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Riddle me this…

If I order non-essential stuff online, is that a good thing because it’s propping up the economy, or a bad thing because it’s diverting resources away from vital food deliveries? I don’t want to be a civic baddie. But, see, I’m running out of Aero-press coffee filters.

Uncle B went for supplies today. Bread and milk, and gas for the lawn mower. He said it was a little freaky; people seemed scared.

We had to get a two-gallon jug of whole milk, so I’m’a have to do my thing (I love milk).

I wonder if I’m the only gamer sitting down to kill stuff with a big ol’ glass of milk.

Oh, and I got something weird in the mail from Amazon:

The Dutch market surveillance authority: De Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (NVWA) has published a recall notification about the below product that you have bought on Amazon.co.uk due to the risk of overheating.

Epson Perfection V300 Photo Scanner (4800 dpi,USB 2.0)

I looked it up. I bought the damn thing on March 4, 2010. What are the odds it’s even still in service? (It is. It’s fine).

And what does that have to do with the Dutch?


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 1, 2020, 7:59 pm

Maybe they’re trying to show you what a valuable service you’ll be missing since you left the EU.

I mean, how can you get by without product recall notices for things that are 10 years old?

I understand they’re going to issue a recall notice on the Nationalist Socialist German Workers Party (founded in 1920) next week because it was defective and caused millions of deaths.

Our advice in regard to ordering ‘things’. Live your life as normally as possible. This will eventually upset the people trying so hard to make us all unhappy enough to beg ‘them’ to save us with their ‘science’ and “wisdom”.

Note: Wisdom got double quotes because they’re at least doubly wiser than the rest of us.

Comment from Vince
Time: April 1, 2020, 9:08 pm

Buy this and be one and done…

Able DISK Filter for AeroPress

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 1, 2020, 9:16 pm

Vince, you’re a star!

Comment from Gromulin
Time: April 1, 2020, 9:18 pm

It’s more than a little freaky here. People with crazy eyes in the stores glaring at you like you have a zombie bite on your neck, if you are not wearing a mask. I saw a guy wearing a paint-spray mask in Safeway. But, still getting a paycheck and my employer is paying a 10% premium if I have to go onsite. I’m essential. Yay, I guess. Local beaches, parks and the harbor all shut down. Fishing boats that can’t sell to restaurants delivering to your doorstep. Live crab $6/pound, Rockfish fillets $9/pound. Life goes on.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 1, 2020, 9:47 pm

Boston has been shut down for almost 3 weeks now. I live in a city apartment without outdoor space. My doorway is piled with Amazon packages daily. I’ve got nothing to do but shop on line and buy shit I’ve been wanting to try or shit to finish up projects that I’ve now got the time to do. And thank God that the law was changed a few years ago to allow me to mail order in booze. So I’m supporting business while maintaining social distancing and killing my liver. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Comment from currently
Time: April 1, 2020, 10:17 pm

I love milk too – especially with Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup.
Me and my gal go thru a gallon every other day. Yum Yum.
Cows are great.

Comment from Ben
Time: April 1, 2020, 11:16 pm

Don’t I have one of those?
Looks at scanner…V370!…phew…dodged that bullet…

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: April 2, 2020, 12:43 am


I have a Epson Perfection 610 Photo Scanner… works great AND I got it for free…

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 2, 2020, 1:15 am

I say buy all you want online, and trust those who fulfill your orders to route them to you as appropriate, in all consideration of more important vital orders.

My mother faithfully ordered from Sears, Penney’s, and Montgomery Wards starting in the mid-50s, and I continued the practice. My oldest credit card is from JCPenney!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 2, 2020, 1:21 am

@Stoaty — about your 1st question, I’d go ahead and keep doing now what your were doing “before” as much as is reasonably possible. Remember that in addition to the logistics of getting your stuff delivered to you, you are also keeping some cash flowing into the accounts of vendors many of whom have recently taken a huge financial hit.

I do wish, though, that when ordering from Amazon I’d have the option of telling them that although I’m a Prime member, I have no need for 1- or 2-day delivery, and that at their convenience I’d be totally OK with getting my stuff in, say, a week or 10 days. I’d do that from time to time even if it didn’t come with a few bucks discount.

Comment from dissent
Time: April 2, 2020, 4:39 am

Dang. I think I have one of those scanners too. I’ll know for sure after I blow the dust layer off.

Comment from OldFert
Time: April 2, 2020, 6:12 am

So, the scanner recall…Will they swap it for a new one?

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 2, 2020, 2:18 pm

“ And what does that have to do with the Dutch?”

Don’t they have some obsession with things smoldering?

Isn’t there some famous expression about that?

Dutch Microwave? Dutch toaster? Dutch Crockpot? Damn I just can’t remember…. that stinks.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 2, 2020, 4:27 pm

@Stoaty I agree with Uncle Al, keep ordering what you need and want online. We have to keep the supply chain viable.

@Gromulin From what I read online the N95 masks aren’t to keep viruses out, but to keep them in; to prevent aerosol particles from occurring. You have to have the medical grade mask with a respirator to prevent inhaling particles and goggles or a full face mask, coz the eyes are an entry point.

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