Just in case...
I have been telling my wife that IF we didn't have to go grocery shopping we'd be fine for around 4 months, there about.
I have 3 vehicles, my truck is full of gas, the other is half full, and I'm using that to get gas today, the 3rd vehicle is a small SUV and it's about
Mentioning to my wife the seriousness of what could happen, I tried to devise plans to get up through it all.
My plan is to fill our bathtubs with water, fill as much containers that I can with water, and using 'stuff' I have around here to gather water, it is
Spring-like outside, so gathering rain water may be easy, I don't know.
I'll fill every glass, every jar, my coolers, anything that I can find, that is, when I feel like it's getting 'close' to needing to do something like
Also, as I explained it to my wife, just imagine that everything that you touch is covered in S- -T, and you have to use a way to make sure that you
are not contaminated, think of it all that way and it should help some.
So thinking along those lines, I imagine beforehand what I might run into when I am out and about.
Now, I am not crazy enough to think that I will be O.K. if they say what they have already said, such as, it takes weeks before anything that was
touched is no longer contaminated. Thinking about that, I also looked at how things are shipped by boats and trucks, people that are (possibly)
contaminated and that everything that they have touched is also not contaminated. That is almost surreal when you consider it all actually.
So, my mail is possibly contaminated, because the person that delivered it has touched a LOT of stuff in just one day, not counting all of the days.
The people at the Post Office are possibly contaminated, the other Post Offices are too, they actually delivered (possible) contaminated mail, and so
on and so on, etc.
Everything at out grocery stores could possibly be contaminated because a LOT of people touch a LOT of stuff that stock the shelves, and things like
milk cartons, eggs cartons, large things that might be handled by a contaminated person. When the workers at WalMart go to pee, they walk into a room
that is probably coated with vaporized pee, when a toilet is flushes it does atomize the toilet water, or so I am told. That would be touched, and
it's on the floor, so it is traipsed on all day, then tracked out onto the store's floor, and so on.
EVERYTHING that we all touch could really be contaminated, so I know my wife, she is not one to consider the (possible) dangers out there, so I came
up with everything is now coated with S- -T explanation.
Yeah, I do agree, this sounds as crazy as it can be, but, I am not willing to take the chance to risk my family and especially since I am a diabetic,
plus I have slightly high-blood pressure, and I am 67 years old.
You do you, I am going to do me...
Today I put part of my plan into testing...
I went to get bird food and gas, then did some washing...
Thinking ahead, as crazy as it may sound, I need to go to Tractor Supply to get bird food.
Bird food is not a necessity, or at least most wouldn't think so, but in trying times, it could save you, as crazy as it may sound.
The bird food is a way to attract squirrels and birds, mainly, White-winged Dove, that can be, and will be, my source of food for my wife and I, plus
my 5 dogs. (Now THAT's crazy, having that many dogs!)
I have a BB/pellet rifle and it can kill a human, I think, I know it can be used for hunting, anyway, I've had it for years, but now it 'could' come
in handy, should things get really bad.
That's why I went to go get bird seed.
On the Walking Dead they never once mentioned using a BB gun to hunt, quietly, I might add, or, the use of a bicycle... The Walking Dead was crap for
prepping, or real life... heheh
Driving up, I get my 'stuff' all ready for me when I come back to my car, I grab a latex glove and stuff it into my RIGHT blue-jean pocket.
Walking back to where the seed is, I place my glove on my RIGHT hand and grab a large bag of yellow dried corn, and a bag of good bird seed, I walk to
the register carrying both with my RIGHT hand.
(I am not wearing a mask, for those that wondered)
The lady behind the register is talking to another employee and doesn't notice my black glove on my RIGHT hand, I remove my credit card from the top
pocket of my shirt which the card is also inside of the Zip-Loc baggie, I place it into the card reader. When it finishes I remove the card with my
RIGHT hand and place it into my baggie where I got it.
That's done, so I walk back to my car and put the seed into my car's trunk, I open my car door with my LEFT hand and get inside, not touching anything
inside with my RIGHT hand, I start to car up with my LEFT knuckle finger, (it's a key-less) and I put it into drive using my LEFT hand and drive
I need to get gas next, so I do the following...
I exit the car leaving the door open. I have several older WalMart grocery bags, a new Zip-Loc lunch bag, and some latex gloves there in the passenger
I put on my latex glove on my RIGHT hand.
I have my credit card in my top pocket, I reach for it with my LEFT hand, being careful to not contaminate my fingers, I stick it into the card slot
of the pump.
Turning around I open my gas cap with my LEFT hand, (no glove is needed) and with my RIGHT hand I grab the pump handle, place it into the gas tank.
Turning around to face the pump, I put in my debit card information, with my RIGHT hand I push the Regular button, I then grab my card with with RIGHT
hand, sit in the car, I place the card into the Zip-Loc bag.
The gas tank is now full, I remove the pump handle with my RIGHT hand, I place the gas cap back with my LEFT hand.
I'm done pumping gas...
Removing my glove on my RIGHT hand, I throw it into a garbage can beside the pump.
I now sit in my front seat with my feet still sticking outside of the car and remove each of my flip-flops placing each one into a 'new' WalMart bag,
I am now bare-footed.
After all of this, I forgot to do something, can you spot where I screwed up?
When I got back home I drove inside of the gated backyard, I park the car, I now have NO SHOES that are clean I'm thinking, "I screwed up!", and about
then my wife came up to me carrying a second set of flip-flops!
I carefully grab the bags with my RIGHT hand and my pistol, phone, with my LEFT hand, and get out of the car, put on my CLEAN flip-flops, and walk
into the house.
I make sure that I am NOT touching anything that would contaminate anything, I am trying my best to do this right, just in case that on down the line
that comes in handy, which I do believe that it will.
I removed the credit car out of the baggie, I washed it in warm water along with some anti-bacterial soap for well over 2 minutes, plus, I did that
twice. I did take care to (hopefully) NOT ruin my card, but if that happens, I tried to do it right, and, my wife has another card, plus I have
others. I know I could do it another way, but that is how I handled the card.
I left the card to dry after i wiped it off as dry as possible, then I washed my hands a few times too.
My old flip-flops were washed in the washer with bleach and hot water, in case that my blue jeans are contaminated, they will also be washed. The old
plastic WalMart bags were trashed without touching the insides of it.
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