Real Shortages

In the current pandemic climate, we are constantly hearing about shortages, mostly on social media.

There is a scene in the not-very-good 1965 epic The Battle of Bulge in which a German tank commander, played by Robert Shaw, speaks to his general.

“General, do you know what this is? It is a chocolate cake. If you look at the wrapping, you will see it is from Boston from two days ago. General, do you know what this means? It means the Americans have fuel and planes to fly cake across the Atlantic Ocean.”

One generation’s privation is another’s luxury. Think about that this week when you can only find vegetable soup or rye bread.

I don't appreciate that people can look at a display like this, which I photographed today, and say we have "shortages."
I don’t appreciate that people can look at a display like this, which I photographed today, and say we have “shortages.”

4 Comments

  1. Oh wow. Don’t have anything like that here; all the in-store bakeries and delis are shut down – weeks ago. Half or more of all store shelves are empty. No soup, no chefboyardee, maybe three loaves of bread, no eggs, etc. It’s not *starvation*, of course, but we’re forced to get creative. My last shopping trip took me to *five* stores, and I still came home with half my list unfulfilled.

  2. Thus far, our Walmart is stocked to the ceiling with beer, sweets, chips, dog food, laundry detergent, wine, pizza, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, soft drinks, meat … it’s only when you visit the toilet paper, soap, and cleaning products sections, that the shelves start getting totally bare. It’s been like that for the last couple weeks. So I feel like the stores around here are full until you start looking for cleaning supplies. Of course, who knows how much longer this will last.

  3. Dan, what you’re describing is what our stores (Killeen, Texas) looked like three weeks ago; then we very quickly ran out of most other things.

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