The April 2020 Challenge - outtakes and alternatives

William Lewis

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Feb 10, 2020
Hayward WI
William Lewis
I had a very productive drive this afternoon. Here's a couple that I liked but didn't choose for the Day 3 thread.

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MiguelATF

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Aug 27, 2013
Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
Miguel Tejada-Flores
Day 3: Outtakes...at the Supermarket

A whole series of photos from my morning trip (wearing my own face mask and gloves, like most of the others present) to the local Supermarket. Shopping is definitely different in these new days dominated by social distancing, isolation, and an almost ever-present sense of caution which at times spills over into protective paranoia, that the person moving down the same aisle as you are, at the supermarket, might be the one who will sneeze on - and infect - you.

First: everyone standing in line, at the newly marked-on-the-floor indicator spots - so as to keep 6 feet (approx 2 meters) away from the person in front of you.

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Second: there are parallel lines, like parallel airport runways, leading to the cash registers active today (only half the 'normal' amount, so as to preserve distance between shoppers. Everywhere one turns - you see another figure with their face half hidden.

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Third: approaching the cash register, aka the front of the line, one can't help notice the many 'positive' messages in evidence.

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Fourth: there is a degree of discomfort, many people choose to look straight ahead and not to turn, or look at the person or persons who might be standing closer to you. There is a comfort in anonymity.

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Fifth: almost at the front of the line, almost at the cash register. It seems incongruous to see a massive display of a 'natural' medicinal product for 'respiratory support' while everyone around you, and yourself included, is wearing a face mask.

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Sixth: at the front of the line, finally, reaching the cash register, where my new Checker (they work on staggered shifts) is adjusting her very cool and surprisingly stylish face mask which, she informs me, was made by a co-worker.

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And that's all, Folks - as those childhood cartoons I used to watch, lifetimes ago, always seemed to end, with cheery, bouncy theme music and then a title effect where the entire image telescoped into a tiny circle and - POOF! - disappeared.

I know it's a cliché at this point, but just going shopping makes me realize, again, that there are no 'givens' in these unpredictable and, for many, outright challenging and dangerous times - so stay safe, everyone.
 

rayvonn

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Jan 19, 2015
Day 3: Outtakes...at the Supermarket

A whole series of photos from my morning trip (wearing my own face mask and gloves, like most of the others present) to the local Supermarket. Shopping is definitely different in these new days dominated by social distancing, isolation, and an almost ever-present sense of caution which at times spills over into protective paranoia, that the person moving down the same aisle as you are, at the supermarket, might be the one who will sneeze on - and infect - you.

First: everyone standing in line, at the newly marked-on-the-floor indicator spots - so as to keep 6 feet (approx 2 meters) away from the person in front of you.

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Second: there are parallel lines, like parallel airport runways, leading to the cash registers active today (only half the 'normal' amount, so as to preserve distance between shoppers. Everywhere one turns - you see another figure with their face half hidden.

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Third: approaching the cash register, aka the front of the line, one can't help notice the many 'positive' messages in evidence.

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Fourth: there is a degree of discomfort, many people choose to look straight ahead and not to turn, or look at the person or persons who might be standing closer to you. There is a comfort in anonymity.

View attachment 217276

Fifth: almost at the front of the line, almost at the cash register. It seems incongruous to see a massive display of a 'natural' medicinal product for 'respiratory support' while everyone around you, and yourself included, is wearing a face mask.

View attachment 217277

Sixth: at the front of the line, finally, reaching the cash register, where my new Checker (they work on staggered shifts) is adjusting her very cool and surprisingly stylish face mask which, she informs me, was made by a co-worker.

View attachment 217278

And that's all, Folks - as those childhood cartoons I used to watch, lifetimes ago, always seemed to end, with cheery, bouncy theme music and then a title effect where the entire image telescoped into a tiny circle and - POOF! - disappeared.

I know it's a cliché at this point, but just going shopping makes me realize, again, that there are no 'givens' in these unpredictable and, for many, outright challenging and dangerous times - so stay safe, everyone.
Great summary. I think we're slowly getting accustomed and used to it. One thing though - lets all show some appreciation for the check out people. They have been under tremedous stress here in Australia, regrettably from the public, mad that they can't buy more than 2 packs of toilet roll. Bordering on mental abuse. They do appreciate it when you acknowledge that and ask them how it's going (in fact the lady serving me yesterday gave me an extra salad free as a result).
 
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donlaw

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Sep 14, 2012
Texas
Don
Day 3: Outtakes...at the Supermarket

A whole series of photos from my morning trip (wearing my own face mask and gloves, like most of the others present) to the local Supermarket. Shopping is definitely different in these new days dominated by social distancing, isolation, and an almost ever-present sense of caution which at times spills over into protective paranoia, that the person moving down the same aisle as you are, at the supermarket, might be the one who will sneeze on - and infect - you.

First: everyone standing in line, at the newly marked-on-the-floor indicator spots - so as to keep 6 feet (approx 2 meters) away from the person in front of you.

View attachment 217273

Second: there are parallel lines, like parallel airport runways, leading to the cash registers active today (only half the 'normal' amount, so as to preserve distance between shoppers. Everywhere one turns - you see another figure with their face half hidden.

View attachment 217274

Third: approaching the cash register, aka the front of the line, one can't help notice the many 'positive' messages in evidence.

View attachment 217275

Fourth: there is a degree of discomfort, many people choose to look straight ahead and not to turn, or look at the person or persons who might be standing closer to you. There is a comfort in anonymity.

View attachment 217276

Fifth: almost at the front of the line, almost at the cash register. It seems incongruous to see a massive display of a 'natural' medicinal product for 'respiratory support' while everyone around you, and yourself included, is wearing a face mask.

View attachment 217277

Sixth: at the front of the line, finally, reaching the cash register, where my new Checker (they work on staggered shifts) is adjusting her very cool and surprisingly stylish face mask which, she informs me, was made by a co-worker.

View attachment 217278

And that's all, Folks - as those childhood cartoons I used to watch, lifetimes ago, always seemed to end, with cheery, bouncy theme music and then a title effect where the entire image telescoped into a tiny circle and - POOF! - disappeared.

I know it's a cliché at this point, but just going shopping makes me realize, again, that there are no 'givens' in these unpredictable and, for many, outright challenging and dangerous times - so stay safe, everyone.
Great images and reality check series. I have been avoiding the store myself, but I picture your images replicated in many communities. Thanks for sharing these.
 

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