September 16 11

Is there a definition for a germophobe? I wonder. I mean, I would guess, that I am one of those. Germophobes. I am kind of a chronic hand washer and I spend a lot of my hard-earned dollars buying anti-bacterial hand gel. I avoid public bathrooms as much as humanly possible, but if I am absolutely desperate, I make sure to flush with my feet and open doors with paper towel. I don’t really even like hand-shaking and please, whatever you do, do not ask me for a sip of my drink. You might force me to decide how clean I think your mouth is. The word on the street is that my dog Indiana’s mouth is cleaner. I make restaurant choices based on the chances of picking up a foodborne pathogen; chicken is usually low on the list. I rarely order the chicken.Nothing good ever came from ordering the chicken.

The interesting thing, though, is that this self-proclaimed germophobe went to see Contagion this week.

You know what Contagion is, right? (It’s the one that’s not Outbreak.) It’s that star-studded movie about the infectious disease that kills a giant percentage of the population because of Gwyneth Paltrow.

Yes. I saw it.

On purpose.

Because here’s the rub. I am absolutely fascinated by epidemiology: endemics, epidemics, pandemics. I even, at one point, dreamed of working at the CDC in Atlanta. You know what those letters stand for? The Centers for Disease Control. You know what they do there? They study these things; they HANDLE these things. They use words like Live Virus and some people even work in rooms that require giant jumpsuits, not dissimilar to Marty McFly’s anti-radiation suit used to handle plutonium and to convince his dad that he was Darth Vader from the planet Vulcan.


You would think that I would run completely in the opposite direction and never look back. But somehow, the study of these things; knowing how they work, how they spread, how they are prevented, makes me feel more comfortable. Also, it’s pretty effing fascinating.It makes no sense, really.I KNOW. But to be honest, if we’re all gonna die…it would be interesting to see how Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and Laurence Fishburne would be able to save me. And Jude Law too. Only without that damn snaggletooth they gave him for the movie. Was this really necessary? Really? I’m already fighting a battle I can’t win with his receding hairline…now you’re giving him JewelMouth? But, at least he may have a hazmat suit to share.

Also, I’m never ever ever ever touching my face again.

Or Gwyneth Paltrow’s.

  1. I completely understand, I’m deathly afraid to fly yet I enjoy watching all the air disaster movies and documentaries out there. Strange.

    Comment by charmedone17 on September 16, 2011
  2. Any movie where Gwyneth Paltrow dies is a good movie in my book, by an infectious disease just makes it better (my apologies if you’re a Paltrow fan).

    Comment by C @ Kid Things on September 16, 2011
  3. It’s a personal rule that I don’t touch raw chicken. Ever. I make Patrick prep and cook any chicken we have in the house. I don’t trust the way it feels.

    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on September 16, 2011
  4. I’ve never been a huge germaphobe, until I started taking public transit to work. Now I won’t touch my face after boarding until I get in and have doused myself with Purell.

    I’m OK with this as I witnessed this kid blowing his nose all gross on the train and then TOUCHED EVERYTHING ON THE TRAIN.

    Comment by Kristabella on September 16, 2011
  5. public transportation is so ful of germs…it’s sooooooo repulsive.

    Comment by ali on September 16, 2011
  6. I saw it the other night after I asked you about it. I liked it. Kind of slow though and of course depressing. I don’t understand why they were using antibacterial gel though when it was a virus.

    Comment by Tammi Marie on September 16, 2011
  7. very interesting and very nice thanks

    Comment by habergunce on September 16, 2011
  8. Interesting Blog, Congratulations!

    Comment by Luiz Carlos on September 17, 2011

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