What/who's out there? Don't post store names.

Posted by Z @zeiracorp, Thu, Mar 26 4:49pm

There are those who have to be out there to some degree.

We are not under stay-at-home order where I am (yet). We are limiting our trips out to essentials and few locations as possible.

Some items remain totally out of stock in the two places I checked:
Toilet paper (although I did find a small out of the way place that had some and got some cheap stuff in)
Disinfectant spray
Disinfectant wipes
Alcohol
Gallon jugs of water (I did find some distilled in small quantities)

Some items I did see in-stock:
Milk (full refrigeration units this afternoon)
Frozen pizza (even some on-sale)
General refrigerated aisle in small store had a lot of food & drinks
General packaged foods

People:
Sparse traffic on roads
Few cars at stores
Clerks are tired and stressed. One store built a clear plastic barrier in front of the cash register with a square hole in it for products and payment. Good idea and well-executed. Looked like a homemade bank window. I like that.

General public – I encountered silent and unfriendly attitudes, like being snotty with people might fend off the virus.
People, that's not what social distancing means. It means to keep physical distance between you and others. A friendly attitude or greeting would be a good practise right now, not a cold glare that says, "You're in my world and you don't belong there."

Hi @zeiracorp my experience in stores is the same as yours. The grocery store limited the number of shoppers inside the store. We all waited patiently (in the cold and snow) keeping a minimum of 6 feet between us. This didn't stop people from striking up conversations. I heard people explain social distancing to others, kindly. Letting older people know about the early hour designated for senior and people with comprised immune systems.

Once inside the store, it was remarkably pleasant. It was so quiet because people were shopping alone, no kids, no conversation. Even the music was pleasant. People hurried along in consideration of the shoppers waiting outside.

My experience when seeing others outside when going for a walk or run differs from yours. I'm seeing many more smiles on the street and waves between strangers. Everyone is out alone, so a quick passing may be the only social encounter my neighbor may have that day. So many seem to make sure to say hi and smile, even if they don't know each other.

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@zeiracorp Had to pick up some meds for one of my dogs. Went to a neighborhood grocery store. When there Checked to see if they had eggs. Not many, but I found some brown eggs that were a good price. Shelves were no too bad, but yes, paper products were pretty cleaned out. Some folks were grim, but most were polite and friendly. We were required to use a basket so we would distance ourselves from each other. Not everyone was doing this, but mos did. By and large, it was a pleasant experience. The store had masks and gloves, hand sanitizer, etc. those who wanted them as they went into the store.
Texans by and parge are friendly.

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Hi, fellow Texan, Glad to read that your grocery experience was pleasant and that you were able to purchase some of what you needed. If all will remain courteous and respectful, we will get through this much sooner. I think "calm" is the name of the game for most of us. Thanks for sharing.

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I'm calm…[left eye twitches….] 🙂

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@colleenyoung

Hi @zeiracorp my experience in stores is the same as yours. The grocery store limited the number of shoppers inside the store. We all waited patiently (in the cold and snow) keeping a minimum of 6 feet between us. This didn't stop people from striking up conversations. I heard people explain social distancing to others, kindly. Letting older people know about the early hour designated for senior and people with comprised immune systems.

Once inside the store, it was remarkably pleasant. It was so quiet because people were shopping alone, no kids, no conversation. Even the music was pleasant. People hurried along in consideration of the shoppers waiting outside.

My experience when seeing others outside when going for a walk or run differs from yours. I'm seeing many more smiles on the street and waves between strangers. Everyone is out alone, so a quick passing may be the only social encounter my neighbor may have that day. So many seem to make sure to say hi and smile, even if they don't know each other.

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@colleenyoung– Smiles are the best and a greeting!

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@merpreb

@colleenyoung– Smiles are the best and a greeting!

