Friday, April 8, 2011
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!?!?!!?!?!?!?!!?!?!!?
I am a very stressed out person as it is, but when its a stressful situation, something like a hurricane, or a blizzard, I am actually very calm. I do well in chaos. Calm makes me panic because everyone knows its calm before the storm, and the calmness of things stresses me because of the expectation.
Well right now more than anything, I wish I still lived in a military base. I have wonderful memories of our last winter there. The weather man said we were going to get 2-4' of snow. In NC terms, you would think they were preparing for 30'. The guys got to come home early to prepare, the base would be shut down, complete chaos. Never really living in a snow climate, I didnt know what to do. I went outside to smoke, and overheard my neighbors freaking out that we would get more than 4' of snow, and maybe we wouldnt be able to leave our houses to buy food and not even pizza would be delivered.
Keep in mind I live in hurricane town. Before every hurricane, all you see is people coming out of Home Depot with tons of plywood, and out of the grocery store carrying cases and cases of banana flavor water. Yep the one that never sells??
Having lived through a couple of hurricanes myself including one that we ended up loosing power for over a wk, I know I need diet coke, coffee, cookies/chocolate, cigs, and bread. That will keep me sane and happy for a long time. Anything else I can do without for a while.
Well I am in NC, I have 2 kids, one in formula, and they eat. The prospect of going without food for days, being couped up inside, I need to go buy food now and maybe a couple bottles of malibu. I pack up the kids and head to the commissary. I arrived at the parking lot and turned right around. People were panicking and running out of the store with their carts full. Carrying lots of flavored water, and all kinds of other junk. I didn't have the guts to go inside. I just stayed in the parking lot for a while, watching the chaos. Ppl get so mad over the possibility of going without goldfishes :)
Well everything ended up working out allright. Dh came home with a bottle of milk, diet coke, a loaf of bread, a can of formula, and some weird cookies I never seen before. We were going to be okay. Even more with dh's laughter. He is the one that will tell you growing up in PA, he walked to school uphill on 15' + of snow. To him this panic was hillarious.
Well right now Congress is preparing for shut down if they dont agree on a budget, military and many civillian personal might not get paid at all or might only get half of their pay. While I think its extremely sad, and should have never come to this, I also think its hillarious the way people are acting.
My fb is full of status urging everyone to stock pile food, to join pages that will help the military get paid, anti Obama pages, you name it. The chaos in all of this is absolutely insane.
Sane, most of the time rational human beings are acting like children on pcp. It scares to think how they will act when its a major catastrophe like what Japan is going through, or when its really close to the end of the world. To someone upstairs, we will truly look like chickens with our heads cut off.
So yes, I would have loved to be in a military post, watching ppl come out of the grocery store with banana flavor water, some stale cookies, some valentines day candy, with a proud look on their face feeling they are prepared and have acted in a rational manner in the face of disaster :)
Posted by Ally