- The Washington Times - Monday, January 26, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Only in New York, perhaps? With predictions of an epic winter weather event, some residents of the Big Apple went seeking “blizzard buddies.” That’s right. They didn’t want to face the snow alone. Scores of romance-minded New Yorkers took to Craigslist with unapologetic invitations for companionship, amour and cocoa - among many other things.

It has become news. CNN, The Business Insider and The Christian Science Monitor are among multiple news organizations chronicling the less reported side of the winter.

“Forget the bread and milk,” writes CNN correspondent Brandon Griggs.

“Blizzard buddies: a good way to meet people or creepy?” asked The Monitor’s Samantha Laine.

But wait, there’s more - and it is of particular interest now that the reported “gigantic” storm was not quite the predicted Snowmageddon. Jordan Valinsky of the news site Mic offered a rundown of the bizzare ways New Yorkers prepared for the blizzard - like rushing the upscale grocery stores and sparking the “Great Kale Panic of ‘15.” Hummus and kimchi were also prime survival necessities. Twitter was alive with their tales.

“If you ever wondered what the End of Days looks like, it’s happening right now at Whole Foods in NYC,” tweeted one harried observer.

“If you’re in S Jersey and missing a loved one, they’re probably at Wegmans right now stocking up for the apocalypse,” tweeted another.

“In most parts of the country where winter exists, people go through this ritual as well, but they are practical in their purchasing decisions: Bread and milk go first, followed by all the salty snacks, beer, wine, and liquor. New Yorkers, on the other hand, emergency shop as if they are getting stocking up for the world’s longest dinner party,” reports First We Feast, an urbane lifestyle news site.

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