As most of you know or had experienced, the East coast was hit by a pretty serious thunderstorm on Friday night (called a derecho). I love thunderstorms. I find them soothing. But Friday's storm was anything but.
I was standing in front of the window watching the sky lights flashing and trees blowing and listening to the cracking of thunder. It then occurred to me, I probably should be standing away from the window in case a tree comes crashing through.
It only lasted for about 30 or 40 minutes, but caused some serious damage. My neighborhood was a mess with tree limbs down and lawn chairs blown all over the yards but we still had power.
I went to Dunkin' Donuts on Saturday morning to get an Iced Coffee and the line was out the door. I guess people without power were out to get their breakfast. I then went to the grocery store to get milk and popsicles (I had a 4 year old visitor who was in desperate need of "freezy pops"). All of the power at the store was out, so no refrigerated/frozen items were available.
Of course, a lot of traffic lights were out at major intersections. I guess people don't know that you treat out of order traffic lights like a 4-way stop. It was a major CF on the roads. The police had set up cones to block people from getting onto the major roads from the side roads. It was obviously a blockade. People were driving through the cones anyway. They needed to go left and THEY WERE GOING TO GO LEFT. Or maybe they just thought that this was a fun obstacle course set up for their driving entertainment.
I stayed in, with my 4 year old visitor, most of the weekend.
On Sunday, after my visitor went home, I decided I needed a cold beer. Although most liquor stores are closed on Sundays, there are a few that I know of that are open. I was headed to my favorite liquor store - Beltway Liquors. With the traffic lights out and roads being blocked to avoid accidents (because people can't figure out how to drive) I had to take quite a detour to the liquor store. Now I don't know if Beltway Liquors is usually closed on Sundays, but it definitely was closed this Sunday. So off to option #2: Racer's on Harford Road. After zigzagging through many more detours, I get there to find they, too, are closed. No power.
There is a Royal Farms store down the street from me that sells alcohol (most in Baltimore don't). I pull up and that store is closed too. No power.
At this point, I'm starting to realize how a heroin addict might feel trying to get their fix. The more I couldn't find beer, the more I wanted it. For a brief second, I had considered looting the liquor store. But I came to my senses. I thought about driving to a friend's house - the whole way across town - to get a beer. She always has beer in her refrigerator. But the CF on the roads prevented me from doing it, so I went home and had freezy pops instead.
But I did learn two important things this weekend. ALWAYS keep beer stocked in the fridge. And I never want to live in a world without beer.