My offer to send supplies is sincere. Let me know if there's anything I can do.
Thank you, J.
Thanks to all of you.
We're OK for now. It took us an hour tonight to find a gas station that still had gasoline. Both cars have full tanks now, and we refilled several containers for the generator. It is raining now, but it is forecast to turn to snow during the night or tomorrow morning.
Heartbreaking is right, Joe. But you don't know the half of it. The trees are bad enough, but the human cost is worse. SonofEva's piano teacher called tonight. Her next-door neighbor died when they took a charcoal grill inside to keep warm. Set their house on fire. Fortunately, her house wasn't damaged, but her peace of mind was completely shattered. We will stop by and check on her tomorrow.
People are dying from such foolishness...taking charcoal grills inside, trying to run generators INSIDE their homes...burning stuff they shouldn't...using gas appliances for heat without battery-powered carbon monoxide alarms, etc. The newspapers and TV (for those who can get it) are warning people not to do it, but you know how folks are. They think, "Oh, it'll be okay, I'll keep an eye on it." We've lost 35-40 in Tulsa so far.
We saw a group of line trucks...about 7 or 8...coming into town on the interstate. The signs on the cabs said they were from Sumter, SC. Everyone was flashing their lights and honking and waving. These guys are heroes to us. We saw a bunch of them last night walking into a local restaurant for dinner where we were eating. Everyone sent them to the head of the line, and one man promptly whipped out his credit card and announced he was paying for their dinner. Everyone applauded. Honestly, I cannot think of a worse job. They are working around the clock in the dark, in the cold, in the wet, in the ice, up in the air...with electricity. Can you think of anything you'd rather not do?!
I need to get off the computer. I'll try to check in tomorrow morning. Still no idea when we'll get power...hopefully in the next few days. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
On second thought, nevermind us. Keep the folks out there with no heat in your prayers. They need 'em more than we do.