Unfestive Noel

Well, lo and behold! The remnants of Hurricane Noel are heading straight for Atlantic Canada.

Although the massive storm that killed more than 100 people in the Caribbean is already termed “extra-tropical,” it is still expected to pack hurricane-force winds over some parts of the Maritimes. So, while the severity of Noel will be no match to Juan’s fury in 2003, given that the electrical infrastructure in Nova Scotia is a total farce, I fully expect to be without power later today. Consequently, I decided to be prepared this time. I’ve done three loads of laundry and went to the grocery store to buy a few days’ worth of canned goods. While I don’t relish the thought of eating cold beans and stuff like that, it will still be better than nothing at all. And if, to my surprise, the power doesn’t go off for an extended period, I’ll have this stuff for evenings I don’t feel like cooking.

I was quite surprised to see some people buying perishable items, like large trays of meat. Either they’re more confident than I am that the storm won’t be too disruptive, or they’re not thinking. Or again, they’re planning to prepare it as soon as they got home. It made me wonder if I was overreacting, especially since the grocery store wasn’t as busy as I expected it would be. But the cashier assured me that it was madly busy earlier today and yesterday, so that leads me to think I’m in the majority.