Ice Storm Blues


Ice Storm Blues Thanksgiving 2015
Oh, the ice coming down on my trees
Oh, the ice coming down on my trees
And I'm begging the clouds, fists in a squeeze
Don't take my branches, please--from "Ice Storm Blues Thanksgiving 2015"

As a longtime Oklahoman who has been through a few severe weather events here through the years, I think I'm due a generalization now and again.

So here it is: I don't think ice storms, like the one we just experienced here over the weekend, get the psychological or cultural attention they deserve. Specifically, I mean people tend to dismiss the impact such storms have on the mental health of people here and local media outlets don't give the damage and discomfort inflicted on property and lives adequate coverage.

What we just experienced here, for thousands of people, was simply awful. Thousands of people went without power over a holiday weekend. I'm sitting here writing this sentence, for example, in a house without power. People lost a huge number of decorative and practical trees that gave shade or provided fruit. Even worse, some people's homes and cars and other property were damaged and some lives were lost in accidents.

My home in central Oklahoma was without power on and off Saturday morning through Sunday evening. I lost two trees, and the cost to chop them up and cart them away, along with all the other tree limb damage at my house, will probably run into the hundreds, for sure, if not more than a thousand dollars. It's alway nice to get a $1,000 unexpected bill with Christmas coming up. I'm not asking anyone to cry me a river because I was really one of the lucky ones in my neighborhood, but, see, that's my point. Just grimace, endure it and be grateful. I don't think that's a healthy attitude yet that's how I believe we're all pressured to respond here after ice storms when compared to other severe weather events, such as tornadoes.

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