that's not the way the state song goes! Well maybe not but it sure feels like it on days like today where OK has pretty much shut down in anticipation of Ice Storm 2010.
As much as I love my home state and I really do I love that I live in a state that embraces the values of a helping hand and if you're stranded in Oklahoma you can almost bet some friendly person is going to help you out. In fact after the Murrah building bombing in 1995 the "Oklahoma Standard" was defined and I believe it truly embodies Oklahoma as a whole.
"The "Oklahoma Standard" was born in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing. In April 1995, Oklahomans dropped everything to assist their friends and neighbors, coworkers and strangers. The response following the blast can only be described as amazing. First responders from across the state and nation converged in downtown Oklahoma City to rescue the living and then honorably recover the victims. Citizens lined up in record numbers to donate blood. Any call for supplies was answered without question or hesitation in overwhelming numbers.
The Oklahoma Standard continues to be the benchmark against which all efforts are measured. It is a high standard we expect to meet and Oklahomans are always up to the challenge." -taken from Oklahoma's Homeland Security website.
So like I said I love my home state. I don't love the ice we get in the winters. People from cold winter states might mock me and 12 foot of snow is one thing to deal with it but until you've driven with 1-2 inches of solid ice under your tires you just don't understand why we Okies tend to freak out at the thought of ice.
So as I write this I'm sitting at work anxiously watching the weather to make sure I'll be able to get home tonight and I'm praying that the ice isn't so thick that half the state loses power, I'm watching the school closings scroll on the weather websites and just hoping maybe just maybe the weathermen are over estimating this storm.
So if you have a few extra minutes in your day say a prayer for Oklahoma that we're able to weather this storm with as little problem as possible.