There are over 90,000 homes in Oklahoma that are without power this morning due to the largest ice storm to hit the area in six years. Dorothy and I are comfy and cozy in our home, our electric power still intact. If we lose power we can still light the kitchen stove burners which use propane, and we also have a kerosene space heater. There is another wave of freezing rain on the way and the temperatures are going to continue to drop to a low of 3 degrees by Wednesday morning.
We've been watching old western movies to pass the time. One channel ran an all day showing of the old "Three Mesquiteers" films starring John Wayne, Ray "Crash" Corrigan, and Alibi Terhune. When I was a kid those cowboys were my heroes. With my own toy gun, holster and hat I tried to imitate the way their gunbelt hung low to one side with bullets displayed around the belt. Of course they wore the required white hat of the good guy, with a kerchief around the neck with the knot off to one side. Although they spent their time chasing after bank robbers and rustlers instead of driving cattle, they still wore spurs on their boots that jingled when they walked. Their horses were magnificent steeds, their harnesses and bridles studded with silver conchos. I still love to watch those old fashioned heroes who stand out in stark contrast to the modern anti-hero who is usually a brooding social outcast who triumphs over evil using unlawful and unethical means (James Bond, Dirty Harry for instance).