I came to the harsh realization today that Charleston, SC may not be the best place for me to live. Sure, it’s been voted USA’s No. 1 City for the 3rd year in a row but I think people are missing the big picture.
Most people visit Charleston and see our history, the beautiful beaches, the wonder that is downtown, etc. Most people don’t see Charleston at its worst. Most people don’t see Charleston when disaster strikes.
World, let it be known that we are not exactly well prepared when faced with an emergency. You do not want to be here when something big happens (e.g. the zombie apocalypse).
One of the big draws to Charleston is its weather. Our seasons are essentially varying degrees of warmth. When winter comes, we don’t fret. We know that we will still be having 70 degree days in the middle of January.
However, every once in a while, Old Man Winter decides to pay us a visit and Charleston goes absolutely apeshit.
This occurred today, in case you were curious. We’ve been warned for a few days now that our mild temperatures would drop to a crazy low (for us) in just a few hours time on Monday. Yesterday, I went into work wearing a sleeveless top but left wearing the biggest coat I could find, a scarf, and some adorable mittens. I watched the thermometer throughout the evening as it dropped into the 40s and then into the 30s.
There was no threat of rain. There was no threat of snow. It was just going to be cold. We can deal with that, right? RIGHT?
Before the temperature had even dropped into the 30s, the school districts in our county issued a delay.
Yep! Students got to sleep in an extra 2-3 hours because their parents don’t know how to put them in a fucking sweater! I couldn’t believe it.
I didn’t grow up in the North. I’m used to milder temperatures. However, I never got out of going to school because it may be slightly cold outside. Let’s also point out the fact that the temperature only dropped down to 18 degrees. Yeah, it’s cold, but it’s not “I’m going to freeze my nips off just by stepping outside cold.” Calm down, Charleston.
I haven’t even got to the worst part yet. I was one of the lucky ones that woke up this morning with power and water. Over 35,000 of my fellow Charleston residents were not so lucky. There was no ice, no snow, no heavy wind, to disrupt the power.
It just got cold. That’s it.
So in order to rectify the situation and prevent our power plants from imploding, SCE&G had to implement rolling blackouts today.
Because it got a little nippy outside. In January.
Perhaps if people wouldn’t crank up their heat to 80 degrees, thereby causing our electric system to lose part of its generating capacity, we wouldn’t have that problem but the stupidity of my fellow southerners shall be saved for another post.
So you see, Charleston is screwed if we’re ever faced with a real catastrophe. What will happen when the next hurricane hits? What about that massive earthquake everyone keeps warning us about? The zombies shouldn’t even come to Charleston as there are zero brains to feed on in this city!
I guess it’s time to leave Charleston and head somewhere safer (and a little more prepared). Any suggestions?
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