What’s all the fuss about anyway?


“Shopping is better than sex. At least if you’re not satisfied you can exchange it for something you really like. ” –Adrienne Gusoff

“What in the world is going on here?”

In this week’s Saturday Challenge on partner Susan and my alternate site, WEEKLY PROMPTS, the clue words are WHAT IS IT? in which we we decided to get somewhat playful and ask you to guess what in the world is going on in mystery photo(s) we provide for your bemusement.

Throughout the article presented here I will offer written clues that should help you formulate an answer to the current market situation presented here. The answer will be revealed at the end of the article . Put on your thinking cap and try to reason your way through it all.

I am quite certain that many food store managers are peering down many of their aisles as groups of concerned shoppers are having impromptu discussion group sessions about their potential purchases. I noticed one group of concerned seniors on Friday discussing this issue of major concern to themselves.

The current brouhaha is directly related to the Corona Virus and many concerned shoppers are trying to hedge their health related bets by purchasing items they believe will protect them from imminent harm.

Purell hand wipes and sanitizer if not already sold out at many retail outlets has received a considerable price markup and dust masks and disposable rubber latex gloves are also being swooped up by panic stricken consumers.

Many shoppers are asking pharmacists what they should do to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm. They receive the standard advice : avoid crowds, wash your hands frequently; don’t touch your face , eyes or mouth.

The reason for another type of panic can be related to a situation in Russia where long lines of consumers stand patiently outside to get their governed allotment of an essential commodity.

The answer is on the next part of this story.

Apparently anxious buyers are believing that there will be a drastic toilet paper shortage and many food chains are offering gigantic discounts on toilet paper packages that could handle a battalion of bathroom inductees.

In Canada Safeway outlets are selling these over sized packages at a major discount and many shoppers I noticed were getting their fair share of the action.

Canadian toilet paper manufacturers are trying to allay fears of a shortage by assuring anxious buyers that even if there was a shortage it would be a short lived situation. 

One supposed symptom of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) is severe diarrhea  and folks want to cover all the necessary bases before any potential shortage should occur. 

So if you have not purchased your own over supply of toilet paper relax, gather your wits and stay optimistic. 

In case you are interested President Trump stated recently that he has not tested positive for the disease.

If worse came to worse he could order the National Guard to air drop the item to his estate in Mar a Lago.

Now that would be a hole in one for sure. 🙂


Weekend Challenge – What is it?


  1. You certainly know how to get to the bottom of things! 😂

    Joss called at the supermarket yesterday to pick up a few bits for me, he went very early and just after it opened so that the place would be quieter. He purchased a 16 pack of the most expensive brand of toilet paper. He said the shelves were bare of smaller packs and cheaper brands. He also took a photograph of the empty shelves where the hand soap and sanitiser would normally be.

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    • Hopefully folks won’t have to become like Adam and Eve and use plant leaves to wipe their bottoms after a major bathroom explosion. But reality is a twisted thing. And remember don’t squeeze the Charmin. 🙂

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