DAILY COMMENTARY
By Marc Campos




The Mother Of All Fire Drills

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.


Ditto to what the Chron's Rick Casey said. When the folks in charge have press conferences to let us know what's happening, I don't want to see the other electeds standing around getting camera time. Advice from a political consultant, folks probably think that you are taking advantage of a disaster by getting your mug on the tube. Sorry pals, I'm only interested in what the Mayor and County Judge have to say - your standing around is discomforting.


Commentary stuck around - someone close to me was in the hospital. I wouldn't have evacuated anyway. Don't live in a flood surge area.

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


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