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.
Posted by Brian Rozinsky at 12:11 PM