First let me say this, my heart goes out to all the people who had to evacuate and possibly suffer loss because of Hurricane Gustav. Since I live about 5 hours north of the gulf coast we usually only experience wind and rain to some extent and our major issue is usually either some mild flooding or the loss of electricity for a few days. Both of these possible issues though give us the chance to do something we really excel at – PANIC BUYING. I’ll look at the lighter side of hurricane preparation from my perspective here in north Louisiana.
As the lovely Mrs. Beer Love and I drove to the Mega Lo Mart past all the gas stations merrily raising their prices 11-20 cents a gallon we had our list of supplies in hand. As I bellied up to the store I headed for housewares for a hand can opener (where is the one I bought for Y2K?). Next an armload of batteries and then off of to grocery section where the real fun begins.
Bread – check, peanut butter – check, spam – check, tuna – check, potted meat food product (read the label) – put it back, viennas and soda crackers (a deer hunters lunch) – check, beenie weenies – check, pork and beans – check, chewy chips ahoy – check, granola – check, then I quickly slipped something into the cart that caught the lovely Mrs. Beer Love’s eye. What’s that? I replied, “2 lbs 3 oz of non-perishable protein and fiber” (cocktail peanuts, not those dry roasted ones) – uh okay. Now the chip aisle, pretzels – check, potato chips – check, corn chips – check, tortilla chips – check, pork rinds – check, cheese doodles (puffed and crunchy) – check and some kind of healthy something. All non-perishable. On to dairy where I grabbed a big vat of onion dip but had to put it back as it was refrigerated so I went back to the chip aisle for salsa, bean dip and queso dip – all in cans. I’m really beginning to like this now.
Now to the beer aisle. Come to papa. This presents a problem. What could I get that I could drink at room temperature if we did lose electricity? Fortunately I’m up to the task. Chimay – blue, red and white, Thomas Hardy’s Ale, EKU 28, Kulmbacher Eisbock, Guinness, Beamish, Aventinus Doppelbock, Rolling Rock Green and the Natural by AB. Curious about the last two? That’s easy to explain. Use the Natural to brush your teeth because it won’t bother you to spit it out (did you know the toothbrush was invented in Arkansas? If it had been invented anywhere else it would be called a teethbrush) and the Rolling Rock Green I got to pour on my granola.
Last off to the pharmacy for a big fistful of cholesterol medicine.
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