It started around 2am last night. It was after I was done streaming, and after I had put away two episodes of Top Chef season 4. I was in my work group chat and people were wondering about road conditions. Then it started. At first I thought it was ice, but no, it was snow. Then I got a Weather Channel notification on my phone warning me of a snowstorm. Oh, boy!
I woke up at 9am and looked outside, and holy crap, it snowed! Granted, this is a light dusting compared to what other places get, but holy crap, it snowed! It looks like I am going to spend today indoors, watching Svengoolie episodes I have backlogged, and waiting for the NXT Takeover show to begin.
I do have to say, though, snow is a lot different as an adult than it was when I was a kid. As a kid it snowed so few times that I really enjoyed running outside and making a snowman. I do have a photo in the archives of a snowman I once made. It was fun. I remember I put my dad's welding helmet on it and took photos. The last time it snowed (a light dusting), my sister-in-law sent me a photo of my niece and nephew playing with the snow and throwing snowballs. I bet today those kids are gonna run outside and have so much fun. I can't wait for their pictures. And now it's off to the land of hot cocoa and television. This is how I celebrate snow days as a grown up!
I watched a lot of Nick at Nite as a kid. Thus, a lot of what WandaVision seemed to be promising interested me... until it didn't. I was ready to turn off the show after episode one, because it was an exact duplicate of like The Donna Reed Show, or The Dick Van Dyke Show. The episode had one weird thing happen, and then nothing. It's what I thought I wanted originally, but then quickly realized that I didn't want this after all. "It has a very David Lynchian feel." I guess I'm not cultured enough to get it, but I really can't stand any of Lynch's work. I tried to sit through Twin Peaks, but I honestly thought it was supremely unwatchable. Don't even get me started on Eraserhead.
I was at the grocery store today picking up some essentials for when we get destroyed by the snow, and I saw this sign on a Coinstar machine. I found this very interesting because all we've been hearing lately is how Bitcoin is on its way out. I know some stores and restaurants accept Bitcoin, but its actual uses in the real world are extremely limited. Heck, services like PayPal are barely just now being accepted at retailers; It's gonna take a long time for any practical business to embrace Bitcoin as a whole, and not just treat it as some gimmick.
Snow will be upon us in two days. The cold weather has already impacted all of us here, as a major freeway was shut down because of a terrible pileup involving about 130 vehicles yesterday. Luckily, no one I know was on at the time. This occurred by the exit nearest to my house. Yikes! I don't know how much blame there is to go around, but I did hear reports that the roads were not salted overnight, something TXDot is very capable of. We'll see how this all shakes out in the coming days.
People are panic buying at the grocery store, grabbing tons of essentials off the shelves. I was at the store, but I only bought what I needed for two days. Some people are just insane. Stuff like this is what causes supply chain shortages, and what leads horrible people to sell toilet paper and hand sanitizer on eBay.
I will say that this behavior also happened the last time we experienced winter weather. It was maybe 2013-2014, an event known locally as Snowpocalypse. I walked to the store and the shelves were bare of water and toiletries. I think that was the first time I experienced that panic buying phenomenon as an adult. The ice and snow got really bad, and I remember seeing a Facebook video of my neighbor trying to walk to the store, and him tiptoeing on the sidewalk because of ice. It was insanity. The optimist in me hopes this people learn to adapt to this cold weather, but people don't change. I bet you I'll still see idiots flying down the street at crazy speeds. To quote Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "I weep for the future."