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@merpreb…and you have a great smile 🙂

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@zeiracorp Hi fellow Pa. When I go out or even in here people are more friendly in smiles ,waves . There is no sense like you said in being snooty about this the virus is very serious. The ship Mercy is docking today in the L.A. port down here near Long Beach port its the San Pedro port where the USS Iowa is docked also. Here in L. B. port we have the Queen Mary and the Carnival is also. Stay safe

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@zeiracorp

I'm calm…[left eye twitches….] 🙂

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hehehe (right eye twitch,,..) Glad to see your witty humor. Yes, going to the grocery store is an adventure. We saw a women leaving with her face mask dangling and coughing. Fortunately, we were walking far enough away to not be a danger. Decided to shop in the wee morning hours when the shoppers are scarce; and easier to maneuver the store. Just trying to be smart

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Grocery shopping at the elderly hour (around 6:15AM Saturday 03-29-2020). I think you'll find similar traffic at a lot of stores. A good many people, but not crowded. There were some things available in limited quantities. They are limiting how many per household can be taken on some items (and I'm all for it, because if they don't, morons will take it all). So we were able to, among most of the usual things we use, get 2 rolls of TP, 1 can of spray disinfectant, 1 tube of wipes. Clerks were throwing away a LOT of nice, hand-sliced deli meats from the cooler rack. I don't know if they just didn't sell and were out of code, or if they were told they couldn't sell them. Moods of people varied, but I didn't see anybody getting ignorant. Some were actually friendly. One guy went running across the parking lot to his car like the virus was chasing him (Lord help us how insane people get). Sorry the photo was shot through a dirty windshield using the steering wheel as a camera rest.

At this stage of the game, please do NOT hoard stuff. Every store person I've talked to says they can get supply and there would be sufficient products on the shelves if people would just not panic-buy.

Maybe when this is over, people who were caught short due to a lack of planning will reconsider their self-sufficiency and food/supply storage. Now is NOT the time to try & play catch-up. There's lots of information to study online and some people have sensible preparedness down to an art. You can do an amazing amount of storage in surprisingly small spaces if it's organized well. I'm not too good at it. No place to put even the things I use every day. Stuff gets stacked right quick at my house. It's something I am going to try to improve.

I was always a very unsuccessful gardener. I can effortlessly kill anything that grows. I did grow some really pretty nasturtiums one time, but that is literally about the only plant I ever planted that grew. I really envy those who produce these wonderful vegetables every year. I've met some of the most unlikely people who were MASTER gardeners (and cooks). Interesting. People I just wouldn't have expected to have those skills.

Other than get groceries I have literally not done squat today. The past two weeks has flown by because I'm working from home and have to stay at the phone and computers. I missed two text messages (I probably had to go to the toilet) and I'll probably be disciplined for it when I return to hell, ..um…I mean on-site work.

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Z., this tickled my funny bone: "I was always a very unsuccessful gardener. I can effortlessly kill anything that grows." As an avid gardener, I also have the greatest respect for our farmers. If I had to survive on veggies attempted in my garden, it would be a hungry life indeed.

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Sunday 03-29-2020 afternoon. Picking up water and groceries. A few cars at the small grocery store, almost none at the plaza and none at the water pavillion. The sub shop in that plaza is open for take out. No problem getting water. We don't drink our tap water, so this is nothing new to us. We *could* drink our tap water as it's been certified OK, but having had good tasting water where we lived before, we know the difference so bottled water is what we drink. There were people everywhere, but not a lot of them. They seemed "on a mission," like us. I asked one clerk if he'd seen any zombies, and he said, "Just the kind with those glowing square things held up in front of them poking at 'em."

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Good afternoon. I should take a photo of our lake which is in the center of our town. We live a block off so it’s an easy walk for me. 4-5 mile walk if you go around the entire lake. Today, it was me and a few other humans AND a whole bunch of ducks and geese. Springtime and they are paired up getting ready to have babies. Everybody gets very excited and are careful not to stress the mommies out!!!

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@virgo1952

Good afternoon. I should take a photo of our lake which is in the center of our town. We live a block off so it’s an easy walk for me. 4-5 mile walk if you go around the entire lake. Today, it was me and a few other humans AND a whole bunch of ducks and geese. Springtime and they are paired up getting ready to have babies. Everybody gets very excited and are careful not to stress the mommies out!!!

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@virgo1952 Yes please do Id like to see it others probably would also. Love to see the new babies with there mom duck or chickens or other animals

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