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Ralizah

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@RogerRoger We've been effectively trapped in our house since Monday because of the unprecedentedly icy weather, which makes the roads undriveable.

We've had to get a bit creative with our dietary choices because of this, but, thankfully, our power has remained on. Can't say the same for a lot of other people in my state.

@zupertramp Sorry to hear about your ordeal, dude. I feel really bad for everyone in Texas right now who isn't one very particular Ted Cruz. Stay safe!

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zupertramp

@Octane I'm inclined to agree with your assessment, from what I know about the situation. In addition to any wind turbine woes the natural gas lines were freezing over, making generators/turbines that use this source quite unworkable.

Add to this that the homes in Texas just aren't built for winter either, leaving winterization a costly expense the average homeowner doesn't elect to take on. So when things do hit the fan, the entire state is cranking up the thermostat and dripping faucets to keep pipes from bursting (which has now lead to low water supply and unsafe drinking water in many areas).

I'm certainly not on here to blame or absolve any one source of energy. It's clear we weren't/aren't prepared. But I already knew our infrastructure is as vulnerable as our leaders are apathetic so idk, no surprise there really.

@Ralizah yeah food uncertainty is one of the more anxiety-inducing aspects of emergencies like this, at least for me. I hope you're able to get restocked soon. In the meantime keep it up with the creativity. We're certainly doing the same.

@RogerRoger @Th3solution @nessisonett
Thanks for the words of concern and/or encouragement. At the time of posting last night the power was back on which was really like instant relief. These modern, all electric budget homes just were not meant to be lived in without power.

I guess this all relates to covid in that it has certainly exacerbated the problem, I'm sure. Even I, cautious as I've been the entire pandemic, had to brave crowded stores with no electricity for what became the new essentials. From what I gather this has also greatly hindered our state's vaccination efforts for fairly obvious reasons. Goodness, I just hope most hospitals were able to make it through relatively unscathed.

Anyway, there's always more to say but honestly I'm just happy to not be in survival mode. We'll see what tomorrow brings. Cheers everyone.

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RogerRoger

@zupertramp Glad you're out of the immediate woods for now, my friend.

@Ralizah Everything seems to be rushing towards extremes at the moment. It isn't just a pandemic; it's a global, neverending disaster with new mutations every week. It wasn't just an election; it was footage of the Capitol Building being invaded by an angry mob. And now it isn't just a chilly winter; it's turning moderate countries into ice cubes. Even something as unimportant as a new console launch has been hijacked by the plot of a 1920s mafia movie. Roll on the days where we can legitimately answer questions with an honest and accurate, "Yeah, it's been pretty standard, I guess."

Here's hoping your roads clear up soon and that, more importantly, your food supplies hold out. Your family runs a shop, don't they? Hopefully you can squirrel away part of a restock for yourselves.

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Jimmy_VNC82

@octane It's more the style of turbines I was speaking of. I should've been more clear..the wind turbine propellers that are of similar style to airplanes is the problem. They can turn when its not enough wind to produce sustainable amount causing systems to falsely start when they shouldnt. Causes system failure/burnout over time. Blade-less turbines are the future there is my understanding from some recent reading on it. But more than 1 option I believe is needed until other options are improved.

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zupertramp

@Jimmy_VNC82 not quite sure this is true. Both the nacelle and the blades themselves can be turned to not catch wind. And I believe they also have a braking system.

Also there was pretty much no reason, leading up to our current predicament, every turbine in the state shouldn't have been actively trying to harness the wind. Demand was way up which was much of the problem.

That said I'm all for innovation and there are all kinds of crazy cool green energy ideas out there that I support trying to implement.

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Ralizah

@RogerRoger Don't forget the massive riots, protests, and police crackdowns all over the U.S. last year. And our culture war has been simmering pretty hot as of late. I yearn to live in less interesting times.

Oh, and we have a bookstore. I don't know how much that helps anything. I guess if this deep freeze goes full The Day After Tomorrow, we could always burn books for warmth, but that seems like an especially dire scenario. Although we have a box of emergency provisions if things get particularly dire (which I'm not expecting to happen).

I just feel lucky, because we've managed to avoid the worst emergencies that've happened around us this year, both manmade and natural. One benefit of living in the sticks.

@zupertramp I imagine being without power in this cold was brutal. Are you still having to boil your water, or can you take a shower in peace?

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@RogerRoger Isn’t that the truth! Each major catastrophic event of the last year seems to be going from bad to worse, piling on to an already burning and crumbling platform that we’re barely standing on. (How do you like that Uncharted visual reference 😜)
I’m starting to wonder what could possibly go wrong next? I almost am afraid to ask.

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RR529

Earlier in the week our power company instituted rolling blackouts, however with the worst of the cold gone, I think they've stopped them. Luckily, our home never lost power, but I've heard others say they had their power shut off for 1.5, 2, & even 7 hours at a time (the power company said it'd be half hour to 1 hour slots, but that didn't seem to be the case).

In brighter news, I was also able to get my first dose of the vaccine this week, so hopefully a step to normalcy.

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Jimmer-jammer

@Octane As a proud oil and gas man, I generally shy away from these types of discussions over the internet, but your balanced approach is refreshing. Thank you.

Your main point is 100% correct. It really boils down to unpreparedness. When the polar vortex cruised through my neck of the woods, it was miserable and insanely busy but basically business as usual for this time of year. Our infrastructure is built to deal with this type of weather, and our people are trained to work tirelessly to ensure things keep running. On the flip side, an extreme and prolonged heat wave would surely present us with a slew of unique problems that a state like Texas wouldn’t bat an eye at.

