Report of the outside world
Mixed results. My first store was a Randalls since they typically don't have as many customers. It is not as nice a store as HEB in almost every way but my thought is it might be better as a result of being less crowded. It was not. No meat. No milk. No eggs. That was my first three things to get. I did find some frozen food that Dana wanted I stocked up on long shelf life almond and oat milk. And it was not crowded. But I'd promised steak so
On to HEB. Which was absolutely packed. But they were restocking as fast as they could and, as I said yesterday, the butchers worked overtime to get meat on the shelves and I got some lovely steak that will match with the potatoes for a nice meal later today. And they had milk and eggs. I think they have learned from the previous outages and stocked what people want first.
They had some empty shelves such as the above but the essentials were available. Another amazing win for the leadership of the Texas HEB chain.
The roads went from dry to icy. My experience from living up north came in handy approaching overpasses. They were treacherous. The smart car did fine. Dana said I should take her Rav4 but I know the smart car better, know how it feels, how it drives and it was not iced up since I have it in the garage. It did fine. I lost focus approaching one bridge and did a little wiggle on the ice but not any worse than in any other car and with less mass I think the correction was easier.
All in all, it was an experience. When masks are no longer unique or interesting in the middle of a pandemic venturing out after being stranded at home.