J.P. Gasway

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Paper in a Hospital...

I'm usually not one to be overly excited about visiting a hospital. Actually, I had no desire to be in one ever. That was until my wife and I's twins were born prematurely at 26 weeks this past Monday (12/4/17). I'll never complain about a hospital again. The people who work there are literally saints who have a passion to help people. In this case, they are helping our twins (Jack & Annie) get through their first couple months before they come home.

Amazingly, being the paper guy I am... I noticed the amount of paper products used frequently in a hospital. Paper towels, toilet paper, copy paper, labels, feminine products.... they are all used constantly and in abundance. With our babies being in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), you are constantly prompted (and for good reason) to wash and sanitize your hands. Well, every time you wash your hands you have to dry them. I asked the nurse how frequently they go through paper towels and she said they go through a case each day if not more. Impressive. You also sign-in every day with a pen on paper rather than a tablet. Why? It's easier and authentic. They print labels out for you to label milk supplies for your children. Notice they don't ask you to write on the bottles even though they throw them out after use. Why? Labels make more sense.

But, outside of patient amenities the nurses use paper A LOT. The general response I received when I asked them if they would rather have something digital instead was, "Oh, Please no." They love their paper for many reasons, but the common answers were "It's easier", "It's convenient", "It always works" and "I never worry about losing it".. so if nurses and doctors who are in a field that has all kinds of extensive technology at their fingertips still prefer paper over all those options, what does that say?

To me, it says paper is a never ending usable option that will always be permanent in this world. It is in every part of work and life. And as the nurses and doctors said, "It's just easier". 

I thanked them for being partial to paper. They thanked me for washing my hands. I responded and said, "It's just easier."

Digital or Paper is the new Paper or Plastic

Would you like paper or plastic?... The age old question everyone's encountered at a grocery store. At least it used to be. I was a grocery store kid in my day. Worked there all through high school and part of college. I did everything from stocking shelves to cleaning up spilled milk in the dairy section... It was a great experience those 20 hours each week. But, it all started on the front lines - sacking groceries. Every time someone checked out, I was tasked with asking the simple question "Would you like paper or plastic today for your groceries?" 

Fast forward however many years to 2017. I went to the grocery store with my wife a week or so ago and when we got done with checkout, I was asked the simple question "Would you like a digital or paper receipt?" Um, what? That was my thought when asked and I'm sure the guy behind the register thought he had just asked for my first born child due to the expression on my face. I gathered myself and said "paper of course." This is where my lovely wife says, "Oh no, just email me my receipt." I about fainted right there in the check out line. I looked at her dumbfounded as she told me "It's just easier." 

I was flabbergasted. My own wife who is married to a paper guy... not getting a paper receipt? No shame. She said sometimes it's just easier to have them send it and look at it later. But, is it really easier? That is my question. Doesn't seem easier to me. Easy to me is having them print a receipt and hand it to me. But, I'm the same guy who doesn't have a debit card and only uses credit cards in emergencies. 

Anyway, back to this digital vs. paper receipt thing... when did this happen and why? Is it a cost savings? I know some promote it as "think green", but that is not thinking green. To me it's "Give us your email so we can send 3,000 emails each week about deals on cottage cheese or toaster strudels while saving money on receipt paper." Maybe I'm old fashion or behind the times, but I always get a receipt. The bank, I get a balance printed. The golf course, I get a greens fee receipt. Even if the digital option is there, I never say yes to it. Even if I wasn't a paper guy, I wouldn't say yes. As I'm expressing all of my concerns with this digital receipt movement that seems to be happening, my wife says to me "Next time, I'll just go the grocery alone."

So moral of the story is never expect to be asked if you want paper or plastic again, but instead always decline the digital option.

The Magazine In The Waiting Room

Recently, I found myself sitting in a vet clinic waiting room dealing with a bad batch of pup chow. Recommendation for dog owners... check expiration dates before buying. The aftermath is not enjoyable. However, at 8:20 in the morning it appears everyone in the vet waiting room is doing the same thing... staring at a screen and getting updates. Whether it be Facebook, a News outlet, or just texting - everyone was on their phone.

