Winter Storm Pax should be renamed Winter Storm Anus. What an asshole of a storm! Over half a million people were (or still are) in the dark in Alabama, Virginia, and Georgia alone. People are acting like bigger idiots due to the storm’s aftermath – especially on the roads and in the few stores that stayed open! I mean, people were buying big-screen televisions while others had real emergencies to tend to. It’s like Winter Storm Pax was an asshole storm that attracted more assholes to it. A flurry of assholes!
Here in Augusta, everyone was well aware of the state of emergency but very few were prepared. The wide-scale power outage was only part of the problem. People were driving like idiots (more so than usual) in the snow and wondering why there were so many car crashes and smashed mailboxes. Did I mention the hood rats buying big-screen televisions during the whole mad rush? I know.. First-world problems, yo!
As of around 2pm EST on this pretend holiday, Valentine’s Day, our electricity has been restored. Georgia Power was diligent, though I am sure they just wanted to make sure they can continue to rape us with their obscene billing rates. But, hey, power is back up! Thank goodness, too.. My family was getting antsy. It was cool to have an excuse to read more, play board games, get to know the neighbors better, and cook outdoors, but you don’t realize how dependent you are on electricity and the interwebz until they’re completely gone. Kids everywhere must have been really spazzing out (on top of the usual teen drama queen angst)…
How come the Internet doesn’t work? OMG – I can’t watch my vines! No XBox LIVE? No YouTube! I HATE YOU MOM AND DAD – DIIIIIIEEEEEE!
Seriously though, it could have been much worse. While some of us were engaging in white whine, there were still people dealing with floods, destroyed homes, smashed cars, and even death. Trees are still falling and destroying things in their wake. Down South, most states are not very well-equipped for disasters but the Red Cross was quick to set up camp and the communities really pulled together to help clear up some of the mess. It was rather inspiring!
The best part about the forced downtime is that I got to get a better feel for what I really want to focus on in the coming years. I missed doing my Twitch streams, podcasts, and creative writing. I also missed curating content on social platforms like Pinterest, Tumblr, and StumbleUpon. Now I’m playing catch-up. These sorts of disasters, big or small, help you realize what <u>really</u> matters. It was nice to just enjoy some chill time with loved ones and brainstorm a bit without the pressure or distractions of digital connectivity.
There were quite a few silly things that happened during the blackout. I’ll be sure to share them on the next episode of HorsePLAY!, especially since parts of the experience certainly felt very apocalyptic (sans the zombies). I am sure Obi and our guests will have their own stories to share. Real survival stories in a zombie-themed episode – w00t!
The funniest thing that comes to mind is how our kids were taking long hot showers and did not see the issue with that even after we reminded them that everything in our home runs on electricity (not gas, oil, solar power, whatever). I love my kids but they can be such derps sometimes. I blame our schools, pop culture, and reality television. Our brains are constantly being attacked by pure rubbish from every direction. Wear your tin-foil hats, kids!
In any case, the funny moments made the otherwise frustrating situation a little more enjoyable. We certainly made the best of it! One thing I definitely learned is that we need more survival supplies and bug-out bags or else we’ll be toast in the zombie apocalypse.
I’m curious what your experience has been with Winter Storm Pax. It doesn’t seem like it was much of an event up North as states like Pennsylvania and New York are far more prepared for inclement weather. I’m sure folks in smaller towns and cities did not have much of a picnic, especially our friends in upstate New York:
- Anyone lose power where they’re at?
- Did you stay put or go to another place?
- What did you do to keep busy and warm?
- Did any businesses or restaurants stay open in your area?
Don’t be shy – leave your anecdotes, gripes, and victories in the comments section below!
Winter Storm Pax Lessons: http://yomar.me/2014/02/14/what-winter-storm-pax-has-taught-me/