#WATWB – Your Monthly Shot Of News That Doesn’t Suck

For those who hadn’t noticed, the United States underwent a bit of a cold spell last week. NM got a lot of wind, cold temperatures, and some snow. Overall, it wasn’t that bad although it was weird seeing snow on the ground for more than a few hours. Normally, we get a snow storm and the white stuff takes a hike by late afternoon. When the ground was still covered a couple of days later it kind of freaked us out.

We got off pretty light. Power and gas stayed on and we stayed inside and ate hearty green chile chicken soup and drank thick beer. Don’t judge; it’s our way of handling adversity. The central part of the country didn’t fare quite as well with temps dropping toward 0 K. Most of the midwest shrugged itself into a parka and went about its business. Texas, on the other hand, turned into a frozen hellscape.

The problem was multifold. Partially, Texas just doesn’t see those kinds of temperatures very often and so they didn’t entirely know how to deal with all the weird solid water or the fact that the air was like breathing daggers. It’s a southern US state, more known being temperate than Arctic. As a result, most Texans don’t have the experience of dressing in layers, bundling up, and generally using the tricks that the northerners use to stay warm. Some people in parts of Texas don’t even own winter coats.

Now, when the temperature gets that cold and you don’t have a jacket, the best bet is to stay inside where it’s warm. Unfortunately, Texas had problems besides just the extremely cold weather outside. What started as rolling blackouts due to high demand rapidly turned into a Texas-sized clusterfuck with some homes losing heat and power entirely. The blame for that debacle is still being sorted out but despite some of the propaganda coming out it wasn’t caused by windmills. Natural gas supply appears to be the main culprit, but time will tell.

So, subzero temperatures plus no heat equals bathtubs filled with water were frozen solid. Pipes exploded. People resorting to setting up tents in their living rooms and huddling together to keep warm. In other words, it was a disaster. And no disaster would be complete without salt in the wounds in the form of massively overpriced energy bills, in some cases as high as $17,000. So, not only could you not get your lights to stay on, when they were on they cost a fortune.

So, yeah, total disaster. The final fallout from the winter storm will likely be in the billions plus the cost of lives lost.

In the midst of all this, Texans kept going. It’s one of the things they’re really good at. But in the face of a natural disaster, everyone could use some help. Lots of people have set up funds to assist those in need and some politicians even stayed in the country to help however they could instead of fleeing to Mexico. Even an Austin bakery got in on the action and gave away thousands of dollars in groceries. In other words, people came together. Just not the people who stood to make a massive profit off the problem. For those scavengers of human misery, one can only hope the federal government will issue a pride-obliterating smackdown.

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8 thoughts on “#WATWB – Your Monthly Shot Of News That Doesn’t Suck

  1. We watched the Texan drama from afar Eric … scary .. and the oke who fled to CanCun. Good on the Austin bakery giving away groceries and people helping out others. Also glad to hear it’s NOT the cause of windmills. There’d be plenty of govt people here in my country who’d like to blame them and slow down any use of renewable energy and keep on using the totally dysfunctional state owned electricity supply. May Pinky go forth and conquer, thank you for co-hosting this month and have a great weekend.

  2. I think it’s safe to say that where governments and politicians fail, communities and their citizens always find a way to help themselves and others during a crisis. The Texas catastrophe simply brought out the best of the best, like the Austin bakery, in trying to combat adverse conditions. I have lived in WI all of my life and still don’t like the sub-zero Arctic weather, so I can’t imagine what the bitter cold must have felt like to Texans. I hope their state finds a way to be better prepared if this ever happens again. Thanks for the story and for co-hosting, Eric.

  3. We read the news about what was happening in Texas even here in New Delhi. Yes, being unprepared can make matters much worse. It warms the heart to see people rallying around and helping each other at times like these. I enjoyed your snarky post. Thanks for co-hosting the WATWB.

    • The funny thing is, we’re only a couple hundred miles from TX and didn’t have anywhere near the same problems. We didn’t get as cold, though, but we didn’t lose power, heat, and water for days. And we definitely didn’t get $17,000 utility bills. I’m hoping the Texans will demand some change and put themselves back on the national grid.

  4. Being Canadian, we’re use to rough weather but if you’re not prepared it can definitely throw you for a loop. A few years back we had an ice storm which wiped out power for days, and like the experience in Texas, many people stepped up to help. I have found often the most difficult of circumstances can bring out the best in people. Thanks so much for co-hosting and being an important part of #WATWB 🙂 Have a great week!

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