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02 February 2011 @ 04:22 pm
Texas has been a little cold lately  
So cold, in fact, that everyone is freaking the fuck out.

Right now, large chunks of Texas, including where I am, are subject to rolling brown-outs. Apparently, The overwhelming use of electricity use (for heaters, I presume) was totally not expected, and Texas is about to run out of power. To combat this, my electricity goes out 2-3 times in the morning to save up enough power for "peak hours" It's only minorly inconvenient, but in all the time I've lived here, I can't ever remember somthing like this happening before.

The weather has happened before, but not the brown outs.

We still have regular power, and water, though other freinds we know have no water.

I just think the whole situation is wacky. We don't even have any snow. Just a little ice here and there. And, you know, the cold part.

Places like DFW are panicking and shutting everything down. Mom said they're freaking out in the valley, too, but that doesn't surprise me. They don't know WTF to do with... any... unusual situationd own there and they panic and close things down all the time down there. As far as I know, everyone is still going out to work and school and whatever around here. Schools recommend kids bring extra sweaters, etc... because with the brown outs, it could be colder than usual in class XD lol I think most businesses are still open, too. Matt sure as hell hasnt' gotten any time off :P

In other news, I continue to write a page or two every week or so on my NaNoWriMo story, but the pace of writing has slowed down dramatically. I'm not sure I'll ever finish it, but I take a little bit of comfort in that I'm at the end of the story and I'm still sometimes working on it. It doesn't make me feel like a total failure. :X I did email what I had to one freind because he kept badgering me about reading it. It's awesome that you can write a book on your computer and save paper and all, but when the power goes out I can't exactly whip it out and work on it :P Oh well.
Current Mood: boredbored
CEO, Air Perv: White Love Storyzoi_no_miko on February 3rd, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
You know, it just occurred to me... you guys don't have natural gas heating down there, do you?
HIDE your facekyonomiko on February 3rd, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
We totally do! I use natural gas for cooking (Absolute best way for indoor cooking) and for my heater. Unfortunately, the thermostat is electric, so without electricity to tell it to run, the heater can't start up. The ignition on my stove is also electric- a spark ignites the gas. I can get around that if I have to heat up some food when the power is out, though. I just use one of those wands you use to light grills. I love my natural gas :D
CEO, Air Pervzoi_no_miko on February 3rd, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oh good! For a bit I was like, what is this, like, England? No central heating?
But why the hell are people using electric heaters then? They waste SO MUCH electricity. :S

You guys need someone down there to pioneer affordable solar panels. We're just launching them. My house doesn't get enough sun though. damn Canada. :(
HIDE your face: Heatkyonomiko on February 3rd, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
There are a few places down here with solar power, but it's like.. a building by building thing, and it's usually companies trying to proove how "green" they are. The biggest alternative energy source we have right now is wind power. Green Mountain Energy has been really active the past 5-10 years in converting people to wind. Since we have all this space, they work with farmers and put them in fields and it seems to work out great with everyone!

With how hot it can sometimes get down here, I'd die without central air XP My parents didn't have it in the Texas house I grew up in. We lived with sweltering summers and a kerosene floor heater and a fireplace in the winter. When it got really cold, my parents kept the heater in their bedroom, and we all put down sleeping bags in front of the fireplace. (It also helped make sure someone would notice if a huge firey log rolled out onto the floor) It was just like camping?!?! XD
MsBe1MsBe1 on February 3rd, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
It is now 7 degrees here, we were snowed in real good. Over three days here we got about 18 inches of snow. They say the Packers took the Frozen Tundra along with them to Texas. LOL We have been getting lots of pictures from Dallas through our local Fox channel reporters that are down there for the SuperBowl. I think we cleaned up faster here in one day that it took Dallas to clean up in several days. I am glad we are in an apartment, we could watch them clean up out our windows.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on February 3rd, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Snow
They keep saying we may get snow here in Waco.. but all Iv'e seen is ice on the ground in the mornings. People down here really don't know what to do with ice and snow. A guy on the radio the other day welcomed the packers to dallas, and told them to make sure they had their helmets... to protect them from freaked out dallas drivers. They don't have people salting the streets or anything like that. Sometimes they'll dump a bunch of sand down, though. Mostly, though, schools, everything shut down at the mention of freezing rain and no one goes anywhere. lol
Makotokinomakoto on February 4th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
I want to reaaaddd~~
(Also, stay warm!)