Blizzard of Oz-Round Deux
You know, you really haven't lived until you have been witness to the pre-blizzard shopping habits of Midwesterners. Since this current blizzard gave even more advance notice than the one last week, people had all weekend to contemplate the couple of days they are going to spend sheltering in place when it drops another foot or so of snow down on the currently bone-dry streets.
UPDATE: Storm 2, day 2---wet and heavy snow clinging to trees is causing power outages.
I ventured out to Costco late yesterday morning, a Sunday, only to find it a veritable mob scene. Normally, it's pretty quiet at that moment during the weekend since most people would be at church, possibly praying for an alternate weather pattern.
This day, however, the parking lot was packed with more than a few cars parked cattywampus--yeah, you heard me right---abutting giant snow mountains deposited by snowplows about its perimeter. The critical driving issue in most lots is the blindspot created by these snowpiles, which conceal the frantic shoppers lurching from behind them and make competition-level space-spotting in the narrow plowed paths fairly treacherous.
So, when I surveyed the Costco lot, I knew the local media had whipped everyone into a frenzy with their European Computer Models and snowfall calculations in the double digits and shrieks of keywords, like "Bread!", "Milk!", "Eggs!". Then, when the national press descended to scoop up existing snow in their mittened hands on camera before the first new flake had fallen, well, that's never a good sign
Another foot of snow begins to fall. Note bird in the dogwood tree. Bird block party going on at our feeders all week: downy woodpeckers, cardinals, black cat chickadees, tufted tit mice, phoebes, bluejays, flickers, robins, mourning doves...you name it, it was here chowing down on suet and seed.
Throughout the rest of that day and into today, stores were packed with panicked shoppers and carts careening down aisles at Daytona speeds. Predictably, shelves were bereft of bread and freezers devoid of milk and eggs. Hardware stores reported near rumble conditions among the men circling the few remaining snowblowers.
We've taken all precautions: snow implements are cleaned and at the ready for use during the post-blizzard dig-out. Vast quantities of bread, milk, and eggs are stored and the pantry is bulging with all manner of food for any potential blizzard condition with or without power.
And I'm guessing no one needs to grocery shop again for another month or so.
UPDATE: When the snow stops, we'll shovel this load off the deck and then use the snow rake to scrape snow off the roof. That will drop another foot or two onto the deck and then we'll have to shovel it off again. Too heavy to sit on the deck and too wet to sit on the roof without creating ice dams. Snow, you are a wicked beast even in your beauty.
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