We’re in the midst of yet more climate change. This particular bout is predicted to last until Sunday morning, and will consist of a “wintry mix”. According to the latest forecasts, we will experience all three types: powdered climate change, pelletized climate change, and contact-crystallized climate change. Between 10 and 21 inches (25-54 cm) of powder are predicted to accumulate. And this on top of several inches left over from the big storm last weekend and the smaller one on Tuesday.
I went to Charlottesville last night to stock up on necessities for the coming ordeal, and it took me four hours to shop at two supermarkets (Kroger was out of larks’ tongues in aspic, so I had to go to Giant as well).
I’ve never seen anything like it — the parking lot at Barracks Road was totally full, all the way out to the marginal stores at the empty sections of the lot. People parked in the parking aisles and left their flashers on. It was worse than Christmas Eve. Of course, it didn’t help that portions of the parking lot were blocked by immense dirty piles left over from last week’s batch of climate change.
When I walked into the Kroger, there were no shopping carts at all available — not one. No carry baskets were piled near the doors, either, but I managed to find an abandoned one near the checkout.
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Almost all the carts and baskets in use could be seen lined up for the checkout — some snaking to the side, all the way over to side walls and down into the beer and produce sections. Others went straight back through the aisles and then curved around along the back wall. I joined the “express” line at the back of the store, and it took forty-five minutes to work my way up through the frozen food section to the cash register. Fortunately I had brought something to read.
Strangely enough, the stores didn’t run out of major staples, although Giant did show almost empty shelves in the bread aisle. It’s a testimony to the distribution system and logistics of the retail grocery chains.
This is the worst pre-storm panic I’ve ever experienced. I would have thought I was in D.C. — it was that bad.
Now we are stranded yet again. Powdered climate change is falling steadily, and the satellite dish is now partially covered, but we’ve still got an internet connection for the moment.
Can I trade in my carbon credits now?