Oct 092015

OK, I know a lot of you do this, and at this point I might even be the societal outlier by the numbers. So be it.

When I use a restroom, I wash my hands with warm water and soap (assuming both are available). Then, I dry them with whatever faculty is provided for such. Finally, I grasp the door handle with my bare hand and exit the restroom.

Gasp! Did he just say that? Yes, he did. I cannot recall ever using a paper towel to open a restroom door.

Though I choose not to, I could consider all of the places that pathogens potentially wait for me in the course of a day. I could think about other door handles, bank pens, ATM keypads, ketchup packets, waiting room chairs, shopping basket handles, restaurant menus, lettuce tongs, money, and Coke machine buttons.

But I don’t. I don’t carry hand sanitizer with me and use it everywhere. I also don’t get sick often enough to believe that my habits in dealing with public implements are a significant factor. You want to know when I quit getting sick several times a year? When I quit smoking.

I think there’s probably something to the school of thought that says your immune system gets stronger when it has a little something to do now and again.

Now I was a little more careful when the boys were very small. And, honestly, even today I’ll handle a renegade loose toilet paper roll gingerly, avoiding putting my hands into the central cardboard tube.

But the rest of it? No way. Not burning any concern oil on it.

Plus, how do you know the guy who loaded the paper towels wasn’t picking his nose when he did it?

 Posted by at 10:31 am
Oct 082015
  • Well, Alabama is awake (and how). Of course, I enjoyed the Georgia game tremendously. I hope the Tide stays focused. Arkansas isn’t great, but they’re dangerous enough to cause problems if they’re insufficiently regarded.
  • Two and a half weeks to Halo 5. Two and a half months to Star Wars.
  • I met Cameron at Chili’s for lunch on Monday. It was okay. It’s amazing to me how deeply the stuff-on-the-wall has sunk in my ongoing assessments of where to eat. If it’s totally up to me, I’m not likely to ever end up at one except maybe while traveling.
  • Want to see what the most dangerous neighborhoods in America look like without visiting them? Click the entry in the list and you’ll get a Google map, from which you can go straight to street view. It’s mostly cities you’d expect on the list, though Jackson, Tennessee surprised me. I was also surprised that Atlanta didn’t make the list.
  • I just had an LED light bulb fail after less than a year. I hope it’s an outlier and not the way things are going to be, because that was my biggest problem with CFLs—failure to even approach claimed lifespan. There are no problems with the wiring in my house.
  • If you’d like to pre-order a Surface Pro 4 for me for Christmas, here is the link.
  • I’m forcing some changes in my routine that are definitely making some positive differences. Figuring out how to blog about them. When I do, I’ll share.
 Posted by at 12:01 am
Oct 052015

I love the Hardee’s television commercials. I’m not going to link to any of them here, but I trust you know the ones I mean. They’re defiantly and gleefully politically incorrect, abandoning even a limp pretense of doing anything but moving burgers with sex. I doubt the Katherine Webb one would have even made it […]

 Posted by at 9:10 am

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