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

Posted by - @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."

@virgo1952

Tried downloading a short video in the mischievous bluebirds. I apologize if didn't work. May not fit the dimensions required??? I had two turkeys I raised. Mrs Xmas and Mr Thanksgiving. My sick humor; and no I didn’t eat them. I did use their eggs in cooking though. Thank you for great photo. Squirrels are our cleanup crew🙃

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Boo hoo I don’t think it worked oh well. .

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@virgo1952

Tried downloading a short video in the mischievous bluebirds. I apologize if didn't work. May not fit the dimensions required??? I had two turkeys I raised. Mrs Xmas and Mr Thanksgiving. My sick humor; and no I didn’t eat them. I did use their eggs in cooking though. Thank you for great photo. Squirrels are our cleanup crew🙃

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Hi @virgo1952, You can link to a video if it's on another location but you can't upload a video directly to Connect. You can only upload PPTX, JPG, JPEG, JPE, PNG, GIF, MP3, M4A, M4B, PDF files at or less than 5 MB. 🙁

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@johnbishop

@lioness and @virgo1952, Wild Turkeys abound here in Southern Minnesota. They are always walking through my yard. This was from 2 Falls ago under my bird feeder…the cleanup crew 🙂

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We have them around where I live too.

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@johnbishop

Hi @virgo1952, You can link to a video if it's on another location but you can't upload a video directly to Connect. You can only upload PPTX, JPG, JPEG, JPE, PNG, GIF, MP3, M4A, M4B, PDF files at or less than 5 MB. 🙁

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Thank you, sir. I figured when I saw the alert that a video upload directly to Connect would not be happening. Good to know how to link it. 🤓

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@parus

Hello everyone. I do take the COVID-19 seriously and only going out for food or medications. Quiet at the stores with an overall positive attitude-especially on the part of the employees. I have shopped this grocery for years so seeing familiar faces is a comfort. I am known for being the singing customer. Not doing so at this time. The complex I live in is quiet and also rather somber. The warmer mornings I have tried to go walking. The Red Wing blackbirds have returned which is always my indication that Spring has arrived.
As I stated I do take this seriously and doing my best to stay well and safe. I do not have a mask but have improvised by wearing my bright bandannas to cover my mouth and nose. I stop by some patios to sing and call myself the masked singer. It was a popular show in the community so my appearing as such has brought some smiles and laughter. A good thing. I cannot not always do thus, but bring smiles when I do which helps me.
Would like to read more comments and have been helped by the positive attitudes. My biggest sadness comes from not having time with my grandson. We don't do live chats as he then wants to come play with grandma. Daddy is working with the public so I am not taking the risk. ARGH!!!
A very busy place here at the connect community and once again thanks to all here for a safe community!!!! YEAH TEAM!!!!

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Parus, How nice for your neighbors to have you as their very own "masked singer"! Lovely of you to be bringing smiles and laughter to the neighborhood. 'Fraid my neighbors would be throwing some of their precious eggs at me if I attempted to croak out some tunes but would love the idea. Good for you …. and for the neighbors lucky enough to have you nearby too!

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@parus Wow parus a baker , artist and singer masked to boot . So talented you are happy for you in doing all you do . I sing but out my apt window .

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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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My daughter retweet this to me…. In Malaysia now only men are allowed to go to the grocery store… Hahaha, they have no idea what the different types of vegetables like greens and onions their wives sent them to get. One man suggests the husband's have their cell phones changed before heading out to store so they can call their wives to clarify.

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Sounds like my world hehehe. I had to make my husband’s grocery list (he retired, his contribution-shopping) where he could go from aisle to aisle and the food on the list would coordinate with the aisle. Now, he will call or text me a pic of potential buys. I’m sure all we women have seen the guy in the grocery, clutching his iphone, asking questions. Sometimes, I will point the item out if I think it is appropriate. Please, male members do not take offense,BUT, if the shoe fits ………………..

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Special note – people don PPE (gloves, masks, etc.) and they think of how it is going to protect them.
Think of protecting everyone else too:

DO NOT handle items in stores then put them back on the shelf. ESPECIALLY unprotected items like produce. Touch only what you are going to buy, put it in your cart an do not put it back on the shelf after you handled it.

These are for medical personnel use, but the methods apply to anyone using PPE:

How to remove gloves without getting what's on the outside of the gloves on you:


How to don and remove an N95:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HluIkTbTBIw

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/ppe/PPE-Sequence.pdf

I am not a medical professional and this does not constitute medical or provider advice.

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@mayofeb2020

My daughter retweet this to me…. In Malaysia now only men are allowed to go to the grocery store… Hahaha, they have no idea what the different types of vegetables like greens and onions their wives sent them to get. One man suggests the husband's have their cell phones changed before heading out to store so they can call their wives to clarify.

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Wife unpacking the groceries her husband just brought home: "Why is there an artichoke in this bag?"
Husband: "I thought it was an avocado."

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@mayofeb2020

My daughter retweet this to me…. In Malaysia now only men are allowed to go to the grocery store… Hahaha, they have no idea what the different types of vegetables like greens and onions their wives sent them to get. One man suggests the husband's have their cell phones changed before heading out to store so they can call their wives to clarify.

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Oh, Mayofeb, your post about sending the men out to the grocery stores made me laugh out loud. DO hope they have their phones charged to call wives for clarification. Thank you for this! If I can find her link, a favorite female comedian..Jeanne, has a hilarious story about sending her guy to the grocery.

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@mayofeb2020

My daughter retweet this to me…. In Malaysia now only men are allowed to go to the grocery store… Hahaha, they have no idea what the different types of vegetables like greens and onions their wives sent them to get. One man suggests the husband's have their cell phones changed before heading out to store so they can call their wives to clarify.

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Found it !! Here's the link for comedian Jeanne Robertson—Sending Hubby to Grocery:

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@fiesty76

Found it !! Here's the link for comedian Jeanne Robertson—Sending Hubby to Grocery:

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@fiesty76… OMG this is hilarious!!! Love it!!! I sent the link to my daughter. Her husband never goes to the store. When she broke her ankle and needed tissues, she ordered 24 boxes from Amazon.

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@parus

Hello everyone. I do take the COVID-19 seriously and only going out for food or medications. Quiet at the stores with an overall positive attitude-especially on the part of the employees. I have shopped this grocery for years so seeing familiar faces is a comfort. I am known for being the singing customer. Not doing so at this time. The complex I live in is quiet and also rather somber. The warmer mornings I have tried to go walking. The Red Wing blackbirds have returned which is always my indication that Spring has arrived.
As I stated I do take this seriously and doing my best to stay well and safe. I do not have a mask but have improvised by wearing my bright bandannas to cover my mouth and nose. I stop by some patios to sing and call myself the masked singer. It was a popular show in the community so my appearing as such has brought some smiles and laughter. A good thing. I cannot not always do thus, but bring smiles when I do which helps me.
Would like to read more comments and have been helped by the positive attitudes. My biggest sadness comes from not having time with my grandson. We don't do live chats as he then wants to come play with grandma. Daddy is working with the public so I am not taking the risk. ARGH!!!
A very busy place here at the connect community and once again thanks to all here for a safe community!!!! YEAH TEAM!!!!

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@parus You are a hoot! I love that you call yourself the masked singer. Your community is very lucky to have you living there spreading joy to others. I'm sorry to hear you don't get to video chat with the little guy but I totally understand why he wants to come see his grandma. He obviously has a ton of fun with you. It reminds me of my son and mom; thank you for those memories.

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