Here in Tulsa our priorities have changed just slightly this week.
I am beginning to value such things as floor furnaces, gas hot water heaters without electric ignition, kerosene lanterns, and candles.
As generators hum around town, I am concerned about my neighbors who are cold. They have electric stoves rather than gas stoves -- which when lit give off some heat as long as you vent the room -- they do not have fireplaces. The next house has such things and the occupants can stay warm.
I have to say that this has been an equal opportunity power outage. In Broken Arrow, both of our Wal-Mart Supercenters were closed for three or four days while the shops on Main Street could not keep their doors open.
Restaurants that have been open have been doing a turn-away business with lines out the doors. Those restaurants without electricity or emergency power have had to throw away spoiled food and wonder if they will even have a business after Christmas.
My daughter-in law-Christan is 9-months pregnant and very ready to have a baby. I worry about her incessantly.
Life is simple here. We appreciate our blessings and are watching out for each other.
Debbie Durkee, CRS, ABR, CDPE, CHMS, CNHS, e-PRO, Green, GRI, REOS, SRES
1768 S. Utica Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74104