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Toilet paper and a tropical island

Saturday, February 29, 2020

I’m in an airport lounge with DH. We’re going on our annual overnight trip to Ishigakijima in Okinawa. There aren’t many people on the streets these days and more than half are wearing masks. I’m not too worried about the virus. The numbers are still fairly low, especially when you consider the size of the population. I’m just being careful to wash my hands and keep my immune system up by exercising, getting enough sleep and having a laid back attitude. DH has conditions which make the virus a concern, but he’s not in the most vulnerable age group and he’s monitored several times a week. Right now the most bothersome thing is that people are hoarding toilet paper. Whenever there’s an unusual situation here, people clear the stores of toilet paper. It’s irrational because most toilet paper is produced domestically but the shelves are bare. It’s makes you notice what are some of the surprising essentials of life!

No corona virus here, but people have cancelled their trips. I don’t know if it’s a result, but we got a room upgrade. The schools are open - unlike much of the rest of Japan. It’s a relief to get away from talk of the virus and no problems finding toilet paper! Might go to the supermarket and buy a couple of rolls.
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    I know you're home by now, Margaret, but I am so glad I found your blog because it gave me a sense of refreshment hearing about your trip and your room upgrade, as well as seeing the view out that window! I love it! I hope you had a wonderful stay and enjoyed the respite from toilet paper worries.

    This toilet paper thing--isn't it insane? My daughter (in Kobe) passed a drugstore a few days ago on her morning walk. It was 9 in the morning, the drugstore opens at 10, and people were lined up, presumably to buy toilet paper! Amazing! We learn a lot about the bad side of humanity at times like this. On the other hand, remember all the good behavior after the earthquakes and tsunami? I try to remember that good behavior when I see the selfishness reflected in the toilet paper hoarding. My daughter said she recently saw a customer bringing multiple packs of t.p. to the cash register and angrily challenging the clerk who told her the limit was one pack per customer. The shelves are still empty here, but fortunately we already had a three-week supply before this whole thing started. I refuse to stand in line, but I'll start needing some t.p. next week, and hope the hoarders have all filled up their houses with t.p. and have calmed down by then. It all started with a rumor that there was a shortage. And they have created one now.

    Anyway, have a wonderful Sunday!
    154 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/7/2020 8:43:47 PM
    Same thing here about the toilet paper... hand sanitizer too.
    156 days ago
    Toilet paper of all things...
    Your vacation sounds lovely!
    158 days ago
    Glad to see there’s more of us taking
    a sensible approach. Hand washing is so important, yet so many people avoid it as a matter of course!

    Enjoy your upgrade and keep smiling!

    The hoarding reminds me of supermarket shopping in the UK coming up to Christmas. These days, you can usually find a shop open even on Christmas Day yet people shop as if they’re getting ready for a major siege...

    This too will pass
    159 days ago
    So happy you're getting away . . . and of course if a few rolls of TP (what my mum always put on the shopping list in case she dropped it . . . heaven forbid anybody should know WE bought THAT!) jump intol your suitcase, so be it!! Bonus!!

    160 days ago
    Here it is bread and milk. Any time there is a crisis, in the US, people sweep the shelves of them.

    I am certainly concerned about the spread of a virulent virus, but like you, I look at the percentages. Let us pray, though, that this virus runs its course soon.

    Glad you two got a little get away.
    160 days ago
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    Hope that your trip is relaxing and fun! Hoarding toilet paper?? Never thought of that emoticon !
    160 days ago
    Panic buying always has me thinking "WHY".

    It's insane and I blame the media for "big-ing it up" they manage to make a puddle in a playground in the morning news become a flooded out town by 7pm.........I get SO angry.

    Calm down everyone, just take sensible precautions

    Happy Sunday Margaret. keep well hun emoticon
    160 days ago
    Yeah, here the price of the disposable face masks has gone through the roof - if you can even find them!!! I'm with you - wash my hands and stay healthy! Not worried about it! Enjoy your trip! My mom was stationed in Okinawa in the early 1950's with the U.S. Women's Army Corps!
    161 days ago
    In Texas if there is threat of ice/snow the stores are cleared of all bread, water and eggs lol. It’s crazy! It only last 1-2 days at most but shelves are emptied out.
    161 days ago
    Oh goodness! It's amazing to me what people here in the US are trying to stock up on , too, due to the virus.

    It concerns me. But I am like you . . . . I am taking care of myself and keeping my health up.

    Hope you and DH have a good get away.
    161 days ago
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