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Hi Gene! Hello!

April 30, 2009
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Hygiene. It’s a simple word we once took much more seriously and it seems we are returning to that old tried and true mindset. Thank you H1 N1, for lighting up the darkness.

Hygiene. It’s a basic tenet of living. Not a tenet of Buddhism or any other kind of ‘ism” but a basic tenet of living. Sanitation is even the very 1st chapter in the book when you want to learn how to cut hair, or give facials or manicures. We let it slip away.

I remember running inside from playing, dirty and thirsty, racing to the fridge for a cold fruity drink (BTW it was a fresh fruit juice not some soda high fructose corn syrup crap) only to be greeted with a stern, “Ah. Ah. Ah! Wash your hands!” This is what I was taught as a child. It’s what we all were taught.

You come indoors and first before you do anything else you wash your hands. This will border on TMI but yes, of course you wash your hands after you finish in the bathroom, but I was taught to wash even before things got started in there. Think about it. It makes sense.

When groceries were unpacked, Granny wiped down the milk and juice cartons before placing them in the fridge. The canned goods got a bath in dishwater. While at the store there was no pinching off the grapes. There was, “Ah. Ah. Ah! Those need to be washed!”

What happened?
We got lazy.

We stopped washing our hands before we went to the rest room and we barely wash them when we leave. Pay attention to this now. You will be amazed how many folks you will see come in to the public rest room, rest, then rush off without that stop at the sink. Yuck. And when they do stop it’s often a little splash of the fingertips, like that’s actually going to clean something. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. I promise you, you will still see this even though folks are saying they are freaking out about the pandemic. “Hi Gene! Hello!”

We stopped washing our veggies. They come in a bag now. So we think they are clean. “Hi Gene! Hello!”

We kiss everybody…twice…. once on each cheek…. because we are cool and Continental. We are not!

Did you ever see your Grandmother kiss the PTA ladies twice…once on each cheek? Nope! “Hi Gene! Hello!”

We used to slather our faces each night with cold cream or horror of horrors Noxzema! Now, women don’t even take off their makeup most nights. (Sigh)

It is written that all that is wrong, with anything can be traced back to 1 of 3 things. Greed. Anger. Or Stupidity.

When we are greedy we act stupid, then we get angry, then it repeats.

Did we really have to scrunch the pigs all up together on top of the other pigs just so we could have more, more, more bacon? That’s nasty. “Hi Gene! Hello!”

Are we really so busy we can’t be bothered to clean and cut our own salads?
We have to dump them out of a bag. I’m not claiming perfection. I’ve used these seeming conveniences too and always, always ate them knowing I could make a much better and fresher tasting salad myself. I was just lazy.

I’m getting off track here, but my point is as I’ve said before on another topic. Tough times will take you back to the simple things in life.

Who said simple is bad?

Simple things we all were taught:

Wash your hands.
Cover your mouth when you cough.
Wash your hands.
Sneeze into a tissue.
Wash your hands.
Don’t pick your nose.
Wash your hands.
Don’t eat stuff of the floor or off the ground.
Wash your hands.
Girls wipe front to back.
Wash your hands.
Don’t sit on the seat if you are not at home.
Wash your hands.
Share…just not cups, forks and spoons.
Wash your hands.
Give…just not viruses.
Wash your hands
Take the one you touch. Don’t reach over all the damn doughnuts, bagels, etc.
Wash your hands
Don’t waste stuff. Take what you need.
Wash your hands.
Don’t kiss the dog. The dog licks his ass.

Oh, and wash your hands!

When of President of the United States has to tell us to wash our hands that means we have truly forgotten (stupidity) who we are. Say hello to my old friend Gene.

“Hygiene! Hello!”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Pali N. Drome (Ghimme A. Break's lil sister...) permalink
    May 22, 2009 11:25 pm

    Dear goodness,

    Did Obama really tell us to wash our hands? I missed that one!

  2. rougebuddha permalink
    May 23, 2009 1:32 am

    Yes, during his 100 days in office address to the Nation.
    Very simply and matter of factly like “Duh, don’t you know this?”

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