Observations on a Saturday

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I made the weekly shopping trip today and I have a few observations.

It seems like people have made the adjustment to physical distancing.  Stores have put up glass shields and have got some form of protection on people.  Self checkout lanes are not only more prevalent, they are probably used more often.  Once in place, I suspect these things are here to stay.

Many stores have given up paper flyers/advertisements.  While this is probably a good thing, it does affect the town I live in.  All of this printing was done at a local place that employed a large number of people.  They already took a hit when they stopped making phone books, and then stopped making catalogs for the bigger stores.  I guess some retraining is going to have to be done.

I also notice people are getting more used to maintaining physical space in stores.  It also means they are a bit more decisive about choosing products.  They don’t seem to linger.  I don’t know if this is a good thing or not.  Does it mean we won’t try as many new products?

At the magazine area of the drugstore, there was a sign saying not to “unnecessarily handle the merchandise.”  I certainly get it, but would you buy a magazine that you don’t normally read without browsing through it?  Since I have been watching a lot of crafting/maker videos, I had a bit of an urge to look at some of these magazine–but I didn’t.  I probably wasn’t going to buy them, so I didn’t bother to look.  Maybe this bodes well for buying more books on Amazon, especially if they allow you to look through some of them.

Even at usually crowded stores, there seems to be more parking spaces.  That’s pretty awesome.  I suppose this will change when things get back to “normal”, but maybe not.  Maybe we will realize that shopping should be done quicker and we could be doing the more with our time that we are doing now.

These are just a bunch of quick observations.  I would welcome any of yours–both positive and negative.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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9 Responses to Observations on a Saturday

  1. retrodee says:

    I never liked crowds and I need my space, I think space is a good thing. People tend to get too close to you, especially in the United States. Of course, most of the problem is over population and that is everywhere. I guess people will have to be more polite from now on if they want to avoid getting sick and I’m definitely all for that. I’ve always given people lots of personal space at places like the ATM, waiting in line at the P.O. etc… which is more than I can say for others.

  2. gemmi72 says:

    In Aus space is more available than other places. We have noticed many more people out walking and cycling in parks etc. especially families. This has to be good thing.

  3. bgddyjim says:

    I don’t have any feelings either way on much of that. I will say, when traffic goes back to normal, I will be bummed. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the lack of traffic!

  4. Margie says:

    I like the improvements to shopping. I am a shopper but I realize most of the stuff I buy I don’t need. I have taken advantage of ordering online and going to pick it up. I like that feature.

  5. It is an interesting world we have found ourselves in.

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