My favorite meme this week was the "they closed Wisconsin" photo - which I'll admit I had a good laugh at and was clearly made by someone who didn't come from Wisconsin. Because as all Wisconsinites know, Wisconsin never closes especially due to something as trifling as snow. Sure some of the roads might be closed for an hour or two (and this probabaly refers to some schools being closed) but do not underestimate the power of the people needing to get to Shopko.
I've seen people out there with shovels digging their way out and then heading to KMart for the blue light special.
I'll admit a fondness for that time as a kid when I'd know a big storm was coming and I had a sort of narrow window to decide if I was going to let myself get snowed in at a friend's place or if I was going to try to get home.
Because there's that moment when you look at the parents of your friend with a determined "I've got to get home" look and then they tell you that you can just stay. They're not stupid, they know you're hoping their let you stay and they do and you're there for life. Yeah, there's an 8 year old vowing to brave the snow and walk a mile in the whipping snow and there's the parent giving up because they know they can't really send you out in that.
And that's when you and your friend head to the basement and play the game of Life for ten hours and eat nothing but ice cream sandwiches from the basement freezer. (as a side note, my friend Sandy and I would indeed play Life for hours and hours creating all sorts of extra rules so that the game could go on. By the time we'd finish we'd be hauling an extra car or two of kids. When you're 9, lots of kids seems like no big deal, the Duggars - from TLC's "19 and Counting" notwithstanding). :)
Or there's the Urgency Shop aka the Panic Buy - where mom and I would race to the store to stock up because although neither the city nor the state would actually shut down, we might be snowed in for a day or two. This is when we'd buy enough food (and I would buy enough comic books) to be snowed in for a week. After my dad passed away in the early 80s, my brother would make routine forays into the cupboard to purge it of outdated canned goods. As he pulled things out, I was sure I recognized items from a panic buy from 1975. Today we could have sold them on Ebay as "collectibles", the marketing on the labels was so old.
But rarely were we kept in the house for very long but it was comforting having a full stock of Jolly Good soda just in case we couldn't leave the house for days and our only concern was the lack of cheap fizzy drinks.
To this day, living in New York I consider how much food I really need to have on hand at any one time. Given the limited cupboard space, it's not much. I think I have a half a jar of Skippy and some old Saltines. There might be a mason jar of Quaker Oats up there behind a bottle of Makers. Yeah, New Yorkers don't stock food but we do stock booze. Make of that what you will.
But I don't really understand panic buying in New York, because even during Hurricane Sandy the deli at the end of my block was open for business and I seriously considered running down for a bag of chips. If not for the flying branches, I might have made a break for it. But then, I'm from Wisconsin, and you know, Wisconsin never closes.