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(Des Moines Register)   When the threat of a blizzard looms, people on the East Coast stock up on milk, bread, eggs, and toilet paper. People in the Midwest stock up on beer, wine, and liquor   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 104
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2013-02-21 11:10:13 PM
Of course.

They're the staples. All that food takes calories to process it when you consume it.
 
2013-02-21 11:33:48 PM
We dont call it "stocking up", we call it Thursday.
 
2013-02-21 11:34:49 PM
Damn skippy.

/Got a couple of handles of liquor, and some Funyuns
//Good 'til Monday
 
2013-02-21 11:41:54 PM

Frederick: We dont call it "stocking up", we call it Thursday.


and Monday, and, well... the rest of the days.
 
2013-02-21 11:59:19 PM
I live on the East Coast, and my wife and I definitely value stocking liquor over that "food" crap the subby listed, whatever the f*ck that stuff is about.

And if there's that much snow, you don't need toilet paper. You just get a bucket of snow, use a handful to wipe your ass, and then toss it in the toilet.

/I've never done the snow bit described above, but I could see it working 'in a pinch', if you know what I mean
 
2013-02-22 12:14:09 AM
That's the hurricane shuffle. Rice beans and tons of alcohol cause they cut it off. I also store lots of water cause there's a lot of flushing with that mix.
 
2013-02-22 12:15:34 AM
"frostbitten bunghole" would not be a bad name for a band.
 
2013-02-22 12:18:30 AM
I still can't quite grasp this. I mean, I live in California, and a foot of snow where I live means I still don't have a good excuse to call in

/all y'all whimpy, or what?
 
2013-02-22 12:23:55 AM
Heading up to the Adirondacks  for a week . As usual, I'm well stocked. Will hit the slopes.... until they carry me off from the hurtin'
 
2013-02-22 12:27:46 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I still can't quite grasp this. I mean, I live in California, and a foot of snow where I live means I still don't have a good excuse to call in

/all y'all whimpy, or what?


I doubt in CA you ever get a foot of snow in an hour.
 
2013-02-22 12:31:27 AM

cameroncrazy1984: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I still can't quite grasp this. I mean, I live in California, and a foot of snow where I live means I still don't have a good excuse to call in

/all y'all whimpy, or what?

I doubt in CA you ever get a foot of snow in an hour.


Someone's never been to Truckee or Donner Pass, I see.
 
2013-02-22 12:32:44 AM
On the west coast it seems most people just call their dealer when a storm is coming in.
 
2013-02-22 12:34:52 AM
I think the headline should read "People in the Midwest stock up on beer, wine, liquor and toilet paper".
 
2013-02-22 12:36:13 AM
What? Here on the east coast, we don't need to stock up, we're prepared all the time for tommorow with a good supply of beer, wine, and weed.

Course maybe we're making a distinction between American and Canadian here.

/btw, nice caption pic of the video - bud light rofl
 
2013-02-22 12:36:30 AM
Here in Texas, well I might head to the store if I'm low on milk or something.
 
2013-02-22 12:40:07 AM
east coast wusses
 
2013-02-22 12:42:04 AM

queezyweezel: "frostbitten bunghole" would not be a bad name for a band.


Probably the Butthole Surfers used it on a swing through Fargo.
 
2013-02-22 12:43:15 AM

cameroncrazy1984: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I still can't quite grasp this. I mean, I live in California, and a foot of snow where I live means I still don't have a good excuse to call in

/all y'all whimpy, or what?

I doubt in CA you ever get a foot of snow in an hour.


Heh.. bless your heart
 
2013-02-22 12:45:30 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I still can't quite grasp this. I mean, I live in California, and a foot of snow where I live means I still don't have a good excuse to call in

/all y'all whimpy, or what?


Where I live it's not so much the amount of snow but the city's inability to remove any of it in a timely fashion. 14 inches today and I won't see a snow plow for a week. 7 stuck vehicles on my street alone. I helped dig out three of them. Most people around here don't have four wheel drive.

/Kansas City
 
2013-02-22 12:45:49 AM
i.minus.com
"White people stock up like this. Black people stock up like this."
Homer Simpson: "Ha ha! It's true! We're so lame!"

In all seriousness, though:

If you're going to be stuck in your house for a long while, and maybe even have the power out, what makes sense to buy? The most perishable stuff you can get? Idiots.
 
2013-02-22 12:47:10 AM
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AND DON'T JUST BUY BOOZE!

That ain't food.
 
2013-02-22 12:49:28 AM
Guess that makes me midwestern. The wife and I always have enough food in the basement to last us a few weeks if need be. Stuff that doesn't spoil and can be prepared with a pot and my grill if need be. Soups, canned prepared foods, pasta, etc.. It just seems like common sense to me - especially since we have a history of losing power for days at a time here in the DC suburbs. So I don't need to fight crowds of soccer moms in the supermarket for the last case of bottled water when bad storms are heading our way.

When "Snowpocalypse" was heading towards us I picked up a whole bunch of beer the day before, and pretty much stayed completely sauced for the couple days worth of shoveling I had to do. In particular I had something like 5 bottles of this. I'd keep a bottle in the snow next to me as I worked so it would stay nice and cold. Stocked up before Sandy too.
 
