View from Space

Venus is very prominent in the sky tonight. There is a virus spreading across the Earth, which has infected more than 140,000 people and killed more than 5,000. But if you were on Venus looking at the Earth, it would not look any different than it did any other day. It would not look any different from space even as you got closer and could see the outlines of the continents.

Bath Time

Occasionally I decide to take a bath. I couldn’t sleep and I thought the bath would relax me. Even though I know I am not very good at baths I always approach them with high expectations. I put on music. I bring a book and my reading glasses. I even set a small towel on the edge of the tub to dry my hands if they get wet.

I have trouble getting the water temperature right. It is always too hot, so I can’t get in. I turn the water colder to balance out the water in the tub. This doesn’t quite work, so I get in while the water is still too hot. I tentatively lean back against the cold wall as I get used to the water temperature. If I stop paying attention the cold water makes the whole tub of water cold.

Once I settle into the water, I don’t know how to sit. I am not a tall person, but if my legs are straight then my body mostly out of the water. That’s not very relaxing. If I bend my legs so my body is underwater then I can’t stay that way very long.

At this point I try to find the happy medium between these two positions, but in doing so I splash the towel on the side of the tub. I dry my hands on the dry corner of the towel and consider reading. Reaching for my book, I splash water on the floor. Plus I still don’t know how I’m going to sit and read. At this point I give up. I open the drain and get out. And now I need to take a shower.

Airline Emails

I got three emails from airlines. Two of them were letting me know about how they were addressing the coronavirus outbreak with enhanced cleaning procedures on their planes and in their terminals. This was supposed to make me comfortable flying the airlines. I could see the script behind each communication, but they told the right things. I felt better about the one that came from the CEO vs the CMO, but I know neither person wrote the email.

The third airline, which happens to be my preferred airline, sent me an email encouraging me to pay for my loyalty status, which I did not earn last year. So following the first year in about 8 when I did not fly enough to earn my status, rather than let me know that it was safe to fly, they tried to get me pay for status in year when I will definitely be flying less.

I know that this was part of an ongoing sequence of emails to get me to spend money or miles to get my status back, but someone should have had the forethought to stop this email or replace it with a safety email. All of the information the other airlines sent me is on their website, so it could’ve come in an email. That email would have had a better chance of connecting with me. I was on the fence about paying for loyalty status, but had mostly decided not to. This untimely email clinched it. No priority boarding for me again until I earn it. And that’s unlikely to happen this year.

Toilet Paper Out

I have thought about toilet paper more than most people, mainly because I can never figure out how many rolls to buy. What does 8 megarolls=32 regular rolls even mean? I have actually calculated price per square foot because in standard CPG packaging and pricing, the largest package is not always the best deal.

I have some photos that I have been meaning to write about where two different styles of the same brand of toilet say Cleans Better, Use Less and Irresistibly Soft, Use Less. The statement use less has an asterisk that leads to: vs leading USA 1-ply bargain brand. Ok, so I’m not sure I want to think about the testing process that determined how it cleaned better than a bargain brand, but I understand how you would use less if that’s true. But I have no idea how softness relates to using less. Someone must have just asked to include that study on both packages.

But the real point of this post is that I have never seen an outbreak of toilet paper hoarding like what is going on now. I have seen bread shelves emptied with impending hurricanes, but an empty toilet paper aisle is shocking. Whether you have toilet paper or not, remember to wash your hands.

This is Not a Check

The promotional mailing from the car dealership goes to the trouble of making it look like a check, but it says, This is Not a Check over and over on the front. Maybe that is to trick people just enough to read it. But what I really don’t understand is why they bother to print the endorsement section on the back of the fake check and again say, This is Not a Check.