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post #71 of 136 Old 08-15-2013, 09:08 PM
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Northern Mama-think about this. I would a LOT rather see a farmer or ditch digger in their work clothes in the store than I would a health care worker. THEY are the ones who really should change. They are the ones who are at highest risk to be carrying resistant strains of heaven knows what. However, any person on the street may be carrying MRSA. Many are. You are probably much better off in GH's grocery store than you are walking the streets of most major cities.

I would also bet that GH could probably do a lot better without your business than you would without the food she provides. JMHO.
I agree, health care workers have scarier dirt. What's the point? I expect them to clean up before going to the grocery store too. I also agree that it is dangerous no matter where you go. I'm focusing on the respect issue not the health care danger.

I could do just fine without the food that GH provides, thank you very much. I could quit my posh little office job tomorrow, get my garden going again (I used to have an acre just for us and canned 100's of jars every year), get my own deer, moose, rabbit, grouse, whatever on my own land. I don't choose to right now for various reasons. If society collapsed, our family could survive. But, honestly, I didn't want to go down this road. That becomes a whole discussion about society and economics and survival and who has the bigger _______ (fill in the blank with whatever someone thinks is important: guns, bank account, property, family, whatever...)

All I said, or at least intended to say initially, is I think that out of respect for others we should present ourselves appropriately for the environment. Whether it's a grocery store, a camping trip or the market in Calcutta. Respect for others is what it is about, IMO.
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Respect for others is what it is about, IMO.
On that we agree, but how that respect is shown is maybe where we differ.
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How many people have time to get all gussied up to go to the store and change into the workin duds when they get home. We don't expect this of welders or construction workers. It's not always about respect, it's about being practical. Granted, I do have a quick tubby and a change if I've been cleaning the barn. Not everyone appreciates "Ear de Cheval".



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I am not a squeamish or egotistical person. I can go the whole day without looking in a mirror once. I live in my riding clothes on those days at the barn. I travel to the barns where I train and ride, so do all my shopping to or fro. Heck, I will sometimes pick out a hoof and then pick up my sandwich, and I haven't died yet.

I will try to knock most of the shaving off of me before entering a store and I will always wash my face and hands before shopping for food. But, if you don't like my boots and breeches, that is simply YOUR problem, IMO.
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^^^ I couldn't count how many times I have cut calves or notched ear tags for doctoring, wiped my knife blade off an my pants, stuffed it back in my pocket only to be pulled out the next day to make a sandwich with it usually from salami and a jar of mayo that has been floating in the ice chest for a couple days on the back of the truck.
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^^^ I couldn't count how many times I have cut calves or notched ear tags for doctoring, wiped my knife blade off an my pants, stuffed it back in my pocket only to be pulled out the next day to make a sandwich with it usually from salami and a jar of mayo that has been floating in the ice chest for a couple days on the back of the truck.
Your only as strong as the germs your exposed to!

YES! Glad I'm not the only one to do that LOL. Cut calves with a knife, wipe it on the pants, put it away, use it the next day to pick a rock out of a hoof, then use it to slice an apple LOL.
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There are two opinions I care about, my husbands, and my employers. For my employer as long as I am covered and not in a meeting, they don't much care what I do in my own time. Thankfully my husband thinks I am the best looking woman alive on my worst day.

Therefore yes, I will go to the grocery store, gas station etc in my breeches, boots, half chaps. I'd prefer to change before dinner, but if that's not possible then I will eat somewhere like a diner in my breeches.

If I am covered, I am not disrespecting anyone. People look for sure, because it's not the norm to see it - my hubby tells me it's because I look so good, so of course they will look. I am lucky.
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^^^ I couldn't count how many times I have cut calves...wiped my knife blade off an my pants, stuffed it back in my pocket only to be pulled out the next day to make a sandwich with it...
No calves here, but when my wife asks about the cleanliness of my knife, I tell her I swapped it out with a clean one. I have 3 knives that vary only somewhat in size, and what she doesn't know doesn't hurt her.

As long as no one rats on me now...
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YES! Glad I'm not the only one to do that LOL. Cut calves with a knife, wipe it on the pants, put it away, use it the next day to pick a rock out of a hoof, then use it to slice an apple LOL.
Nothing like going out dagging sheep. This is shearing their dirty end. A tiresome job, especially as sheep are never cooperative! At the same time because they are penned, having to be caught, might as well give them a pedicure.

Come mid morning hunger starts to hit, out come the sandwiches, of course, hand washing consists of whipping hands down the sides of your pants. Eat the food without a thought but, come the grubby corner, chuck it to the dogs as reward for them working with you.

People I know who work like this are rarely ever ill. At a wedding several of us attended to I was called the next day to ask if I was OK. I was fine as were others but, several had been very ill with salmonella poisoning. When asked of we had eaten the chicken we all had yet it had no effect whatsoever on any of our guts.

Time is a factor with me before I go shopping. I had to dash to the store whenever I could to do a big shop. I never had a day off as such. I rarely ever went clothes shopping, if I did then yes, I would change, but for food shopping, no way.

What makes me laugh is when jodhpurs come into fashion, as they have done several times. You see people wearing them as a fashion statement along with high heeled long fashion boots. Makes me feel really good to know I am setting the style!
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I agree, health care workers have scarier dirt. What's the point? I expect them to clean up before going to the grocery store too. I also agree that it is dangerous no matter where you go. I'm focusing on the respect issue not the health care danger.

I could do just fine without the food that GH provides, thank you very much. I could quit my posh little office job tomorrow, get my garden going again (I used to have an acre just for us and canned 100's of jars every year), get my own deer, moose, rabbit, grouse, whatever on my own land. I don't choose to right now for various reasons. If society collapsed, our family could survive. But, honestly, I didn't want to go down this road. That becomes a whole discussion about society and economics and survival and who has the bigger _______ (fill in the blank with whatever someone thinks is important: guns, bank account, property, family, whatever...)

All I said, or at least intended to say initially, is I think that out of respect for others we should present ourselves appropriately for the environment. Whether it's a grocery store, a camping trip or the market in Calcutta. Respect for others is what it is about, IMO.
if you feel those of us who wear our barn clothes to run our errands somehow "disrespects" you, you would be assuming that we actually CARE what you think, and we don't. From the responses here it should be clear that most of us will do what we need to when we need to regardless. It saves time, effort and gas. It has nothing whatsoever to do with whether or not we respect you or anyone else in the store. I do respect my DH enough to remove the barn clothes on the porch before I go into the house......he is allergic. Other than that-oh well.
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