Thursday, September 11, 2008

I Don't Like Ike

I am old enough to remember the saying "I like Ike" when Dwight D. Eisenhower ran for President. Well right now the tv stations here in Houston are having non-stop coverage of the looming hurricane Ike as he lurches closer and closer to the mid to upper coast of Texas. Some places near the coast have already evacuated or are evacuating now. It was decided earlier this week that the west end of Galveston would have to evacuate because it has no seawall to protect it. Now the Mayor has decided that the entire island of Galveston should evacuate. What is hard to watch on tv is the line of ambulances taking patients out of hospitals especially the neonatal patients who are going to be airlifted to central Texas. Unfortunately the ambulance crews are putting as many little patients as possible in each ambulance so they have no room for the parents of the babies. This is high anxiety for those parents. Buses are staged in several areas ready to take on passengers with special needs or no other transportation.

We are waiting to see what happens with our friend Jan. She is supposed to fly in Saturday morning. Of course right in the middle of the mess. We are supposed to pick her up at the airport. In the middle of 70-100 mile and hour winds and heavy rain! I am hoping her flight will be canceled or she can change it to a later flight. We are supposed to go to the Texans game Sunday. The game is scheduled for 3:00 pm. If she were able to change her flight, even to Sunday morning it would be better. She may be a friend who spent a lot of money on the game tickets but I would rather not risk driving our little convertible sports car in the middle of Ike. I feel a little evil, but I don't want to get out in it Saturday at all. Continental Airlines which is based in Houston has put out a press release saying that flights may be delayed or canceled because they can't get here.

And of course today, for the first time since we have had the Trans Am the "service engine soon" light came on and I think the a/c needs freon...naturally. I don't like Ike! It's going to be a long week-end.

8 comments:

cube said...

I was thinking about you today. Stay safe.

Dr.John said...

I don't know why they don't take and name tropical storms have historic villians like Hitler and Stalin. Then we would feel better not liking them.

cube said...

Just checking in to see you guys are making out. I'd like to see you guys go visit your friend instead of her visiting you. Hint... get the f*** out of Ike's way.

pineapple said...

Stay safe and keep us posted.

dmarks said...

Or they could name them after Sith lords and Klingon generals.

cube said...

Just checking in to see how you guys made out.

anniemal06 said...

Just thought I'd let all you guys know how my Mom is doing.

She's good...right now they still have no power, but they do have water. She's not sure when the power is going to come back. They say it could take up to 2-3 weeks from what I saw.

They got a lot of wind and rain, but where they live at didn't sustain much damage. Just some flooding in the back yard. Luckily they are all unharmed.

I'll let her know you guys are all asking about her.

Annie :-)

Margaret said...

Hope you made it through Ike okay.