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Daily Consumerism

A good quality of family is to forget quickly: Forget the words that happened on the phone with the ultra-right-wing sister, so you can stay civil and have a nice talk about other things entirely. It seemed to work.

Other than that near-argument, my entire life seems to be focused on buying things to stay alive, and selling things to stay alive. I hardly go anywhere. But each trip I make, I've spent a whole lot more money than I ordinarily do.

Today after picking up the business mail and doing the drive-thru banking which takes at least half an hour per bank, I went to the grocery store in that area of town. It’s about 45 minutes from my house. And there I saw a mirage: a mountain of toilet paper in the store. In big 12-packs.

I took 2. Nobody was even mobbing the display. It’s so different out here, where the rich people live. There were bottles of hand sanitizer, too, even if they were not Purell.

Yesterday I placed my first order for online alcohol. The state's website is accepting only a very limited number of orders per day, because they can’t get their sh— together. For 2 bottles, I had to pay over 12 dollars shipping.

We can buy beer and wine in certain grocery stores, but the selection is low and the wines you’ll find tend to be expensive, very sweet, or pink bubbly stuff.

Lately sewing is taking more of my time, even though I’m not very good at it. The other day I ordered a bias tape maker, something I'd never heard of until a few days ago. And I started trying to draw my own patterns, because even simple patterns are expensive and I usually can’t find just what I want.

posted on Apr 17, 2020 2:37 PM ()


I'm going to have to clear out a spot in the garage to store all the extra stuff I'm going to buy out of fear of running out. It will be a compulsion.
comment by traveltales on Apr 21, 2020 6:00 AM ()
congratulations on having all that toilet paper. I have two very needy friends but they hate trump so that is a win but the counselling makes me feel like I am back at work.
comment by elderjane on Apr 18, 2020 3:24 AM ()
In the 70s, around the time of the gas shortages, there was also a supposed shortage of toilet paper, probably a made-up thing, but people including my mother went out and bought as much as they could find. With 7 kids my mom wasn't about to run out, so we had a closet that was full. I almost didn't remember it.
reply by drmaus on Apr 18, 2020 8:43 AM ()
Mmmmmm--you could stop drinking--alcohol that is!!!
(Couldn't help myself!)
I found Charmin toilet paper in the Dollar Tree!!
comment by greatmartin on Apr 17, 2020 8:16 PM ()
I remember a Doris Day movie where she had to help a doctor deliver a baby in traffic -- she was on a date with this doctor -- and the doctor's car was a limousine. At his instructions, she washed her hands with the vodka in the limo's bar.

Not that that has anything to do with anything, but really. Sometimes alcohol can be useful..
reply by drmaus on Apr 18, 2020 8:37 AM ()
Donna has an idiot *rump sister and the ##### unfriended every even remotely associated with Donna... like I might care.....
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 17, 2020 4:54 PM ()
There's really no solution to this sort of family division. I don't feel I can "discuss" politics with Trump followers, at all.
reply by drmaus on Apr 18, 2020 8:46 AM ()

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