And then there is me. The paper guy. I have a 75 lb. yellow lab tucked between my legs who is terrified of the vet and of course the 4 lb. baby kitten across the room has him thinking he is a lap dog due to pure fear of the small creature. Spoiler alert - my dog is a wimp named Tank. Very fitting. Anyway, it's a recipe for disaster so I move to another seat. And as I move I notice something... a BIG stack of magazines. I don't know about you, but for me it's essentially a jackpot. Some people wouldn't call reading a 6 month old edition of Sports Illustrated a jackpot, but to each their own.

See, I remember the days of having to make the dreaded trip to the doctor or dentist without phones, tablets, or any other fancy device that provided distraction. The days when all you had were those crumpled 6 month old magazines that covered anything from sports to recipes. And it seemed my parents, particularly my Mom, would always grab one to look over and discuss. As a kid, I hated this. I read and discussed in school - no need to do that at the doctor's office in my opinion. But, time changes things I guess and as I was reading an article out of Home & Garden about how to make your yard "Pop in the spring of 17" (It's Fall season already and Sports Illustrated wasn't available), I noticed a lady next to me somewhat glancing at the article over my shoulder. I made a joke about the article, she chuckled and we started talking.

Next thing you know, the 4 or 5 of us sitting there were all talking. We talked about the weather, our pets, road construction and of course the kittens that were still making my dog shiver with fear. As we talked I noticed all phones were out of sight and people were interacting. This went on for what seemed like hours, but it was maybe 15 minutes. When conversations are enjoyable, you don't pay attention to time I guess.

One by one as everyone was called back to see the vet people would say good luck or what not as they left, but the conversation kept on with those remaining. As the last customer was called back I said my good lucks and went back to my article that I was reading prior. I didn't even get the 2nd paragraph finished before it was our turn to see the vet. As I put the magazine down, side stepped our way around the terrifying kittens and headed back to Room one I thought back to some of those doctor visits in my childhood. My parents would always be talking with someone in the waiting room. Sometimes it seemed like it was a best friend and they wouldn't even know their name. But, it always started with a magazine.

Maybe that's the point of out dated magazines in waiting rooms or maybe that's just another benefit of paper. A light read and the possibility to shoot the breeze with others. I'm sure my Mom never read the actual magazine, but I know she had a lot of good conversations over the years.

I guess you could add "Conversation Starter" to the long list of things paper products provide us... I know I will. 

P.S. The dog is fine, but still a wimp.

Can Liners Made in IOWA

JP Gasway is always a proud supporter of Iowa made products. This is why we offer and stock Waverly Plastic’s line of Can Liners and have been doing so for nearly 20 years.

As with most products made and distributed in Iowa; the quality is exceptional! In the years that we have offered this line, we have had zero quality issues which is phenomenal. They offer a full line of high density and low density bags, both in Lay Flat and Rolls. They also offer bags for ice buckets, food service, and even promote their own line of biodegradable bags.

To make the task of keeping bags separate, they have a unique patented color coding system allowing users to match the size of the trash can to the size of the trash can liner. Along with each can liner case, comes a set of stickers specific to that size of liner. These stickers are to be applied to the actual trash can for ease of use when dealing with various sizes of can liners. It is a very simple process, yet very effective.

 JP Gasway offers all items from Waverly Plastics, while stocking over forty various can liners. We are pleased to stand behind this product, as it is a great quality product.

 If interested in one of the great Iowa made products offered by Waverly Plastics, contact us at JP Gasway and we will be happy to assist you.

Find Your Paper Airplane

When you were younger, did you ever wonder where that paper airplane originally came from? Maybe what weight the paper was? Or how the fold would impact its flying ability? Like most, neither did I. I thought paper was paper and that was that. If only I knew then, what I know now… I probably would have won those recess paper airplane contests for rights to snack trading at lunch.

At young ages, we never think about the impact of one piece of paper. 

We never ponder the many people who helped in the creation of that paper or the process that paper went through to become our amazing aircraft… eventually being launched out of our hands and soaring into the air, taking on gravity and wind.  We saw it as paper and that was that.

From paper airplanes to print jobs, the world is filled with various types of papers to fulfill whatever the request may be. We just have to search...