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Lunch with a puppy (212.0) - Mark's Journal
Lunch with a puppy (212.0)
I met a friend who started working at Cornell last month for lunch this afternoon, at one of the all-you-can-eat eateries that's $6 for staff at lunchtime. (Have I mentioned what a bargain that is? I just have to remember not to eat too much.)

One of the students in the dining hall had a puppy in a bag with her! I suppose he could've been a full-grown tiny dog, but he was brown and fluffy and adorable. I asked if I could say hi to him, and scritched him a bit and got my face licked in return.

When I was done, I went over to the hand sanitizer dispenser, not so much because I thought the dog wasn't clean -- he's probably cleaner than most of the freshmen who eat there -- but so as not to freak out anyone who'd just watched me play with a dog right before heading in to serve myself more food.

Frankly, in a lot of food-service situations, I think it would be more sanitary to let me take a handful of chips, or a roll, or whatever, with my pretty-clean hands, than to let me touch a pair of tongs that will be touched over the next hour by dozens or hundreds more people. At most, if I do have germs on my hands, I'm infecting a tiny group of people by touching an extra chip or two. The tongs? I could infect every one of the people who's coming in after me.

Moral of the story? I'll stick with the puppy licks, thanks.
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theidolhands From: theidolhands Date: October 1st, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent points.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: October 2nd, 2012 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree ! The only real soultion is to offer gloves to put on before touching the tong thing.

sharptoof From: sharptoof Date: October 25th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
People are so freaked out by germs nowadays. What most people don't realize is that you need certain amounts of germs to keep your immune system strong. I'm not saying that you should rush up to the salad bar and take a big scoop of lettuce that someone just sneezed and coughed on, but if you happen to eat that chip that someone accidentally brushed their hand up against, surely you won't die. I say grab that roll! Eff the haters!!!
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