This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Saturday, May 30, 2020


I attended a meeting the other day to discuss guidelines being mandated in order for Buzzy's to reopen.  While several topics were reviewed, a lot of our discussion focused on the wearing of masks and how that requirement would be followed and/or enforced at Buzzy's.  (For the record all of the attendees at this meeting did have their masks on.  However, it soon became obvious from our discussions that not everyone was comfortable about having to wear one.) 

Sad isn't it that the whole wearing-a-mask thing has become something of a contentious issue?  All of that "we're in this together" happy happy seems to have faded away and now we are engaged in some kind of mask wars (click here.)   

Personally, I too don't like wearing a mask for any length of time.  I don't think anyone does.  However, I do acknowledge that it's not a bad idea to do so given what we're dealing with.  With an 88 year old Mom not doing well and both of my 80 year old plus in-laws living with me, I can't risk picking up anything virusy that could take any of them outta here.  So, I wear the mask.

Health worries aside, wearing a mask is also mandatory iaw Gov. Hogan's orders.  Yet, for me to ask someone who has spent 8 hours at their workplace during the day wearing a mask to come into Buzzy's in the evening and sit behind the counter another 3 or 4 hours with a mask on seems like a lot to ask.  Also, to put that person in a position of having to deal with folks coming into the Store without a mask is also a problem.  

My way of dealing with contentious issues is to not deal with them.  It drives my wife Pam crazy that when it comes to a fight or flight matter, I'm gone.  My bottom line is that life is just too short to be spent in any kind of combat mode. 

Thus, the whole issue of reopening Buzzy's and having to deal with folks who refuse to wear a mask when they come into the Store just makes me not want to reopen anytime soon.  A buddy of mine suggested a compromise solution of "Locals are ok not having a mask on, but when we see someone we don't know come into the Store, then we'll put 'em on."  I told him that I was unaware of any virus antibody being present only in locals.  What I didn't tell him is that I would be more leery of unmasked locals than I would be of masked tourists. 

Anyhow, I hope all this plays itself out and things get better before they get worse.  Problem is, nobody really knows.  

P.S.  If you have any feedback one way or the other on this whole mask issue please let me know.  Maybe I am worrying about nothing and over thinking this.  Again, nobody knows.

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