For those of you who don't reside in the midwest of the U.S., you might not be familiar with ice storms.
They SUCK ASS!
I don't mind being iced in for a few days. I saw this coming and stocked up on non-perishable food items, toilet paper, and other critical items.
What I'm afraid of is losing electricity. If I lose that, I lose heat and hot water along with light. And coffee! And access to internet porn. I can take just about any other deprivation, but don't take away my porn.
So, I have a plan (of sorts).
I cranked up the heat as far as I can stand it. I usually turn it off before I go to work in the morning. But I've been heat soaking the house and everything in it for the last 3 days. This place is only 6 years old and it's pretty well insulated. If the electricity goes out, I shouldn't lose heat too fast. Plus, because it's a town house, I share one wall with another unit. That right there's good insulation.
I have a propane grill on the patio that I can cook on. If I can chip away the ice and get it open.
All the lights are on.
I have a small humidifier going in the bedroom to cut down on the static electricity and help hold in the heat.
All flash lights have fresh batteries.
I have lots of candles.
I have extra batteries for my boom box.
My iRiver MP3 with FM Radio is fully charged.
My cell phone is fully charged.
My gas tank is full.
I have extra clothes and blankets staged and ready to go.
My laundry is all caught up.
That's about all I can do.
If I have electricity and you don't, you are welcome to shelter here.
I feel confident making that offer to the blogosphere because if you lose electricity, I won't know about it until your electricity comes back on. And then you won't need to shelter here, will you? No. You won't.
However, if I lose my electricity, and if I have your phone number, you'll be hearing from me.