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It finally happened to me today.

I knew it would eventually, but I was ready. I came out of the grocery store with my mask on and keeping six feet distance to everyone, walked to my car, all the while wearing my mask. A woman was getting out of her car next to me with no mask. As I'm putting my stuff into my car she says, "Let me guess - you're a liberal. Cause that mask ain't gonna do anything for you except make you look stupid." In anticipation of this happening, because I figured it might someday, I already had a response ready. I said "Look, I woke up with a temperature of 102 this morning (I didn't) plus I work around hundreds of people in close quarters (I don’t) so this is for your protection, not mine. But you’ve convinced me. How about I take off the mask and we hug like old friends?" I stepped toward her and acted as if I was taking off my mask. She stepped back away from me and went across to the next row of cars. I followed her, she kept walking away, I chased her, she ran... She fell down. I grabbed her foot. I pulled on her leg, just as I’m pulling yours :-} And seriously folks , wear the mask.

I am sorry

But my honest thought is "Third Beach Dumb Circle".

While You Were Out

In the time since I was dumped, I managed to resolve a stressful, complicated tax situation, go back to school, start a new career that I've always dreamed of, and pay off my debts. I did all of this despite having a very, very blindsided and broken heart. It was't easy. And yes, I still miss him and I still mourn the loss of the future I thought I'd have with him. It saddens and scares me, especially at my age. And I don't know when that will go away. But I'm proud of myself. Sometimes, when I think about him feeling sorry for me, I daydream about telling him all that I've accomplished. Like, "I've been kicking ass and taking names, buddy, don't worry about me." To any other broken hearts out there: Keep moving forward. Tackle life — slowly, if you need to. But do it, and do it for yourself. You're worth it. You got this.

Here's the Thing, Entitled Dog Owner

Maybe your dog is normally sweet. Yeah, you love your dog. That's awesome. But if he makes other people feel scared, then you need to deal with that and be respectful of other people's feelings and experiences. It's an animal, and dogs sometimes attack and hurt or even kill people. If a human being feels threatened because of your dog's violent and unpredictable behaviour, that's a serious issue that you should respect.

Schadenfreude

I do NOT feel sorry for all the Airbnb hosts who can't find tenants. In fact, I hope they feel the financial pain, hard. You didn't give a fuck about me when you turfed me, so suck it up, buttercup, and sell your house for a $500K profit instead of a $1M one. Poor little landlord, my ass.

Wear a mask!

Watching the rising COVID numbers in the States while people here act like we beat COVID by refusing to wear masks in stores, transit and any indoor public space. Keep walking by downtown barbershops where people getting their haircut aren't wearing a mask. Keep seeing ig stories of locals partying at bars drunkely rolling around each other. You are selfish if you don't wear a mask on public transit and if you go party at bars and are all over people. Don't ruin the reopening of the province by being a selfish fool.

Oh, it's coming, all right.

I went to get a late nite snack and decided to go to Granville Street on Saturday night. I was stunned. A whole block cordoned with police cars and multitudes of people clubbing. No social distancing at all. Throngs of people clustered closely. It looked like spring break in Florida. Not even the police wore masks. It takes weeks to show symptoms, & one superspreader can infect hundreds in one go. It's not just getting sick, it's the months of rehab that people don't think about as you recover & we don't have the infrastructure for that volume. I notice wherever there is alcohol in the equation, there are large clusters, no masks, no social distancing. Every potentially dangerous scenario involves open consumption of booze along with futile, naive attempts to ask people to do the right thing. It's not happening at all, stupid leaders & medical experts. Open your eyes. Worse, the city wants to allow open liquor at over 20 parks & open plazas. Are they insane!? We can’t get people to be careful as is & we want to increase chances of spread!? We are screwed. Just wait. It's coming & the next wave will be far more brutal than the first because many of you think it's over, that it's not so bad, that it's a hoax, that the odds are in your favor... just like those who were decimated in the last pandemic. You'll see, & I don't care if you believe; you're practically dead to me already.

Big tough man

Laughing at us in the store wearing masks. How do I know you weren’t at the Belmont hotel or at the No. 5 Orange? But I can guarantee you that if I came up to you and said I work on the DTE shelters and the Whaley modules and the on-sites as a harm reduction worker and said if I take off my mask and cough, would you be so tough? No, you would have freaked out, but I don’t do that...smarten up.

Young Man

The cashier at a retail outlet took my payment for my goods. He was behind the plexiglass without a mask which is fine. I asked how he was doing with all of this. He didn't know what I was talking about. I said, how are you doing with the pandemic? How are you making out? He replied as if nothing was going on and said he'd read that the virus was becoming weaker. He didn't seem to be too worried. I explained that this wasn't the case and that there's a lot of misinformation out there and that people are still dying, more young people getting it. I hope he listened to me, too young to get sick and potentially die. Staff walking around without masks at another drug store too, coming very close to customers and myself. Why aren't people taking this more seriously?

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