I was contemplating writing another what’s love got to do with it blurb, when I ran into a wall that changed my mind.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Texas experienced a major snow event recently. Now I am aware that there are parts of Texas where this is not exactly unusual, but I spoke with a friend living in the more southern climes in that big ol’ state and with temps dropping into low double digits (11 degrees F) she was experiencing some kind of winter weather shock, I can tell you.
Now while all of this may not be particularly interesting, what I found appalling was her statement that they would be experiencing rolling blackouts because, and I quote: “with these low temps more people are using their heat and the supply can’t keep up with demand”. WHAT?
We are in the year 2021 and the power grid cannot keep up with demand? What kind of insanity is this? I cannot fathom the staggering mismanagement and lack of foresight that would lead to something like this in the 21st century. I know a good part of their power supply comes from renewable sources, but what good is that when the system doesn’t work? I won’t pretend to understand the US power grid, and I have heard rumblings in the recent past that we are woefully unprepared for major changes, but what has been done to improve this situation? For my friends in Texas, it seems nothing.
So, I’ve broken out my crochet hook and all my blanket books and I’m getting busy. If it can happen in Texas, it can happen anywhere. More and more I’ve been thinking about the absolute “what if” situation and getting the emergency supplies ready. More and more I’ve found myself wondering what I would do in that ultimate emergency situation when you know there won’t be any help on the way. More and more, even at my age, I have to think about how I would survive on my own. It’s a sobering thought.
As I go back to my cup of coffee and my crochet project, I continue to think about my friend who is huddled in her living room and waiting for the heat to come on.