Today we walked from our resort to the Bashas grocery store across the highway. Mainly, we wanted a little change of scenery for our morning walk, not just zigzagging around the streets where we live. There were a couple of small items on the list, however.
We did find what we were looking for--salad dressing mix, taco seasoning and Bisquick. But we also hit the mother load: THEY HAD TOILET PAPER--AKA BATHROOM TISSUE--IN STOCK. In my whole life, I have never seen such a mundane item get so much attention or be so in demand. As we walked back to our house, several people commented, "Bashas has paper goods in stock." "You found toilet paper at Bashas!" John commented we might be robbed, since we found such a valuable item.
What has our world come to when being able to buy toilet paper is a remarkable event? In my entire life, I have never worried about having paper towels or toilet paper in the house. It has, literally, been possible to buy these items almost everywhere I shop. And we have stayed in some pretty out of the way, remote areas. Take Kodachrome State Park in Utah, Organ Pipe National Monument, and Bryce Canyon National Park. I even sold it in the park store at Lathrop State Park near Walsenburg in Colorado.
Lots of shortages make sense during a pandemic or other national emergency. But toilet paper? Why?