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French Toast Emergency! [19th Dec. 2008|14:09]
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Yes, we're in the midst of a full blown French Toast Emergency.

The first few flakes of snow are falling. The radio is telling us to expect 8 to 12 inches of snow over the next 24 hours. And that means New Englanders everywhere are seized with a crazed, irrational desire to purchase large quantities of milk, bread, butter and eggs. Some twisted scrap of DNA, latent race memory or mass hypnotic suggestion drives the populace. We shall all be safe, goes the little voice, so long as we cook up plenty of French toast.

This morning the first signs of rationing were visible, with customers in major super markets limited to two gallons of milk. One of our local convenience shops had a hand-lettered sign reading "NO EGGS" (punctuated with a little drawing of a cracked egg for some reason). As of 14.45 EST I doubt there is a slice of bread to be had anywhere in Middlesex county.

Snow has picked up dramatically since I started writing this, and the phone has just now rung with an automated message from the town declaring a snow emergency until tomorrow morning. Nothing to do but sit and wait things out.

And yes, eat French toast.
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[User Picture]From: lyonesse
2008-12-19 19:58 (UTC)

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i went out to breakfast today and had french toast. it was very good. i have chopped meat defrosting in the refrigerator though; i wonder if i've already done my part?
From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-19 20:05 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-12-19 21:41 (UTC)

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I did see a snow angel this morning. Or actually, it looked more minivan-shaped.
[User Picture]From: dianec42
2008-12-20 05:35 (UTC)

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You owe me some monitor cleaners. Also, after I read your post and several of the comments out loud, my husband thinks all of my friends are insane.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-19 20:08 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-12-19 20:13 (UTC)

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See, maple syrup doesn't go off except after a long time, so it isn't part of the whole "let's fill our fridges full of perishables so that we can all starve to death when the power goes out" meme.

They will discover later on that they've forgotten it and very sadly eat dry French toast. It's all part of the storm misery ritual which we do very well here.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-19 20:18 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-12-19 20:21 (UTC)

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You should have patented it, you'd be a billionaire now.
[User Picture]From: ceo
2008-12-19 23:16 (UTC)

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That's how my mother used to make syrup. Well, she boiled it on the stove, so it actually worked. Better than Aunt Jemima's, not as good as real maple syrup.
[User Picture]From: rmd
2008-12-19 20:31 (UTC)

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don't forget people stocking up on toilet paper.

FRENCH TOAST AND DYSENTERY.
[User Picture]From: marmota
2008-12-19 21:07 (UTC)

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I figure combined with the other ingredients that they're planning on patching their storm-ravaged homes with paper-mache.
[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-12-19 22:10 (UTC)

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Made with milk and eggs, won't that smell glorious after a bit.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-19 21:24 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-12-19 21:38 (UTC)

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The irony is you live the farthest north of anyone on my friends list.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-19 21:45 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-12-19 21:52 (UTC)

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You could always move here, we have lovely weather, all the snow you could ever want.
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2008-12-19 22:02 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-12-19 22:09 (UTC)

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Heavens no, the novelty of our weather never wears off!
But you're probably right, paradise isn't for everyone. :)
From: frotz
2008-12-20 00:26 (UTC)

fun, fun, fun, in the sun, sun, sun

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The only problem is the lack of fresh mango juice!
[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-12-20 02:57 (UTC)

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However, if you ever were to plan a holiday here, this time of year is definitely the best. By night you can see the wild snow ploughs in full rut, squaring off and spraying great white powdery arcs across the rows of abandoned cars. By morning, you are lifted out of slumber by the gentle scratching of the snow shovels and ice scrapers, and the thrilling, desperate shrieks of car tyres spinning in their ice beds follows you throughout the day. It is magical and breathtaking!
From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-20 12:00 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-12-20 15:46 (UTC)

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Paradise is only paradise after experiencing hell for a bit.

Ah, so you've been to New York have you?

Aye, you're really selling it now, aren't you?

I haven't even got to the really good bits yet.

Right about now (it's about half ten Saturday morning), all the old chairs and other odd bits of furniture will have started to appear in the streets, marking car parking spaces "claimed" by those who have shovelled them out. And so the fascinating and occasionally bloody battle for territory begins.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-20 17:50 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-12-20 18:28 (UTC)

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Ah, yes I'd always wondered which end of Scotland is the arse. Stands to reason it would be located just below the Central Belt. :)

I am fortunate enough to have garage parking here in Arlington now so no need to play the furniture game. I do miss some things about living inside the limits of Boston but not that. Although it did come in handy at times; if you needed an extra chair or a lamp stand, just wait for the next snow storm and have your pick. :)
[User Picture]From: cz_unit
2008-12-19 22:45 (UTC)

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No eggs=No EGGNOG!

Jesus that is hellish; are stores running out of nog as well?

CZ
[User Picture]From: blipvert
2008-12-19 23:18 (UTC)

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The opposite in fact, the nog is just piling up. It may as well not even exist for all the notice it gets. It will be an eggless nog Christmas for certain if this keeps up.