My wife grew up in Mongolia during the Soviet occupation. “You guys have never dealt with empty shelves before, have you?” That was her reaction to the craziness going on across America right now.

She went on to tell us that she was 15 years old the first time she used toilet paper. Before that everyone used newspapers. Empty shelves were a way of life. You made do without and rationed what you had. We’ve been rationing our paper products for the last 2 weeks.

My wife usually does the shopping but today I wanted to go out to see what it is really like. Are things as bad as the news is making it out to be?

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We decided to grill out today, steak and potato salad. Here’s my shopping list. I know you’re laughing at me. This fool thinks he’s just going to go out and buy toilet paper on a Thursday during the Apocalypse? Well, it’s been on our list for the past 2 weeks.

First stop was Sam’s. There was toilet paper and paper towels! But they were the giant industrial sized rolls so I didn’t buy them. Otherwise, they had everything else on my list (that I planned to get there).

Next I went to Publix. The ribeyes were not on sale. The only empty shelves were the paper products. Again I got everything on my list. But when I got home I realized I forgot soy sauce. It’s easy to forget something that’s not on your list. So one more trip to Publix.

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On the way back I stopped at Wawa to put air in my tires. I noticed a couple riding bikes with toilet paper in their basket. They must have come from the CVS across the street.


So it turns out stores are full of food. Not always the brands you are used to, but there were almost no empty shelves. Maybe the world is not yet coming to an end.

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