Well I’ve had big plans the past week to read my tail off and post my tail off… Obviously that has not happened. Don’t worry I have excuses, excuses.
They start with the weather. Due to some predicted snow and – temperatures and an hour commute, I had a sleepover with some coworkers last week. We spent a lot of time watching Friends and playing Quiz Up (download it if you have an iPhone) and I did very little time reading.
Just as I was getting home and settled, well we had a little bit of a problem in the Kanawha Valley. If you have been under a rock the past week, here’s a little catching up: In Charleston, WV on Thursday, there was a chemical leak into the Elk River. A state of emergency was declared for 9 counties and certain water customers in all of those counties were put on a “do not use” water order. No drinking. No washing. Nothing. No boiling… it won’t help. It’s kind of been a HUGE DEAL! We are going on 6 days and hundreds of thousands of residents can’t bathe or drink water or brush their teeth or wash their clothes. (I live about 50 miles away from the leak, so I was not affected).
Good ole’ West Virginia has made national headlines … hence the NBC and CNN pictures above. Oh and I threw one in from my station for good measure. PS – That’s our Governor waiting to be interviewed. It’s been quite the week.
You can only imagine what it’s like working at a news station when there’s a water crisis. Being without power, well that’s unfortunate. But being without water…. that’s just unbearable. All hands have been on deck to cover the water crisis, so reading was put on the backburner.
Now good news, I did finish The Widow File by West Virginia author SG Redling this week and attended her book launch party tonight. A post about it will be up soon.
Now to ironic news, the last SG Redling book I read was called Flowertown and was about a chemical leak that led to an entire town being quarantined. Can you say prophetic? Luckily the West Virginia spill isn’t quite as bad. There have been some hospitalizations, but no serious patients. And the water is slowly coming back on to customers, so hopefully things will slow down and I’ll get back to reading and blogging.