Hope your new years is starting off better then mine. I awoke sat morning to no water, a foot of snow and the temp minus -22 Then after breakfast, decided to start my truck and get ready for a trip into town. Ign. Key switch snapped inside , so oh well. Fianally this morning after bypassing my key switch, started my truck and let it warm awhile. About 20 minutes or so and headed to town. Guess what, the six miles of dirt as usual weren't bad, but then the pavement was another story. 20 miles of compacted snow turned ice. I just love the county road crews here. No cinders or salt of any kind. Town was just as bad. Iced parking lots , roads and a lot of dark stores. Seems town lost most of its power while my water pipes were all freezing up. But , my wife called the well man, and it seems most of the pipes around this area, including pressure tanks and storage tanks were froze everywhere. At least I have power, heat and lots of food, plus pleanty of ext. gas for the gennies. This is one of the benifits of living off grid. It may be a week before all the pipes all finally thaw, but in town, it may take a little longer. Not to mention, that the two little grocery stores lost quite a bit of milk, ice cream and meat. My freezer and refer never even noticed. We made it up in the mid thirtys today , so it should start thawing soon, I hope. Well, I will sit here in my nice warm house, listening to oldies on my west. station, and play on my computer for awhile. Those on the grid, lets see, no heat for most as they need power for the blowers in their furnaces, no refers, no freeezers, no tv, no computers . Even hair dryers won't work. Am I gloating you ask ? You bet.