Freaking Out!  

frogger1995 39F
4342 posts
9/19/2005 8:58 pm

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Freaking Out!

OK, I was all set to wirte a juicy post tonight but I got sidetracked by the news of Rita. I am sitting here after a long evening of moving all of my precious books upstairs to my closet. I must have made about 50 trips total (I have A LOT of books). By all accounts Rita is supposed to hit Houston...and I am loosing it!

I am from L.A. I can take an earthquake like a pro. Water, as a natural disaster, is something I am not used to. I have seen it rain something awful in the two years I have lived in Houston, and that was enough to make me look through the Want Ads in my dear sweet Los Angeles. I can't imagine it being any worse!

Am I alone here? Are there any Houstonians out there who can help me calm down ? Are you freaking out as well? What are you doing to prepare?

Right now I am finishing off the rest of my beer in the fridge. I might as well make the best of this.

Things to Be Happy About

Finding Out That All Your Worries Were For Nothing (fingers crossed here)
Al Franken Books
First Paychecks
Phone sex

worthit559 41M

9/19/2005 10:33 pm

Move ltos of beer upstairs too... you may need it.

rm_paule444 71M/66F
6 posts
9/19/2005 11:02 pm

Sweety, just clam down and see what will happen-----drink the beer and wait and see, I am here in Corpus Christi and we will wait it out.

luckywithladeez 49M
266 posts
9/19/2005 11:28 pm

Frogger, stay tuned to Rita reports on the web at:


Rita is presently projected to pass through Houston on Saturday.

Just restating the obvious below:
Start making tentative plans to spend some time with friends in upstate Texas (or out-of-state) now. If that's not an option, book reservations in Dallas for Thursday night - open length (or somewhere out of the hurricane's path) tomorrow, they'll fill up fast. It appears that you've already packed things. If on late Wednesday, the Hurricane is still certain to fall as expected on Saturday, load your valuables up into your car (which you have already filled with gas) and leave early Thursday morning after telling the landlord (or locking up your house), and drive to your friend's - or Dallas - or elsewhere out of the hurricane's path. If you would like to talk about it, email me.

You can do it.


danteszippo 52M
3884 posts
9/19/2005 11:48 pm

Good luck with Mother Nature, she can be a real bitch. Hope you got some good beer.

Efilnikufecin69 47M

9/19/2005 11:54 pm

Hi Frogger! Well, you can move to Europe! Here there are no Tornado's, no Hurricanes, no Tsunamis, and an Earthquake is something extremely rare! Iwould definately look after you! I have been in Texas during a Hurricane before. They say it should be a Cat3 when it hits land. That is strong, but not really anything to worry about. After living through about a dozen Tornado's, I can tell you, a Hurricane isn't as scary as an F5 Tornado, like the one that destroyed my mothers neighborhood in 1996. Don't worry about Houston. I am more worried about Louisiana and New Orleans. Imagine it hits there again! Horrible.

Love from Germany

E69 {=}

muledick25 36M

9/20/2005 12:54 am

I live in midtown houston and yea I have been keeping up with the news, but all I can say is don't panic too much cause we are not the main target for Rita. Right now they are just making a safe evacuation for the people that do live by the water. You are fine, and I mean that in a safe way, so keep cool, shit, buy youself another round and enjoy life. Don't let the weather channel get you all worked up. I've been through one before and It's not all that bad. Find a good friend that you can lay up with and keep your mind elsewhere if that will help.

bigdnearhouston 47M

9/20/2005 1:07 am

Hey not freak I am 5 miles from the Coast and I have been thru this many times....I hope the storm does not get too bad, as I am not going to leave....if you need to freak out, think about me. You are over 50 miles from the Gulf and here I am only 5 miles from the is going to be okay!!!! At least I hope....if not, you will not get to ride my Sybian anymore.

AlbertPrince 57M

9/20/2005 1:13 am


Doctor: I have some bad news and some very bad news.
Patient: Well, might as well give me the bad news first.
Doctor: The lab called with your test results. They said you have 24 hours to live.
Patient: 24 HOURS! Thats terrible!! WHAT could be WORSE? What's the very bad news?
Doctor: I've been trying to reach you since yesterday.

SirMounts 102M

9/20/2005 4:48 am

Well, as a Floridian, about all I can say is that unlike earthquakes, at least hurricanes give one a little... notice. If you happen, especially, to live close to the water, you might want to look into making a hotel reservation in, oh... El Paso?

frogger1995 39F

9/20/2005 5:32 am

Thanks for the support (and laughs) guys. I had a nice little shopping spree at Target last night. Bought enough spaghettios
to last a week . Still hoping it misses us (wishing, wishing, wishing)

beewulf9 38M

9/20/2005 6:06 am

I hope that the fingers cross works and that you and what you own at home will be safe and sound.

rm_dragonspyke 34M

9/20/2005 8:13 am

If your fortunate to have a mexican/hispanic friend, make sure to have them around when Rita hits, because lets face it, Mexicans are excellent swimmers. How else do you think we get across the border? Thats one mexicn trait I'm proud of inheriting.

WildWon1982 34M

9/20/2005 8:21 am

I wouldn't worry too much. Most reports say that this storm won't go higher than a category 2 storm. You mentioned you live in a condo, so the concrete walls should hold up relatively well to the wind and rain. If there's siding on it, you might lose some of that. Plan on losing power for an hour or two, and there might be a flash flood, but not severe enough to trap you inside (unless you live within a few blocks of a river bed). I used to live in DE, I've been through my share of hurricanes. Hell, I've even been through one in a car during a road trip to VA when I was a kid. The worst will come right as the eye approaches (assuming the eye hits Houston). The eyewall is the strongest part. So you'll get rain and wind, increasing, then about 10 minutes of really intense wind and rain (watch for trees going down), then 30 minutes of calm and sunlight (the eye), then another 10 minutes of massive intensity as the second eyewall hits, then it will all die out ove the next hour or so. Katrina was an anomoly, in that it was extrememly powerful (category 5, highest), and it didn't really move once it made landfall. Once a hurricane hits land, it usually moves and weakens rather quickly.

Things to be happy about:
Remembering my high school meteorology class

frogger1995 39F

9/20/2005 5:20 pm

dragonspyke: You wouldn't happen to know of one in particular would you?

Again, thanks to you all. Feeling much better. {=}

DocHolidayUT 35M

9/20/2005 6:14 pm

darlin' i live right here in houston and i'm "ridin' the storm out" too! my advice would be to calm down and mosey on over to my hurricane party. hurricanes will be served all through the night....natural disasters are much easier to handle when you're toasted!

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