"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


the story of hurricane

There's a hurricane headed our way.

Perhaps you've heard.

Actually, by, "our way," I mean that I fully expect tomorrow to be mostly gorgeous with a little wind. At most, maybe we'll get an inch of rain and some gusts. But we're apparently no longer within the elusive "cone of uncertainty" that the forecasters all keep talking about, so no one is panicking.

Nope, the main issue with the hurricane is that our city is now full of people from Galveston, Houston, and other idyllic places along the shoreline. And while I'm certainly glad that we can provide them hotel rooms and shelters that have no beds, there's just one tiny issue.

These people drive like they're from Houston.

Seriously. I stopped to get gas this morning before the prices go any higher and there was a guy from Houston with an SUV so big he blocked two pumps. And MoPac was a mess. At 10:30am. These out-of-towners don't seem to understand that the middle lane isn't the slow lane, and that the 65mph speed limit is considered as the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law by the vast majority of Austin drivers.

I realize that this is petty and trivial, especially when SURFSIDE BEACH IS GOING UNDER WATER and people will lose their homes and businesses. Not to mention that gas prices are about to go up. Ours are up 6-7 cents in the past few days and you'd better believe they'll go higher what with all the drilling platforms and refineries being shut down. I'm really glad that we're going to be safe and not take a direct hit like Galveston is going to get.


Blogger euphrony said...

Gas stations around here have jumped 20 cents in the last two days.

We just got home from a jaunt out to eat lunch. The is picking up, but still not bad here on the north side of town. However, it does look like the eye is headed straight up I45, right by our house. From the wind forecasts I've seen we could see 60 mph winds out our place, but probably not more. It's a massive storm but not even as strong as Rita; it'll cover us for nearly a full day but we'll make it.

Newsmen, per usual, are in full panic mode. And it's contagious. We've seen people walking out of stores with like 10 cases of water. We've got ~2 gallons of water, plus some water purification kits (like you can take camping). Most likely, we'll have clean tap water for the duration. But, you never know.

Mrs. E and I are just trying to figure out how to keep the kids entertained when the power goes out.

Friday, September 12, 2008 2:00:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Be safe, E's! Sounds like you'll be fine. Just in case, here's something I learned in Congo: keep your bathtubs full of water. That way, if the H20 goes out, you can still use a bucket to flush the toilets.

Friday, September 12, 2008 3:01:00 PM

Blogger Alexis said...

i just want you to know that images and links on your blog have been the source of much laughter around my office as i forwarded them on. Including todays!

Friday, September 12, 2008 3:39:00 PM

Blogger euphrony said...

Bathtub will be filled for flushing. Thanks for the tip.

I have a good insurance company. This afternoon they called with an automated message telling me I could go to their website for emergency preparedness tips. Not like the grocery stores weren't emptied out yesterday.

Friday, September 12, 2008 4:26:00 PM

Blogger ex-roommate said...

So there's hundreds of us GWs already at the coast to help with Ike issues. I'm deploying tomorrow to stage with the second wave.

Friday, September 12, 2008 4:28:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Oh, my word. Be safe, C!

Alexis, glad I could be a source of amusement for your office. And that there's clearly so much productivity in Waco today! :)

Friday, September 12, 2008 4:48:00 PM


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