Thursday, January 28, 2010

It's gonna snow! Quick, let's get to Wal-Mart for 9 loaves of bread and some ground beef!

Last night, Ross and I went to Wal-Mart. I feel compelled to point out that this was a previously scheduled Wal-Mart trip. We did not rush out to Wal-Mart after reading the week's forecast:

Apparently, though, every other citizen of Fayetteville saw the forecast and thought, "I must get to Wal-Mart IMMEDIATELY!"

I can understand the desire for preparedness in the face of inclement weather, especially after last year's ridiculous ice storm. Being without power for days is no fun. But I want to know, paranoid winter weather shoppers: what is going through your minds? I can understand why Wal-Mart had no flashlights. I can understand why Wal-Mart only had one Coleman lantern left in stock. I can even partly understand why there were zero loaves of bread on the shelves.

Some things, though, leave me completely baffled. Why was Wal-Mart completely out of ground beef, onions and green peppers? Why were there only three sweet potatoes left? What are you going to do when the power goes out? Eat a spoiled ground beef and raw onion sandwich? With a side of green pepper and raw sweet potato? YUM! I can't imagine anything more tasty!

Good luck everyone in Arkansas/Oklahoma/Missouri braving the winter weather. I'll be resting easy with my sole emergency purchase: two camping-sized cans of propane. One's for the propane lantern; the other is for the camp stove. If we can boil water, I think we'll be able to make it. See you when the ice melts!


  1. C'mon, Leah. I ALWAYS buy a cartload of sweet potatoes when the weather is bad... Ha! Everyone around here is freaking out too. I guess I understand after last year, but I'm just not an alarmist. I'm pretty skeptical that it will get bad this time.

  2. Ross is, too -- in fact, he got downright grouchy at Wal-Mart last night. I thought he was going to punch a few idiots in the face. It would've been socially unacceptable, sure, but they did totally deserve it.

  3. I know what you mean! Even in good weather I have yet to go to Wal-Mart when they aren't out of something I went there for. Or maybe they have just moved it around yet again and I can't find it.

  4. Hey--this is "anonymous". It's really your aunt Vicki, but I couldn't figure out any other way to get this to post!

  5. I don't know what it is with the people of Arkansas and snowstorms. It's not Armageddon folks, it's water falling from the sky in frozen form. It's not going to take the flesh off your bones and steal your soul. You don't need to stock up for 3 years worth of snowfall, at worst it's going to be an inconvenience for a few days.