2013-02-22 12:50:21 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: cameroncrazy1984: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I still can't quite grasp this. I mean, I live in California, and a foot of snow where I live means I still don't have a good excuse to call in

/all y'all whimpy, or what?

I doubt in CA you ever get a foot of snow in an hour.

Heh.. bless your heart


People often forget that CA is a huge region that encompasses a whole lot more than just the main coastal cities.

I wish the recent storm had dumped even more snow on the California mountains. There hasn't been quite enough snow this ski season.
 
2013-02-22 12:50:22 AM
I think Subby needs to reevaluate.  Was in the store (Omaha area) on  Tuesday and people were already stocking up on the French Toast ingredients.  Missus Snark stopped there yesterday and reported that all the aforementioned ingredients were GONE.

I wish I knew WTF people were thinking was going to happen.  Even though it's less than great sometimes, we DO have snow removal, FFS.   Even in the worst blizzard I've ever seen (Christmas Eve 2009), we weren't stuck at home for more than a day.
 
2013-02-22 12:50:31 AM

Dr.Zom: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I still can't quite grasp this. I mean, I live in California, and a foot of snow where I live means I still don't have a good excuse to call in

/all y'all whimpy, or what?

Where I live it's not so much the amount of snow but the city's inability to remove any of it in a timely fashion. 14 inches today and I won't see a snow plow for a week. 7 stuck vehicles on my street alone. I helped dig out three of them. Most people around here don't have four wheel drive.

/Kansas City


You don't need four wheel drive, even in 14 inches. You just need the right kinda tires.
 
2013-02-22 12:50:33 AM
davidphogan: On the west coast it seems most people just call

When the threat of a blizzard looms, people on the West Coast go "WTF is a Blizzard".

// or alternatively "I love ice cream".
 
2013-02-22 12:52:49 AM

Dr.Zom: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I still can't quite grasp this. I mean, I live in California, and a foot of snow where I live means I still don't have a good excuse to call in

/all y'all whimpy, or what?

Where I live it's not so much the amount of snow but the city's inability to remove any of it in a timely fashion. 14 inches today and I won't see a snow plow for a week. 7 stuck vehicles on my street alone. I helped dig out three of them. Most people around here don't have four wheel drive.

/Kansas City


Well, that's a pretty big thing right there. Everyone here has 4WD

/we just lock the hubs and plow our own ruts
 
2013-02-22 12:55:06 AM

Sid_6.7: And if there's that much snow, you don't need toilet paper


You never need toilet paper when you have one of these:
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-22 12:55:32 AM
One of the local Boston websites calls the milk, bread, and eggs thing the French Toast Alert during snow storms for what I hope is an obvious reason. But we totally stock up on lots of beer, wine, and booze.

Heck, even my local store had a sign up saying the top five selling items before, during, and after the last bad storm. Before and during, beer and wine were up there with snack foods. After the storm, the store claimed pregnancy tests were the top seller. Wile I found this funny, I also expect people would go to the pharmacy and not their shiatty beer and grocery mart.
 
2013-02-22 12:57:42 AM

Thrag: People often forget that CA is a huge region that encompasses a whole lot more than just the main coastal cities.

I wish the recent storm had dumped even more snow on the California mountains. There hasn't been quite enough snow this ski season.


Gimme until March 5. I'll be moved by then

/we usually get at least one more good snow at this elevation (3000) before April
//sometimes even IN April
 
2013-02-22 12:57:45 AM
Guess we know where the majority of the farkers are
 
2013-02-22 12:57:49 AM

Thrag: I wish the recent storm had dumped even more snow on the California mountains. There hasn't been quite enough snow this ski season.


Not to mention the watering the crops with the melted snow season.
 
2013-02-22 12:58:27 AM

lordargent: davidphogan: On the west coast it seems most people just call

When the threat of a blizzard looms, people on the West Coast go "WTF is a Blizzard".

// or alternatively "I love ice cream".


I was going to make the WTF joke as well...
 
2013-02-22 01:02:01 AM
Ahem...

www.davegranlund.com
 
2013-02-22 01:05:13 AM
How much of this is "stocking up" for the storm compared to people hearing about a storm and trying to get their grocery shopping done early so they won't have to go out in the snow. When I heard we were supposed to get a pretty good storm this weekend I went and loaded up on some beer and other things I was short on today so I wouldn't have to do it in the snow.
 
2013-02-22 01:05:27 AM
howdoibegin:

You don't need four wheel drive, even in 14 inches. You just need the right kinda tires.

Well, to be fair, with that much snow adequate ground clearance becomes pretty important too.  If you have a low-slung car you're still likely to get stuck in a 24" snow drift even with AWD.
 
2013-02-22 01:06:40 AM

mongbiohazard: Guess that makes me midwestern. The wife and I always have enough food in the basement to last us a few weeks if need be. Stuff that doesn't spoil and can be prepared with a pot and my grill if need be. Soups, canned prepared foods, pasta, etc.. It just seems like common sense to me - especially since we have a history of losing power for days at a time here in the DC suburbs. So I don't need to fight crowds of soccer moms in the supermarket for the last case of bottled water when bad storms are heading our way.

