|Artist: Jared Sheer|
That was the temperature when I got up this morning. I didn't sleep in the apartment , my intention was to just go out there and run some water from time to time, but I didn't and the pipes froze. Not in the apartment itself, but somewhere out on the line between the pump and the building. The pipe is only down 12 inches. That's more than adequate in normal times, but not for three weeks of bone crushing cold. The red clay here isn't a very good insulator, and when the ground froze down to that 12 inch line, the pipe froze. I'm hopeful it hasn't shattered, because I bought good pipe when I installed that line. If it has, once it thaws I'll have to dig it up and replace the pipe quickly. I can't run my pump constantly and if I turn it off I have no water in the house other than from stored water.
It's snowing in Louisiana and Northern Florida tonight. That's pretty bizarre. The further South you go the less the homes are built for cold weather and the harder it is on people there. I'm reading about propane shortages in other states now, not just Oklahoma. The weather looks bad all through next week, with another dip in the temperature coming in on Tuesday.
When my wife came home tonight, she told me a lot of the teachers at her school are running their home heat full bore and can only keep the house in the low sixties. Everyone's energy bill is going to be much higher than normal, regardless of what form of energy they use to heat. For people on a fixed income, this is going to mean real trouble since they don't have any surplus in their budgets, and sometimes have no reserve. I know the old guy down by the county road told me he is going to be in the hurt locker, and the paper is telling everyone the county is out of fuel assistance funds.
I can't lock my gate anymore. For one thing, the lock is frozen solid and completely inoperable. For another, the cross bar that swings to open the gate is hitting on the cliff face and hanging up. Ordinarily if that happens I can just push it past the sticking spot but now that whole cliff face is frozen solid, like cement.
It's the old Chinese curse in action. "May you live in interesting times."
|Mosin M44. They used to be dirt cheap, but not anymore!|
In digging through a dark corner of one of the supply rooms, I came across a Marlin Camp Carbine in .45 caliber. I thought I had lent it to my brother, but I guess not. Years ago I got this gun in a lot I bid on at an auction. I didn't want it, but you had to take the whole package and there were some guns in that lot I really did want. I've never fired it. It's a handy little thing though, and I like .45 ACP so maybe I will start using it as a truck gun. Mosin Nagant Model 1944 rifles are getting so valuable today that it's probably not a good idea to use one where it's bouncing around in a cloth rack hanging on the back of the front seats. This carbine should work just fine in that role.