South Texas VS Old Man Winter

In Texas we are still facing a pandemic, COVID-19, but here in South Texas we are now facing the wrath of Old man Winter. Well the whole states is. Starting Friday, February 12 temperatures have dropped and dropped below freezing. Yes, we do see our seasonal half day freeze just about every year, maybe skip a year sometime, but to stay below freezing for longer then a day, that not something most of us are prepared for. Waking up Saturday I think we were just hovering above freezing until the late evening hours. We had some rain and early Sunday morning that rain with temperature falling below freezing cause iceing conditions on freeways. The freeway near my neighborhood, people where evacuated from the cars cause they lost control. Their car left on the overpass until conditions improve to move them. Sunday we were just at freezing until the evening hours when the temperatures drop in the 20s. Around 10pm, old man winter, brought us snow. In South Texas, it doesn’t snow that often, so it a big big deal. Most kids here don’t experience snow unless they go somewhere where it happen so often. The last time it snowed here was three years ago, December 7, 2017. It wasn’t a lot but enough to cover the ground. So on Sunday night from 10pm to 4am Monday morning, it was snowing. The snow was falling fast and it was cold. Nothing compared to what happen here in 2017. We haven’t seen weather like this since 1985 which was the last time we saw a heavy snow fall. I was like 4 years old at the time and still remember it. Monday morning everything was cover with snow and with the sun out, we were able to defrost. I actually did my first, shovel snow off the side walk since it was cover with snow and ice below it. With this wintery weather, it been tough on the power grid, so many people have experience power outage. People having to bundled up cause they had no electrical to run their heaters. I lost power today for about 8 hours only to come back on for me to start typing this post. My family and I were getting our self ready to sleep with no heat until the power came on. I feel lucky cause other people have gone without power for a day, maybe more and some don’t have running water either. Monday evening, all that snow that melted, refroze with temperature dropping again below freeezing. Grocery stores closed early on Monday and Tuesday, today, open later in the day. Just like last year when this pandemic started, there were long lines of people. Longer then what I saw last year when the pandemic was beginning.

As for work, well I didn’t have to report in on Monday nor Today. As of now I don’t have to report in until further notice. At this moment the weather forecast for tonight is freezing raining and another chance of freezing rain with snow Thursday evening. It won’t be until this weekend when temperature will climb into the 60s with sunshine that we can defrost and warm up. I can say we will still be feeling the after effect of old man winter wrath such as water pipes breaking cause by them freezing.

NOTE: I was type this post Tuesday night after our power came back on.  Three hours later, it went off.  So we were without power through out the night until 5am Wednesday morning. That change when the power went out again around 8:15am. It came on again around 1pm, so who knows how long will have power for the rest of the day into the evening.

Discovery Challenge: Flaneur

Flâneur

I would consider myself an observer. No matter where am at, if am alone or with people am always observing everything that around me.

Walking the street of downtown San Antonio, Texas, I blend into the 23449503249_004221f738_b many tourist who roam the street like zombies. Slowly walking, looking lost, some with their eyes on their cell phone, others with their eye wandering around with their hands on their camera. I myself also carrying a camera, but not acting so zombie like, observing my surrounding, looking for that right photographic shot.

99060018My ears and eyes observing as people pass me by running along the riverwalk. Listening to the ducks quaking, listening for the sound of foot steps pounding on the pavement as people walk and run coming from behind me.  My eyes taking notice what people are doing, what they are wearing, whats going on around town that attracts the tourist.  Some stopping to take a selfie, families stopping by to get an ice cone from the small vendors station through out town.

99010018Sometime there will be moments where I talk with a tourist or someone local about what going on around town, or asking for direction.  Other time I’ll get stop and get ask about my camera.  Most time I will stop to take a break from walking and drink water from the water bottle I carry with me.

After a couple of hours walking, I decide it time to return to being a local and catch my bus ride back home. As I wait, I continue observing every walk of life passing by. Listening to the few words the echo my way.  Finally my bus arrive