Tuesday, November 25, 2008

So what?? It's snowing...

Ok...I live in Western Pennsylvania. I need to tell you that because to fully appreciate this post, you have to know that I don't live in North Carolina or Texas or somewhere warm where snow is a big deal. No. I live in a place that averages 58.95785 feet of snow per year.*

Today it is snowing. Well, not really. Not yet anyway. What I should say is that the weatherman predicts at some point throughout the day and into the night it could be snowing. We could get like 2 or 3 inches of snow. Right now, though, it's just raining.

Soooooooo, then why is it that the salt trucks are already out and salting (it's 39 degrees)? And, why is it that it took me 20 minutes to get home from work (normally a 7 minute trip)? And, why is it that the grocery store is out of milk and toilet paper? It seems we're in a bit of a panic mode, no.

And, while I am at it, why is it always that milk and toilet paper are the things that sell out. I mean if I were going to be stuck in my house for several days with no chance of getting out I probably wouldn't buy milk and toilet paper. Don't get me wrong, I totally appreciate the value of toilet paper, but if I were going to be stuck in my house for days on end, I would buy valium and cookie dough or something. And, let's be clear. When I say toilet paper, there are plenty of single rolls left at the store, it's just the huge mulit-packs that are sold out. Surely there must be some other cold-weather related use that I am missing. Otherwise, why would people flock to the 24 roll pack?

It seems like if you live where I live, 2-3 inches would be no big deal.

** Not an official number, just something I made up :)

7 comments:

Kristin said...

That sounds like a reaction people would ave down here in NC. And, here, the stuff that disappears from the grocery store shelves are bread, milk, and eggs. I've always thought that was a weird combo.

ICLW

Amy said...

That's funny. I don't have that problem around here as it doesn't snow. Though for some reason even the smallest amount of rain makes people's forget how to drive. Not sure why that happens. :)
ICLW

IdleMindOfBeth said...

I'm in Detroit, and we just went thru the SAME THING!

The entire 5-6:30pm newscast was ALL ABOUT THE COMING SNOWSTORM, that was predicted to hit about 50 miles north of us... out of our Metro area... and we were predicted to get...


wait for it....



an inch.

What the hell?


ICLW

Faith said...

That's completely a Southeastern US reaction -- it happens here all the time, and the weather people get on tv talking about "Snow Watch 08" and things of that sort. I like the Valium and cookie dough idea! Here from ICLW.

alicia said...

people go crazy when it first snows! here people totally forgot how to drive! they go insane, they drive like 2 km a hour when there is barely ice! ahhh soo annoying. since it snows a lot here the stores never run out of supplies! so I guess that is nice!

here from iclw

Seriously? - Erin said...

Here from ICLW. Maybe they are going to make mummy costumes?

I always find that the first snow of the season makes everyone panic and forget how to drive.

Stacie said...

Same thing happens here in Cali when it rains. (and as Amy said, they forget how to drive, too) I don't get it either. I've always just assumed (and that is what gets me into trouble) that is was some sort of shipping/delivery issue. The trucks can't get in or something. Anyway, now I am going to wonder what the people are doing with all of that TP!


ICLW