Gadfly Checks In Post-Ike
I AM ALIVE AND WELL ON PLANET EARTH> if anybody is interested. I damned sure ain't in Houston! Us oldtimers to the Gulf Coast might ride out a Cat 1 hurricane if we refuge in a solid, well constructed building AND are fairly well inland. We weigh the risks and the positives - how well built the building, how far inland, how much the storm will weaken that distance from the coast,etc. and all things considered, might ride out a Cat 2. But anybody with a grain of sense and one brain cell working will run like a turkey from a Cat 3 or 4. And only a total, stomped idiot will try to ride out ANY hurricane right on the coast!
Like those thousands of idiotic damned fools that stayed on Galveston and other coastal cities during Ike's arrival. Then started squalling for help when the water rose up to their necks. Ass hats! The mayor did right when she warned the citizens that all rescue work would CEASE at 9 P.M. And they were warned that to stay was DEATH!
They chose to stay and are lucky so few actually died. Rescuers risk their own lives to save people who innocently or through foolishness find themselves in peril. But when idiots deliberately CHOOSE to face death, WHY should our heroic, sacrificing rescue people die right along with them? I feel sorry for the idiots and that they suffered such terror but it serves them right. I betcha NEXT time they'll pay attention to the authorities.
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Lesson: DON"T F**K WITH MOTHER NATURE!! SHE'LL KICK YOUR ASS EVERY TIME! She holds the high cards with hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, rogue waves, land slides, etc.. But we have fair warning about hurricanes and can rabbit when one is coming. Get the hell out of Dodge!
This old woman ran and so did old Worried. I managed to get through to her cell phone (Finally - land lines and cell phones were basically down for days - spotty reception and overloads) and she's fine, although still no power nor water etc. where she's holed up. Her son set up a generator and they're ok - lights, TV, fridge, freezer, fans - but no stove or computer, ofcourse. They're cooking on a camp stove. Fairly comfy compared to a lot of people. Minimal wind and water damage to property.
I have a lotta friends in lots of places. Stopped off at one bunch who were hosting other runners and they were having a bash. Stayed awhile then moved on. Some asshat got friskyand I wasn't but I just left instead of punching him in the snozz. Went a little further north/northwest to refuge with an old friend of mine. Old friends are the best, comfortable as an old pair of house slippers. Oh Yeah!!
Might be back in a week or two.
P.S. Thanks, Granny, for thinking about us.