I'm having trouble concentrating long enough to write a decent blog entry. Taos is in the midst of a total natural gas outage, which has left much of the town without heat, cooking facilities, and hot water. To make it worse, outside temps are mostly below freezing. People are using electric space heaters, but are still cold in their own homes. All of the extra energy use is putting the power grid in danger, and we're all being extra conservative with our consumption. It's scary, and even dangerous, and the general "vibe" in town is edgy, anxious, and even fearful. Still, in a situation like this, Taos is a good place to be.
We're fortunate to have electric everything in our house, and wood heat to keep us warm. We're pretty much unaffected by the gas outage, but we still feel what's going on "out there". Listening to the radio, I'm as proud as ever of our little town, and the folks who live here. Most people are taking it in stride as much as possible, and cooperating to help each other. I've heard people give their phone numbers over the radio, offering extra rooms in their homes to total strangers, and there's a ready list of volunteers who will do anything they can to help, from bringing in fire wood to providing meals, to driving shut-ins wherever they need to go. Local restaurants are offering limited menus when they're able to stay open, and instead of price gouging, they're offering discounts. And emergency shelters are opening all over town.
Feeling warm and abundantly blessed in our own situation, we're wondering what we can do to help. We've put the word out to all our friends that we have a little bit of room for sleepovers, but as long as electricity holds out, and space heaters, of course they'd rather stay in their own homes. But one thing we are able to offer is a hot shower, something that didn't occur to me until last night, when a friend posted on Facebook that she also had no hot water. Well, hot water is flowing like, uh, water here, and I'm happy that three friends so far today have come over to be "guest showerers". It's not much, but it's something.
I imagine most everyone who has something to share here is sharing it, and in true Taos fashion, we're going to get through this. Please send us your warmest, most comforting juju. A lot of people here sure need it. With any luck, gas might start coming back on sometime Monday. Till then, we all gotta stick together. It's warmer that way.