The point I am trying to make is that 98% of the news coverage is more of a
holiday for the reporters to play at the beach. They really are not being
of any help at all. Only the announcement by city officials are of any
value. And as I stated in another response, the local government only wants
those in certain zip codes to evacuate and for every one else to stay in
place to make room on the roads for the those that need to evacuate. It
would be impossible for every one in the Houston Metro area to flee Ike,
that was proven with disastrous results 3 years ago with Rita.
lmao. I know what you are saying. they make it realy hard to believe
them! If you are at least 30 feet above sea level there probly isnt
much to worry about exept wind and rain. I just hope the oil rigs and
refineries come through all this in good shape. our gas here in N.C.
has gone up over 50 cents a gallon in the lest 3 days! We are over 4
bucks a gallon in some places again! It's all bullshit! IF stuff gets
destroyed THEN we should see the rising prices. NOT NOW!!! anyway our
thoughts are with you folks down there and hope all goes well. KEEP UR
HEAD DOWN!!! :- ]
Gas went up 13 cents a litre here in Toronto, Ontario Canada last night,
which is just shy of 50 cents a US gallon. We have our own gas and oil,
and are a major exporter to the US, go figure.
I just can't understand it.
That raises the price to $CAN 1.366/litre you do the math, and check my
numbers but I calculate that translates to about $5.50 /gallon in US$ for
regular. Forget bending over, I am getting used to a butt plug.
We have several levels of governament applying sales taxes, and excise taxes
on the price of gas, of course they are percentage based, more money into
the government coffers.....yippeee.
Exporter of oil, yes, but are all your refined products domestic?
(I didn't think so, but not sure...)
But even if so, a reduction in US supply of even relatively short
duration will increase demand on Canadian supplies as well as the rest
of the refined markets.
I didn't word the question quite right, sorry. :)
What percentage of gasoline is refined domestically?
Because demand has already gone up (all those refugees and
hunkerers-down all filled up and are stocking up for the duration) and
the refineries in the US in the path have already been shut down for
several days. Also don't forget all the millions like me who farms and
others w/ businesses large and small and simply the commuters who also
filled up/stocked up in anticipation in order to beat the inevitable
spike and, in my case, to ensure not running short during a critical
field work season. I contributed to that as I bought an additional 1000
gal of diesel a month earlier than otherwise would have myself as well
as filling all the trucks and the 40 gal transport gasoline tank--that
was about 200 gal of gasoline there. I'm just one guy 800 miles away;
how many millions are in the direct line doing similar?
There's essentially no barrel/tank in the supply line; it's a pipe so
when the feed tap is squeezed, the outflow goes down almost instantaneously.
The remnants of Gustav blew through here, got a bit breezy and a few
showers, they are predicting Ike will come here by the end of the weekend,
guess it is going to speed up, but it will just be a late summer storm, who
I think a majority of Houston is probably as high up as my home or in the
vicinity. My home is 81' above sea level.
Rising gas prices with no immediate reason is price gouging. Prices went up
a couple of cents with Gustov and so far this storm is looking like a non
event wind wise. It is now 5:30 and so far no rain or any wind to speak of
in SW Houston. The eye is acutely 90 miles across and the center is about
120 miles from Galveston. So far they are not getting any winds that are
much more than normal coastal winds although the surf is certainly up.
20 -40 mph. Buoy markers near the eye have indicated winds of less than 60
mph. I am seriously wondering if we will get any rain at all at this point.
Except for the areas that were expected to flood and the areas that flood
during a heavy rain I think we are going to end up dodging the a minor
Thank you for the thoughts.
Don't see how you can possibly expect to not get the rain bands when it
gets there--it's still 100 miles away or so at the moment w/ the rain
just now (6PM CDT) approaching Galveston at least according to Houston
Come midnight to 2AM time frame it'll probably be a pretty good blow but
sustained would be pretty likely to not make 100mph it would appear--a
good KS t-storm except it'll take longer to get by.
Keep your head down... :)
I can already see the commercials from "The Texas Hammer" next week: "If you
listened to their advice and stayed put and got hurt, call 1 800- ..."
FYI: Finally got my generator started this morning ... and it runs the
margarita machine just fine!
Nuff said! :)
DAMN!!! that sounds like a winner! too bad all flights have been
canceled! I havent been to a hurricane party in quite a while! as soon
as the power comes back y'all let us know your ok. oh and um....
stock up on ice. them margaritas aint worth a damn HOT.............
Margaritas? You must be in a high class area. Around Buffalo, for our
weather emergencies, it's a "six pack".
"As Mayor, Griffin was known for his outspoken personality and sometimes
blunt comments. In one of his first statements as mayor, he recommended
Buffalo residents respond to the Blizzard of 1977 and "go home, watch
channel 7 and buy a six pack of "Genny" (A beer brand from High Falls
Brewing Company in Rochester, NY) and stay home."
No ... just no such thing as a low class coon ass, cher! :)
And with that in mind, I cooked up a big pot of rice this morning. Because
it'll keep without refrigeration for a few days and it goes good, in a
pinch, with canned things heated on a gas burner, like chile, or beans, or
both, especially if you season it right.
My big 2 quart thermos is already nestled in the freezer ... full of a 1/2
gallon of frozen margarita's, the first batch for emergency only ... and
I've got the blender full with another batch in there also, for tonight, for
After all, first things first ... no good coonass will face danger without
cooking something up, and, of course, having necessary libations prepared in
advance alleviates any tedious, unnecessary suffering.
That'll hold me 'til the eye passes over ... then the generator thing can
I just have to say this Swingman. You know how to handle these
civil/weather emergencies with style!
But I would also comment that you are doing a number of things that your
neighbors are not. Good things, sensible things, Things that will feed you,
etc. You have even planned for some medicinal drinks!
And most importantly, you are doing so with a sense of humor. Good on ya'
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