Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Market report - 3.18 #sol20 Story Challenge

Rode my bicycle to a grocery store before dawn this morning. Figured, Can't hoard if I've got to pedal it home myself. My first such expedition since the widespread shutdown and related distancing directives. Not too many shoppers at this hour. Not too much on the shelves either, though enough to get by and then some. Reminded myself, Glass half full, not empty. Provided you don't require hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels, chicken, tofu, onions, potatoes, dried beans, rice, noodles that aren't lasagna or manicotti. Fretted one regret: Maybe I'm too early, the restocking crew comes later. A few other shoppers with their carts shuffled about. "Slim pickings," one said, "but not as bad as Frederick." Every fifth or sixth person wore a surgical mask or gloves or both. Or maybe I kept seeing the same people over and over, circling each other, dazed. Hard to say, given my own half-trance. Answering my prior musing, seemingly, a produce clerk piled broccoli heads and bell peppers in the sparse refrigerated case. Nabbed some of each to supplement frozen vegetables. Then, herded my biggest order ever through the self checkout line, only register game in town. Wobbled my two-wheeled mule home where I washed my hands more than once.

5 comments:

  1. Hear you should wash off all the packaging too. I went to the store today as well. A little freaky. Not much there. This time. Made a list and had my typical plan for cooking. Again just buy what you need though the threat of shelter in place approaches. Kept a Clorox wipe in hand. How did we get here?

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  2. I could visualize your dawn bicycle ride and your trance-like state. Loved the scene you created with "Or maybe I kept seeing the same people over and over, circling each other, dazed." Such a funny image. And then came the broccoli heads: was there music playing in the distance? Enjoy your vegetable medley.

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  3. "Wobbled my two-wheeled mule home where I washed my hands more than once." We've already been to the grocery store once for friends who are in self quarantine. We'll have to go again tomorrow because we have an exchange student who drinks more milk than I could ever have imagined. Love the way your bicycle starts as a bike but, like the situation, devolves (maybe) into a mule. Things are a little wonky...

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  4. Brian, you succinctly provided a scenario that is all-to-familiar. Face masks, sparsity, and wipes-if only I could find the later then I would feel better about touching the shopping cart or picking up packages...

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  5. I mean, this is crazy! I hate this new reality. I hate the stores being empty and not having what we need. Every children's Tylenol is gone. How long can this last? You guys are all shut down too? NY has so many cases. We are here for the duration.

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