|January 22, 2016
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
ready for that "Blizzard of the Century"
East Coast, especially the Washington DC area, is going to
be hit with a massive winter storm this weekend. I've been
reading the stories on the internet about how all the
grocery stores have been "ransacked" ( it
would only be ransacking if the shoppers didn't pay, but
journalists like to use words making things worse than they
One columnist wrote "If you
don't have your food & groceries yet, I feel sorry for
Looks like a good time for Mr. Grocer
to remodel the store, being nice and empty, and all.
read these articles and wondered, who doesn't have enough
groceries to survive a weekend? I'm set for the big storm.
OK, so I'm parked in an RV campground in Southwest Florida,
where the temps this weekend may dip into the high 40's,
with some rain predicted, but I'm prepared.
years ago, I wrote an article for my travel blog entitled
disaster strikes, your RV can save you". I had
photos of of my motorhome showing canned goods stashed
everywhere, two freezers full of steaks and chops, fresh
milk and eggs, and when the real stuff ran out, powered milk
and powdered eggs for backup. The generator was ready, with
plenty of gasoline, 75 gallons of fresh water onboard, and
both furnace and air conditioner in good running condition.
The motorhome inventory has rotated in the years
since the article, but both freezers are still full, as are
the bins of canned goods, my supply of liquid refreshments,
ingredients for the breadmaker, and enough Folgers coffee to
last until next Christmas.
Bring this storm on, I
have two can openers.
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|When I retired from Banking in 1993, I took a driving
tour around the country; from Arizona through the South, up
to Maine, on to State of Washington, then to Arizona via
As I approached the east coast there
were warnings about the BLIZZARD OF THE CENTURY. When
blustery weather hit and a foot of snow was received, the
news was full of the "Blizzard of the century"
story. The east coast has had a half dozen storms since then
dubbed with the "century" moniker.
seems to be a common trait with New York being the source of
most news media. North Dakota or Minnesota may not have even
close schools with similar weather. The stores certainly
would not be sold out of anything besides possibly lutefisk.
When the East gets a hangnail, they will feign
It is interesting to note that
distance from New York City to Cleveland, Ohio is about 450
miles. Yet the New York press refers to this area as the "Midwest".
Are these guys aware of the rest of the country?
point being that the east coast lives in their own world.
Everything is better, everything is worse, "Oh the