The new normal

by Jon Sullivan - 2020-05-15 - Opinion

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Lockdown is a big win? At 57 I'm finally learning lots of stuff I should have known all along.

One of the things I've always missed about my time growing up on the farm was all the homemade stuff. When I moved away I tried to replicate things like mom's bread, fresh pasta, desserts, etc. And I pretty much failed completely and never tried again. But with the lockdown, and stuff missing in stores for a while, I tried it all with a new perspective. And it's easy. Not sure if I was just dumb and lazy when I was younger. But this stuff sure seems easy now.

Sure, bagels and pasta are faster if I just buy them pre-made in the store. But they're also about 50 times more pricey that way. Now that I've been making my own pizza for a while, even the thought of the delivery stuff is just awful. The lack of things like AP flour and garlic in the stores makes me think lots of other folks are having the same experience.

So is this the new normal? Are we finding out that while a huge global supply chain was convenient, it also made us weaker as a species and fragile as consumers? Will buying local now make way more sense than having Amazon ship everything from the other side of the planet?

I feel like we should be empowering elders to teach us "the old ways:. How do we grow our own produce in a small apartment? Pros and cons of grinding our own flour? Tips on bartering for haircuts?

Is the new normal where we realize Amazon convenience culture brings with it many sins? Sloth, gluttony, greed?

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