This in on my mind.   THE “RIGHT” OF FREEDOM.   THE FOURTH OF JULY.  THE USA.  My friends.  My family.  

Are you one of the people who thinks that you are free  to do what you choose?  That it is your Right to do what you choose?  OR, that the virus will not hit you?  OR, so what if it does?  That you will get over it!!  That you are free to say what you want, do what you want, go where you want, wear a mask if you want, shoot a gun if you want, have sex with whomever you want, run for president if you want?    Yes?  Isn’t that “the American Dream”?  Does freedom come with a price??  Must we all pay it?  Are we all “bottom feeders”?  What?????? 

My mother used to fish in the lake all the time.  She loved to fish.  And, if she got a “bite”, she would get excited and work to “bring it in”.  But, if she saw it was a “carp”, she would frown in disappointment because carp were large fish that feed on other fish and eat whatever and take advantage of other fish.  She called them “bottom feeders”.  I have been thinking a lot about people who take advantage for sport or maybe for survival.  Bottom Feeders?  All of it so that they can say that they are “free”? 

But, this is the problem.  The Bottom Feeders get to live and swim freely in the lake.  The other fish are at jeopardy.  Oops.  So what does this tell us?  There is NO poetic justice.  Haha.  Well, I knew that.  But, it also says, “Beware!  There are Bottom Feeders EVERYWHERE, swimming around.  Even eating the worms intended for you.  So, they save your life (for a moment) and they take advantage.  Ugh.  I HATE this message.  Well, I am not sure what the point is, but maybe you do.  I will try once more – Life is NOT fair and there is NO poetic justice.  BEWARE of Bottom Feeders.  Just when you have hope you caught something for dinner, you haven’t.  (This is getting more depressing by the minute. Haha).  I guess it all depends on whether you are the fish or the fisherman. Thus it depends on your point of view. Either way, it is not new news or good news.  Maybe this wasn’t a good analogy.  Too late.  Swim at your own risk.  And, sign this waiver not to sue the Lake Owner before going into the water.

“Welcome to the Freedom Cafe! We trust you to make your own choices if you want to wear a face mask. And, in the same spirit of individual liberty, we allow our staff to make their own choices about the safety procedures they prefer to follow as they prepare and serve your food.

We encourage employees to wash their hands after using the bathroom, but understand that some people may be allergic to certain soaps or may simply prefer not to wash their hands. It is not our place to tell them what to do.
We understand that you may be used to chicken that has been cooked to 165 degrees. We do have to respect that some of our cooks may have seen a meme or a YouTube video saying that 100 degrees is sufficient, and we do not want to encroach on their beliefs.

Some of our cooks may prefer to use the same utensils for multiple ingredients, including ingredients some customers are allergic to. That is a cook’s right to do so.

Some servers may wish to touch your food as they serve it. There is no reason that a healthy person with clean hands can’t touch your food. We will take their word for it that they are healthy and clean.

Water temperature and detergent are highly personal choices, and we allow our dishwashing team to decide how they’d prefer to wash the silverware you will put in your mouth.

Some of you may get sick, but almost everyone survives food poisoning. We think you’ll agree that it’s a small price to pay for the sweet freedom of no one ever being told what to do – and especially not for the silly reason of keeping strangers healthy.”

OOPS.  Well, did you not get the MEMO?  Did my mother call you a “bottom feeder” and throw you back into the lake as not worth keeping?  Like “carp”?    What??????   Did anyone tell you that freedom comes with a price?  …that freedom is your “Right”as an American?  Who gave you that Right?  Says who?  


Best, Jay

Donation – Beginning Again in PARIS)

Thanks for helping me afford where I am going AGAIN in Paris. I will do my best! Thanks, Jay



Published by jjaywmac

Jay W. MacIntosh (born Janet Tallulah Jewell) is a retired attorney, actress, and writer from the United States, living in Paris, France. She is a member of the California Bar and selected to the 2018, 2019, 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list. She holds a Master’s Degree in Drama from the University of Georgia and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Zodiac Scholastic Society. As an actress, she is a member of The Actors Studio, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), SAG-AFTRA, and ASCAP, performing in film and television in the United States and France. Her published works include Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 1, Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 2, The Origins of George Bernard Shaw’s Life Force Philosophy, Moments in Time, Capturing Beauty, JAYSPEAK on the Côte d’Azur, and Janet Tallulah.


  1. Reblogged this on JAYSPEAK and commented:

    How was it? We won’t know who got sick for some days yet. I have reworked some of this post, and decided to reblog it. Not sure I like it, but here goes. Good luck with all of it. Just saying………


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