Coming home after an absence of two weeks can make one feel very much out of it. I went to the grocery store yesterday and saw crowds of people drag away enormous quantities of boxed food supplies. I wondered if the whole town was experiencing a weird attack of consumerism. It looked like a bunch of Soviet people visiting an American supermarket for the first time and losing their minds amidst the abundance.
And today I found out that half of the town hasn’t had any electricity for two days because of the Saturday night storm. It’s good to know there’s no crazy buying epidemic going on and no Soviet people have moved in.