Archive for July 2nd, 2007

 Your planet’s immune system is trying to get rid of you.” Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Publix’s motto is “Where Shopping is a Pleasure.” Shopping for groceries a pleasure? That might be stretching it a bit, but you know what? They do come close. From time to time in these posts I will note little things that make life more pleasant and this is the first.

 Enter any grocery store and the first thing you’ll do is grab a shopping cart. Ewwwwwe, do you know where it’s  been? Those handles were found to be one of the most germ laden objects we can encounter, and yet we wrap our fingers around it, grab a few apples, lettuce, and on and on, becoming the Johnny Appleseed of germs. If you are germaphobic, and I am, you cringe and use the handcleaner when you reach the car. Ah, but that’s after you’ve infected everything in your cart with whatever is on that cart handle. What to do? Publix to the rescue.

When I pushed my cart inside a couple of weeks ago I saw a miracle on the wall –a pop-up box of anti-bacterial wipes. NO! Yes. Generous size and sloppy wet, that towel lapped up germ after germ. I wiped my hands, gripped the fresh handle and shopped with a lot less angst. Now if everyone did the same, think of the colds and flu that wouldn’t happen.  This is no small matter, and I have just one thing to say:  THANK YOU, PUBLIX.

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