3 03:00 PM

My local Radio Shack was closed during the first hours of the blackout. And this may be weird, but I now have this mental dividing line in my head about places in my neighborhood I want to patronize because of the blackout and those I don't. The ones that stayed open -- and some were even selling their resources *below* normal price -- have my long-term love and devotion. Rite-Aid had batteries, according to the clerk at the door, but they weren't letting customers in. Radio Shack just had the metal grate over the store and were gone. The main hardware store was closed. And it's not like there was any looting going on here. It might be a bit unreasonable, but I probably won't shop at Rite-Aid or Radio Shack for a bit.

Posted by: Amy Langfield at August 17, 2003 03:03 PM

Amy -- You oughtta start one of them group-blog deals, where everybody gives props to the cool businesses, and drops turds on the gougers and the cowards. You could even issue stamps of approval, and little stickers, like "this guy's cool," and "this guy, he's not so cool" ...

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 17, 2003 03:19 PM

Yeah!

Posted by: Amy Langfield at August 17, 2003 06:31 PM

Where are all the stories of guys -- mostly geeks -- who got laid because they always carry a flashlight in their pocket or other blackout wackiness?

Amy's list is good, but neglects to have all of your assets in small bills and gold just in case the blackout lasts forever.

Posted by: Joel at August 17, 2003 08:59 PM

You basically need a sort of condom with a tiny light at the tip. Oh, and the hand crank or whatever. Yes, Joel, this is what you need!

Posted by: Ken Layne at August 18, 2003 01:44 AM
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