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Snow Storm Hype…please

Here we go again.

The news media doing what it does best. Controlling our minds. Manipulating us into believing we got to get the milk, cheese, and eggs – all while shoving a microphone into someone’s face and peering down into their shopping cart asking the same old stupid questions they always ask during every pre-snow storm or blizzard.

Why do they do it? (Me whispering)… Maybe they’re in cahoots with supermarket chains and home improvement stores.

What’s more interesting is our panicky reaction. Why do we fall for the hype?

They got us all scrambling around, rushing to get gas when the tank is half full or better, going to grocery stores to stock up on junk food – because let’s face it, that’s what we’re supposed to do in this first Blizzard of 2016. Then they make us paranoid enough to go to home improvement stores for salt, shovels and snow blowers because it’s gonna be one hell of a Monster Storm and “you have to be prepared.” So, in keeping up with the Eye on the Storm, we’ll stay glued to our TVs for different reasons: to watch movies or the Wives with Knives marathons on the ID channel, to clear what’s on the DVR, or continue to watch the progression of The Deadly Storm (because we need to know when it will eventually end, right?). Sidebar: I got all those names from three different news stations.

As for me,Β  I’m not falling for the shelves are empty crap. I went to Aldi’s with The Kid because it’s pay day and that’s what we do. We didn’t do the supermarket because we wanted to run in and out, and not be around the paranoids. But, thanks to the news media hype – brainwashing everyone into thinking we’ll all starve to death if we don’t fill theΒ  fridge – our trip wasn’t as simple as we had planned. The parking lot was filled to capacity. Folks were speeding around like they were on an open highway. And then to top it off, there were no more flat bread pizzas! – my sole reason for going. However, we weren’t too disappointed and we weren’t alone. We, along with plenty others, got our feel good grub: some other pizza, chocolate to go with the popcorn, ice cream, OJ – oh, and a few bags of frozen vegetables thrown in for good measure.

Earlier today a co-worker of mine told me she had already picked out her socks, blanket, comfort food, and plans of relaxation – we both got a good laugh when we agreed that showering may be a real possibility of being ignored this weekend…. Oh, please, I chuckle because I know some of you haven’t even showered today!

So, like some of you, The Kid and I are already getting our snow day on this evening by having food of no nutritional value (such a good mother) while enjoying Jurassic Park III and then Jurassic World.

But back to the title, I love the fresh snow. I think it’s one of God’s most beautiful gifts. However, it can be harmful and deadly too. So, whatever your pleasure is on this snowy weekend (don’t go into debt ordering from Amazon because you’re all comfy and cozy in your pajamas), enjoy the storm and stay safe and warm!

I thank you for readin’ my writin’.







About T. Anthony-Horton

If you know me, you are very much aware of how I truly enjoy writing - because after all - it is my thang. If you are unfamiliar with me, welcome to my wonderful word of me. I have one book published, "Office Antics & Sexual Liaisons", and I am actively working on the sequel. I humbly appreciate all who have purchased and read my 1st creation (even if you read it without purchasing, you have entered my mind and got a sense of my writing style). I always welcome all feedback; positive, negative, indifferent - doesn't matter - makes me a better and more conscientious writer - all I ask is that you not be disrespectful. I can be sarcastic, comical, sensitive, informative, and overly descriptive (lol) as I've been told. I'm cool with all that, and to those who are not into my style of prose, I get that too. I still have two other books in my head that should've been on paper a long time ago - what?! - I do have a life y'all! So stay tuned for the sequel, which is tentatively titled, "After the Antics". In the meantime, continue to follow my blog and tell someone about it. I love you for readin' my writin'. Peace!

29 responses »

  1. Now you tell me! You know I was home online shopping Til! I have 2 new dresses by the way! Niceeeeee

  2. Like always God had me covered. This was the first weekend in awhile that I got to relax. I don’t get into all the panicky attack stuff.

  3. Girl, my main concern was that the electricity did not go out for a week like it did with the last big storm.

  4. Tillie, I enjoyed reading your take on the “let’s all run to the market and buy what we already have and what we really don’t need”. It made me think about how we have all fallen victim to the media hype at some point. I know I have & did again on Friday. LOL! (but you didn’t need to call me out on the Amazon shopping…hahahaha)

    Love you lady! Keep on doing what you do sooo well; writing, entertaining and bringing attention to some things that make you say hhmmmm.

