OMG, THE CORONA VIRUS!
OMG, THERE ISN’T GONNA BE TOILET PAPER!
OMG, DO YOU KNOW THAT AMAZON IS OUT OF PURELL?
OMG, JOE BIDEN IS SENILE! AND WE’RE GONNA LOSE!
OMG, BERNIE SANDERS IS A LUNATIC! HOW CAN WE WIN?
OMG, TRUMP IS SENILE AND A LUNATIC! SOMEBODY STOP HIM BEFORE HE WINS!!
…And how was your week?
It’s reassuring that in stressful times like these citizens across the country are overrunning Costco to buy toilet paper, hand sanitizer and water and not rioting in the streets. Or is it?
Well, at least no one seems transfixed anymore that the stock market fell over 12% overall in the last month and economists say we’re headed towards a worldwide recession.
No, what’s foremost in people’s minds are dirty butts, starvation while quarantined, and the inevitability of death by a thousand handshakes.
Though fun fact:
Do you know what the consumer research company Nielsen lists as the single item with the biggest increase in food and beverage sales for the week ending Feb. 29th?
Yes, seriously. Sales were up 322% (Note: Yes, 3 HUNDRED 22) in a one-week period and 348% in the last month. Its closest competitor is powdered milk products at 84% and dried beans at 39.6%
Water, in case you were wondering, was waaaay back, pulling up the rear at 11.8%.
What this tells me is that we’ve all gone nuts, especially since several weeks ago I actually tried oat milk for the first time in coffee and literally had to spit the entire mouthful out in the sink.
For the non-dairy variety I much prefer soy, thank you very much. Despite the fact that four months ago someone warned me that if men consume too much soy they will inevitably grow breasts.
This is the least of my problems at the moment and at my age.
I don’t do well with hysteria and have spent a lifetime of therapy fighting against it. And yet these days it’s all around us. People are either panicked about not having a 401K or panicked about losing 20-30% of their 401Ks in the last month.
It’s true. I’ve heard people talking about either or both
- on line at a Starbucks
- at the car wash on a cell phone and
- while walking in a mall parking lot
If only I’d known at the time that two of the only stocks to go shooting straight up in that time period was Target and Walmart.
I could’ve saved them and myself a lot of needless aggravation.
And beat the crowds at Target since I wouldn’t give one penny to the ultra right wing, homophobic Trump supporting Walton family that owns Walmart.
Except, wait a minute……
It seems that in the 2016 election 60% of the members of the family foundation gave to Democratic causes with many of the younger members actually supporting…. …Hillary Clinton?
This seems to get more to the root of the answer of what will kill us.
I’m as guilty as the next person in perpetuating a certain kind of hysteria that will finally get us all in the end And that would be the knee jerk distrust of the next guy or gal who disagrees with us, offends us or just plain disgusts us.
I don’t know about you but I can’t tolerate one more ……… that ……………….s or ………….s for …………………… or for a…………… No one gets a free pass anymore from me and EVERYONE has to pay the piper.
This kind of thinking will destroy us.
Certainly, I loathe people who disagree with me on big things (Note: Or anything!) as much as you do but, well, where is it leaving me, or us, in the long run?
Let’s take the election. If you’re a Dem and you really want Trump out of the White House don’t assume your fellow Dem who doesn’t support your candidate is misguided, stupid or too liberal or conservative to know any better.
I mean, you can think it but certainly don’t post it or say it out loud. It won’t win you any friends and it certainly won’t influence any people.
In fact, it will have the exact OPPOSITE result that you are looking for.
It will only cause your perceived “enemy” to dig in further and foster needless hysteria. And it will cost you a lot more than an empty-handed toilet paper run at Costco. It will cost you… well, let’s not even think about that, shall we?
But if you’re a Dem speaking to a roomful of Trump supporters…..you can tell them to take their ____________ hats and ________________ it where the….
Well, I’m working on that. Though not at Walmart. Never at Walmart.
At least, yet.