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Snowed in: A short, inconsequential comedy of errors

February 14, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Feb. 14, 2014

I looked out a window around a quarter to 1 on Wednesday and saw the first few flakes drifting down onto Durham, North Carolina.

I packed up my computer and put away my teapot and tea cup and headed out of the coffee shop and into the cold gray afternoon. This snow, I quickly realized, was no joke; in the space of about five minutes, it had gone from nothing to a very heavy fall.

I’d known a snowstorm was coming, of course; everyone did. I was pretty well stocked with food and supplies at home, but I wanted a few more things, so I drove to a grocery store.

The place was pretty crowded — although I didn’t appreciate just how crowded until I brought my fruit, soy/coconut milk mixture (a first-time and last-time purchase) and pasta sauce to the checkout lanes. Every lane was staffed, and every one had a queue. Fortunately, the express line moved pretty quickly.

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