Ball Street, Not Wall Street

September 22, 2008

Today’s Chronicle goes into great detail on how a group of neighbors on Galveston’s Ball Street made it through Ike, and the aftermath.  Ball Street was a couple blocks south of us, going toward Broadway.  Unlike we were, these folks are closer to UTMB than to downtown.

Ed Cockrell, 62, puts it one way: “This island is full of resourceful crazy people.”

Garcia puts it another: “We’re all BOIs. We’re survivors, man.”

BOIs is the acronym, “Born on  the Island.”  It’s a great read, really capturing the spirit and character of the Island’s people.  I read this sort of thing and feel homesick, although I know living in Pearland is best for us.

Meanwhile, the Galveston County Daily News reports that the Mayor and leaders of the Port and the Hospital will be testifying in Washington to ask for recovery aid.  It sounds like a lot — a billion here, five hundred million there — but it’s a pittance compared to what’s being proposed for our modern-day robber barons.

Lisa Gray of the Chronicle sums it up:

…I felt suddenly protective of him, and of everyone on the island.

They were riding a collective mania, I thought — high on having survived, on having a purpose. They seemed like their buildings: Fine on the outside.

And yes, “The Spot” survived and is open.  No bathroom, no food, no “gourmet hamburgers,” but lots of cold beer.


3 Responses to “Ball Street, Not Wall Street”

  1. Zorya Says:

    I am happy to hear that The Spot survived the storm. I’ll let the boys know – they did enjoy eating there.

  2. Ray Says:

    Sounds like the folks who run “The Spot” have got their priorities straight B-)

  3. robertangelo Says:

    We used to take Lucy and the kids there whenever they came to Galveston. Half of the place is a “family-friendly” burger place and ice-cream parlor. The other half is a biker bar. I guess all they have now is a generator for the beer.

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