I was riding on the bike path, doing my best to keep my distance from other people, when a dad ran by me with his kid trailing behind on a bike. They were going about the same speed as I was, so I lingered back a bit for safety. All of a sudden, the dad ripped two giant farmer blows out of each nostril. WTF? While I know that is never OK, how could someone be so oblivious in this day and age? I was so angry, I almost yelled at him, but I decided to avoid any confrontation. What should I have done?
Dear Snot Cool,
For those unfamiliar with the term, a "farmer blow" (aka "snot rocket") is when a person plugs one nostril while forcefully blowing air out of the other, causing the mucus from the open nostril to shoot out.
That's just plain gross at any time, but during a pandemic it's downright disrespectful and quite possibly dangerous. If that person were infected, they could have been shooting coronavirus cooties out of their nose while passing you by, or at the very least depositing them on the ground for anyone to walk through.
The chances of picking up the virus from your shoes is rather slim, but I'm a firm believer in the old adage that it's better to be safe than sorry. Removing your shoes when you enter your home is always a good idea, but these days it's all the more important. If you want to be extra careful, spray your soles with disinfectant.
At any other time, I probably would have encouraged you to go ahead and voice your disgust at such a display. But these days, stress levels are high and many people are on edge. It's in everyone's best interest to avoid unnecessary confrontation with random strangers for the time being.
I do have some advice for the person who feels the need to shoot snots willy-nilly when out and about: Carry tissues with you, you nasty old dirty bird!
Good luck and God bless,