When "Snowpocalypse" was heading towards us I picked up a whole bunch of beer the day before, and pretty much stayed completely sauced for the couple days worth of shoveling I had to do. In particular I had something like 5 bottles of this. I'd keep a bottle in the snow next to me as I worked so it would stay nice and cold. Stocked up before Sandy too.


These people running around like idiots to "prep" for the storm are funny  The wife and I have fuel, water, and food stocks for 90 days in the basement.  Why wait until the danger is imminent and the suppliers are price-gouging people?  It'd be a nice vacation from "life" if we were snowed in for a couple weeks.
 
2013-02-22 01:14:14 AM
From what I remember from college, the amount of snowfall predicts how much beer to stock.  Yellow snow doesn't make itself.

In fact the original Tweet was in yellow snow.  The 140 character limit was based on the record sentence length before frostbite.
 
2013-02-22 01:14:27 AM
*looks outside*
*looks in the fridge*

Yep.
 
2013-02-22 01:14:50 AM
Yes, yes we do.

\Bourbon and Jager
 
2013-02-22 01:17:05 AM
There's a surprising amount of calls on the scanner tonight, too. Maybe not so surprising when you consider people have probably been at the bottle all day.
 
2013-02-22 01:17:37 AM
Some people like to party, others like to make french toast.
 
2013-02-22 01:18:11 AM

SquiggsIN: mongbiohazard: Guess that makes me midwestern. The wife and I always have enough food in the basement to last us a few weeks if need be. Stuff that doesn't spoil and can be prepared with a pot and my grill if need be. Soups, canned prepared foods, pasta, etc.. It just seems like common sense to me - especially since we have a history of losing power for days at a time here in the DC suburbs. So I don't need to fight crowds of soccer moms in the supermarket for the last case of bottled water when bad storms are heading our way.

When "Snowpocalypse" was heading towards us I picked up a whole bunch of beer the day before, and pretty much stayed completely sauced for the couple days worth of shoveling I had to do. In particular I had something like 5 bottles of this. I'd keep a bottle in the snow next to me as I worked so it would stay nice and cold. Stocked up before Sandy too.

These people running around like idiots to "prep" for the storm are funny  The wife and I have fuel, water, and food stocks for 90 days in the basement.  Why wait until the danger is imminent and the suppliers are price-gouging people?  It'd be a nice vacation from "life" if we were snowed in for a couple weeks.


Getting ready for the zombie apocalypse?
 
2013-02-22 01:18:17 AM

mistersnark: I think Subby needs to reevaluate.  Was in the store (Omaha area) on  Tuesday and people were already stocking up on the French Toast ingredients.  Missus Snark stopped there yesterday and reported that all the aforementioned ingredients were GONE.

I wish I knew WTF people were thinking was going to happen.  Even though it's less than great sometimes, we DO have snow removal, FFS.   Even in the worst blizzard I've ever seen (Christmas Eve 2009), we weren't stuck at home for more than a day.


I was visiting the parents for that one in 2009. Couldn't leave the back roads for 3 days while we dug out 5 to 6 foot drifts with a tractor and a bobcat. Then I found the farking bridge into Iowa was closed for another day. Parents live about 40 miles southwest of Lincoln.

Oh I love Lincoln's salting system. Was a guy in the back of a pickup hacking salt out with a coal shovel.
 
2013-02-22 01:18:45 AM

SquiggsIN: east coast wusses


a BIL's adult son lives in Indiana. when he comes to visit NJ he never leaves granma's house. the traffic, amount of people and noise scare the shiat out of him.
 
2013-02-22 01:19:36 AM
I never understand people who stock up on toilet paper before a blizzard. How much TP do these people use? Do they normally wait until they are on the last roll to buy more? I stock up on booze because I know how much more I will potentially consume if I have extra days off of work. I don't ever really worry about running out of booze any other time because there's this place called a "bar" I can go to if the roads are clear. I stock up on TP when it's on sale, whether I need it or not. Because someday I'll need it, and won't be able to make it to the bar in time to use theirs.
 
2013-02-22 01:21:24 AM
I see good planning.  alcohol is a sugar.  Beer has wheat.   You *CAN* survive 4 days on alcohol.
 
2013-02-22 01:22:18 AM
We  a good four months out from tornado season. What existenstial threat you flat landers facing now?
 
2013-02-22 01:22:51 AM

gerbilpox: [i.minus.com image 240x180]
"White people stock up like this. Black people stock up like this."
Homer Simpson: "Ha ha! It's true! We're so lame!"

In all seriousness, though:

If you're going to be stuck in your house for a long while, and maybe even have the power out, what makes sense to buy? The most perishable stuff you can get? Idiots.


How long do you plan on being stuck?  is it snowing zombies?
 
2013-02-22 01:22:56 AM

0Icky0: Sid_6.7: And if there's that much snow, you don't need toilet paper

You never need toilet paper when you have one of these:
[1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x589]


A toilet in the shower? luxury!
 
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