We had a snow storm overnight. I’ll have to mention how much we got in a comment, later. As this is being posted by the WordPress overnight gremlins, I’ll either be getting ready to go to work, because it fizzled, or I’ll be finally testing that new headlamp on my snow blower, or, I’ll be sleeping because it hasn’t yet stopped snowing. That’s the forecast. What? That’s not clear? I know, but that’s the forecast. We’ve been told to expect as much as 11″(28cm) or as little as 3-5” and it’s either going to end before 6:00 am or 7:00 am, or maybe 8:00 am. We follow a couple of forecasts. They don’t agree with each other, and they have both changed their mind several times since Friday.
But there won’t be any chocolate for me to take into my office (to refill the candy dishes) because everyone is out buying bread and milk.
You know, the two grocery items that spoil the fastest. That’s the stuff you buy when you think you might get snowed in. Not cans of tuna, or SPAM, or Doritos. Nope, bread and milk.
As if anyone in the modern era has ever been snowed in by 11 inches of snow. OK, maybe the folks in Seattle and perhaps the people in Atlanta, but here in New England, 11 inches of snow is easy to deal with. We’re not pulling covered wagons through a mountain pass. They plow the highways down to bare pavement. They plow the local roads down to a slushy mess. People either clear their driveways or engage the four-wheel-drive they paid extra for, and drive through it.
And yes, when I put my Jeep into four-wheel-drive, I do say “EN-gage” like Captain Picard.
Schools might delay the start of classes. That’s because they have to clear the parking lots, clean off the buses and give the teachers time to deal with their driveways and sidewalks.
Yes, we have to clear the sidewalks. Actually, it’s the worst part. There’s only about two feet of grass between the sidewalk and the street, so when they plow the street, it goes onto the sidewalk. We have eight hours after the end of the storm to clean them. A lot of people can’t do the math on (now + 8), as shown in the gallery.
Some businesses might delay the opening of their offices. Some might let their employees work from home. Some might let their employees wear jeans and boots and sweatshirts to work. Schools often make their decisions based on the forecasts and announce the delays the night before a storm like this.
Businesses don’t usually delay the opening, unless they’re pretty sure it will still be snowing at the point the office is supposed to open. Businesses never close based on forecasts, we wait until there’s snow on the ground, and 11 inches wouldn’t be enough and we’re not going to get 11 inches. At best, we’ll be able to wear jeans.
But the remote possibility that we might get 11” of snow will send people streaming to the stores for milk and bread, oh, and water – bottled water. It’s crazy. At the very worst, 11” of snow would close the schools in our town for one day. Not the stores, the schools, and, for one day! It’s hard to believe people don’t have one day’s worth of food in the house. It’s even harder to believe that people don’t have one day’s worth of bottled water. And, oh my goodness – since we have “city water” – could we not drink from the tap for one day?
No, we (they) will pile into the stores, scooping up every jug, loaf and carton and fighting their way to the checkout claiming that all the milk is one item, all the bread and all the water, so they can use the express checkout. No hope for me and my three bags of Hershey’s Nuggets to get in and out quickly. Besides, since the parking lot will be worse than the store, getting in is only a remote possibility. Experience tells me that I would drive to the strip mall where the store is, almost have an accident on the outskirts of the parking lot and either come home mad or go to the bar to conduct some additional research for those Saturday posts.
However, I checked with the Editor and I can avoid all of that. Unlike our neighbors, we have milk, bread, water, bacon, beer and Cheetos.
If you’re not from the United States, you may not be aware of the reference to Donner Pass in the title. Here ya go – sorry, it’s Wikipedia.