Whoooaw. I am in Houston, it is September and a big ol’ masculine storm named Ike is fixin’ to make landfall on the coast just south of us. While this might be old hat to our hurricane veteran readership from southern Texas, let me assure you, for an Illinois newbie like myself this whole ordeal is pretty amazing. Borrowing from one of the catchiest political slogans ever,
Now, let me follow that up by acknowledging the seriousness of hurricanes. I am not trying to make light of the situation and the potential danger and loss for all those involved. However, at this point I am in Houston, this is the first and potentially only hurricane I will get to experience and I have every intention of enjoying it as best possible.
I am not the only one who is enjoying it either. Today I drove with Shannon and Betty (Shannon’s Mom) to a little town in East Texas to pick up Maw Maw (Shannon’s 80 year old Grandma). Maw Maw is going to weather out the storm with us in Houston, which doesn’t make much sense because it looks like East Texas is going to receive a lighter hit than Houston.
“Are you sure you want to come with us Maw Maw?” I asked her.
“Well, David,” Maw Maw replies back with her wonderful East Texas country drawl “you have to look at it this way: I’m old and this might be the last one I get to see.”
On our way back to Houston we started to observe some of the evacuation crazies. Of course, traffic was nuts. The hour and a half trip going was four returning and we didn’t even get the brunt of it. All major roads out of Houston were backed up like something from my nightmares. Gas stations have been out of control. Those that still have gas are lined up into the streets. Houses and businesses are busy boarding up windows. Foodstuffs are being stockpiled. Grills are being primed in case of power loss. Get ready, cause here Ike comes!
Today we get to sit on the porch and wait for this bad boy to come in. It should slowly gain and gain until it hits sometime after midnight tonight. Look for the Goranimals maskot on the map below to see our approximate location. Until later…