Can’t we all just get along?
I was shopping and came out of the store to find this (the note in the picture above) folded up and stuck in my driver’s door. They wanted to be sure I didn’t miss it.
When I was going to the parking lot I had seen an older man (somewhere around 70–80-crypt) walking around, going in and out and around the cars. I figured he couldn’t remember where he’d parked. We’ve all been there. Then I saw the note in my door and realized hey… wait a minute… he was right there by my car. He’d been next to my driver’s door, and nobody was parked next to me. So he wasn’t looking for his car. He was looking for California license plates! And… guess what…. he wasn’t wearing a mask. Go figure.
I posted it on Facebook, and a friend said she’d gotten the same note in the parking lot of a different store, same town. This guy is either part of an elite team or he’s getting around.
To be honest, when I first saw the note I hoped it would be something religious because I just love the craziness you see in some of those. Especially around Easter. But, nope, it was about the Coronavirus, Covid-19, the Rona, the Ro-Ro. Ugh.
Let me back up a little bit. Yes, I do live in California. Yes, I do shop in Arizona. Yes, I would rather shop in California and stay the hell away from those rednecks who drive by screaming “go back to Commiefornia!”
My little podunk California town that borders your little podunk Arizona town, with only a river to geographically divide us, has no grocery store, no clothing stores. We have three drive-thrus and one restaurant, and all of them are great if you love-love-love hamburgers. We used to have more, but the economy hit us hard in early 2000s and we’ve never quite recovered.
I live 23 miles away from the parking lot where I got this note. Does the man not know about my town? Does he not know we have no stores? Doesn’t he realize we are part of his economy? Maybe he thinks all Californians (sorry — Commiefornians) are from Los Angeles. Maybe he thinks I’m there vacationing at Target because that’s what he’d do.
You know what I think? I think he’s just a rude person, probably angry at nearly everything in his life, and he’s got a new excuse to ‘speak his mind’. The Coronavirus has given him that excuse, and yee-haw! he’s not gonna waste that opportunity.
But that’s just scratching the surface of what’s so ridiculous about this little note
Seriously? People in California are bringing the covid to Arizona? We’re the reason you’re seeing spikes? I don’t think so.
From the get-go, Arizona resisted everything about being careful with this pandemic. They refused to wear masks, kept their stores open, protested, and laughed at everyone else. California was the opposite, and living so close to Arizona we got to see first-hand the big differences. In those first weeks and months the streets in my town were empty. If you drove into Arizona it was like any other day, any other time. A few shops closed, but people congregated in the parking lots selling hot dogs and sodas. They had community barbeques with country music and “I’m Amurkin!” flags flying on their cars. Even after Arizona finally came to its senses and started requiring masks, the people flaunted their “rights”. They yelled at employees who wouldn’t let them into a store without a mask. Ahh…. We’ve all seen the videos.
My little town, being so close to Arizona, has a lot of residents who think we should be like Arizona. When things were looking a little bit better — before the second wave — our genius city council passed a resolution that we are a “Constitutional Sanctuary City”. Whatever the heck that means. Oh, I know what it means. We should be allowed to be like Arizona.
So, back to the cute little note. I do understand that a lot of Californians who had an RV or a second home in Arizona flocked to the state where they could breathe. But they’ve been in Arizona all this time, so you can’t really blame them for bringing the virus. They’re one of you.
Do you know when we’ve seen spikes in the Arizona side of our area? We saw spikes after holidays. We saw a spike after they refused to cancel their October festival. We saw a spike after a few hundred people squeezed close together for a quick campaign visit by their president. (I put their president in italics because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard them squawk He’s My President!)
Trust me, I’d love to say buh-bye to the rude rednecks
Like my headline says, the Coronavirus has given people an excuse to be rude. People who were already rude now have one more reason to treat others like… well, you know.
Trust me, when my town finally gets a grocery store, a place to buy clothes, a little bit of variety for dining out (when we feel safe to do that again), I’m going to be more than happy to stay on my slightly-less-insane side of the river.