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Diary in the time of coronavirus. Welcome to the Snoring Twenties

President Trump announced his late April prediction for ending social isolation. One hundred years ago the world celebrated the Roaring Twenties. With all the world a sleeping giant locked in at home, I welcome you to what I dub the Snoring Twenties.We have a workman coming in morning to repair three immediate problems with the house. Last week he fixed two patches of roof shingles blown away in a rainstorm before water could get to our ceilings.

I took an hour to do an inventory. We are trying to limit grocery trips. Our toilet paper supply is getting low.  I found a small quantity on Amazon for (gulp!) $79.

2  Venison Roasts, giant

Chicken  3 packages

Pork—8 pieces of prime loin

One frozen oatmeal (tomorrow)

1 turkey breast

1 lentil soup and 1 chicken soup—already prepared

1 frozen beans

1 bison ground

3 ground beef packages

2 packages of salad shrimp

15 loafs of unbaked bread to heat in oven

2 packages and 2 separate weiners with buns and one sauerkraut can. About a quarter jar of mustard.

1 stewed pork, already cooked

One frozen tortilla package extra big

One mushroom can

3 bacon and 1 real sausage and 1 plant sausage

Ham 2 packages—one a butt and one sliced for sandwiches

Salmon one package of small portions

1 big beef roast

Vegetables frozen, 6 packages, 10 cans mixed vegetables, asparagus, peas

Two bags of blood oranges

Two apples and a jar of Gosia’s homemade applesauce (just finished her aunt’s homemade apricot jam).

One jar of blueberry jam

Two packages of street tacos

Every spice known to “chefdom”

3 tins of sardine

1 1/3 bottles of olive oil from Tunisia

½ tin of rough-cut oatmeal

1 bag of wheat cereal

6 bottles of flavorings and marinades for pork, chicken, steak

2 beef steak packages

Five bags of coffee and four boxes of green tea

1 bag of South American Yerba mate

4 small packages of

1 bag of pancake mix (use one sliced and cored apple with it)

6 frozen oatmeal cookies

2 packages of frozen cookies to bake. They come in squares. Will bake two at a time.

Five packages of pasta; five Ragu jars of marinara or marinara and garlic

1 jar of garlic

1 quart of milk and 1 package of unsalted butter (This will be most missed—soon.  If we have to go to Kroger for replacement milk, butter and greens, it will be at 7 a.m. one day of lowest foot traffic).

½ package of salad greens (must use for lunch or toss). But we have 6 bottles of salad dressing—cruel joke. Ha.

1 package of meatless chili

3 tins of chili peppers

2 avocados

 

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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