Saturday, December 15, 2007

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Antarctica, and We are Ricky Bobbying

See that little hot pink dot on the map? That's my town. We are supposed to get around 12" of snow between today and tomorrow. If you live down south and have never experienced this phenomenon before, the most remarkable thing isn't the pristine sparkle and eerie silence that the snow brings; it isn't the way your car seat freezes to your personal seat; it's the way people flock in droves to the grocery store to stock up.

It's like they're little ants and Big Foot has stepped on their mound--frantically scattering and darting around in circles until they figure out a plan--panicked--like Ricky Bobby on fire. In fact, you could substitute his fear and screaming with, "I've got to get to WalMart! Get me some Cheetos! Where's my cart? Not that one with the bad wheel, Enid, get a GOOD cart! I need Ding Dongs! Get me some coffee! Help me, Sam Walton!"

12 comments:

annie said...

Sometimes, I wished I could relate to the snow, then other times I'm just as glad to have cold wet days without the snow shovel. I do relate to the grocery store panic because we have hurricanes and mostly hurricane threats several times a year. The Home Depot and the grocery store get bombarded like the a-bomb is about to be triggered and the bunker door is about to be closed for months. I'd imagine it's something like that, but, interestingly, there is a rush on Cheetos and DingDongs during hurricane season here, too. love ya, annie

Susanne said...

Wow that is a lot of snow in one big dump! That last time we stock up like that was the Y2K thing.

Michelle said...

Linda,

I am so sorry about the snow, but you are a GEM! I love your blog. You always make me laugh out loud.

As to Wal Mart, it's not the snow, if it were, ours here would be calm. It Isn't! When I get there, this weird thing happens........I instantly get grumpy and claustrophobic. The store just isn't big enough for all those people (and it's one of those Super big ones).

Have a wonderful day dear. Enjoy the stillness and beauty. Remember that God gave us this miracle, and don't look at the mud when you drive in it!

marina said...

Too Funny!! you poor thing in all that cold and snow (have you gone to walmart yet)?Be careful the preachers wife says they have squard dancing there, heheh

I use to live in New Mexico and it would show and get really cold and I would Love it only b/c I am form south Texas and it never really gets cold hear and when it gets in the 40's everyone wears hats gloves ect..,,they think they are up north,too funny,, then the next day its in the 60's and everyone is in shorts.marina

Dinah Soar said...

I've lived in the South and the deep South since 1981...and we behave the same way. If there is a hint of a single snowflake people flood to the grocery store and empty the shelves...school is cancelled and all this for just a snow flurry.

When we moved south, after living in the midwest, including Minnesota which is known for its snowfall, we were amazed...it seemed so silly.

But we learned fast. In the south they don't have the equipment to clean the roads...it isn't cost efficient since there is minimal need...and lots of areas in the south are hilly or mountaineous and very dangerous if there's a little icy precipitation. SO....I guess the panic down here is justified...we learned our lesson the first time it snowed and we couldn't get out for 3 days and had no groceries in the house because it was that time of the week.

Northerners who move down here are amazed at the fuss over a little snow, but it doesn't take them long to understand why...oh, and the people here don't really know how to drive in snow/ice, so there are tons of fender benders too...it's best just to stay home...safer at any rate.

Have been reading your blog about a week now...love it.

Faith said...

HI linda: thanks for dropping by...
our church had Leeland in concert last spring...it was a youth event and we had about 400 youth plus probably another 200 adults attend....we have been hooked ever since... the Lord is using him mightily!
We are supposed to get 18-24 inches by monday a.m. ARGH...although my daughters will lOVE it, as there most likely will be no school or at least a delay. we are praying though that it hold off here in Albany NY for at least until tomorrow at 1 pm......

Melanie said...

We do the same thing for hurricanes. But we also stock up on gas. We are prepared to stay or run, run like the wind. Tee hee Wind... hurricane... oh well.

Fiddledeedee (It Coulda' Been Worse) said...

Oh, same here with the whole hurricane season. In Armpit, FL we were running our air conditioner all day. Sigh.

I spent a lot of my childhood growing up in Ohio. I loved the snow. But, my dad reminds me that I never had to drive in it, or shovel it. :)

Stay warm.

Cyndy said...

Okay, around here it doesn't even take the threat of snow...which we get...to make people run down the aisle of Wal-Mart like Ricky Bobby. Possibly because it's the only large store we have in our neck of the woods. But because we live between two mountain passes, whether we actually have snow or not, it's not uncommon to be cut off from civilation for a day or two because the passes are closed.
Now if you will excuse me...I need to get to the Ding Dongs.

Jerri Phillips said...

I'm from Texas. I've lived here my whole life. I would like to be annoyed at Dinah, but she's right. We don't know how to drive on ice or snow, and we are just goofy about bad weather. You end up with two camps: those who stock up like we won't thaw until March and the ones who figure it'll be gone by noon. I tend to be in the latter group. It has had its consequences. The thing is in Texas, you just never know. One year we had been in the 70s for weeks but had a 20% chance of snow that would never stick because the group was too warm. We were iced in with 1-2 inches of ICE for 3 days.

I'm trying to fathom 12" of snow. That is like all the snow we've had for the last 4 or 5 years...

Mommy, the Human Napkin said...

Evidently, I am a glutton for punishment. SuperDad and I took the whole family to Wal-Mart yesterday. The funny thing is that I didn't realize it would be swarming with people doing their Christmas shopping until we actually got there. I was just getting groceries because it was payday, but every mom and grandma in the free world was at our local Wally World, stocking up on Lightning McQueen racetracks and Bratz dolls.

I have experienced the dead-of-winter snow up north before. Many years ago, I went to watch SuperDad's Navy boot camp graduation near Chicago. It snowed, not in tiny flakes like it does here in Texas. Oh, no... it snowed in snowballs that somehow managed to worm their way inside the scarf I had wrapped nearly over my whole face to smack me in the ear. I came home with the flu.

Roxanne said...

Well, if one must be stranded at home, one must have some comforts to make the down time truly enjoyable. Cheetos and M&Ms would rate right at the top of my list. And seeing your little map up there just made me realize how INCREDIBLY far way you are "in the real world." It's a good thing that we aren't friends in the real world, 'cause you're only a "post" button away in cyber land. That first little nick in the Texas gulf coast. . .the one over near Lousiana. . .that is me. I'm waving.