Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Why does the word SNOW...........

make people run to the store for milk, eggs and bread? Can anyone at all answer that question? I have lived in the south all of my life, with the exception of Germany for 1 year and I have never understood the rushing to the grocery store.

First let's get this straight, northerners like to make fun of southerners because we supposedly don't know what "real" snow is. Granted no we don't get blizzards, we don't get snowed in for days or weeks at a time, but we have had snow and ice on the ground. We do know what snow looks like and yes black ice even. HA! I bet you thought I didn't know that term.

In the south the weatherman make a big deal out of any weather, flooding rains, tornadoes, hurricanes and yes snow and ice. So in the south when it's tornado season the weathermen will stay on the tv for "continuous coverage", boy does that make people mad. Ya know what? It also saves lives when the weather is bad in outer lying areas.

Yes back to snow now, we will talk tornadoes this spring/summer/fall as it goes on for months. So we have the possibility of snow or ice tonight, wow even possible accumulation of up to 2 inches of snow! So tonight all the kids across the area are praying for snow and ice and moms and dads are secretly praying for the opposite so their kids have to go to school!

Now since obviously if you have lived in the north all your life you know how to drive in snow, put on snow chains and just common sense while driving in the snow right? Hmm I begin to wonder about the common sense part when I see the tv coverage showing areas being snowed in and yet people are still driving down the interstate, get trapped, have accidents and must be rescued. So you tell me how that is common sense? Common sense would mean staying at home if you can't drive in the snow/ice.

The southern folks well they may not drive in snow/ice a lot, and really to tell ya the truth they can't drive on a perfectly sunny dry day either, BUT that's why they close schools, stores, and roads down so that us nice southern people don't have to drive in those kinds of conditions. That makes sense right?

So back to my original question, why do people run to the store for milk, bread and eggs when they think bad weather (any kind) is coming? If you get a bad enough ice/snow storm the power will likely go out, therefore any items in the fridge/freezer probably will spoil.

If you plan to go to the store lets use some common sense on what to buy. If you live in an area where heavy heavy snow will come then you will need to adjust this list, but if you live here in the south where snow doesn't exist much this list will be fine.

  • Batteries for your flashlight and radio ( buy extras)
  • Bottled/Jug Water
  • Bread ( gotta have something to eat you don't have to cook)
  • Peanut Butter ( goes with the bread)
  • Canned Meats ( chicken/roast beef) already cooked, just add to your bread.
  • Mayo/Mustard Packets ( from Sam's or Costco's if you are a member) if not pick some up at the next fast food place ya go to. I don't mean handfuls, but a few.
  • Snacks, crackers, chips etc.
  • Diapers/Wipes extra if you have kids
  • Toilet Paper (just in case you should always have extra)
  • Extra blankets for the cold weather
  • First Aid Kit
  • Full tank of gas in your car

Now some of these you should already have at your house such as blankets etc. Now some of these may seem extreme to a lot, but better to be safe than sorry. Notice my list doesn't contain any cold food items that could be ruined.

This concludes the emergency broadcast of "oh no snow is coming, quick run to the store". Stay tuned for more coverage at 7, 8, 9 and the rest of the night for continuous coverage of this approaching possible snow/ice storm.

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