Yes, it's STILL deathly COLD outside today in the Hoosierland.
|It really IS...THAT cold in the Hoosierland!!!|
Many people took the advice of government officials and weather people and STAYED HOME.
And considering that all schools and many businesses and activities were CLOSED yesterday, there wasn't much happening to warrant being out and about anywhere in Fort Wayne.
That's not to say our police and fire personnel had it "easy"...they did not.
Scores of slide-offs, vehicles getting stuck or crapping out, as well as a plethora of medical calls caused our responders to REALLY be on their game. Saw a FWPD cruiser today citing a vehicle parked along Pettit.
Under such conditions, people NEED to heed the warnings
|It's NOT only a cold day HERE...|
Around our "Fortress", all was eerily quiet, after the plows rolled through yesterday morning.
We are without a newspaper for the SECOND day, and I did NOT see a USPS truck come up our street yesterday.
I would wager that our mayor, public safety director and police chief got THEIR papers and had THEIR mail delivered, though.
We're only the SE side...who gives a sh*t about anyone down here, right?
Like I say...you get used to being ignored in many ways
If you're looking for better weather today...think again.
|Jack Frost HAS been busy at our place!|
Tomorrow, we get to "warm" up to a balmy NINETEEN DEGREES, with more warming as the week progresses.
Finally, we might be able to put this "polar vortex" behind us...
|Polar Vortex my ass...pass me some penguin, Harry.|
So, let's again take it very slow today, stay inside and keep warm with some coffee, tea or cocoa, as we see what else has been going on...
*** First out of the chill zone today comes a cautionary story about the regional electrical grid operator that supplies power to much of Indiana, warning customers to CONSERVE POWER.
Here's the story link:
Personally, I'd LOVE to comply. I hate wasting damn near anything...BUT (uh oh, here he goes) when ELECTRICITY is the ONLY viable energy source available, you'll forgive me if I choose NOT to freeze to death and "decrease the surplus population" (as Dickens once wrote).
|Maybe we should STOP bugging Mother Nature???|
Hell, we used to have a COAL-fired furnace in our house when I was a child...
And with all this COLD outside,. wouldn't a tad more greenhouse gases be WELCOME?
|I turned MY thermostat back...WAY back!|
|Do NOT hit that BIG...RED...BUTTON, Bill...!|
And even though we have a furnace that runs on natural gas, the operating system and fan is ELECTRICAL, so we need power to keep it running at whatever temperature we set it at.
*** With such record-breaking, sub-zero temperatures, many things we take for granted tend to act "differently" than in more moderate climates.
We KNOW that vehicles are susceptible to the frigid weather, what with batteries that go south (like your aunt and uncle when they move to Florida), or tires with not enough tread to make any headway, and the like.
|It's SO cold...I can't find MY nuts either...|
|They build 'em WARM at Thule AFB!|
A row-home isn't that bad...only TWO sides to insulate, but with our "stand-alones", we have ALL FOUR sides that need tending to.
|It's NOT our house - it's a house at McMurdo AFB|
Doors of a house tend to act "weird", too, and they actually change SHAPE with such cold, typically going "out-of-square", so that locking them becomes a chore.
This can happen to wood OR steel entry doors, too.
You also have to maintain proper insulation on pipes in crawlspaces or basements...ditto for the water heater. That's why in many colder climates, people have HEAT EXCHANGE units...that heat water ON DEMAND...so no failing water heaters to crap up whatever space they occupy.
Then there is electrical problems, such as cords when exposed to the cold become brittle, and can crack and break.
Had one do that to me today...not big deal.
All you need is one of those screw on plug ends (male OR female), wire strippers, screwdriver, and about 5 minutes.
|The birds STILL get fed here.|
So, you basically have TWO choices (when building a new construct) to fight ANY type of extreme weather at either end of the temperature spectrum...
1) You can insulate the HELL out of the place, and that will cost you some serious money
2) You can bury the house underground for the most part, and let the earth insulate the house, which will dramatically LOWER heating and cooling bills.
Aside from that, with any existing structure, you're just stuck with the hand you're been dealt, and are playing "catch-up".
*** Lastly today, a little peek into how WE are coping with this weather...we have an upstairs sink that will not drain, the Wifeymobile in the shop for that racing idle problem, a sticking door, frosted windows, a furnace you can no longer get parts for because the company went out of business (we cross our fingers a lot), a garage light plug that snapped off (but I fixed that one)...
And that's what we have...SO far.
-- 0945 hrs - We got the car back...turns out it was the cruise control linkage that came undone and got wedged in the throttle assembly...and THAT is why I don;t like "cruise-control"...for cars OR society in general.
Being a homeowner requires a certain specific level of responsibility...no one comes along and fixes your stuff when it craps out, like apartment maintenance crews...every item that can require a fix, sooner or later, cannot always be fixed by Handyman "Bob", or even Red-Green.
And it will certainly wind up costing something.
It's like our cars..or even our own bodies. Things were never made to last ad infinitum, and if they were, there's be a helluva lotta repair guys with a whole lot of nothing to do all the time.
I'm always talking about paying attention, and we do that whenever our body tells us something's not as right as it should be...or when or car makes a weird sound or "feels" wrong...same for a house.
With such conditions OUTSIDE, we often forget how that affects us INSIDE.
But I'm sure we're learning how to adapt to such things...after all, life IS the ultimate learning experience, is it not?
Stay safe AND warm out there, America.
(( PS - If you're looking for some good TV to watch tonight...try the season premiere of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (ABC - 8PM)..
.And over on FX at 10PM the season premiere of JUSTIFIED.
Now THOSE are worth STAYING INSIDE for...kapeesh? ))