Sunday, January 25, 2009

How to prepare for an ice storm

So Oklahoma is apparently due another ice storm. This is not welcome news.

If you were around at all last year, you'll remember that we had an ice storm in Dec. 2007. This was not fun. We had no power for the better part of a week - some areas for more than two weeks - and downed limbs clogged the landscape.

That was apparently practice. We're gonna get another. The good news is, I remember what it was like during the last storm. No lights, no heat, no food. So Katie and I went to Wal-Mart today to stock up ahead of the storm. So did everybody else, apparently.

Somewhere back in our newspaper files, I have a wonderful shot of people loading up on "essentials" ahead of some impending winter weather. In the foreground are two people headed to their truck, a case of Bud Light in each hand of both.

Same kind of deal today. People were buying batteries, flashlights, candles, canned food, water bottles, and, yes, Bud Light.

Wal-Mart is many things. It is not a dumb corporation. They know what's what. That's why, ahead of this ice storm, Wal-Mart had near the front batteries, canned food, and mountains of cases of beer. That's how you know bad weather's on the way.

So Katie and I bought our allotment of non-perishable food (but no beer), and a pitcher for water for the fridge. I think we're ready should the grid go down.
Then again, maybe not. We'll find out Monday night.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Why I can't wait for spring

My wife and I went to a stormspotting class in Sand Springs Thursday night, Jan. 22.

This was a free course offered by the National Weather Service, and given by meteorologist Ed Calienese. I'd been to two before, but thought this was important to go, because this would be Katie's first time.

See, she's from Pennsylvania, up near Philadelphia, so tornadoes aren't really her thing. I tried to equate just what it's like for us with this equation: Tornadoes are to Okies as Phillie people are to... snow.

That was wrong.

But anyway, the idea was to get a refresher course for me, and an introduction course for her on just what a springtime is like for Oklahoma.

Frankly, this should be a required thing for any emergency worker, as well as a simplified version required for all school students.

So, that's why I can't wait for spring. Twisters. I love 'em.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Road Trip

Today Katie and I made a road trip down the Mother Road - Route 66.

Tomes have been written about Route 66, all the way back to the Grapes of Wrath, of course, and more recently, Cars.

Along the way we stopped in to a winery that was built in an old Catholic Church. I think I'd like to live in a building like that some way.

I fell in love with the towns out there. I really could see myself living in some artistic little hippie place like that, or maybe just off in the woods somewhere.

I must say, I'm intrigued about Guthrie. I think I should like to go back there.