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I don’t want to be all melodramatic and OMG, but living in Yellowknife does have its unique moments.

On Sunday I popped by Yellowknife’s largest grocery store, to discover this:

and this:

Organic skim milk? I couldn’t get *any* milk!

And gas? This, via twitter:
LizHargreaves @tundrabunny just spreading Facebook gossip! @ekda1961 just posted that 1 station still has gas

Here’s what’s going on. There’s one road in and out of Yellowknife and that involves a ferry trip at about 3 hours outside of Yellowknife over an arm of the Great Slave Lake. Usually timing the phase between when it’s too icy to truck stuff over the ferry and when trucks can drive over the iceroad (yes, really) is down to a science. Stores and gas pumps stock up, and some food is chartered in. Usually within a short time, we’re all back on track. This year, mother nature caught us off guard. And we’re kinda stranded for a bit.

Don’t worry. I’ll be fine. But please. Send food.

ps: and of course (!) (of course!) I am in no way comparing this little quirk to places and people who truly have no food, either in an ongoing way or because of an emergency. In fact, why not pop by your local food bank to help folks for whom finding food is a true hardship.

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  1. Silly Yellowknifers, freaking out and creating artificial shortages. There was enough gas until people started hoarding it. I’m hearing about a black market in gas now, which tells me that there’s STILL not a true shortage. If people were REALLY concerned about a gas shortage, they wouldn’t leave their vehicles running as much as they still are. And there’s plenty of food, just not necessarily the exact kind people want at that moment.

    As long as there’s home heating fuel and enough gasoline for emergency vehicles, we will all be fine.

    After living in Inuvik, I have a tendency to stockpile food all year long. That’s what stockrooms and freezers are for, right? 🙂
    Megan´s last [type] ..&8220Definitely not one to miss&8221


    nancyzimmerman Reply:

    Ha! Good point Megan: the acid test is “are folks turning their vehicles off whilst shopping?” Then we’ll know we’re in real trouble!


    Nov 25, 2010

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