"Don't panic, just be prepared"  

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M
479 posts
9/23/2005 7:47 am

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"Don't panic, just be prepared"

That's what a local newscaster said this morning. It's always good advice. Unfortunately, it seems many people around here failed to do the latter while they had the chance, so now they're doing the former.

Rita is on her way, and she's a bitch. She's disrupted countless lives without so far blessing us with even one drop of the rain we've needed so badly all summer.

I had my first taste of gas lines last night, and it was not fun. I didn't have to wait as long as a lot of people; there was only one car ahead of me. Maneuvering among the other cars was the hard part. I really wish sometimes the car companies would standardize which side to put the gas tank door. It would help even during normal times.

Anyway, at least I was able to buy gas, and at least it was reasonably priced, relatively speaking. This morning gas is up twenty cents a gallon from last night--at the places that have any, that is.

Meanwhile, the grocery stores are well picked-over. There's no water, no bread, and very little of anything else.

I think my family got most of what we'll need for the immediate future. But one never knows.

We're lucky. There are evacuees here from Houston and the Gulf Coast who are sleeping in their cars and the beds of their pickups. They've been driving for days, they're exhausted, and there are no hotel rooms to be had in the state of Texas. I don't know what they'll do when the wind and rain comes.

And it will come. You can't see it very well, but the map in the upper-left corner shows where the center of Rita is predicted to be at various times. For my town at least, it's a better-looking scenario than yesterday's map, which showed Rita right over my town at 7:00 a.m. [hey, get your own blog, Mr. Smiley Face!] on Sunday, sporting winds of 39 to 73 miles an hour. Now it appears Rita may be packing less punch than that by the time she gets here. But who knows?

At this point I can't get that REO song out of my head: "Ridin' the storm out ... " Yeah, I know it's about a snowstorm in the Rockies. It's just that first part I can't get out of my head.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
9/23/2005 4:09 pm

You're up in the NE corner, are you not?
You'll be fine.

UtterlyLuscious 30F

9/23/2005 5:19 pm

Thats very stressfull. Ifnwhen the mails up, if anyone needs a care package, message me directly.

UtterlyLuscious 30F

9/23/2005 5:36 pm

Yay! Im the first comment!

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