Awake Again, But Semi-Conscious

September 12, 2008

I’m here, with a fresh pot of coffee and half an eye on the TV, another half on the computer.  I suppose that leaves one eye left unoccupied.   The dogs have been walked and I’m coming to the surface to get ready for the day.

According to the Chronicle’s “SciGuy,” Ike’s storm track remains projected to pass over the East End of Galveston and then on toward downtown Houston.  The TV is showing rising waters lapping the Kemah Boardwalk and occasional large waves splashing above the Galveston Seawall.  The reporter says water is already rising from the Bay side of the Island into Offats Bayou.  That’s near 61st Street, the main road from the end of I-45 down toward the beach.

The coverage seems to be so much calmer and more responsible than it was during Rita.  That probably reflects calmer and more responsible behavior by Houstonians all around.  Most people are staying home, as instructed, allowing those in the storm surge zones to get out and away.

Other tasks for today: Get the water ready.  I have three large plastic storage tubs which used to hold Chistmas ornaments, pillows, and other odds and ends.  I’ve emptied them and cleaned them, and today I’ll fill them with clean water.  That should give us an additional eighteen to twenty gallons of water beyond the gallon jugs in the pantry.

Also, laundry.  Got to get all the underwear and socks washed before the power goes out tonight. 🙂

We need to decide what to do about the TV and other electonics.  If there’s an extremely high wind shaking the house, we might want to put them on the floor to keep them from falling.  If a window breaks or there is flooding, we don’t want them on the floor.

More later.  Time to get Freddie to start waking up.


2 Responses to “Awake Again, But Semi-Conscious”

  1. Keith Says:

    Please take care of yourselves, Bob! If you need to get out, head towards Georgia and I’m sure we can find you a place (I just got home yesterday). I’m sure once your power goes out we’ll stop getting these updates but please let us know how you’re doing as soon as you can.

    Good luck!

  2. Zorya Says:

    I’m trying to visualize the Kemah Boardwalk flooding.

    There was a news conference on MSNBC a few minutes ago and the officials were exhorting residents in the evacuation zones to get out before the storm hit.

    I am really glad that you moved off of Galveston Island.

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