Thursday, March 26, 2020
Panic in the Pucker
The offer was simple enough. Drive 30 miles to the creamery on Sunday noonish and between the hours of 1:00 and 2:00 PM , the nice folks there will give me a five pound bucket of lightly salted butter for $20, cash only, thank you very much.
A no brainer, right? What could go wrong? Polite civilized folks coagulating under the bright afternoon Sun would be surely be a pleasant encounter. And who knows, new friends might be found. The problem, as it turned out, was the creamery and myself did not consider that panicked folks are not prone to being sensible or pleasant at any given moment.
So happy as if I had a brain, I gathered up Maggie and we headed to Arundel, Maine. All the way there I congratulated myself on getting over on the system. Yeah, I was full of myself until I rounded the last sweeping curve on Rte. 111 before the creamery and was stopped dead in my tracks. 300 yards up at the creamery entrance, east and westbound traffic was at a standstill. Bumper to Bumper as far as the eye could see. Rte 111, a crucial east-west artery in our parts, was clogged hard. All in the name of butter.
I immediately came out of my panic driven haze and said, "To Hell with this. I want no part of it." And I performed the perfect 3 point turn around and headed the 30 miles back from whence I came.
Oddly I did not berate myself. Usual stupidity on my part is followed by several moments of self flagellation and colorful recriminations. Instead, as I was on the road, I parked self abuse for future fun and games. I decided to stop off at Hannaford's, a regional supermarket chain, on my way home. Just a short detour. I wanted to verify that the empty shelves I saw on Saturday were still empty on Sunday.
Imagine my delight when I walked into a store that had seriously re-stocked. There was still no toilet paper, Kleenex, or disinfectant wipes, but I picked up bread, canned beans, lots of fresh chicken, and last but not least, 4 pounds of butter in a cold case that on Saturday was barren. As it turned out, I found 90% of what was on the shopping list. It dawned on me as I put butter in my cart, my panic driven 60 mile quest for butter was a fool's errand that emphasized the need to remain calm when all others have lost their shit.
Keep it 'tween the ditches ...........................................