I do not have problems with germs or thoughts of contamination. I don’t use disinfectant really. I don’t worry about washing new items that I buy in a store. I use public toilets. I eat food that I have dropped on the floor (so long as it is a reasonably clean floor) I think that there are germs all around us and that my body is equipped to deal with them. Granted, I seem to have a solid immune system, so perhaps that is why I am careless.
Okay, yes, if food is rotten, smells funny, been in the fridge too long, or anything else like that. I stay away. But I really find it weird that other people avoid shaking your hand if they have a cold.
Perhaps I am too lenient in these things, perhaps I am not concerned enough. I don’t know, but there are all kinds and I try to be understanding of that.
My friend Alison is different than me. She washes all of her fruits and veggies, washes all new towels, avoids dirty items, frequently washes her hands and teaches her children the same. And I don’t think she teaches the “2 second rule”. Potential germs give her the heebee geebees.
I don’t think this is an issue of who is better or worse, but just we’re different.
She and her family were over for the day today and we spent it using the facilities that our building has to offer. One of which is the rooftop hot tub.
The hot tub was clearly needing additional chlorine added as it had turned slightly green like all outdoor pools and hot tubs do when the chlorine levels drop for too long. There was no algae build-up or bad smell, just the colour was off. When I was a kid, my job was to check the chlorine in our pool, so unfortunately, our pool was green once or twice a summer much to my mother’s annoyance.
It was cold outside with a biting wind and we were in bathing suits.
February 23rd, 2013 Extra-Ordinary: Potential germs won out over cold. But Alison didn’t complain, she didn’t say we couldn’t go in. She just hesitated for a mere moment and then got in. That’s cool.