    • Hey Monica! Thank you for always responding and enjoying the read. Even though I do the writing,we all go about life the same way. And you, my dear, stay away from the big A…lol. I love you for reading πŸ™‚

  5. Hey Tillie, This was enjoyable and right on point. I’m with you. I like the forecast for safety purposes, but the snow-mania is too out of control! We had to stop at the store on Friday and I thought that the market was giving food away! As always, there is a blessing in everything. I thank God for His protection and provision and for time to just be and enjoy the peace and majesty of His workings. Love you, my sistah!

    • Absolutely, Sims! I agree with you on God’s workings, which will take me to my next short blog. Thank you for enjoying my thoughts; I appreciate yours as well. Please tell Amber that Nirvana and I spoke. πŸ™‚

  6. Rick AKA "Slickster"

    Yo MaTil, I could not agree more! But now what am I going to do with the 12 bags of chips, 1/2 dozen soft pretzels, 3 jars of Kraft marshmallow crème, & large bag of Swedish fish (assorted flavors) that I stocked up on to ensure I had ALL the major food groups?

  7. Hey Tillie!
    I had no idea about the storm, Monday I went to the supermarket in & out, gas, I got over the weekend, so I still had 1\2 tank…got my vinegar for the frost and/or stopping the car doors from sticking just because the little snow on Sunday. My logic…it’s WINTER! ITS SUPPOSE TO SNOW! So like your friend Marlene, in a weird kinda way, I missed it. The JOB sending countless emails, I deemed as yearly updates. No biggie. Now the hype…ppl on the job kept hollering, “Is it snowing yet?” Now you leave work and the ppl/traffic was CAR-RAZY! Ants to a picnic! I thought about my fridge, pantry, & freezer and justified that I have enough food snacks and God knows my Coffee & cream for a week. So I figured I’ll save my time & money for the aftermath…the real people the cahoots is with, “The Auto Shops” & “The Streets Department!” Go ahead put that salt down make that hole and Hit it then **ck yo car up and call me for repairs…I’m the snow repairman for cars & trucks feel free to contact me when you have any minor or major car repairs due to the weather..hehehe! On $125 for the estimate, $300 for the repair, and $150 for parts & labor. Uuuuggghhhh! I don’t look forward to this people. No shade to the Auto industry.
    Thanx, Tillie and I enjoyed your writing.

    • Correction***
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      “Only” $125 for the estimate, $300 for the repair, and $150 for parts & labor.

    • Scooter Girl, you’re right. I didn’t touch on the streets department – that’s the aftermath, but you’re absolutely right that we’ll have to deal with the pot holes and the salt. And it’s alright to throw shade where shade is needed. Thank you for enjoying my writing and thanks even more for responding. πŸ™‚

  8. Hey Tillie, Just what I needed to read today. All so true. I am proud of you. Keep doing you.

  9. You are good at what you do. Keep Inspiring……

    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

  10. Very interesting. I enjoyed reading your thoughts Tillie. I agree about the media & market in cahoots. Stay warm my friend.

  11. To add to the madness of hypepivity….lol…lol…don’t think that is a word, but I like it….lol. I could not believe the line in the Wine and Spirit store. I just wanted to buy a couple bottles of wine….to go with my cheese and chips…lol…the dang line was out the door. I just didn’t get it. The market, the state store, I mean really, if you have lived in Philly all your life you have been exposed to snow. It truly is not that deep, (pun intended) at least it’s not for me….but girlfriend, I gotta tell you I stood in that long a#$ line, got my wine and I too am ready for a movie, chips, cheese, and WINE!

    • I had to laugh at your response because I can so hear those words come from your mouth. I should’ve known your azz would be in that line and I would be in the food line! Enjoy your wine, girl! πŸ™‚

  12. I love this. I said the same thing, that the media is in league with the supermarketsDeb

    From: writing is my thang To: Sent: Friday, January 22, 2016 11:59 PM Subject: [New post] Snow Storm Hype…please #yiv9595008380 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9595008380 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9595008380 a.yiv9595008380primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9595008380 a.yiv9595008380primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9595008380 a.yiv9595008380primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9595008380 a.yiv9595008380primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9595008380 | T. Anthony-Horton posted: “Here we go again.The news media doing what it does best. Controlling our minds. Manipulating us into believing we got to get the milk, cheese, and eggs – all while shoving a microphone into someone’s face and peering down into their shopping cart asking” | |

  13. marlene shapiro

    thanks, Tillie, for reminding me of all the pre storm preparation that’s needed. In a weird way, I miss it!. Take care and stay inside today!

  14. Good read


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