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Posted at 2:58 PM ET, 02/ 4/2010

Toilet paper, milk and movies?

By Washington Post editors

At the Blockbuster Video in Rockville on Thursday, customers were preparing to settle in for a long weekend of movie-watching. One woman walked out with nine DVDs. Many new releases were nearly gone by 1:30 p.m., as was anything up for an Academy Award.

Linda Saveland, a realtor who lives in Potomac, said she got the last Blu-ray version of “Up,” along with “Inglourious Basterds” and “In The Loop.”

“I want to see all the movies nominated for the Oscars,” Saveland said, “and now is the perfect time.”

At Bloom grocery store in Rockville’s Wintergreen Plaza, office workers took advantage of their lunch breaks to load up. The store, usually quiet at midday, looked more like a Saturday morning crowd.

Jackie Aleman, a marketing manager, said she wanted to avoid the after-work rush to stock up on comfort food for a weekend home with her fiance and 17-year-old sister. She said she’d already picked up the first season of the “Mad Men” TV series at Blockbuster. Her cart was full of pasta, soda, cereal and Twinkies.

“It’s a lot of junk food and snacks,” Aleman, of Aspen Hill, said. “We don’t know how long we’ll be stuck.”

After last weekend’s storm, she said, she wasn’t taking any chances.

“Last time they said we were going to get something, and it was double that,” Aleman said. “They’re saying this one is potentially big, so I’m just expecting the worst.”

--Katherine Shaver

By Washington Post editors  | February 4, 2010; 2:58 PM ET
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