Patterico's Pontifications


Today at the Beach

Filed under: General — JVW @ 6:53 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Los Angeles County beaches re-opened this past Wednesday, under strict regulations designed to limit the chances of large crowds congregating together. These rules dictated that beachgoers could only walk along the sand or the adjacent paved roads, and they could go in the water to swim or surf. Face coverings were to be worn when not in the water, and social distancing was to be maintained at all times. According to the regulations, bicycles were not to be allowed on the paved roads (probably to provide more walking space to pedestrians), nor were patrons to be permitted to relax on the sand in beach chairs or on towels. No organized sports such as volleyball were to be permitted either.

I have been taking walks along the beaches on a daily basis since they reopened, and this afternoon I went in for a quick swim. I can report to you that the regulations are being largely ignored: fewer than half the people on the beach are wearing masks, plenty of people have been sitting around in chairs and on towels, groups of teenagers (mask-less, naturally) were congregating together, people were playing sand soccer and tossing around a football, and a few bicyclists had decided to ride on the beach road. I doubt that the county intends for the lifeguards to enforce the rules, and as far as I could tell there was absolutely nobody from the local police or sheriff departments there to hassle people for noncompliance.

So now the big question remains as to whether the coven of Karens which has been dictating rules and regulations will be forgiving of the misdemeanors or if they will take great umbrage at the undermining of their authority and seek to reimpose the closures. It was always manifestly daft to think that beachgoers wouldn’t sit down and rest on the sand while their kids surfed and swam, or that teenage schoolmates who in some cases haven’t seen each other in two months wouldn’t decide to hang out together, mandates be dammed. If the county were to try to reimpose the beach closure I think they would have a great deal of civil unrest on their hands, especially with the summer months coming. Local media, while acknowledging the lax following of rules, are reporting generally positive weekend results. Here’s hoping that County Health Director Barbara Ferrer along with Mayor Eric Garcetti and his minions on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agree.


Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 108

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,General,Music — Patterico @ 12:01 am

It is the sixth Sunday of Easter. Today’s Bach cantata is “Es ist euch gut, daß ich hingehe” (It is good for you that I leave):

Today’s Gospel reading is John 14:15-21:

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words, echoing the Gospel’s message in the Farewell Discourses:

It is good for you that I leave; for if I did not go, the Comforter would not come to you. Since I go, however, I will send Him to you.

. . . .

Thus Your Spirit will guide me,
so that I walk on the right path;
if through Your departure He comes indeed to me,
I ask with concern: ah, is He not already here?

But when that one, the Spirit of Truth, shall come, He shall lead you into all truth. For He will not speak of Himself, rather what He has heard, that will He speak of; and what is to come, He will foretell.

. . . .

Your Spirit, which God sends from heaven,
leads everything that loves Him,
upon well-paved roads.
He places and rights our feet,
so that they will not step amiss,
beyond where blessing is to be found.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

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