As for the general topic of energy, without getting into the nitty gritty, I feel it’s worth offering a simple statement that I think nicely sums up the overarching infrastructural conundrum that we face: you can’t build a wind turbine with a wind turbine. Cheers!

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zupertramp

@Ralizah thing is, I'm at the absolute southern tip of Texas so while it was cold, it does appear from what I've scanned in the news, many people had and have it much worse. it got down to the 20s for a few stretches but not long enough to bring the temperature too far down indoors (at least in my home). Biggest hurdle was being forced to prepare food outdoors on a charcoal grill. That and the fact that fridge and freezer were out long enough that they were no longer keeping things cold.

According to city the water is safe but we're being careful anyway. I'm not so trusting sometimes.

It's honestly a dream of mine to own a bookstore. Have a name for it and everything.

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RogerRoger

@Ralizah My mistake; for some reason, whenever anybody says "shop" or "store" to me, I picture a 7-Eleven and make subsequent assumptions. Sorry 'bout that. I do love a good bookstore!

@Th3solution Seeing as Nate always manages to survive, I say bring on the Uncharted metaphors!

@zupertramp What'd be the name of your bookstore, if you don't mind me asking?

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zupertramp

@RogerRoger sorry it has taken me a while to get back to this. Haven't been in the mood to, idk, converse. Anyway, name of book shop would be Asbestos Books. Someone once told me I'd be better off opening an asbestos store than a book store, which is both amusing and probably sadly accurate, so I figure why not just lean into it. It's dumb i know but it's funny to me.

Wow how did we get here from Corona?

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RogerRoger

@zupertramp No apology necessary, my friend; I know exactly what you mean. Love the bookstore name, by the way, even without the backstory! You could even run the tagline, "Books so good, they really get under your skin!" or something equally disrespectful to the victims of asbestos exposure.

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zupertramp

@RogerRoger lol. Though unless you are a corporation or a car dealership, i don't think a tagline is necessary.

So we've apparently completely vanquished covid here in Texas. So that's good. I can't remember, is the UK still in lockdown or did they finally lift that?

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@zupertramp Still in lockdown in England, other parts of the UK like Wales and England have their own set of restrictions. Lockdown restrictions are due to be relaxed slightly on Monday. Working from home will still continue until April 12th I believe, and where I work that will be only limited capacity for those that want to.

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RogerRoger

@zupertramp Yeah, like Johnny says, we're gonna have a series of specific restriction-lifting checkpoints between now and June 21 (the arbitrary date our government recently stuck a pin in, after being criticised for not being able to predict or control a force of nature). As it stands right now, we're in our last week of total lockdown, with schools set to re-open next week.

I saw the headline about Texas earlier. Congratulations on an unprecedented victory! Must be quite liberating to be able to go out and lick lampposts again.

Seriously, hope you and your family are still able to stay safe. Watch your six.

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nessisonett

@zupertramp I heard that Texas has at least one case of every major variant. It’s like Pokemon at this point 😬

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Tasuki

So went to Taco Bell for lunch today and I couldn't believe it a worker who was handling food had his mask down around his chin the whole time while making my food.

I gave the guy credit maybe he just got back from break and forgot to pull it up after a cigarette or something but still. What even shocked me more is when I asked the manger if they would remake my food she looked at me odd and asked what was wrong. I told her politely that the whole time when preparing my food that employees didn't have his mask up (which he still didn't btw). The manger asked me again like she was confused what was wrong with my order. I finally told her, that the employee didn't have a mask on when preparing my food so either have someone else remake it or give me my money back.

They remade it but I was shocked that they were giving me such a hard time about it. Looks like I won't be going back to that Taco Bell anytime soon.

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nessisonett

@Tasuki You absolutely did the right thing insisting for them to put the mask on and redo the food, it’s baffling that restaurants aren’t sticking to the regulations. What’s especially worrying is that restaurants already have a list of regulations to adhere to in terms of health and safety, which means that Taco Bell is possibly unhygienic as well if they’re willing to completely flout the rules.

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zupertramp

@Tasuki yeah I'm too much of a pushover to do something like that so I applaud you (and envy you).

One thing I would note is I was under the impression you'd basically need someone to sneeze directly on your food to put you at all that much of a risk. Then of course you'd have to get up close and breath it in so idk, obviously you want people to be as hygienic as possible but just thought I'd point out the relative safety of eating food prepared at an eatery, in case that eases anyone's anxiety.

@JohnnyShoulder @RogerRoger ah well, it's good to have checkpoints. Even if they are arbitrary because really, that's all they can be I suppose. It's funny I didn't even consider how different areas of the UK might have varying approaches and so when you pointed it out my first thought was - man, how complicated - before realizing the irony, me being in the united states.

Hope everyone is staying safe and getting by mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, etc. I'm not sure how it's going with the vaccinations over there. I know there was some controversy over mixing and matching shots along with some disagreement over when to get the booster but I assume that's been settled and all is moving along at a slow but steady pace.

Point is I'm sure we'll get there eventually. Most of us anyhow. I'm beginning to think many aren't going to fully comprehend the devastation until this is all in our rearview. Because boy did we get a lot of people killed since last March.

But it's fine. Everything's fine. Off to catch Pokemon! Cheers!

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