The entire country is getting slammed with an arctic blast this week.
Millions upon millions of people are without power from the Canadian border all the way down to Texas. Places that rarely get snow are seeing 5 to 10 inches this week. I feel bad for all of the people freezing in their houses with electricity or running water. It’s a major catastrophe and there is no telling how many people will be dead by the weekend, as grim as that sounds. Some people are flocking to whatever few local businesses actually have electricity. Many cities are seeing outages in every borough. This makes it nearly impossible for a lot of people to get any kind of heat, even if they leave their house. My house is still without power, but we’ve been told that it’s due to down power lines. While we wait for the electrical company to restore power, we’ve been flocking to local businesses during the day to get a tiny bit of respite. There are many stores and businesses with electricity, but not all of them have their heat on high. After visiting the library, post office, grocery store, shopping mall, and several local restaurants, by far the warmest business is the coffee shop about a block away from my house. They are using their radiant flooring to the max. They keep the heat coming from the radiant floors up to 75 degrees or higher. This resulted in an increase in traffic and revenue for the little coffee shop. The additional profits easily cover the increased heating costs for the tiny cafe.