The TX Freeze Wasn't Funny; Yet People Laugh At Me

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

 

The 2021 Texas Freeze and power outage was nothing to laugh about and it will be remembered as the storm of the century. Many people lost their lives and the estimate of property damages hasn't been tallied. So why do people laugh at me when I tell them I woke up freezing and realized my bed froze? The truth is, I woke up at 2:00 a.m. after going to bed on Valentine's Day. My bed was cold and hard as stone. I couldn't stop shivering. Once power was restored on Thursday evening, I told those closest to me what happened. They laughed at me about my mattress freezing.

 

           "Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith."

                                                  ---Steve Jobs

 

I've come to realize many people don't understand me.  Perhaps that is why I cling to faith as if my life depends on it. Because the truth is, it does! One book and movie that made a lasting impression on me was "To Kill A Mocking Bird." I always liked old movies that starred Gregory Peck because he seemed to have what I needed most in my life to get me through the tough times when others laughed, harshly disagreed, and caused me to feel shame. He inspired me to have faith in me. 

 

          "Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and

                                 perspective in life." ---Gregory Peck

 

"Ya Gotta Problem With Dat..." was an AR post written by Michael Jacobs. I love reading literature and AR blogs of interest that gives me inspiration. The article Michael mentioned, "comparing reactions to certain issues," really is like looking at problems in "the rear-view-mirror."

 

         "Our job is only to hold up the mirror - to tell and show the pubic

    what has happened." ---Walter Cronkite (American Broadcast Journalist)  

 

In reference to the power outage that spanned the state of Texas, when I think about comparing and contrasting current issues that fundamentally changed in a TX minute, unless I was the one in total control and I had something to do with the mission, objective, or participated in the strategy that caused the outage (which I'm not), I don't know how mentally prepared I could have been to circumvent the situation. Nor could I have known at the time I purchased the gel infused memory foam mattress one hot summer day a few years ago, that the mattress I bought was "liable to freeze when exposed to moisture and temperatures below 32 degrees F (0 degrees C)." Nor did I know that when the temperatures dipped that low, "moisture will be circulating through the air," and that's the reason why it becomes hard as stone if left in a freezing environment." I would like to think an alarm went off in my head (just in time) and woke me up; perhaps I was saved by faith, unlike the poor child, the 11-year-old boy from Conroe, Texas who went to sleep and never woke up because his little body succumbed to hypothermia.

 

      "Be prepared.... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare

          himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any

             accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.

                                          ---Robert Baden-Powell 

 

In conclusion, every unexpected situation we find ourselves in, in which we have no control is a battlefield in which 80% may suffer and some will survive. Others, will continue to make money making unsafe products or neglecting to make safety a top priority. The sad truth is, sometimes it takes a tragedy to make successful changes. Unfortunately, someone always pays the price. Consumer reviews, warnings, honest advertising, and listening to the smallest voices may have a stronger impact on who survives---Patricia Feager

 

                 

                            "To the the brains of our predecessors, we owe

                            all of our inheritance of civilization and culture."

                                                ---John Eccles   

 

This post is dedicated to Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 who mentioned on several occasions for me to turn my comments into a blog post. Today I had the courage to do it.          

 

 

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Comments (48)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in MN was never dull, I'm sure of that! Coming from the Midwest, Chicago, I always thought of icicles as frozen popcicles that glistened in sunshine, dripping like silver glass. We didn't dodge the weather, did we? 

Thanks for your good thoughts, especially about perseverance. It's all about not being defeated. I never once had a pity party. Time well spent could and should be under all types of circumstances. Thank you. 

Feb 21, 2021 01:00 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - if I had to choose between power and heat, I'd choose heat to stay warm. Being as cold as I was gave me terrific headaches and many moments of brain fog. Rather than wish for a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate, all I wanted was a warm hat on my head. I discovered just as hard as it is to begin a draft for writing about a topic I'm not familiar with, so is the feeling of a constant draft of cold air that doesn't ignite fuel to the rest of my body. Clearly. I couldn't think clearly.

Instead of celebrating, I've noticed finger pointing already began and the mounds of lies replaced the piles of snow. It's rather scandalous, don't you think? Everyone should be cautious how we interpret what is being said in the media, especially social media, which is never really social, is it? The contemporary experiences (new to us) confirms our caution in how we interpret history in the making. 

I do agree memories fade and some become fabricated. We need to defeat propaganda. 

 

Feb 21, 2021 01:15 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Barbara Todaro - Only time will tell how well we fared. Historians will be studying Texas for years to come. I'm sure there will be close investigations on ERCOT and the Grid! Lawsuits have already been filed. As of yesterday, it was reported a $100M lawsuit for the child that froze to death. Operators have been sued too. I haven't been able to watch the news to see the horrifying pictures. We really are living out day-by-day drama and tragedy. Ironically we still are living behind masks. Is this a dress rehearsal for a 17th Century Masquerade Ball? Can we recover? For the sake of humanity and the future generations, we must.  

Feb 21, 2021 01:29 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thanks, Ed Silva for your caring and concern. If you click on the blue words in quotes, "liable to freeze..." above in my blog post, you can read about the mattress and how/why they can freeze. 

Feb 21, 2021 01:31 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lise Howe - As mentioned above, if you click on the blue words in quotes, "liable to freeze..." in the context from my blog post, you can read about the mattress and the reason why it can freeze. I hate to say this, when I woke up and felt like I was on top of stone, for a flash second, I wondered if I was dead. 

Feb 21, 2021 01:34 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat Palmiotti - We live and we learn! You can read about the mattress if you click on the blue text in quotes paragraph 4 (minus the quotes). When it's hot, hot, hot in Texas, it's a great idea. It really shouldn't be sold if temperatures plunge as low as we got - but then again, as long as I've been here, I would not know that. 

