Richard Craver

Thoughts, Musings And The Occasional Rant


Written By: richardwcraver - Dec• 08•18

Well, the snow is coming. Not a thing we can do about it, just remain calm and remember in a few days it will be gone. But this is middle North Carolina, and people have lost their minds.

It so happened that the class at church had a chicken stew this evening. Actually this evening was the rescheduled date, originally the chicken stew was scheduled two weeks after hurricane Michael made his appearance. It was supposed to be held at a couple’s home in the woods, but their driveway bridge got washed out by the heavy rain. The chicken stew happened tonight under the looming clouds and threat of 8-12″ of snow. Those from more northern climes might scoff at 8-12″ of snow, but in an area that rarely gets more than 6″ at a time, it’s serious business. We have food, a generator, gas logs and a four wheel drive with all terrain tires. We should be good, if not it will be a few miserable days and life will go on.

On the way to the chicken stew I reluctantly stopped at the grocery store for a 2 liter drink; it was a madhouse in there. We joke about Carolinians clearing the shelves of milk, bread and eggs at the mention of snow, but the place looked like a Russian supermarket with bare shelves in spots. All the eggs where gone, the cold cuts were gone, pop tarts and cereal gone though milk and bread was available.

I got my 2 liter diet Pepsi, some Keurig Hot Chocolate for my wife to sip while watching the snow, an extra bag of coffee for myself and some peanut butter before heading to the registers. Every register was open with a dozen people in each line.

As I waited I was people watching. Some were stocking up on beer, others had carts full of Gatorade, juice, canned drinks and bottled water. Still others had piles of cookies, granola bars, chips and preztels.

But what was most telling were people’s demeanors. Some like myself were patiently waiting out the lines, some not so patiently. Then there were looks of near panic in the eyes of some, this really surprised me. We are facing snowfall and a couple days down, not an incoming ICBM.

I’m not a prepper, though I try to be self-reliant. What I saw in people’s eyes tonight is what preppers want to avoid, frantic unprepared people. There were people that were scared, people that looked like they would start sobbing at any moment. It’s a reminder that we live in a capitalist nation with largely stable food supplies. We have become accustomed to making quick trips to the store because we assume the shelves will always be stocked. Much of the world does not have that luxury. They have to stockpile and defend their food, clothing and shelter; or they are dependant on socialist government to provide their most basic needs. The collapse of the Venezuelan economy demonstrates how fragile that system can be.

What will happen when a major disruption occurs here? I can’t say. I hope I will still have the luxury of people watching from a distance.

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