Saturday, December 19, 2009

12/19/'09 Five Minute Riffs

Anticipation.
All day the news media hypes up the impending "blizzard". We hear of record snowfall in New York City and Philadelphia. The Weather Channel meteorologists raise their voices, speak rapidly and forecast devastating conditions for driving, for visiting, for the storekeepers. Around here the grocery store aisles resemble gridlock. A cart is a necessity for all those water and milk bottles. I watch a woman load up on four loaves of bread and two large jars of chunky peanut butter. Snow shovels and snow brushes become scarce items. Now why would anyone wait until a snowstorm to purchase a shovel, especially if you're living in New England.

"Do you have any D batteries."
"Sold out."

"Do you have any disposable flashlights?"
"Sold out."

I'm at the grocery store to purchase a bag of potato chips. I always like to have a snack while it's snowing. It hasn't begun yet, but it's coming.

It is 8:48 and the storm is late.
Anticipation.

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