I think I learned a powerful lesson. The opportunity, however, great, or perfect it seems for whatever reason seems logical at the time, has no real efficacy unless tested and proven safe.  I just checked the tag that begins with "Under Penalty of Law This Tag Not to Be Removed Except by the Consumer," and there is no warning. It really, truly was a shock!

I'm not personally offended by anyone laughing. Sometimes when people hear something that odd, laughter comes out automatically and not intended to be funny. 

It's always good to hear from you! 

Feb 21, 2021 01:50 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I just looked online at one of our local furniture stores and checked out the ads for gel mattresses. It doesn't indicate anywhere that there is a danger of the mattress freezing if it gets cold enough. Interesting.

Feb 21, 2021 02:11 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - very interesting indeed! In a state like Montana where the likelihood of temperatures plummeting below zero is greater than where I live, you would think.... you would only hope consumer protection would be noted in advertising. 

Feb 21, 2021 03:08 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander and Carol Williams - as a reminder, I can't authorize (per my Broker) any reblogs. I do appreciate the suggestion!

Feb 21, 2021 01:52 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP and Carol Williams hi Patricia... all Carol does is provide a link to your post. Does that count as a reblog?

Feb 21, 2021 02:02 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander - yes it does. 

Feb 21, 2021 02:05 PM
Carol Williams

No worries, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP . I am well aware of that restriction. I "liked Nina Hollander's comment to acknowledge I had seen it.  That was a crazy experience with your gel bed.

Feb 21, 2021 02:20 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Carol Williams - thank you for understanding. I'll say it was crazy!!! Surreal! Take care and thanks for the comment. 

Feb 21, 2021 11:33 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia there is nothing anyone can do to prepare themselves for the conditions people in Texas are experiencing right now.  Even with a whole house generator, there would still be the lack of fresh water, and other issues.  Thankfully you are safe, and never go through anything like this again.

Feb 21, 2021 01:53 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - Thank you for having the courage to read something you normally would close your eyes and shut your ears too. Broken pipes causes serious damage. I hope your friend in Conroe will get the best people to fix her pipes without gauging her for excessive repairs. 

As the world turns from year to year, it sure does seem to get more complicated! Let their be love, faith, joy, and charity. Take care, my friend. 

Feb 21, 2021 01:55 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia there is nothing anyone can do to prepare themselves for the conditions people in Texas are experiencing right now.  Even with a whole house generator, there would still be the lack of fresh water, and other issues.  Thankfully you are safe, and never go through anything like this again.

Feb 21, 2021 01:58 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

George Souto - you have no idea how comforting it was to read your comment. I shall brace myself for increased costs for electricity, home, and property insurance. We must be mindful that inconveniences, struggles, and challenges are never easy. Is it even possible for anyone on earth to live with continuous fortune and not adversity? I don't think so. 

"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible." ---Thomas Aquinas

Feb 21, 2021 02:03 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That is quite a story, Patricia, and just one part of a major ordeal to have to cope with. It's all been pretty shocking to read about, and far worse for everyone in Texas who had to suffer throught this severe storm coupled with the lack of electricity, etc. So glad you are safe.

It was wonderful to hear some of the stories about people helping each other out as they could...disasters seem to bring out the kindness and thoughtfulness!

Jeff

Feb 21, 2021 05:18 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Patricia,

I am sorry to hear that, I could not imagine waking up in a frozen bed, definitely not a laughing matter.  Hopefully the sun will shine soon, sending postive thoughts and prayers. Take care.

Feb 21, 2021 07:14 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - When it comes to lending a helping hand, Texans aren't shy and they seem to know exactly what to do. We just power through whatever is thrown our way. Kindness mixed with Texan Pride makes the job easier too. 

Thank you for being generous with your comment too!

Feb 21, 2021 11:37 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Steve Higgins - The last thing I expected was to wake up cold on a bed that felt as if someone swapped the mattress as a prank. No. It was not a laughing matter. The sun did come out on Sunday and the furnace is running. I'll tell you, it was no fun being without heat. 

Thank you, Steve for your positive thoughts and prayers. That meant a lot to me. 

Feb 21, 2021 11:40 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is my first lesson on mattresses that freeze. Many of us are now taking some extra steps of preparation after reading many Texas stories.

Take good care of yourself.

Feb 22, 2021 05:26 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - Taking extra steps to prepare for power outages, no water, etc., is very helpful. It was my first lesson on a frozen gel mattress too! May you take care of yourselves too!

Feb 22, 2021 08:49 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Patricia,

I could not imagine how you were or are feeling I am sure it is not a very good feeling for you and your fellow Texans. I am glad the sun is shining for you all now. I hope you don't end up with one of those crazy power bills, talk about adding insult to injury! You are welcome.

Feb 22, 2021 06:15 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Steve Higgins - I ventured out to the store to get groceries yesterday afternoon. We are in short supply of food. Meat counters were mostly empty. What food was available was marked up, i.e., six small water bottles now $7.99. I moved on to other stores and noticed Gas prices are soaring like crazy in every local city I traveled in! I do worry about the utility bill. Expecting more bad weather coming this way. I am thankful for the sunshine! I am thankful for good and caring neighbors who are helping each other. I am counting my blessings and not afraid to print the truth about Texas.  

Feb 23, 2021 07:27 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Wow Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

First thing I thought of was did you have a water bed. Never thought about a memory foam gel-filled mattress!! So thankful the Holy Spirit woke you up!

 

Where did people like Walter go?

  "Our job is only to hold up the mirror - to tell and show the pubic what has happened." ---Walter Cronkite (American Broadcast Journalist) 

Feb 23, 2021 07:41 AM

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