Microbe Army Mounting An Impressive Attack  

rm_talldarkavg1 105M
8/12/2005 7:38 am
Microbe Army Mounting An Impressive Attack

I hate to sound anal here, but I have been giving a lot of thought to the germs we encounter in everyday life. I remember when I was a kid and playing at the neighbor's house, everytime he would run in to pee and return, his mother would ask him, "Did you wash your hands?".
I remember thinking..."Why don't you teach him to wash his dick?". Back then I was more in control so I just thought it.

Last night I saw a commercial on TV about some slick new hand washing solution that knocks out 99.9999% of the germs...in a few seconds. They show a guy sneezing on a shopping cart or something, then a mom and daughter using the same cart. Hmm, germs. I wonder how many germs, what kind of germs, and where they are that could be invading me at this very moment??

Shopping carts certainly can spred germs. Do I start wearing gloves? Public bathrooms...yikes. Never touch anything in there. Better yet, don't use them. Restaurant tables...they clean them with a cloth that looks like my underwear I use to clean the car. Have to be lots of germs there.

Telephones...who knows who has been using it and what they may be carrying. The more I think about it...the more paranoid I get. Germs are everywhere and everybody is a carrier. What to do?

I try to keep a pretty clean house. Now I said clean not sterile. However, there has to be a lot of areas I am missing the boat. And what about other people's houses? Oh dear, this is starting to get pretty scary.

But...when I think about it, all the super clean people I know are frequently sick. The more slobbish...never sick. Could there be a relationship to clean VS. vulnerable? I think there is.

Maybe germs are good to build an immunity. Makes sense to me. So why isn't the government telling us what is the right balance of germs? Is all this germ related paranoia just a stimulus to sell hand cleaner? I am so confused.

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demonicsexkitten 41F
10671 posts
8/12/2005 9:06 am

and then there's the entire vaccinnation issue...

glad to see you're still alive i was worried we might not hear from you again after yesterday. (there are instances where people do great under chaos and stress, but when they stop to rest afterwards... whammo!)

Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F

8/12/2005 9:10 am

well we do need small exposure to kee pthe immune system "exercised." Yeah I do use a wet wipe thing on the shopping cart, then my kid sneezes on me?

Bleach is my fiend, I wash dishes, then give them a bleach rinse. I would love to throw acid down the toilet. Camping out houses oh my! It in in the last 20 years doctors startign wearing gloves and universal precautions were implemented. Finger condoms for your Doc!

I often wonder what the door to the men's room contains. maybe I have a new research grant project. Test the bacteria count and type on bathroom doors of various establishemnts? hummm.

ANewLevel4Us 38M/37F

8/12/2005 9:36 am

I think it is definitly a ploy to sell handsoap, hand sanitizers, and the like. Have you seen they now have tissues that kill the germs as soon as you blow your nose into them?
My brother's girlfriend is a total clean freak. A friend of mine is too. Funny - they always seem sick. My friend Lysol's everything. My brothers girlfriend brought those antibacterial Lysol wipes on a camping trip. I think Lysol is addicting.
We stay clean here, not sterile or perfect by any means. My family is hardly ever sick. You have to build up a resistance, and by killing all the germs, you never come in contact with any so, on the off chance you fall onto the public toilet seat while trying to hover, or you touch a doorknob accidently because your antibacterial wipe fell out of your hand as you reached for the knob... and you happen to catch one of these dreaded diseases... it will hit you like a ton of bricks because you have no defense over it. Sounds back asswards if you ask me.

ANewLevel4Us 38M/37F

8/12/2005 9:38 am

I just noticed... that picture you posted - that woman has a roll of TP on her head. Where the heck did you find that picture LOL

Ana_6973 43F

8/12/2005 9:47 am

Actually, the plethora of anti-bacterial products out there and the over-medication of every little sniffle, sneeze, wheeze and cough is leading to the evolution of super-strains of various illnesses. By being so paranoid about every little surface we touch, we are making it harder on ourselves. Look at staph infections, they are becoming an issue because they are becoming more and more resistant to treatment due to evolution. Of course, it may be mother nature trying to weed us out too. Hmmm, super-strains of viruses that eliminate population.....maybe mother nature's trying to tell us something.

