A precaution after the swine flu epidemic at PAX?
At comic-con, sanitizer is a necessity.
Can’t blame you I do that everywhere
I believe the point is the classy thing to do is wait until they’re out of earshot before you cleanse yourself of their filthy touch.
Indeed. Simple sanitizer etiquette.
Perhaps people would all wash their hands more often after witnessing someone desperately removing the filth of their handshake? Etiquette shmetiquette, turn hand shakes into public service announcements.
I seem to remember Scott Kurtz proposed a head nod in response to getting sick after Comic-Con.
Wasn’t there some sort of “Warrior’s Salute”, like putting one’s fist to one’s chest?
Anyway, I’ve done this at work, quite by accident, after shaking a customer’s hand. Usually I can remember to wait until they’re gone.
Were you referring to this?
Greeting others via the Iron Guard Position is vastly preferable to doing it by allowing their weeping pustules drip into your urethra.
Wow, that’s too nerdy, even for me. Would it be acceptable to great David with a black power salute while saying “hautep, Willis”?
Hilarious! Perfect depiction of the contemporary paranoid.
It’s not paranoia, it’s just good sense. Conventions – along with all other situations where hundreds or thousands of people are crammed together for days – are breeding grounds for all sorts of icky illnesses. If you’re shaking dozens of hands per day and don’t want to get sick, you use hand sanitiser.
Hell, the correlation between getting colds and flying on aeroplanes is well-documented and accounted for by high traffic (pun not intended) of people, some of whom statistically have colds. And you’re not actively shaking those hands or sitting on the plane for more than a few hours.
“And then they sex up”…
oh my god. I do that at work all the time. I work at a grocery store as a cashier so i get sticky chicken juice and blood all over my hands. I have a bottle of hand sanitizer in my smock and I use it a lot. Some customers give me strange looks and one or two will ask, “Is it me?” Yes. Yes, it is.
I work at a casino. I cannot blame you one bit.
And speaking of cons, I finally got around to getting a photo of the sweet commission I had ya do up:
Only person in the 40K universe that is smiling for reasons other than because they just put their “surprise loving” face on.
(Yeah I could have scanned it, but this sort of protects the original from people like Outlaw Press or Fandom!Secrets. (Do you want French Space Warrior Nun being used for someone’s kink declaration picture?) I could properly scan it if you want a high qual one though Mr Willis.)
Do people really give you funny looks for doin’ that at a con?
Heck, I work in a library. I promise you, we have our fair share of patrons that we just barely finish helping before we RUN to the back to wash our hands. Thoroughly.
The mayor or even the president of my country don’t do that (my. Country is Mexico)
Then your mayor is a teeming cauldron of contamination. Do not let his weeping pustules drip into your urethra
I suppose your mom and dad can be included with that ilk. Remember, the compulsive need for antibotic soaps and skin-rubs is indicative of a a fairly recent cultural phobia.
I worked in public service for decades–shaking hands, rubbing elbows, nuts to butts– without applying special liquids and tinctures to my skin. Enjoy your emasculating psychosis.
There’s normal everyday contact and then there’s touching con people
This, pretty much, sums it up accurately:
I’ve never even been to a con, and I know the importance of hand sanitizer. I’d have a hard time believing anyone would be offended by its use. :-p
Wow! You met Tintin at the Con?!
I work in retail. I fully understand.
Of course, a TRUE FAN would’ve had a Sentinel Prime-like aerosol spray handy.
It’s vitally important that I sanitize my hands _right now_ because I can’t wait another *second* to touch my mouth or eyes.
Alright, I’ve gotta say, I don’t get the whole hand sanitizer thing. It seems unnecessary and excessive to me…I’ve only ever used it after coming into direct contact with raw chicken while working as a cashier.
Anyhow, maybe these people are expecting you to share. Put a dollop on before you shake hands and then everyone is happy. Except people like me. Then we are just kind of pissed that we have that crap all over our hand…hmm
Heh, yeah. I use the stuff when I’m serving food… that’s pretty much it.
It used to be wash your hands before eating, and after touching your genitals. Sound advice.
Now it’s wash your hands at all times, even if you have no intention of touching food.
If this trend continues by 2050 we’re all going to just be swimming in sanitizer. like Luke Skywalker in Empire Strikes Back.
Just yesterday on the bus, an Hispanic family was sitting near me with a 5 year old. When the kid touched the bottom of his sneakers, the hand sanitizer came flying out of the mother’s purse and she warned him that he would get “R-r-r-r-rota virus”
I was trying so hard not to laugh…
I work in a hospital and at a cash register, meaning that not only are the customers likely to be teeming with bacteria, I’m also handling money, one of the foulest things on the planet.
And the thing is? I believe in dirt, and in not being overprotective, and in building up a healthy immune system. I do not normally use hand sanitizer at all.
And I don’t use hand sanitizer after every transaction. I do use it before I touch my face. Because I like it sans oozing pustulent boils.
Bird flu! Swine flu! The flu! Hurry and sanitize so you don’t catch it! Even though by getting near sick people and eating healthy would keep your immune systems up. I work at a truck stop with a bunch of smelly, dirty, greasy, poo covered men coming in. I just wash my hands before eating or handling food, their money doesn’t need to be clean, it’s got coke dust on it already
To quote Monk: WIPE! WIPE!
You could’ve done it BEFORE the handshake, share the alcohol, man!
Isn’t it easier to just make people place their hands in a burning brazier of fire before shaking your hand? Or to make them dip their hands in a bowl of purrell first?
It’s a CON, wear a costume with gloves.
Or just live life on the edge:
How did I manage to live all those decades before hand sanitiser?
And gee, all my ancestors dead at 12 because they didn’t have antibacterial hankies.
Thing that cracks me up is folks taking stuff at raves from people they met 20 minutes before, then using hand sanitizer during the day. Humans… the search for intelligent life continues.
Hey! This one’s missing the “masturbation” tag too!
Man, that was my thought exactly. “Is that hand sanitizer… or lube?”
You have died of dysentery.
*shakes fist at dysentery*
…Now I’ll never know if my plan to stock ten thousand bullets and no food would have paid off. Thanks a lot, dysentery!
That’s just sad. Come on, you need to come into contact with germs for a healthy immune system. There’s hygiene and there’s obsessive.
Agreed. Now a days people I now, and those at work are so sanitized that the littlest of sniffles knock them out for days.
Me, I only wash my hands before I eat, after using the restroom, if I deal with anyone visibly sick, or if I touch something wet and sticky. And I’m hardly ever sick, and if I do get sick, it takes something major to knock me off my feet.
And yes, I worked in retail, and hospitality, cleaned restrooms at a theme park, hauled and emptied dumpsters at the same theme park, and on a fairly common occurrence, had to climb into those large trash compactors to dig out junk that couldn’t be compacted.
On a side note, do you really meet guys as cute as that at Cons Willis? If so, I gotta start going to these things.
There are genetic disorders such as Gilbert’s Syndrome which weaken your immune system. When dealing with people who’ve presumably been scratching their nuts while getting all hot and bothered about new releases, it’s important to not take any chances.
lol i do the same thing sometimes….i just try to hide it more.
Most colds/flu are caused by viruses that aren’t affected by hand sanitising spray even remotely anyway.
Just offer the other person some sanitizer, too. Awkwardness resolved!
I like this solution!
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