There's a winter storm on the way. The National Weather Service says we should see maybe a foot of snow before it's all over. Not too shabby. Twelve inches of snow makes for a little inconvenience in the way of shoveling and so on, but the temperature is cold enough that the snow should be powdery and easy to move. However it works out, I'm not about to worry about it.
Plenty of people are worried about it, though, driven by hyperbolic "meteorologists" on local TV news stations that pump people into a panic to keep them glued to the newscasts (and the newscast's advertisements.) I decided to check out the local Stop & Shop and see what was selling in advance of the storm.
|O noes, better fill up that gas tank! You never know when the town will get around to plowing the streets. Don't want to get caught snowed in with an empty tank! Every single pump had a five-car line.|
|Where's all the bread go?|
|Sorry We are out of Eggs|
|There was a run on ground beef.|
|Here's something I never figured would be rushed because of snow: Cat food.|
Oddly enough, there was plenty of milk - but the half-and-half and coffee creamer was decimated, and the bottled water aisle was hit heavily but not cleaned out.
It's been more than thirty years since a winter storm caused Connecticut to shut down, and that was in the days before so many people owned front-wheel drive and 4WD SUVs. Yet, whenever a snowstorm starts sniffing around New England, we get panic buying like this. *sigh*