~~"I can scream as loud as your last one, but I can't claim innocence."~~

five_speed 41M

8/12/2005 10:01 am

George Carlin commented on this very topic in one of his books. I'll have to dig it out and try to find the exact quote, but I remember he mentioned something about swimming in the river down stream from the sewage plant, something about being "baptized in shit."

rm_CookieLips2 61M

8/12/2005 10:11 am

TDA, I agree with you on this one! Why all of the paranoia? There are germs that are good for you and I am sure they do take care of the germs that are not. Should I worry about what the cat drug in? Who knows where her paws have been! And what about those folks who kiss their dogs not knowing where his nose was last stuck? Could this be a right wing thing where cleanliness is next to Godliness? Hmmmmm.....

rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
8/12/2005 10:44 am

Thanks kitten. I assure you, I'm way too stupid to know when to stop! You know, I used to think that each beer had a distict flavor all to itself...that's BS. After 15 or 20, they all taste the same!

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rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
8/12/2005 10:47 am

PNS you certainly have a project ahead of you and I'll bet the results of any public facility would be perhaps surprising. Please...DO NOT tell me the results! I'm depressed enough imagining.

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rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
8/12/2005 10:50 am

I suspect the same anewlevel. Seems the cleanest are always the illest. Illest?? Might be a word.

LMAO hovering over a toilet seat. Great visual there. Hmm, do guys hover? I blog so much I haven't been outside in 8 months so I wouldn't know.

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rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
8/12/2005 10:52 am

Anewlevel...I scour the internet in search of new relevent issues and photography. Just trying to stay ontop of the world...as I see it through a monitor that is.

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kyplowboy2 61M

8/12/2005 11:01 am

Hummmmm. Good topic. Ya know, a lot of people think that people in the country are healthy because of:

1) all that fresh air.
2) eating all that fresh produce and healthy meat products.
3) hard work...early to bed, early rise.
4) lower stress levels.
5) blah, blah, blah.

I studied this hypothesis, after reading your post, and pondered, at some depth (about 15-20 seconds) wherein lies the truth. I believe that I have found it and would like to post my findings here, sir, if you please.

My finding are:

1) We breath fresh air and eat good stuff 'cause we can.
2) We get up early and work hard 'cause the Bank requires it.
3) Early to bed? If your ass was draggin' like mine usually is, you would be in bed, too. (If you didn't fall asleep again at the supper table with your face down in the sweet potatoes.)
4) Lower stress levels...priced diesel lately?

While all of these things may contribute to our 'I'm so happy I could just shit' attitude, I believe their influence on todays topic are minimum at best. For that reason, I would like to pose the following hypothesis:

People in the country are basically rosy cheeked and wheeze free because we live in a virtual germ-free environment. Think about it. I know you're asking yourself, "Self, how is this possible"? I postulate the following simple solution to that question.

Ag Chemicals.

We have a spray, powder, pellet or jelly for just about everything! Hell, some products even have warnings that reading the label more more than twice in a 24 hour period may cause severe nausea or vomiting. Got a bug?...bring it on! We got somethin' for that ASS, 'round heah! Mad cow disease?...not a problem. Hell, my cows get mad all the time (usually followed by me vaulting a fence or gate, maybe tearin' out a few finger nails climbin' a plank wall out in the barn), but they usually get over it. If not, they buy cattle down here in Sonora every Tuesday for those that don't work or play well with others, but I'm gettin' off track here.

So, TDA1, I would make this recommendation for your continued health and long life. Feel a sniffle comin' on?...run on down to Krogers and fondle a tomato (this in and of itself can be quite tittalating if done with the eyes closed while alone or with somebody). Feeling run down lately?...eat a Whopper (you could have worms and we only use the best super-sonic wormers money can buy-from weaning to septic tank is our motto). Don't mind the twitches, unexplained nose bleeds and intermediate erectal dysfunction (usually at the most convenient times). Ya get used to 'em. I kinda find that low, pulsing glow at night rather relaxing (saves money too, no longer need a night lite). Got up the other night to go take a leak and had to chuckle to myself; kinda gives new meaning to the term 'glow worm' (besides, I no longer whizz on my fingers in the dark).

