Apr 292020

Yesterday we donned face masks and gloves and ventured out to get groceries for the first time in almost three weeks. Our first stop was at Walgreens to pick up a prescription, and while we were there, we found some Bounty paper towels, limit one package per customer, and snagged one. They were entirely out of toilet paper, isopropyl alcohol, hand sanitizer, or any kind of disinfectant wipes.

From there, we went across the street to Publix and bought enough groceries to last at least two or three weeks. Again, no toilet paper, no paper towels, no hand sanitizer or bleach. They were also completely out of chicken, though there were some turkey wings, and the beef and pork selection was noticeably down from normal. We did find plenty of milk, butter, and eggs. In both places, only about half the customers were wearing masks, and about the same number practicing social distancing.

I have seen the way people are hoarding toilet paper and hand sanitizer, gathering in groups because they are bored, and not wearing masks in public. I believe we are in big trouble if we expect these same people to act responsibly when state and local governments start lifting restrictions to open up the economy. Our governor said people need to use common sense as things begin to reopen. Apparently, he’s been in politics and away from the real world for so long that he is unaware of just how rare common sense is. You guys go ahead and do your thing, we’ll just stay home and stay alive if it’s all the same to you.

Back at home, we pulled the van into the garage and wiped everything down as we put it away, then took off our clothes and put them right into the washing machine while we cleaned up. I know this seems like overkill to some, and maybe they are right. But here’s the way I look at it – if we are right, we help keep ourselves healthy. If the naysayers are right, who do our actions hurt?

I have heard masks don’t really protect you. Maybe, maybe not. But again, who does it hurt if we wear them? To me, this graphic pretty much says it all.

With the groceries put away, clothes washed, and ourselves cleaned up, Miss Terry (who never stops) set about making dinner. And what a delicious dinner it was! Baked rock shrimp and homemade cheese grits. Being right on the ocean, we have a lot of excellent seafood restaurants in this area, and we enjoy many of them. But as far as I’m concerned, none of them serve anything close to what my lady turns out on a regular basis. Yes, I know. I am very spoiled.

Today I will read over what I have written so far in my new Big Lake book and make corrections. Then if there is any time left, I will try to hammer out a couple thousand more words.

Thought For The Day – There are two kinds of people in the world: those who pee in the shower and liars.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  6 Responses to “Common Sense Is So Rare”

  1. Nick,
    Enjoyed today’s post and saw your picture. I must say you’re looking better! It must be the mask! 😉

  2. I don’t think a mask is going to hurt either…

    I’ve never heard of Rock Shrimp before but I’m more of a eat whatever shrimp is in front of me without asking questions kind of person!

  3. Your newest book, ‘The Road to Wrinkle Rance’ is your best yet. Although I like the Big Lake series best, living here in Arizona, this latest John Lee Quarrels novel is excellent. Keep up the good work and Be Safe.

  4. If it helps you be more comfortable, the Surgeon General has said that wearing a mask protects other people from you. It does not protect you from other people. Probably because your eyes are not protected. Knowing this I have never worn a mask and, because of being cooped up, probably never will.

  5. Jerry, We also wear safety glasses when we go out. We are aware that nothing is foolproof, but we take every precaution we can.

  6. Always using common sense it’s the best way. Keep on keeping safe we are as well here in Helena Mt. doing what we feel is best as seniors. It’s like one person said regarding God if you believe there is a God and find it to be true good for you, If you don’t and find out there is is oops

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