the elevator fart
Frequent elevator riders would attest to that on crowded elevators, more often than not, there is always someone who silently farts. People usually pretend not to notice, but from the corner of their eyes would scan around if they could make out the culprit. Who on here has that typical guilty look?
In these days of corona fear, we should not be on a crowded elevator, but forget about that for a moment and indeed, if your office is on the 45th floor, you can hardly be expected to take the stairs. So yes, you happen to be on a packed elevator, hoping that just this time, you will be safe. Of course everyone is wearing a mask, after all, we are responsible citizen that take the well-being of our fellow elevator riders to heart.
The masks we wear, as everyone should know, do not protect ourselves, but the other people. You may feel it redundant, since you have no symptoms; you are not coughing, you have no difficulty breathing (though it is harder with the mask on), no fever, no chest pains - in short, you feel fine. You could possibly not be infected. But hold on: by now you should know that there are many, many people that carry the virus (experts say) that are asymptomatic. These are the dreaded "dark figures", and this is the reason you and I are compelled by law to wear a mask.
Now a word about another symptom that you might be infected after all.
It has been reported that a loss of smell and taste is one of the symptoms.
Loss of smell and taste validated as COVID-19 symptoms in patients with high recovery rate.
Study suggests clinicians should include sensory impairment as standard screening measure
Now back to the elevator.
In past, you had noticed, more often than not, that someone had farted. But now, of late you never smell anything! It cannot be because of the mask - the ones we wear have gaps on the sides, they do not fit as tightly as the protective N95 type masks medical professionals are wearing. If someone farts, you should smell it. But you don't!
Beware my friend - this is a sign, even in the absence of any other symptoms, that you could be infected! Get yourself tested!
Only problem is, if you ask for a test and telling them that you could not smell farts on the elevator, they won't test you, but just laugh at you. So now you have to live with the uncertainty and fear of being possibly infected.
Another study shows that panic and fear lowers your immune system.
Our planet is in fear. But while we are seeing global messages daily to protect our physical health such as washing our hands, social distancing, etc., we are being given very little in terms of our mental/emotional health. The panic surrounding the coronavirus is sweeping our world, and while I am not minimizing the seriousness of the virus, the panic itself is making us all more susceptible to its potential spread. You need emotional tools and practices to keep your immune system healthy to combat the disease, just as you need physical practices, such as washing your hands, to prevent its spread. ............................ READ MORE - PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
So now the only sensible solution would be if you locked yourself in your home and never came out - they say this COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future. So no end in sight unless Bill Gates saves the wold.
But you could take the easy way out, take one last ride with the elevator to the 45th floor and ...........
............................ stay up there and enjoy the view!
The basic first draft of this was posted as a Note on Facebook
Visitors to my Website will notice this butt-ugly advertising from Photobucket where once my logo was shown. I am in process of correcting this in the most obvious places, but there are other images linked from Photobucket not just here, but more so on my various blogs elsewhere.
They may have sent an e-mail about it, I don't know since I rarely check my spam or promo folders. Even so, after years of having used their service and now being held for ransom to the tune of $ 399.- per year, my uncensored reaction to this is:
FUCK YOU PHOTOBUCKET!
There is a lot of discussion about this on the web, for a good example and explanation of what happened, please go to:
PhotoBucket now charges $399 for third-party hosted images
to which I added this comment:
OTTO RAPP July 21, 2017 at 6:38 pm #my reaction to this, and I only noticed on one of my websites where I repeatedly used a GIF for my logo that now shows this butt-ugly sticker. Well, FUCK YOU PHOTOBUCKET
I could have hosted my own, but was just too lazy to switch when I started my websites on Weebly. I don't need Photobucket, I have unlimited hosting on my web provider Weebly (and I can hot-link to any of it if I need to for blogs etc).
The pain in the ass is that there are so many images out in my blogs and on other sites, it will be cumbersome to replace them. But before I spend 399 bucks ..........
So please bear with me until I fix the most glaring examples (and also change my templates containing any Photobucket stuff). It will take time, and as you know, I am not a full-time webmaster, but am an artist that would sooner work in the studio than fixing things like this!
I just wish I would have known Weebly before, when I had a rather primitive site that relied on image hosting by Photobucket.