Shopping at the end of the world

12 Feb

I don’t recall when or why I began doing so, but I always do my weekly shopping on Friday on the way home from work. It is a convenience that allows me to spend the weekend focused on more exciting options, and to spend quality time with Lucy . It has the added convenience that my local supermarket is remarkably empty at that time.

The weather forecast last week predicted snow for Portland starting late Friday night and promised snow through the weekend.


You could feel the excitement in the students – and in the teachers. Everyone was asking “What if” questions about Monday. Texts and messages about crazy lines at grocery stores were being passed. Could they be true? I wondered, disbelieving all reports.

Skies were overcast and roads were dry as I drove home Friday, planning to stick with my weekly routine. As I pulled into my local supermarket, I could see the rumors were true.

If I don’t get a parking spot, I’ll just drive home. I have enough food to last a few days, I told myself. Although I saw cars circling the lot, I found a spot easily, parked and walked in. All the carts were gone and the lines were very long. I turned and walked out. Halfway to the car I reconsidered. I didn’t have enough yogurt to last the weekend. I’d get a basket, grab the yogurt and some veg and get out.

Well, you’d think the end of the world was at hand. I have never seen a grocery store so picked over. There were a few bunches of over ripe bananas left, so I passed on them. There were almost no packaged greens to be had!


Fortunately, there were lots of avocados, red bell peppers, yogurt and cilantro – the things I needed for what I planned to make this weekend.

As I shopped, I scouted out the lines. Most were long, but one of the self check lines tucked into the beverage aisle and few people realized how sort it was. I chatted and shook my head along with the others in front of and behind me. As predicted, my line was fast. I was at the stand in five minutes and home in ten.

It started to rain that evening. The temperature dipped and about an inch of snow fell on top of the ice. By Saturday afternoon, most of it had melted.

Snowmageddon was more like Nomageddon.

Despite dire warnings from a range of weather networks and stations. No snow fell Sunday. Or Monday. Or Tuesday morning.

Our Snowpocalypse was a Nopocalypse.




7 Responses to “Shopping at the end of the world”

  1. arjeha February 12, 2019 at 7:06 am #

    Any time there is bad weather here people go into French Toast mode and hit the stores for eggs, milk, and bread. I don’t know why people feel that when a storm hits they will be stranded at home for weeks. I guess it keeps life interesting. Glad your big storm was a bust.

  2. Jen Driggers February 12, 2019 at 7:08 am #

    This made me laugh. I can totally relate to the shopping before storm hysteria that happens – I never really get it. And shopping on a Friday after work so you have the whole weekend is genius! Why have I never figured that out? Definitely doing that this week…

  3. Angelina February 12, 2019 at 8:14 am #

    The scenario you’ve described here so beautifully echos our recent Atlanta “bout” with Nomageden. The forecasters said we had a 50% chance of snow for one hour on a tuesday when the temperatures were hovering around 43 degrees. The schools and local governments shut down. The milk and the bread flew off the shelf! But not a bit of snow to been seen. I hope you guys have better luck this week. I heard there was some coming your way. Enjoy

  4. Christine February 12, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

    You were lucky to have nopocalypse in your area. Still – that trip to the grocery store looked crazy with its empty shelves. Here’s hoping winter cont ours to be kind to you! I’m home from school early due to quick falling snowstorm.

  5. Fran Haley February 12, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

    Wonderful turns of phrases here and I was freezing just looking at that weather app icon! I am glad that you didn’t get all that snow. Nomageddon, indeed – no-ma-geddon any groceries off those empty shelves!! (Sorry; couldn’t resist). Amazing that you found what little bit you needed. What a hard winter it’s been; hope the worst is soon behind us!

  6. terierrol February 12, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

    Isn’t it crazy before a “storm”? It is snowing here now, but don’t worry I have plenty of food in my freezer! Can’t wait for Spring.

  7. Lisa Corbett February 12, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

    This used to happen in New Jersey when I lived there (probably still does!) French Toast weather, just like Bob said. 🙂 I really like the idea of shopping on Friday night so I don’t have to go out on Saturday. However, I never seem to like that idea on an actual Friday night. I just want to get home and relax!

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