I sense an imbalance in the force

A couple of unusual things have happened in the past two days which make me suspicious that there’s an imbalance in the force. That, or I’m just stressed and tired from overbusy $dayjob work, ApacheCon planning, and social events coming at the same time.

  • The Lexington (MA) Stop & Shop has no smoked salmon. OK, they have a little: two brands, one of which is out of stock and the other had 3 four oz. packages left. How can a major Lexington Stop & Shop not have smoked salmon to go with my bagels?
  • When googling “zeff photo coupon belmont, ma”, one of the top 10 hits was to the Star Bulletin, the online version of a Hawaiian newspaper. How in the world did a listing for a local Belmont, MA photo store get into a newspaper in Hawaii? Even so, why would it be relevant?
  • Trying to choose between a super-compact point-and-shoot camera with at least a 5x zoom lens, it turns out that none of the local camera shops carry the camera I think I want, the Sony DSC-T500. Sigh. And of the other models I’d consider – the Nikon S60 and one of the ELPH’s – no camera shop nearby has both models in stock to see in person.

Color me curious that something odd is going on today.

Ice Cream Alert Level: Elevated for Arlington

This is an Elevated alert level. If this were an actual emergency, an audible warning tone would sound on your refrigerator.

No dessert for Arlington Arlington is currently facing a potential ice cream and frozen dessert foods shortage. The local Stop & Shop on Mass Av in Arlington has one of it’s two frozen food aisles unplugged and emptied. No ice cream nor frozen novelties were in evidence throughout the store.

Please note, panic is not mandated at this point: verification procedures for the procurement of frozen desserts at Johnnie’s Foodmaster, the next nearest supermarket, have not yet been completed. Stop and Shop also has planned for this contingency, and lists four other stores within a 5 mile radius of zip 02476; note however that time of day and traffic conditions may require you to plan for extra time and bring your own cooler and icepacks to ensure the proper temperature conditions of your purchases.

As always, the lactose intolerant should use caution when consuming milk-containing products.

HT2UH’s French Toast Alert System, which probably won’t be operational for almost another month – although with New England weather, you never know when it’ll snow.