I couldn’t find ice melt at all today. It was especially strange to walk all through the Home Depot and not see any boxes of shovels, stacks of bags of salt strategically placed every ten feet along the main aisle. The weirdest part was that it was all so neat, as if there were no reason to sell shovels and salt in the winter. There was no sense of pre-storm panic, no crowds milling about muttering, “salt, salt”, no shreds of crates torn about in the vain attempt to find another shovel where there is none. Just way too calm, for the calm before the storm.