All the updates that I posted during the onslaught of Rita have now been archived under MY NEWS.
This is a funny letter. Lots of good points… obviously needs to be taken in context, but made me giggle!
From Bill Maher:
Seriously, Mr. President, this job can’t be fun for you anymore. There’s no more money to spend. You used up all of that. You can’t start another war because you also used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people.
Listen to your mom. The cupboard’s bare, the credit card’s maxed out, and no one is speaking to you: mission accomplished! Now it’s time to do what you’ve always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service. And the oil company. And the baseball team. It’s time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or spaceman?! Now, I know what you’re saying. You’re saying that there’s so many other things that you, as president, could involve yourself in.
I know, I know, there’s a lot left to do. There’s a war with Venezuela, and eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote. But, sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You’ve performed so poorly I’m surprised you haven’t given yourself a medal.You’re a catastrophe that walks like a man.
Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire metropolis to rising water and snakes.
On your watch, we’ve lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two Trade Centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans.Maybe you’re just not lucky!
I’m not saying you don’t love this country. I’m just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side. So, yes, God does speak to you, and what he’s saying is, “Take a hint.”
We were lucky, very ver lucky!
The storm officially hit at 02:44 at Port Arthur/Lake Charles. Houston got heavyish winds and some rain, but it could have been a lot worst. We slept in our beds, and even Kio who hates thunderstorms weathered the storm without a problem!
Now comes the jams coming back into town and the fight to get petrol to all stations and to get food back into the shops!
The storm may be over, but the recovery is just beginning.
The worst of the storm is off to the East of Houston, but the winds are picking up and the rain from the outerbands are moving in… looks like we will be spared the worst of it, but there is still some strong storms that are heading our way.
This may be my last post until morning, and I am actually hopefull that we will not lose power… fingers crossed.
Rita is weakening as a storm, but will still hit as a Category 3 hurricane. Still looking like it will make landfall early Saturday between Houston and Beaumont. No rain at our place, just west of downtown, but we expect the wind and rain to start in a couple of hours.
City officials just announced the official Houston 2005 Hurricane Evacuation Plan:
Although not quite at hurricane or tropical storm levels, the winds have started to pick up around here.
Taking a final shower, filling up the bath with water to flush the toilets, taking the dog for what could be a final walk for a day or so. All the while, I am on conference calls confirming work effort for projects!
Photo pulled from weather.com
Petrol has got to some stations, people stranded on the highways are getting some relief, but there is no plywood left so people are reduced to using carpet to staple over windows, buckets to store water, vaccum cleaners to suck up water! (Yeah, not much use when power goes out, but hey… whatever floats the guys boat!).
Weather is looking pretty fine right now, atleast the crack of sunlight I can see through the window which has been boarded up.
There is a 1 in 3 chance of Rita hitting Galveston and the same for Port Arthur… both would be bad news for Houston. Long and short, we have no idea how bad things will get here as the night progresses.
House is all boarded up. Sleeping in beds tonight, but matresses may be pulled down to the kitchen, which is better protected, tomorrow. Downtown will start to feel the effects tomorrow afternoon, with landfall later tomorrow (Friday). Shops are closed, highways are gridlocked, petrol is none existent… Looks like someone may have dropped a ball in terms of keeping petrol flowing to the stations.
The worst place for people to be stuck in a storm may be exactly where they will be when the hurricane hits unless something happens and help comes. I will keep updates coming as long as I can, but it looks like we may not be hit with the worst of it… Rita is taking a turn to the North… good news for us, bad for other people. Here are some photos pulled from weather.com and the Houston Chronicle website.
I-45 heading North with a bunch of stalled cars
People trying to get petrol before it ran out… common sight across the gulf coast
Latest view of Rita
Lifted from the blog on the Chronicles website (Houston newspaper for those who don’t know)
M0 Tornado – Cows in an open field are spun around parallel to the wind flow and become mildly annoyed.
M1 Tornado – Cows are tipped over and can’t get up.
M2 Tornado – Cows begin rolling with the wind.
M3 Tornado – Cows tumble and bounce.
M4 Tornado – Cows are airborne.
M5 Tornado – STEAK!