I'm sorry, but I have to interrupt my political pontificating to bring you a very important message. I've never been one who likes to worry alone. Now you all can worry with me.
Mareseatoats is staying in Houston. I've tried to convince her she needs a stat psych consult in respect to this decision but it seems, she's shit outta luck: all of the psychiatrists have evacuated. She promises to guest blog her experiences right here. We have discussed how much wine she should take to her friend's house. I encouraged her to triple her estimate. Here is her first news from the battleground state of Texas:
I have decided to stay put during Ike's visit. After the terrible experience of Rita, the cities and counties have done a great job. If you are not in the evacuation zone, we stay put. Run from the water, hide from the wind. My area is not in the storm surge zone. Evacuation has gone really well. Businesses have all sent their employees home until the storm passes. So now I'm home but it was a crazy day.
I am going to stay with my friend Stella-Maria just about 2 miles from here. Her husband Steve is on the disaster recovery team for ExxonMobil and that team is located in Dallas. Stella-Maria decided to stay here so we will stick it out together.
Watching this storm has been a wild ride. They are learning a lot . We are expecting winds 75-110 mph and 5-10 inches of rain. One good thing, there is cool front that will follow Ike. Unlike Alicia when the temperature was 95-100 with no power. This time we could have lows in the mid 60's at night, which would making sleeping without air conditioning tolerable.
So don't worry. I'll be safe and I'll let you know as soon as it is over.
***As we were talking on the phone tonight, Mareseatoats said "ooh, I feel a little breeze." I have an inkling she'll be feeling more than that soon. Stay safe Mares!***