So, the moral of the story is, kick back, relax, its all gonna be ok. Don't panic just be yourself. Hope this gets to ya before you chew those finger nails into the quick again. You know how you are!



P.S.- Those Ol' Boys over at Dow-Corning sure would love to hear from you...maybe a bottle of whiskey or somethin' this Christmas, ya know?

rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
8/12/2005 11:04 am

Ana I agree...add in the fact that many docs misuse "catch-all" antibiotics and there you have it. Just another reason to stay home and blog...let the non-bloggers get sick.

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rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
8/12/2005 11:05 am

LOL 5 speed...not sure I want to be that safeguarded! Maybe I'll start of gradually and just fondle public toilet handles.

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rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
8/12/2005 11:07 am

Cookie you're onto something here I think! Ya know...conspiracies are everywhere. I'll have to look into this deeper!

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rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
8/12/2005 11:15 am

kpb2 I thank you. I feel much more at ease now. I do live in a semi-rural region. Hell all of Indiana is a semi-rural region. I think the country boy thing has merit in fact!

So...I say this to all the ill healthed city dwelling ladies...stop on by and git ya a good old fashioned injection of country boy.

Injections of TDA1 could cause: hysterical laughter, temporary blindness, no stimulation of the genitals, sudden need for masturbation afterward, all around disappointment. Offer void where prohibited.

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kyplowboy2 61M

8/12/2005 11:21 am

Did I mention the third nipple?...yeah, the chicks really dig it! (at least 'til the novelty wears off, but you'll probably be done by then.)

rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
8/12/2005 11:42 am

kpb2 you didn't mention it...we now you did. Wonder why they never appear on the back where they'd come in handy??

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mehappy4u21 53F

8/12/2005 1:21 pm

No Germ Immunity Info from Government Because:
1. Government get donations (kickbacks!!)from Special Interest groups to not Inform the public...

2. Special Interest groups get kickbacks from Insecticide Companies to control the government...

3. Insecticide Co's get kickbacks from Farming Industry for greater crop production...

4. Farm Industry get kickbacks from Grocery Industry to sell more produce...

5. Grocery Industry gets kickbacks from Hand Sanitizer Co's to promote sales by telling public to sanitize their hands from insecticides...

6. Hand Sanitizer Co's get kickbacks from the Medical community to promote Medical Safety and encourage Dr. visits...

6. Medical Community get kickbacks from Pharmasuetical Co's for each prescription they write...

So you see, it all makes perfect sense...

rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
8/12/2005 1:29 pm

Mehappy thank you for clearing this up for me. I am so confused I'm going to wash my hands.

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rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
8/12/2005 3:20 pm

Awl right everyone lets not get all Howard Hughesy.

Yes of course there are tons of germs all around us all the time many of them we couldn't live without. Yes there are actually more pathogenic microorganisms in your oral cavity than your arse, who-who, or ha-ha. Even your dog or cats mouth is cleaner then yours despite where they've been lickin. Yes processed meat is loaded with fecal coliforms. Get over it already.

As for hovering and using a sani-wipe on the bathroom doorknob forget it. What do you think happens when you flush? That's right baby that microbe loaded fecal matter gets aerosolized into the air you breath.

Sorry, ya can't hide from the microbes. Try to focus on the ones that matter and be thankful if you live in a country where you don't expect many of the children you know to die of an infectious disease before being old enough to understand what a microbe is.

If a microbe don't kill you or make you miserable don't worry about it. They were here long before you and will be around long after we're gone. In fact in each one of the cells of your body are what were once most likely microbes that allowed life to expand into multicellular organisms that eventually gave rise to us hairless apes.

That being said, I admit that I often use a paper towel or the back of my hand to open the door when leaving public bathrooms and I think it’s gross to kiss a dog or cat. However, I got no problems bout using the front end of my gastrointestinal tract to kiss the front end of some lovely lady's gastrointestinal tract.

While we are talkin bout microbes, how bout them parasites. Don't forget to say hello to all them worms and protozoa that live in each one of us

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rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
8/15/2005 6:01 am

Luke...I am your father. Sorry. OK, so if microbes have been around so long...why aren't they involved in their own space program?

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