I ventured out of my lock down burrow yesterday and went grocery shopping for the first time in 21 days. It was quite a learning experience.
I learned Wal Mart has a bizarrely convoluted maze of barricades at the entrance so you can’t use the same door as those who are exiting. They have staff wiping down carts, cashiers wiping down check out lanes and six foot distancing markers on the floors. The one thing they didn’t have?
A single employee wearing a mask. To which I say…. WTH?
At my second stop, a grocery chain called Shaws…. I learned there are 2 staff members with clickers and clipboards counting customers at the entrance so no more than 75 people can be in the store at the same time. They have arrows for one way aisles, distancing markers at the checkout and a ban on bringing reusable bags from home. The one thing they didn’t have?
A single employee wearing a mask. To which I say…. WTF?
I got hollered at for putting my groceries on the check out conveyor belt too soon, by a cashier who wouldn’t wear a mask. Smarten up people! Half measures are no measures. We need to get on top of this thing…. my local pub misses me!
Other things I learned?
I don’t look good in a mask.
And there’s still no toilet paper.
There was plenty of deodorant, but no toothpaste…. because apparently clean minty breath is more important than body odor during pandemics.
You want flour?
Sorry, no can do.
Oh, there are full shelves here and there.
But they’re filled with such things as Tumeric pasta and….
There was no shortage of those.
This item was fully stocked as well.
Clearly I’m not the only one who hates cilantro.
I also learned you can’t wear reading glasses while sporting an N95 mask. Nope. If you do…. those little suckers will fog up like the back of your teenage boyfriend’s Chevy van on prom night.
I came home with something I didn’t want or need simply because I couldn’t read the damn thing.
I also learned that if you’re menopausal and prone to hot flashes? You’re not going to enjoy going out in public for the foreseeable future.
The mask I wore is great, it filters out all the harmful particles… but breathing through it? Not so great.
I overheated to a temperature approaching the surface of the sun within 5 minutes…. then turned a bright feverish red and had to finish shopping quickly before I melted into a puddle in the dairy section.
Think I’m kidding?
I’m not sick, just splotchy. Honest!