Thursday, September 22, 2005
The One with Me Freaked Out
I hardly screened any slides today at work. I was on the phone talking about Hurricane Rita all day. My family reunion that was planned for this weekend has been canceled because most of them were flying in to Houston on Friday evening and then driving north to Nac. Scratch that idea because almost ALL of Houston is driving north. My brother's family and I were going to stay with Mom, but my aunt and uncle, who live near Beaumont, and my cousin Pam and her family, who live just north of Houston, are all driving up tomorrow to escape Rita. A friend of mine who lives in Brazoria, which is only about 15 miles inland, has gone to stay with someone in Boerne while the rest of her family is going to East Texas. I called my friend Amie, who lives in Katy, to offer her my guest room, but she is staying there. Then my mom told me that my other cousin Paige, who lives in Sugarland, might need to come stay with me. Sara, from the Sea World post I did after Labor Day, had to cancel her wedding in Houston this weekend. Can you imagine? I would be devastated! Plus, our local weather reports are saying that we are expected to have sustained winds anywhere from 60-100 mph and that tornado spinoffs are likely. One report said that when Hurricane Carla moved over Austin back in the day there were 26 tornados produced in the hill country. TWENTY-SIX! All of this has me completely freaked out. Growing up in East Texas I have weathered countless tornados, and hurricanes have hit Texas before, so why am I so scared? I know that the coast is going to suffer much more damage than here, but 60-100 mph winds and tornados are nothing to scoff at. Hurricane Katrina was so recent, and I cannot get those images of whole towns with nothing left but pieces of plywood out of my mind. I'm going to the store tomorrow to stock up on bottled water and something to eat that does not require refrigeration. I'm also planning on renting a bunch of movies since I will probably be staying inside on Saturday. Ofcourse, I might not have electricity. To those on the Texas coast my thoughts are with you and please be safe.