Anybody know how Swingman or Leon faired in the
hurricane ? I believe there are several other
folks on the list from that area.
They both dropped off the grid some time on
It appears that power is problematic in parts
of Houston and Galveston is a mess/disaster.
There is a LOT of very unfortunate folks in that
area right now.
I believe them to be OK. Swing weighed in [via generator] shortly after
the big event and allowed as how he had finally gotten hold of Leon. It
could be that neither has yet to get their power back on or that both are
helping with cleanup and repairs for friends and/or kids and relatives.
As for myself, power is back on here in NW Houston since Tuesday
evening. My loses amount to a single limb of any consequence which missed
the house and the back cedar fence which is 18+ years old anyway and about
to fall down on it's own.
Dave in Houston
No need for something new. The cordless drill with suitable attachments like
the beaters from a mixer should be able to handle your Margarita needs. I'm
guessing in the middle of a flood there isn't much to do except to sit
around and drink alcohol before it floats away.
Leon and my respective families fared well, but Leon's home was still out of
power yesterday ... ours is up and running now. I think a couple of the
others from Houston who post here managed to get out of Dodge before Ike.
To say the least ... power outages are to be expected when the preponderance
of the infrastructure is above ground. Too damn bad local politics and a
false economy keep that "duh" factor intact in a hurricane prone area.
Galveston and surrounding counties are pretty much a mess, but have always
been after hurricanes ... nothing new there, just too many relatively new
folks to the Texas Gulf Coast, with no historical perspective and a
propensity for a quick buck, who can't seem to understand that there are
some places on earth that have no business being populated.
Nonetheless, our sympathy is with them ... a few years back our house
flooded in a tropical storm due to area subsidence and poor building
practices on adjacent lots, so we know the feeling ... it's a monumental
inconvenience that's tougher on the older/poorer citizens. Thank goodness
we've had a cool spell this week ... when the weather turns back to it's
usual seasonal, tropical, hot, humid self, the suffering will get worse.
I managed to get my generator into the hands of someone who needs it, we've
already distributed the ice we managed to keep from melting with the
generator, and the only thing to do is to wait for "business as usual" to
come back ... it always does.
ITMT, I've used a chain saw more in the last three days than in the last 30
... no matter how old you get, there is someone older who can no longer help
themselves. That's OK ... I needed the exercise, and there is a ton of pecan
wood around that's going to make some good BBQ in the coming months.
Thanks for the thoughts!
This is a pretty telling pictorial (amongst a lot of pretty telling
The one of the beachfront at Gilcrest is particularly telling.
Dave in Houston
Glad you boys/girls(all of you) are back and fairly
well. I'm in hurricane country(SE NC) and we have
seen our fair share of that sort of misery.
People that live near the water never seem to accept
the power of nature.
Many of these homes you see in the pictures of devastation on
Bolivar/Rollover Pass and Galveston's West end are also in the "vacation
home", or "second home", category.
Saddest is those of this category that have been turned, by dreams, into
permanent (no pun intended), primary residence "retirement homes" by unwary
transplants to the area who have never been exposed to the fury of a
It's the latter who do elicit most of that smidge of sympathy that can be
generated for the foolish who have no respect for the power of Mother
Nature. In any case, they are all, regardless of lack of judgment, in need
of help and no effort should be spared in that regard. But, and after the
dust/water settles, and were they my kids, I'd smack the crap out of them.
My homeowner's insurance premiums in the years to come will be covering said
foolishness, like it or not.
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