Snow, Ice, Batteries, Bread, And Milk 6

If you live in the southern United States you know exactly what I am talking about. Whenever we get a weather report that even hints of snow, sleet, or ice we storm the grocery stores, and clean the stores out of bread, milk and other necessary commodities. Oh, don’t forget the beer and booze.

Since the recent ice storm in Georgia was probably the most publicized in recorded history, not only did we get to raid the stores once, we got to do it again as the storm arrived a day late. The big items were bread, milk, flashlight batteries, ice-melting salt mixtures, beer, and spirits.

I had gotten the milk, bread, and beer a couple of days before the rush. I don’t know why I got the milk. You see, I am lactose intolerant and milk is not my friend. What an idiot I am, but I was caught up in the heady moment of hoarding. The only thing I forgot was the batteries.

You see, I am flashlight nut. I have about half a dozen flashlights and battery-run lamps just for those emergencies when the power goes out. Once, we were without power for over two days and we never forgot it. At Super Target I got some D cell batteries, AA batteries, and AAA batteries for the various devices we use. The D cells were for regular flashlights; the AA’s were for a couple of smaller lights I keep in the night-stands; and the AAA’s were for the newer LED lights that cost about five bucks at finer hardware stores, everywhere.

Yep! I got batteries. As a matter of fact, I bought four packages of Energizer Alkaline D cells with four cells per package. I only got a dozen AA’s because I had another dozen at home. It is the AAA’s  where you overstock because they sell them in packages of two to three dozen. Wow! Do I ever have AAA’s.

Since the ice has come and gone, what the heck am I going to do with all those batteries? I have sixteen D cells in the package, two dozen AA’s in the package, and two dozen AAA’s in the package. The beer will disappear all on its own. But, what am I to do with the gallon of milk that I am not going to drink?

I guess I will keep the batteries for the next emergency. The gallon of milk can go to my daughter and her kids.

Does anybody need any batteries?

6 comments

  1. Ed: After looking at the battery packages, the shelf-life of the D cells is out to 2023. I think I will keep those boys a while. It’s the AAA’s I might have a problem using. However, given that I have five remote controls on the TV, and all but one uses AAA’s, I may need a few in the next few monthys. My computer wireless mouses use AA’s, so I would guess that I could use them in the next year, too.

    Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. Here in the D.C. area, grocery stores have an acronym: “MBT Day,” meaning milk, break, and toilet paper will be the items stripped from the shelves anytime that the weatherman forecasts a sizable snowfall — or even a little one. As one who ran out of toilet paper in the Blizzard of 1996, I always have a stockpile of that last item.

  3. AOW: I have a few priorities when it comes to basic supplies. TP is at the top, and there is always an unopened 16 or 24 roll bag in the pantry. Plus, peanut butter is critical, as is ketchup. If the power goes out we can cook on our gas stove, but we have to have some canned meals like soup, beef stew, and chili in stock. I plan on living out of the freezer as long as we can, except for those items that require an oven. We can cook steaks, burgers, bacon, eggs, oat meal, grits, etc on the gas stove.

    I don’t remember the storm of 1996 but the March 1993 snowstorm was a biggie, here. We celebrated my birthday with a two day power outage, iced over streets, and driving my Jeep into a ditch on the way to the airport to rescue my daughter who was trying to get home from SMU for spring break!

    Thanks for the comments.

  4. Here’s hoping you get the delivery, real soon! It sounds like you use fuel oil, or propane. We have natural gas, and it gets expensive, but it is always there.

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