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Went Costco yesterday and they were all sold out of toilet paper. Note to people, please save some of that toilet paper so that older people (like someone's grandma) can buy them,instead of the stuff going out of stock.

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1 minute ago, NebulousMissy said:

So there's enough panic buying going on around here that it looks like I'm going to be forced off of keto due to the simple lack of available foodstuffs. Much of it is surely resource hoarding. Much of it is also Montgomery County shutting down and people sitting inside all terrified as though this is their prophesied end. Those people are nuts, btw. 

I went to Winco early this morning.

Plenty of fresh vegetables, one of the things I needed to prepare our Corned Beef Dinner for tomorrow and Monday.

The soup aisle hadn't been completely devastated, primarily due to there being stacks and stacks of tortilla packages in bakery trays in front of most of the soups.

I got the Clam Chowder I was there for, and, happy accident, discovered that Bumble Bee now markets Snow's Clam Chowder, IMHO the best prepared clam chowder on the market.   All the ramen was gone.  I got the last package of regular spaghetti.  All that was left were a few boxes of Lasagna Noodles.  Milk and Eggs in good supply.

Water, all paper products, and some other items in short supply.

Normally on a Saturday morning the store would be busy but not to where all registers would be open.  Today, all registers running flat out with two lines of people all the way to the back of the frozen food section, which is at the back of the store.

Drove by the local Costco and they had a line of people waiting to get in that snaked its way through the parking lot - complete insanity!

GEM

We are having Apple Pie for desert. :winkthumbs:

8 minutes ago, Oakleaf98 said:

Went Costco yesterday and they were all sold out of toilet paper. Note to people, please save some of that toilet paper so that older people (like someone's grandma) can buy them,instead of the stuff going out of stock.

I talked with the local Costco Manager a week ago and suggested they needed to make it "Limit One" on TP and Paper Towels for each customer, only exception being those buying for business use in possession of a valid tax certificate for resale.

The Chicken Little Hoarders are making life UN-necessarily difficult for those of us who are attempting maintain Calm and Carry On.

GEM

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1 hour ago, Oakleaf98 said:

i wonder how Mexican coca cola is like.

 

Made with sugar as God intended, tastes better in the glass bottle, and is the perfect beverage when binge playing Fallout games.

 

 

1 hour ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

The Chicken Little Hoarders are making life UN-necessarily difficult for those of us who are attempting maintain Calm and Carry On.

GEM

There is a silver lining here however. Perhaps the sight of empty shelves being seen for the first time in many people's lives may impart the lesson of preparedness. By which I mean keeping a certain amount of inventory on hand of needed items, not emptying the 401k on 55 gallon drums of survival cheese. Perhaps even a return to the idea of the "victory garden", and laying away preserves coming back into vogue....but this is likely just the Aquarian idealism in me trying to make another desperate bid for freedom. (grab's cane and begins to try and poke it back down into the subconcious...Back in the box! Get back in the box!)

 

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40 minutes ago, Lord of the Dish Pit said:

There is a silver lining here however. Perhaps the sight of empty shelves being seen for the first time in many people's lives may impart the lesson of preparedness. By which I mean keeping a certain amount of inventory on hand of needed items, not emptying the 401k on 55 gallon drums of survival cheese. Perhaps even a return to the idea of the "victory garden", and laying away preserves coming back into vogue....but this is likely just the Aquarian idealism in me trying to make another desperate bid for freedom. (grab's cane and begins to try and poke it back down into the subconcious...Back in the box! Get back in the box!)

 

I think that a number of people who have ridiculed the "prepper attitude" of keeping enough extra food and other supplies on hand at all times to weather a local emergency are having to rethink their position while standing in line to pay for whatever they have been able to forage from increasingly bare shelves.

I have friends who have lived in Socialist Countries thanks to Military Postings.

They tell me what we are starting to see is the norm in these countries.

GEM

Addendum:

One of the attractive features of the Modular we are having built is the Large Pantry that will allow for a full month of dry food stores to be maintained at all times.  I look at it as on site savings that doesn't have the temptation to be spent on "non-essentials".

GEM

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5 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:

I have a dilemma... A deep dilemma...

 

It's Pi Day.

 

I'm on keto.

 

Do I break my diet? Or do I abandon mathematical and astrophysical solidarity?

As mentioned up thread, meat pies are still pies.

 

Went to the Commissary to get my weekly shopping done.  Looks like the ravenous hordes hit there too.  Things that were wiped out: chicken, TP, tissues, paper towels, rice, Chef Boyardee, water, bread, and pasta.  The only thing I was planning of getting of that list was chicken.  I'll pick up more later in the week after they restock.

 

Had our NEMPA paint day at the FLGS today.  For forumites, we had myself, @Mad Jack and @knarthex in attendance, Mad Jack's apprentice and two of my daughters (the oldest and youngest).  Oldest Daughter was quite disgusted by Youngest Daughters painting apparent natural talent for mini painting.  I finished some WizKid's Doors, got a start on a Starfinder Android version of Sasha Dubois and base coated some Xorns.  All and all a productive time.  And I painted with @canuckotter on Google Hangouts after I got home.  My back and neck are telling me that painting more tonight would be a bad idea.  

