Thursday, December 20, 2007

Daryl and his brothers

Earlier this week we had an ice storm that lasted a couple of days. I lost power the first night but they had it back on within an hour or so. The second night pretty much everybody in this part of Oklahoma lost power, trees and utility poles where falling everywhere (from the weight of the ice), a lose power line was dancing in the street about a block away, things didn't look they would get fixed real fast this time.

The weather forcast was for things to thaw out and the fog to lift about morning time, so I killed time until morning by taking some naps in the van and shopping at Wal-Mart. When the sun came up I hit the road headed South.

During my wait for the roads to start thawing out, I was buying an electric blanket (I had an extra battery and an inverter to run it with) in line behind 3 guys who were dead ringers for the Daryl, Daryl, and Daryl brothers in the Newhart show. Watch caps and all. Right out of the woods.

Two of them were unloading two baskets full of stuff like Gatorade, Ramon noodles, Root Beer, Cinnamon rolls, cases of stuff. They paid for it with one of those electronic food stamp cards, it was $100 of food that had pretty much zero food value.

The third was next and he paid cash for a small Sterno container. I guess it was to cook the Ramon noodles.

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