So I wasn’t intending to post again today, but I just saw something kind of scary and sad. I decided to walk from work to the Grand Dame restaurant, which has free wifi and which is an expat mecca due to the foregoing and due to its remarkably passable sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas in European style. So it had been absolutely pouring rain, but the rain had slacked off so instead of taking a cab or something, I walked. Naturally, the heavens opened and the deluge commenced once I was far enough away from the office to not want to head back but still plenty far from the Dame.
As I dodged the raindrops with my dodgy umbrella, Tajiks without umbrellas or jackets bolted every which way to avoid the wet. Some people took whatever piece of plastic they could find and covered the top of their heads or wrapped their hats in it, which seemed reasonable, if a bit of overkill. As I jumped a puddle and wondered when the sunshine in the distance would mean the end of the torrents of rain, I looked to my right and saw the illogical extension of the plastic coverings: a father had covered the entire head of his child in the plastic bag! And they were only going 10 feet to an open car door!
Maybe I shouldn’t be shocked, because if this didn’t happen, they wouldn’t put the warning not to do it on the bags, right? And maybe it’s not as bad because they were only going a little way like that. But still, a little common sense should apply by parents, like, a child getting wet is not as big a problem as a child asphyxiating. Right, right, who am I to be judgmental. But I think this was pretty problematic. I suppose it’s not as bad as stealing an election, but bad nonetheless.