 

The local schools district has closed "for the time being" with a a minimum of two weeks off.  So kids are going to be home with Awesome Wife while I am at work.  Middle Daughter just started a new job and has been taking advantage of being able to pick up more hours so there are benefits for someone.    The Governor has suspended the law that requires there to be 180 school days for the year, so it down't look like school will go beyond June.  As of yet, nothing seems to be changing at the base that I work at, other than the security at the gate wearing gloves and asking me to show my ID for scanning rather than taking it from me to scan it.  We will see if things change as this progresses.

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3 hours ago, Thoramel said:

So earlier this week my wife and I were invited to take part in a workshop/conference thing on stream stabilization and design. It was much better than I thought it would be and was led by a semi retired engineer from the Army Corps who spent his entire career stopping stream degradation, repairing it, and returning it back to pre impact conditions. He was great fun. Imagine an high energy, old, body builder with a Yosemite Sam mustache and a Foghorn Leghorn accent. Squash him down to about 5'4" and put him in chest waders. Good guy to hike around in the woods with.

 

The event was part lectures and part field visits. We went out to a couple of streams this guy had repaired. The first place was a series of streams and wetlands at Camp Miakonda in Toledo.  Ohio. A 103 year old boy scout camp originally built well outside the city but now totally engulfed by it. Over the years the boy scouts did all manner of modifications to the original landscape, most of which had been unmaintained for decades and had crumbled to ruins. 


That is some impressive restoration work. Good for him! Thanks for sharing the pictures. They’re really cool.

 

It hadn’t occurred to me how difficult it might be to maintain fancy campgrounds, or indeed what sort of impact they might have on the environment. This looks like good work.

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1 hour ago, Marvin said:

Welp, broke quarantine for a hamburger, nice knowing you all I guess :zombie:

 

I hope it was worth it. Because White Castle would be a sad place to die for.

 

:B):

 

1 hour ago, TGP said:

The difference is, as noted by @Green Eyed Monster, the use of cane sugar instead of/in place of that -+-vile-+- high-fructose-corn-syrup. 

 

Sucrose (table sugar) is a disaccharide composed of 50% Glucose and 50% Fructose. Note that the disaccharide is broken down into its component monosaccharides almost immediately in the body. HFCS (a mix of monosaccharides) is composed of about 45% Glucose and 55% Fructose (proportions vary, but that's typical for the HFCS used in sodas). In blind taste tests, there has been a slight preference for sucrose over both HFCS and honey (which are chemically quite similar to each other*).

 

There is a problem with people "extending" honey with HFCS, which can only be detected by very sophisticated testing.

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5 hours ago, Cyradis said:

 

Break for a day. It is PI DAY. Get a more healthy pie like a quiche instead of an apple or chocolate one. Quiche counts. 

 

Maybe put apple in the quiche?  Quiche is just basically eggs, right?

 

I know it sounds weird, but there was a place in a nearby city that had a omelet with apple pie filling in it, and there are recipes online for quiches with apples...We can't all be crazy.

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26 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:
1 hour ago, TGP said:

The difference is, as noted by @Green Eyed Monster, the use of cane sugar instead of/in place of that -+-vile-+- high-fructose-corn-syrup. 

 

Sucrose (table sugar) is a disaccharide composed of 50% Glucose and 50% Fructose. Note that the disaccharide is broken down into its component monosaccharides almost immediately in the body. HFCS (a mix of monosaccharides) is composed of about 45% Glucose and 55% Fructose (proportions vary, but that's typical for the HFCS used in sodas). In blind taste tests, there has been a slight preference for sucrose over both HFCS and honey (which are chemically quite similar to each other*).

 

There is a problem with people "extending" honey with HFCS, which can only be detected by very sophisticated testing.

 

I just look at the labels on the nasty little sachet packets to tell whether it is really honey or maple syrup. Usually it is not. If all else fails, it tastes different.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Oakleaf98 said:

 

Also i heard Coca Cola might have shortages, i wonder how Mexican coca cola is like.

 

I seen some Mexican coca cola at Costco and a Hispanic mart in town.

Mexican Coca-Cola is delicious, at least going by memory.. ^_^

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Due to the coronavirus, all state-run liquor stores (so, all liquor stores because of weird dry state horse-elves) in 4 out of 5 of the Philly area counties will shut down starting Monday. Also all bars. ALL bars.

 

This will be... something.

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1 minute ago, NebulousMissy said:

Due to the coronavirus, all state-run liquor stores (so, all liquor stores because of weird dry state horse-elves) in 4 out of 5 of the Philly area counties will shut down starting Monday. Also all bars. ALL bars.

 

This will be... something.

The return of the Bootlegger as an upstanding citizen.

GEM

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1 minute ago, NebulousMissy said:

Due to the coronavirus, all state-run liquor stores (so, all liquor stores because of weird dry state horse-elves) in 4 out of 5 of the Philly area counties will shut down starting Monday. Also all bars. ALL bars.

 

This will be... something.

::D: :lol: ::D: :lol: 

 

...someone needs to start a rumour that high blood alcohol levels make a body resistant to the virus... :blues:  You did not hear that here first. :ph34r:

 

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