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Square Odds #8: Oddly Anti-Social

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My Choices for this Week: Oddly Anti-social

Museums and antique stores are great places to find odd items. Below is one sock doll that can’t read very well. Or maybe she’s announcing that she won’t hold anything in her lap. Nutter Butter, my cat, would not like that sign.

Have our social norms changed since 2020? If so, what role does the mask play?

Since masks have come into vogue, here are some of the outside-the-box/odd advantages.

  • I don’t need to smile as often. Even though I still do – I can’t help myself.
  • No make up needed, and since I don’t need lipstick, I just skip it all.
  • It protects my lips in the cold weather.
  • Mouthwash also unnecessary unless I want to protect myself from myself.

What odd advantages can you think of since masks started being the norm?


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    • I agree, masks in the winder keep us warmer. We really needed them last year. This year hasn’t seemed so cold to me. I prefer smiling, but when I’m wearing a mask, I don’t have to. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I wore a mask everywhere, even at home when Vince had Omicron. I don’t wear one now and even the doctors in this area say we don’t really need one. No stores require them. I wear one at the public library and at doctors’ offices which require them, but not all do. I don’t need one when I have my veins operated on. They all wear masks, but I don’t.


        • They are recommended only here. Most places don’t enforce, so we see maybe 1/3 to 1/4 of the people wearing masks depending on the situation. Pepole rarely wear masks at private gatherings, in my experience. But we don’t go to too many of those. Restaurants have maybe 1/50 people wearing masks.


  1. Hi, Marsha – I like the side benefits that you suggested for mask wearing.
    In addition, a polish study has indicated that for those with social anxiety, wearing a mask can help increase a person’s sense of control/well-being and lower anxiety.

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  2. The mask advantages had me nodding in agreement. I can happily avoid the small talk and go about my work anonymously although the fogging of glasses remains a pain. ๐Ÿ˜„Iโ€™ve tried the nose clip and wearing the mask right up to my eyeballs. Many times, nothing works!

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    • LOL! What I hate is when it hits me in the eyelashes or worse in the eyeball. I’m not a super fan because I have trouble breathing in them. When Vince got sick, I wore them almost constantly and I got some good ones that didn’t bother me quite so much.

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  3. Mask have a lot of advantages. In last 2 and a quarter year I just had respiratory infection just once. I donโ€™t spend money on makeup any more. Can go with threading, waxing etc of upper lip.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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