March 02, 2020

Leading Indicators of the National Mood

I spent about 55 bucks apiece on virtually identical items I bought myself and my family in 2018-19.  

That screenshot is actually from the 27th. As I type this, this whole category is largely sold out or won't be delivered until mid-March at the earliest.  

20 pound bags of rice are still available for around 20 dollars though pinto and kidney beans are now running about $50-$60  for a 20 pound bag. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 02:24 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Costco is a carnage right now. They are out of TP, paper towels, purified water, oatmeal, and canned meats. Low on spring water, about to run out.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Mon Mar 2 17:40:35 2020 (LZ7Bg)

2 Some panic buying at my local supermarket too, but not so much that they'd actually run out of anything.  Unless you wanted a specifically sized pack of a specific brand of toilet paper.  (I was only there for a gluten-free chicken nugget fix, but I grabbed a dozen rolls of TP as well when I saw stocks were low.)

But bottled water?  I mean, as a general prep thing, sure, you should keep some on hand.  But it's not something you need for Corona-chan.

My favoured food to stock up on is microwave rice, because it's fairly cheap and keeps for nearly a year and at a pinch you don't even need to heat it up.  The shelves were packed full of it even with the locusts running amok in the TP and bottled water aisles.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue Mar 3 09:12:17 2020 (PiXy!)

3 I am a hamster by nature and I am now feeling rather relieved that I have so many canned goods on my shelf. A couple weeks ago I invested in a 12-pack of the smoked trout in cans I like, and I have lots of canned beans. (Canned beans are still edible, if not that palatable, if the power is out).

I went out Saturday to the big Target. It was well-stocked and  surprisingly empty of people and even the checker commented on that - especially given it was a payday Saturday. But now I have a great big thing of loo roll (which will last me a year) and tissues and enough laundry detergent.
My corona plan is to just stay home. I presume if it hits my region the university will just close for a couple weeks and I can sit in my sewing room and make quilt tops and listen to stuff on my smartphone.

I cancelled my spring break trip to go see my mom, out of an abundance of caution but also because we're in position-interviewing crunch time and I will be putting in a string of 14 hour days next week and I think rather than traveling I will just need to sleep through spring break.
And I'd feel absolutely horrible if I caught it and passed it to My Only Remaining Parent.

Posted by: fillyjonk at Tue Mar 3 17:17:14 2020 (o5UlT)

4 The only thing out of stock at my local stores is hand sanitizer, but they all had wipes and alcohol prep pads. Safeway had a few pallets of bottled water on display, but they weren't being bought in panic quantities.

The thing I'm watching for is news about the homeless population in San Francisco, the closest thing we have to a third-world sewer. If the thousands of drug addicts eating out of Chinatown dumpsters, sleeping on cardboard, and crapping on the sidewalk aren't dropping like flies, the rest of us will be fine.


Posted by: J Greely at Tue Mar 3 19:21:04 2020 (ZlYZd)

5 Right now it's almost all old folks in a nursing home in Kirkland up here who have died.

Also, you have spam.

Posted by: Mauser at Fri Mar 6 21:32:50 2020 (Ix1l6)

 Also, you have spam.
Yes. I try to be prepared. I have quite a bit of it. It keeps forever after all and is energy dense. 
Oh wait.   

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Fri Mar 6 22:33:36 2020 (5iiQK)

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