posted on Aug, 1 2020 @ 12:35 PM
a reply to: network dude
For fava beans, the really large natural food stores in various US states have bulk food sections that have many different kinds of dried beans,
grains, etc. The Berkeley Bowl in Berkeley, CA, is the biggest natural food store in California, so if anyone has fava beans, they will. In the late
summer and early fall, some family supermarkets (the co-ops and Gelsons in California) also have fresh fava beans ... good on the barbeque.
Hand sanitizer was unavailable for months in the US, then a bunch of no-name brands started to become available at grocery stores. The latest thing
is that the US FDA has a list of recalled hand sanitizers that should be avoided. The outdoor outfitter REI has an online catalog. They sell a
number of timely products of pandemic interest. First, they are selling Dr. Bronner's organic hand sanitizer in standard 2-ounce bottles, scents are
peppermint and lavender. I bought the lavender. The REI price currently for that product is $6.00 which is similar to what it used to cost last
The other thing that I bought from the REI catalog is a neck gaiter. These are lightweight tubular scarves that you pull over your head and then
raise up to the level of your ears and nose, once your regular surgical mask is in place. That mitigates the drawback of the surgical mask, which is
that some air can be drawn into the loose sides of the mask. The gaiter I bought is 95% polyester, 5% elastene. It's super lightweight. I just used
it for my neighborhood walk early this morning, and it is comfortable to wear, even on August 1 during a Los Angeles heat wave. REI sells it for
$23.00. The great thing about polyester is that if you rub it against a plastic bag for 20 seconds, it will hold a static electric charge, which
increases the gaiter's ability to trap and hold particles from the air. Outstanding feature.
Last month I started using eye protection as well, after hearing about the reporter who had an N95 mask and disposable gloves on during a
transatlantic flight and still got COVID-19 a few days later. I use a pair of rock-climbing sunglasses which fit flush to the face. SOS Emergency
Supply in Van Nuys, CA, sells first responder safety goggles for around $6, cheaper than all the face shield prices I've seen so far, and safer, too.
If my rock-climbing sunglasses break, I'll replace them with safety goggles. Nowadays, the only "looks" I get in public when I'm all geared up is
along the lines of, "Why didn't I think of that?"
edit on 8/1/2020 by Uphill because: Added a paragraph.