Sunday, September 19, 2004

State of emergency? Grab your tofu...

All of this recent weather fluctuation we've had up here in South Central Pennsylvania because of the remnants of Hurricane Ivan have left me thinking about the ritual dash to the supermarket which occurs before a major weather event, such as a snowstorm is scheduled to hit. It was always bread and milk that were cleared off the shelves due to some preconceived
notion that these staples would be enough for someone to survive, even in a nuclear crisis. I'm just wondering, though, if recent trends won't put a halt to this. It seems like everyone is now on a health kick or diet fad system, such as the ever-popular Atkins diet. Will bread and milk be replaced by Slim-Fast and bacon? Or perhaps spring water and wheat grass? I know this much...if I'm in a crisis state, all diets are off. I'm eating whatever food I can find, no matter how many carbs it has or how high its fat content is. If I need food and I can get my hands on it, I'm eating it. Not that it's really any different than how I live my life anyway...

Side question: Where did the name "tofu" come from? Doesn't sound too appetizing, does it? Those marketing wizards need to go back to the drawing board.

2 comments:

Gretchen said...

Down here in Florida, it's not so much bread and milk as plywood, flashlights, batteries, water, and non-scented household bleach. The first time we saw a huge "hurricane discounted" bleach display, we scratched our heads in puzzlement. Then we learned that it is necessary for purifying water should the water supply be deemed unsafe for drinking. We never knew how many joys we would encounter when we moved here. Sometimes I'd give anything to have only to buy a load of bread and some milk.

"The Enforcer" Shaun Stambaugh said...

Remember, Gretchen, to paraphrase a Pennsylvania state motto, "You have friends in Pennsylvania." If you and Eric decide to move back, I'll personally make sure you won't go without bread and milk ever again :)