. Not much social distancing going on and nary a mask to be seen. Moreover, none of the four women looked as if she were suffering from lack of personal grooming.
I wouldn’t dwell on this if I weren’t facing a grooming crisis of my own. But then, I’m not mayor of Chicago. Unlike Mayor Lori Lightfoot, I can’t have my hair attended to anyway.
Tucker Carlson on Mayor Lightfoot:
You might want to get your hair cut, too. In Chicago last month, that wasn’t allowed for normal people. But the city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, had her hair done anyway.
When she got caught, Lightfoot didn’t even blush. We played this clip on Friday’s show. It’s one of those videos that, no matter how many times you watch it, drops your jaw every time:
LIGHTFOOT: I’m the public face of this city. I’m on national media and I’m out in the public eye. And I take my personal hygiene very seriously. As I said, I felt like I needed to have a haircut. I’m not able to do that myself and so I got a haircut.
Maybe I’m just not taking my personal hygiene seriously enough. Meanwhile, I’ll not soon be removing my hat. Mask optional.