The other day I blogged about how Dave Blondin, the owner of Prime Fitness in Oxford, opened his doors on Monday in defiance of the lockdown. He urged other gym owners to do the same, but it seems like no one joined him. I had no idea at the time I wrote the blog that Dave Blondin was the owner, but he actually used to be a student of mine at Shepherd Hill 14 years ago. I taught him about Rosa Parks, and now he has become the Coronavirus Rosa Parks. I can honestly say that I’ve never been more proud of a former student than I am of David Blondin right now. And I can honestly say I’ve never been more proud of a former student than I am of him right now, because the tyrants who run the Town of Oxford are threatening to use the power of the police to shut down his business.
“We all have a role to play in making this as safe a re-opening as possible.”
The “role” of David Blondin and other business owners was to shut down their businesses for 15 days to “flatten the curve.” They’ve played their role and intentionally tanked their own businesses. Meanwhile hacks like Town Manager Jennifer Callahan are getting paid to write threatening letters like this and have not been affected by the pandemic in the least.
Jennifer Callahan is the definition of a bureaucrat. She went to private schools her whole life, used to be a State Rep before losing to Ryan Fattman years ago, and has moved from one admin job to the next. The man she replaced as Town Manager in 2018 got paid $98,491 that year, so it’s safe to say she’s making triple figures. She’s also a former RN, which to me makes her opinion on this whole situation rather biased.
Tyrant Callahan filed an injunction and this morning she sent her thug Thomas Purcell, the head of the Oxford Board of Health, to Prime Fitness.
Just look at this man.
Of course this moron couldn’t even be bothered to put a mask on, knowing full well the cameras would be there, because the tyrants who run our country know damn well that the mask order is ridiculous and does nothing to stop the spread of COVID.
The guy with five chins is telling the gym owner what is and isn’t healthy. This is where America is at right now. If this pork roll really cared about public health in Oxford he’d be signing up for a membership.
The problem with this country is that we don’t consider our obesity problem to be a public health crisis, but it is. We glamorize being “plus sized” and call out doctors for “body shaming” when they tell patients that they need to lose weight. Michelle Obama recognized this which is why she dedicated her 8 years as First Lady to focusing on healthy living for kids. We’re dealing with a virus that primarily preys on the elderly, sick, and morbidly obese, and our solution was to close down gyms? Brilliant.
Gyms are essential. Not just to the owners and employees who depend on them to make a living, but to the people who go there. I’ve personally gained 10 pounds during quarantine. Prior to the lockdown I went on a semi-daily basis because I need to sweat for 45 minutes a day for my own sanity. I don’t lift weights because I don’t have time, but I do cardio because like to keep my heart rate up, I like to remain agile, and I need a place where I can get away from it all and take a mental and physical break. I’m a runner by nature, but I can’t run outside because I’m 38 and my achilles is pretty much permanently destroyed at this point. I feel gross and disgusting all hours of the day now, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. A lack of exercise affects you mentally and physically.
There’s absolutely no reason gyms can’t be open right now, especially Dave Blondin’s. Does this look dangerous to you?
If Walmart can take proper precautions to limit the transmission of a disease that isn’t a deadly threat to 99.9% of the population, then gyms can too.
Oxford’s State Rep is Paul Frost and their State Senator is Ryan Fattman. I plan on contacting them both for comment on this story, but they both should be vocal in their support for Dave Blondin and other gym owners. Small businesses like this are the life blood for the community, and the product that is provided by places like this (exercise, health, fitness) is essential to the community.
P.S. If they actually cared about public safety in Oxford they’d outlaw Carl’s Diner and their mammoth sized portions of sausage. Just kidding, I love Carl’s. I just need places like Prime Fitness to exist in order to justify going there.
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