When There's No Tonic On Supermarket Shelves, You Know The Civilised World Has Gone Mad

Here in Australia, we are not in full lockdown yet, but the system is already broken. A couple of days into any sort of meaningful distancing rules and not a drop of tonic water is to be found on supermarket shelves.

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I’m not certain where it all went wrong, but I blame those idiots who made the news public that quinine (one of the ingredients of tonic) might be a potential deterrent against the dreaded COVID-19. It is their lack of judgment when it comes to the self-centred behaviours of the rabid stockpilers that has put an end to my gin and tonic days.

I understand about the shortages of meat, milk and toilet roll… BUT TONIC WATER, FFS! Don’t people understand that gin and tonic is an “essential” self-medication in the treatment of anxiety?

Surely, as a community, we can demonstrate more empathy for those doing it tough? Interestingly, I do seem to be weathering this storm better than I expected to, although that may have something to do with the government’s decision to keep golf courses and driving ranges open – which means that the old man is still out of my hair for part of the day. Or, it may simply be because (APPARENTLY) some people with anxiety cope better than most with crises of this calibre.

It’s fair to say that this level of unprecedented disaster is exactly what we have been anticipating EVERY BLOODY DAY of our lives! And to be quite frank, for most of us self-isolation is the dream!

Personally, I am more inclined to believe that I am simply in denial, especially when not much has actually changed in my day-to-day life. As an educator, I continue to risk life and limb on the frontline in my job as “babysitter” to Australia’s (petri dish of) children, putting my own health directly at risk.

Of course, that means I’m secretly hopeful that (at the end of this nightmare) my sacrifice will ensure me an Order of Australia, a concert, or just a very big hug from Chris Hemsworth at the very least. What I don’t need, though, is your thanks, Mr Morrison – not when you’ve given me no choice in the matter. As a casual worker, I don’t get paid if I don’t work – unless we shut down.

On second thoughts, Scotty, maybe there is one thing you could do for me by way of your appreciation. Next time you’re at Kirribilli House, perhaps you could check out your tonic supplies…

2 thoughts on “When There's No Tonic On Supermarket Shelves, You Know The Civilised World Has Gone Mad

  1. I’ve been “teaching” from home for the last week and a half. Not teaching, actually, but getting ready to teach. The teaching, theoretically, starts Monday. I must say, for a technophobe such as myself, the tech aspect has been a nightmare, though I’ve had fewer meltdowns than I thought I would. Maybe more meltdowns will come when I start “seeing” students online?
    As for G&Ts, would you believe I just started liking them this past summer? I always avoided them because they struck me as “what my parents would drink.” You know, how you avoid driving a certain make of car because you associate it with an older, out-of-touch generation? Well, when we were in England last summer we discovered that they are having a gin revival and all sorts of flavored gins are available. My favorite was an apple spice variety. Sadly, this revival hasn’t made it to the US, but fortunately, the husband is both a cook, a mixologist, and a chemist (he even used to teach a Culinary Chemistry course). He created several infused gins that we were getting ready to put out for tastings at our Gin-n-Tonic Bar at a travel-themed party/fundraiser we were set to host tomorrow. Naturally, that’s been cancelled. I’m so bummed. However, this means there are gallons of different flavored/infused gins just sitting in our basement (and tonic is still on our grocery shelves)… With that, along with two gallons of homemade rum punch and 27 homemade mini-cheesecakes in the freezer, we’ll survive at least a little while if this becomes Armageddon. We’ll be fatter and much less healthy, but we won’t die of hunger or thirst. 😉


    1. Ok, sounds like you have the perfect husband. Like you, I could take or leave gin until I discovered the pink version. We’re still at school. I’m not too concerned about my risk, but I think that in general we should be in a more effective lockdown. The numbers are all going one way. Stay safe xx

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