• Is the flow of information something like this? Centers for Disease Control makes educated guess -> Water company and state government not too sure either -> Health department just going by what those other guys say -> Public sees Tanker Plant Boss evading questions and sipping bottled water -> Public intensely wishes Amazon would hurry up with drone technology for 300,000 air drops of Dasani.
• Yeah, I'm not drinking the water for a long time. But when will I feel OK using it to brush my teeth or to rinse the lettuce?
• If you are a student who was off for Christmas break and then for the polar vortex and then for the Aquapocalypse and then for Martin Luther King Jr. Day - if you've only been to school a couple of days in a month - how much cumulative learning loss is that? Can we rationalize that this is a life lesson? - Or is the real lesson that if your community's water supply is tainted you can stay in your PJs and play Minecraft?
But there are things we do know, and those give us some hope.
• Did you see when that Water Tank Boss made his only public appearance and tried to stop answering questions almost right away and Kallie Cart of WCHS, 8 months pregnant, told him he wasn't going anywhere? Yeah, you don't mess with a pregnant woman who hasn't had a shower.
• Kallie and all - there was not one representative of the local media who let this community down. I'm talking TV, radio, newspapers, everybody. Good job guys.
• The night this all hit, I got pretty worried about us. I was seeing pictures of people LOADING UP on bottled water and I was worried that West Virginians had become them - water looters and emergency supply bandits.
Just a few hours in, though, we collected our cool. People were checking on relatives, friends and neighbors. Water deliveries were organized. Showers, laundry, meals and water were offered in zones that were safe.
It's been a mess, but the kindness and generosity on display again makes you proud to be a West Virginian. That's what I know.
Brad McElhinny is editor and publisher of the Daily Mail. Contact him at bra...@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5124. Follow him on Twitter @BradMcElhinny.