op·por·tun·ist /ˌäpərˈt(y)o͞onəst/

Why is that the name of this blog? Read on….

Six days ago I expressed my opinion on how tired I was of hearing about social distancing and how I had noticed how advertisers had quickly pounced on changing their commercials to appeal to people who are isolated in their homes. I also pointed out how quickly merchandisers had started advertising interesting facemasks to appeal to people who were wearing them.

Did I say FACEMASKS???

I will admit to you that in the cynical part of my mind I thought about the opportunistic criminals would use the masks to walk around out in the open while hiding their identity so they could do heinous deeds without being identified!

Well, it happened already, and how many more times will it happen?

Was this all a plot to start dressing us all in coverings that will soon include head coverings for women to “protect” their beautiful hair from the elements?

I wonder…

I belong to a Neighborhood Watch group where everyone keeps an eye out for each other passing tips along about anything unusual happening and tell about the crimes caught on their Ring apps with the pictures of the perpetrators.  I got a notice this morning that proved my suspicion wasn’t just paranoia.

Yesterday at the Publix where I shop several times a week (the Kroger across the street from them gets my business the rest of the time) a lady was shopping for her weekly groceries when a lady, with her protection from Covid 19 mask firmly in place, asked her to hand her a package of the tiny tomatoes from the top of the rack. The lady answered that the ones she could reach herself were the same as the ones on the top. Our masked perpetrator answered that she thought the ones she couldn’t reach were fresher. The neighbor reached up and got the tomatoes and the lady left. Neighbor picked up her purse and it was lighter, she looked in and her billfold with all her money and identification was gone. She ran in the direction she thought the person had gone but didn’t see her anywhere. She immediately went to the manager and he said he had just moved an abandoned cart with one package of the tiny tomatoes in it… all she cold do was to contact the police.

This story has a good ending in a way, the policeman insisted on paying for the ladies groceries since she had no means of paying for them herself and wouldn’t even give her hi name.

I think he was a Hero, capitol H and I am grateful he helped her.

I’m very sad that a long time friend of mine succumbed to the virus overnight. I’m moving to the Land of Goshen where no plagues can reach me so if you miss me, that’s where I’ll be!

Psalm 91

1-13 You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
under them you’re perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
drop like flies right and left,
no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
their job is to keep you from falling.
You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

14-16 “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!”

12 Replies to “op·por·tun·ist /ˌäpərˈt(y)o͞onəst/”

  1. I attempted to comment on that prvious post and for whatever reason, the gremlins prevented it.

    I will try again on this one.

    I have enjoyed the face masks. My inner bandit is no longer just inner. I am an outer bandit now! Ha! You can’t see me smile while I say that, but I am!

    I hate to point this out, but honestly this phenom is with us in hundreds of ways already and is not unique to masks or pandemic at all. The fact we are sharing on these devices right now is all the evidence I need. You have internet viruses running around and you pay all kinds of money for protection from them. You have internet bandits staying up late at night looking for a way to rob you. But without this way of sharing, you wouldn’t have my comments, or your blog.

    Actually, I am thinking about wearing a Muslim Burka from her on.

    Smiling under my burka again, but you cant see it.

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    1. Look that would solve all our fashion problems right? I was accused of being a witch because I always wore black. Very discerning of that lady. I may have to write about that one. I enjoyed your smiles this morning. Keep on keeping on 🤣😂

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      1. Yeah… I hesitated to GO THERE with my thoughts, BUT I DID consider dating.

        When I was young and single, we didn’t have the internet, but if I could have had a mask for my ugly mug, maybe I could have attracted a nice girl with my “mystery”… Huh?

        But we do have the web now, and I am mindful that it is common to use avatars, old pictures from our youth, or even complete false pictures to present ourselves in this virtual reality. And of course, THAT presents problems – a LOT of them.

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  2. We are living in very different times than we are used to. I’m sure these masks provide ample opportunity for thieves. We all need to be watchful of our surroundings & leaving our purse out of our sight for even a minute. Well, if it was up to Ulnar and some others we’d all already be in head covering. I’m rebelling. I’m not going to take an immunization shot for the virus. I’m through believing the government, scientists, & WHO want to keep us safe. They want to keep us under them, dependent on them, & in the dark.Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

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    1. The virus has claimed more American lives in 6 weeks than the Vietnam War did, and we drafted for that. My father, my uncle, and others actually beat the government to the punch and enlisted. And THAT was a pointless exercise in futility. Presidents from BOTH parties lied to the public, and we are still feeling the pain of that all these years later.

      The masks, IF they have claimed ANY lives through ill use, have SAVED FAR MORE.

      I have a wife putting her life on the line to SAVE lives down at the hospital. She believes the science. So do I. I surely hope you will think again. Temper this reckless rhetoric. It is dangerous, knee-jerk reactionary, and unloving, uncaring, and selfish.

      We must assume risk, but let us do so prudently. The paranoia is not a good master.

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      1. Yeah… Well… I do that too sometimes…

        These are fearful times. We have STUFF to work through. No one has it all worked out… except Jesus, and he is patient.

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      2. True and I’m truly sorry to come across sounding cavalier about it. I do respect you and your opinion. 😇h

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