[Coco] Me and Rita or is it Rita and I?
daveekelly at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 23 16:04:07 EDT 2005
It is eerie out there. Almost scary. Surreal. Like a movie.
Yesterday we could not get out of our community. To describe where I
live. Look at a map of the Houston area. North is Conroe. Northwest is
Hempstead. I live halfway between those two. Six miles south of
Plantersville off of Texas Hwy 1774.
We are not on one of the proscribed evacuation routes. The out bound
traffic was backed up from who knows where south to who know where
north. You could go south all you wanted, but you didn't because you
would never get back. Our neighbor ran off and left his wife. She works
for the Planterville fire department and had to stay on call for
emergencies. About 4 1/2 hours hes back. Made 20 miles and turned
around. Thirty minutes back to the house.
Today I decided to drive around if I could. Hwy 1774 looks normal for a
Friday at 1 o'clock. So I go into town, Magnolia is 6 miles.
Plantersville is a crossroads of 105 and 1774. Magnolia is a town of
1100 in the city limit and 200,000 in the surrounding developments. But
really wild as the coyotes are preying on small pet in one of the
subdivisions and wild pigs are rooting up the flower bed in another.
As I'm driving south on 1774 I think for a while I was still growing up
in west Texas. We had sand storm back in the 50's that would block out
the view of the street from the front of the house. Where they are
building the new high school the dust blowing off of the unfinished
parking lot obscured the highway.
Just passed this new school on the side of the highway is a large oak
tree. Every summer since I moved up here there has been someone parked
under that trees with a pickup load of watermelons. We have a hurricane
coming in and there are cars stopped and people buying melons. On down
the road the quater mile to town.
Here the streets are normal, the parking lots are empty. I don't mean
just a couple of car like on Sunday or at 3 in the morning, I mean
EMPTY. The pharmacy EMPTY. The grocery store EMPTY. McDonalds EMPTY.
Burger King EMPTY. The gas stations, Exxon, Shell, Shamrock, EMPTY and
Go back home where any sane person should be. My daughter and her
husband have a show to do in Austin and the show emailed everyone and
said it would go on rain or shine. So they left this morning. So its
just me and my old tom cat.
Luckily, I am on the clean side of this big wind. I did not get a drop
of rain from the NO blow. I am far enough inland and elevation enough
that it would take tsunimi of epoacal proportions to reach me. About 300
feet above sea level and 120 miles from the gulf. Our greatest concern
here are stray tornados. Most of the tornados will be on the dirty side
of the big wind. NOAA is forcasting 30 mph winds today and 60 mph
tomorrow and 13 the next day. Most of our trees appear to be in midlife
so they should be fairly sturdy. I did move my car to a clearing just
I noticed that some of the other people that live in this community are
also staying. I've got a set of those big dominos for old people, big
spots and easy to hold with old hands. And big enough to not blow
away. Maybe thats what we'll do tomorrow.
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