Scented candles, hydration bottles, couch pillows, air beds and puppy pads are just some of the things I’ve covered that have become insanely popular items, but that nobody apparently “needed” when I started my retail career at Mecca in 1998. So what miracle of bullshit marketing easily made it to the #1 spot on my list? It’s something you probably would have never even considered, because it’s so ubiquitous today that, like smartphones, you probably just assumed it’s been around for your entire life now….
And my #1 item that was no big deal in 1998, but that is a major consumer category today is……………
In 1998, the few sections of the beverage aisle not reserved for SODA housed those gallon jugs of water that went by such strange descriptions as “spring water,” “distilled water,” and the always funny sounding “Artesian water.” Bottled water as we know it today did exist, but in smaller packs and with a very small shelf capacity that held about as much bulk water packages as we’d sell in 20 minutes in 2021. When the Y2K scare hit, we were inundated with pallets of….. no, not Aquafina and Ice Mountain, which were hardly household names in 1999… but with many pallets of that water in a jug. The funny thing is, as odd as it seemed 22 years ago to have that much water on hand, that’s basically what we have to keep on hand of the packaged waters DAILY now to keep up with demand! So many people have fallen for the bottled water racket over the past two decades, that if it were taken away, most people would likely die of thirst in their own homes that had perfectly good running water…
And yes, it IS a racket to pay for something you can get for pennies from a tap….
Your tap won’t kill you, folks. Get off the plastic!!!
And now that we’ve had our share of minerals and chlorine for the day, let’s get on with Share Your World! Questions, as always, by Melanie…
Is there inherent order in nature or is it all chaos and chance?
This was asked recently, and I’m still on the side of chaos and chance. And my life’s had a lot of chaos and chance to prove that point in the past few months…
What is infinity?
SHADOW: More dumb earthling questions, I see. Allow a vastly intelligent Umbreon like myself to count to infinity for you slow witted humans…
I don’t think that will be necessary, Shadow….
SHADOW: One……. two….
No, please Shadow…
SHADOW: Three….. four….. five…
SHADOW: Six….. seven….
Alright, it’s secret weapon time…..
SHADOW: Eight…… nine……
MITZI: Like, hai Umby Wumby!
SHADOW: Ten….. must not let…….. Eleven……. my Pokeballs get……. Twelve……. overloaded….
MITZI: Is that, like, inifnity in your pocket or are you just totally happy to see ol’ Mitzi?
SHADOW: Thir………t……..eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen……. NOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo!!!!!!
MITZI: Mitzi, like, can totally take you to infinity and BEYOND!!!!!
Does observation alter an event?
I guess if Medusa is a witness. Nobody will be leaving the scene of the crime if she gets a good look at them….
Do you like balloons?
Who doesn’t? Even Buster likes them….
Yesterday Sunday was America’s Birthday, does your country celebrate a “Founder’s Day” or other traditions like that?
Let’s make this a post a ESN comic three-fer!