A couple of questions for you to ponder this morning. Totally unrelated, except for the fact that I’ve been thinking about them both overnight.
Q1: somewhat serious
Early yesterday evening, Rose and I went into a large, cheery, busy and welcoming riverside pub/restaurant. A great spot, and we’ll go back. I was conscious, though, that there must have been around 150 people there, and large numbers coming and going throughout our visit (they did takeaways too), yet in the whole evening I saw nobody — literally nobody — wearing a mask except the two of us.
This is, increasingly, my experience in other situations too, anywhere outside supermarkets and town-centre shops. At what point do we stop looking like sensible good citizens and start looking like tin-foil-hat wearers?
Q2: more frivolous
If a fairy appeared and offered to grant you a wish which, for the relief of humankind’s frustration, would eliminate just one of the following from the human experience, which would you choose?
- Sticky labels that don’t peel off cleanly, leaving adhesive behind.
- Packaging that requires a knife or scissors to open.
- Zips that get caught on things or jam at inconvenient times.
- Pens that run out halfway through the sentence.
Remember, you can only choose one. Answers in the comments, please, or on a postcard addressed to Santa Claus.
I thought about asking ‘If a venture capitalist is considering investing in research which could rid the world of one of the following, which would make him or her the most money?’ But, sadly, the route to direct return on investment is not too obvious for some of the above. So it would need to be a fairy. Or a great philanthropist.
If you want to ensure that people build statues in your honour and put blue plaques on your former residences, you know what to do…