So What Are You Gonna Do Now With All That Milk And Eggs?

Trader Joe’s and Stop & Shop were stripped nearly bare. Gas stations were jammed. The Blizzard of the Year Decade Century Millennia Entire History of the Universe Since the Big Bang was coming!

It snowed this morning. The wind blew. A couple dozen homes were without power.

Ninety minute later, the juice was back on.

That was pretty much the story today. There was a storm for sure, and a bit of flooding. But to find the last time predictions were so far off, you have to go way back to November 8.

It was a day for Netflix. Finishing your taxes. And for Westport students to do homework.

Because you know — the Forecast of Doom notwithstanding — they’ll be back in school tomorrow.

Snow will fall. But birds have to feed. Kathie Motes Bennewitz made sure they had enough to eat.

Saugatuck Shores and coastal areas got hit with flooding, from the wind, high tide and full moon. When the storm receded, Max and Logan Manchester kayaked down Spriteview Avenue.

Water whipped up against Schlaet’s Point, on Hillspoint Road… (Photo/Ian Warburg)

…and nearby Compo Beach. (Photo/Ian Warburg)

This morning — with a statewide travel ban in effect — I-95 was deserted. This is the view looking north, from the Hales Road overpass. (Photo/Fred Cantor)

13 responses to “So What Are You Gonna Do Now With All That Milk And Eggs?

  1. Mike McGovern

    Make French toast

  2. Carol Barrett

    Class of 1966.
    We live in NEPA where there is two feet of snow! More on the way. So we will be eating our eggs and drinking our milk for the next two days.

  3. Michael Krein

    Canon City Colorado is this minute 80 degree F….No kidding…All the trees and flowers are saying What the ….and starting to bloom. Happy Hell did not freeze over so to speak in Westport

  4. It is at times like this that I ocasionally think about the way Cormac McCarthy imagined the days and years following an apocalypse in his book “The Road” and the fact that we as humans navigate our lives based upon so many assumptions that may or may not be illusory, or at best transitory. The next time you are walking down the isle of your favorite (or usual) supermarket, imagine your thoughts as you notice that the shelves are more or less empty and you are faced with the realization that not only can you not get everything on your shopping list today, but the chances of that happening tomorrow or the next day are no better. We are all so dependent on each other but we so rarely acknowledge that fact. I will say that I do not dwell on what I consider to be these truths because I choose to see my life and my experience as a glass half full. However, I am also very sensitive to the fact that the veneer that separates us all from anarchy is very thin and I try very hard to take nothing in my life for granted. I am so happy that this storm was not what it was cracked up to be. However the story could have been very different, and while I will not dwell on what could have happened rather than what did happen, I think that there is some merit in us all counting our blessings and acknowledging that we may have dodged a weather bullet.

    • Nancy Hunter

      “Apocalypse”? “Anarchy”? It was a 2 hour snow storm, not the Franklin Expedition.

      • No, of course it wasn’t anything remotely in the same universe as an apocalypse. I guess I didn’t get my point across, maybe next time. Then again, maybe not.

        • Mary (Cookman) Schmerker Staples 1958

          I got it. Yes we need to be thankful. I’m a glass half full person myself but know that in the blink of an eye things could be totally different.

        • Nancy Hunter

          That “we rarely acknowledge” our dependence on each other is truly sad, if true, as if one lives in a “every man for himself ” country, “society”.

          So, I agree, don’t be upset if an item on the grocery list is missing. It’s not all about you.

  5. Louise Demakis

    That’s okay, Dan. Early April Fool…but maybe we should wait to see. Louise Demakis

  6. Dorothy Abrams

    And if anyone hadn’t been prepared and “real” one had hit, people would be saying it was her own fault. Listen to the best advice and be glad when it’s only a warning.

  7. Elaine Marino

    Anyone else have their mailbox upended by the snowplow? After living on Sturges Highway for 19 years, I have to admit I’m surprised that it didn’t happen sooner.

  8. Arline Gertzoff

    The Armageddon mentality is live and well.I would make a good SNL skit.At best people could not get out for one day.I hope nobody starved

  9. Bonnie Bradley

    Yes, Alan, you got your point across to me, exactly, in a thoughtful & appealing way.
    Here in Litchfield County on Tuesday, on my property, there accumulated 16-18 inches of snow plus drifts caused by the swirling, unrelenting wind.
    I did not go the day before to strip the grocery shelves but did bring in the last of the year’s firewood. I did not lose power, as we have here in the past, as in one storm which brought down trees across all the major roads, effectively cutting the town off from the rest of the world for a day or so. Since then our terrific 1st selectman (a woman, who prefers that title) has worked aggressively with the power company to clear dead & dangerous trees from the road’s edge. So, not as easy as Wspt, but not really bad.
    Just a while ago, this morning, my plow guy finally got here and freed up the driveway. He shoveled my longish walk to the barn where the car is – I like to shovel snow but my knees don’t & the snow was over-my-knees deep.
    He cleared the outside cellar doors (I have no indoor access to my cellar) so it’s now possible for the plumber to put a new UV bulb in my water system.
    And, I thus am again reminded of the veneer which separates us from disaster. I was safe & warm and maybe some would have considered me inconvenienced, house-bound, if you will. But I was thinking too of the folks 200 or 300 or even more years ago in New England, in the cold, wind & snow without my comforts & conveniences and how they survived… and thrived.