A beloved local musician shares more perspective on his pandemic story . . .
There were times, he said, when visitors to O’Malley’s came in mask-less. It made Reeder mad.
“I told ’em to leave,” he said. “You look at these people in the audience not wearing masks. I said, ‘If you can’t wear a mask, then get out.’ . . . My reaction to it is that it’s inconsiderate. It’s disrespectful to others. I mean, people wear seat belts because it keeps you from dying. It’s the same thing. You wear the mask, you save everybody in the car, you know. But I find (the argument) so absurd that it’s cutting into their freedom. They’re free to go the hospital. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody, because what I went through is life changing. It’s changed the way we live, the way we see things.”
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To hear (Reeder) tell it, the disease threw him against the wall and wiped the floor with him. Bob Reeder, a well-traveled folk singer known for his penchant for Irish ballads and limericks, has a story to tell. Bob, you see, has been to the other side and back.