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Xelda

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So how’s the weather wherever you are? I live in the DFW area and we have lots of ice on the roads, schools are closed and I’ve been stuck at home today. We get a cold snap like this rarely but when it happens people here act like it’s Armageddon.

The grocery stores yesterday were full of grandpas and soccer moms acting like they needed 5 cases of water and every soup can in sight to survive this. :D It’s hilarious.
WHAT?!!! They didn't pick up the toilet paper? How do they expect to survive without it.
 

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WHAT?!!! They didn't pick up the toilet paper? How do they expect to survive without it.
Right!!! I did notice in the store the other day how many people were buying the mega-sized TP packages. You know like 24 rolls. :D I swear a ton of people in Texas think a cold snap means there will never, ever be another roll of TP, soup can or bottled water on the grocery store shelves. It’s amazing.
 

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I don’t know- maybe the folks up north have moments like this when it gets above 100 degrees. Having a 100+ degree day in the summer in Texas is probably a normal Tuesday, lol.
Yeah, it's unusual to have temps over 100 here, but not as rare as real Winter down there. I personally don't mind the high temps, especially after days like tomorrow, when the wind chill is supposed to be -5 to -30.
 

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Good morning Pops and Popsadoodles. It was snowing here yesterday morning and I had a CT scan two hours after the snow when it was 34 degrees. It was an unpleasant experience all together and I have the bruises to show for it. They wanted blood and I didn't want to give them any. I got back there and told her exactly how I wanted her to do it as if she'd listen. I paid for my attitude, but I think I saw them with a butterfly net chasing the vampire that got me.

The CT scan was your typical scan with long breaks because someone funny was back there entertaining the staff. The generated female voice kept saying "Breathe in and hold your breath". I laid there so long that my sinuses started draining and I needed to swallow. It was at that point it said "Breathe in, hold your breath and don't swallow". WHAT? The one time I need to swallow and it says don't do it. That was simply a portent of things to come.

I bought a new umbrella off of Amazon (translation, I didn't try it out first). It's raining, I unfastened it and hit the open button. That sucker popped out of it's dormant state faster than Boy George came out of the closet. No biggie, I just got a head start on the rain. The next issue was getting Boy George back in the closet. He did not go willingly and without a fight. He sprung on me a few times. I thought to myself, not a problem because I only have to get out of my car one more time. That was my thinking and I honestly don't know why I listen to myself.

My car started pulling bad so I pulled over, unleashed Boy George and checked. The tire was completely flat. I went to Sam's and they don't carry my tires. They filled it up and sent me to a tire shop. I honestly did not plan on all this extra curricular activity, but it's 34 and raining in the south. The area was at Defcon 4, meaning get your soup, water, toilet paper and Oreos now or forever hold your peace. The whole time I'm fighting with Boy George. It's so obvious the people actually stop to watch. Some may have been betting that Boy George would win.

The tire shop didn't have many people, so I got quick service. We are down to the price of the tires I want before I could wrangle Boy George into submission. He's cold, wet and mad. I got new tires on the front in under 40 minutes. Not bad at all. For all the regrets of leaving home, I now have new tires and am looking for a heterosexual umbrella.
 

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We dodged an icy bullet with this storm in the Hill Country but my son, 35 miles from here in Austin, has trees down and they've been without power since yesterday afternoon and Austin Energy is going to catch a lot more heat off this storm. And they didn't reschedule their alert/reporting system's planned maintenance of going dark when they knew this was coming. I gotta say, for an energy state, this is one stupid state and just sets themselves up to be ridiculed.

I ventured forth to my local HEB this morning and the carnage was complete, down to all of the eggs gone except for the ones broken in the coolers, they must have been fighting over them but the damned things are expensive. They should not have opened the doors in the state that store was in, I would be embarrassed, it looked liked it has been looted in the produce and cooler section. LOL, there was not a potato in the store. Did these idiots think we were headed to the Great Potato Famine because of some sleet?

We did have 7 deaths caused by this but they were all traffic related, not like the last winter storm when 200 people died and most of them in their homes with no power.
 

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We dodged an icy bullet with this storm in the Hill Country but my son, 35 miles from here in Austin, has trees down and they've been without power since yesterday afternoon and Austin Energy is going to catch a lot more heat off this storm. And they didn't reschedule their alert/reporting system's planned maintenance of going dark when they knew this was coming. I gotta say, for an energy state, this is one stupid state and just sets themselves up to be ridiculed.

I ventured forth to my local HEB this morning and the carnage was complete, down to all of the eggs gone except for the ones broken in the coolers, they must have been fighting over them but the damned things are expensive. They should not have opened the doors in the state that store was in, I would be embarrassed, it looked liked it has been looted in the produce and cooler section. LOL, there was not a potato in the store. Did these idiots think we were headed to the Great Potato Famine because of some sleet?

We did have 7 deaths caused by this but they were all traffic related, not like the last winter storm when 200 people died and most of them in their homes with no power.
Its 2023 and we still have places without the essentials available all the time? Makes my blood boil. That's why I laugh at making everything electric in the North East. Just in general, nothing major, there's going to be a lot of cold and snow. Always. I would not want to get stuck in a jam on the side of the road or home without a little caveman equipment. Fire.
 

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As a former middle school principal, I have heard many a 13 year old misappropriate some dang good curse words. Garrett reminded me of those awkward little teens. They at least had an excuse, :laugh:
I'm a truck driver and an ex-bouncer, and I grew up in North Jersey in a semi white trash family...I can train him in the proper usage and annunciation, or "art" of cussing, for the right price.
 

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As a former middle school principal, I have heard many a 13 year old misappropriate some dang good curse words. Garrett reminded me of those awkward little teens. They at least had an excuse, :laugh:

When I was in 3rd grade, 2 friends of mine and I were passing each other a note during class writing down all the cuss words we knew. Even invented a few.
Well, the teacher intercepted the note and well you could say it was a pick 6. She marched us 3 straight to the principal’s office.
He read the note and looked at the teacher, I’m pretty sure I saw them snicker.
He asked if he should call our parents, we all said no.
We took licks instead. You could hear the KA-POW echoing down the hallway. Which wasn’t uncommon at the time.
Long story short, cussing was greatly reduced in my vocabulary and passing notes was cut down to zero, except the one for the pretty girl in 5th grade. :)
 
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