A sub-headline on the front page of today's Chron - "The evacuation shows more need to stay put." Huh! With Katrina still fresh on the minds of folks and with a front page map showing Rita headed straight to Houston, what do you expect? Don't think the folks in charge talked to former Kemah Mayor Bill King - a guy that is arguably the most knowledgeable on the subject of hurricane evacuation plans for the Houston-Galveston region. Don't think anyone took into account that it would take twenty hours to get from Houston to Austin. I think it is time for folks in charge to name a Hurricane Czar.
Late Thursday afternoon, after all the stores had closed, decided to stop by Spec's for a final beer run - they were going to stay open until nine that evening - they were the first to reopen Saturday. Thursday evening, a friend who loves good wine, invited folks over to knock off half a case of Opus One and good food - guess he thought this might be the last supper.
You know the feeling after relatives leave your home after a long weekend stay - that's how it felt in Houston Friday afternoon.
Lost power for a while. Lost a pretty big tree limb. Still don't have cable TV.
All in all - we wuz lucky.
September 26, 2005, 9:00AM