May 14th, 2021

Survey group

I just got my Amazon gift card for $35.  Actually they sent me a redeemable code.  Good as cash.  The gig was an hour and a half answering really awkwardly worded questions and scenarios about Texas electrical companies.  Texas has this weird hybrid of electrical companies.  The state is deregulated (nun o that regulation stuff here, by god) but much of it is grandfathered into coops that are inviolate.  The many, many fly by night sellers of electricity are prohibited from acquiring customers from any region that is within the coop.  As long as we've been here we have been in a coop, the same one all along.  We get electricity.  It is almost always on, very few outages.  And there is never a billing surprise.  The board that runs it prepares for contingencies and like an insurance mutual has emergency funds to cover.... emergencies.  There was no change during the recent power crash when some companies ran up their charges to cover their cost.  We had fairly predictable rolling blackouts and had enough electricity to get by in some comfort.  I was really pleased and very happy to be in a coop.

So this group grope was clearly paid for by companies trying to figure out some new marketing angles after the fall.  The group was very leery of the independent companies and tired of the 'specials' and the 'deals' that they had.  Everyone just wants calm, secure, predictable electricity and reasonable, predictable pricing.

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Texas in the wild

I went to HEB for a couple of things.  Can dog food to mix with the dry (aka — my dogs are incredibly spoiled and want their food mixed just right) and some sandwich meat and OJ.  Hardly worth the trip but the dogs insisted.  

HEB still had their big sign over the door that masks were required.  There were three people in the store without masks.  They all three seemed like vaccine kind of people.  The mask checker was not on the door so I think they are not enforcing it any longer.  But all the HEB worker bees had masks.  

Weirdly HEB did not go for the obvious marketing ploy of making masks for their workers with HEB slogan on them.  I'm always surprised when I go there as it seems an obvious good will marketing thing.  Give the employees half a dozen high quality HEB masks each with instructions of how to wash them.  They have HEB t-shirts.  

Regardless.  I was masked and happily content to be in a big open space with a couple of vaccine shots in my body.  No more worries.

It's over 80 degrees now so no more outside, thank you very much.