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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Our Good Friend Ike September 22, 2008

Posted by reddlissa in Rants/ Raves.

Now that I (finally) have power I can reminisce about the ups and downs of the past 11 days.

THE GOOD (otherwise known as “things I’m thankful for”)

1.  Twitter — I had dabbled with this mini-blogging site but had no idea how helpful it could be in a time of limited phone and Internet access.  I was able to stay in touch with friends and co-workers despite having no power.

2.  Unlimited Text Messages — Yeah, I’m soooooo glad I changed my cellphone plan a few months ago.  Voice calls were unreliable to say the least but all my text messages went through.  I was able to stay in contact with family and friends until regular phone service was operational. 

3.  Cool Weather — Since I was forced to live with open doors and windows for (too) many days, the cool front that moved in immediately after Ike was a blessing.  My apartment never got hot, only a little sticky during the night.  Sitting outside on the patio or lying on the couch in front of the open window was actually very nice :o)

4.  Friends — S.B. was lucky enough to have power several days before mine was restored.  She invited Sarah and me to her house for a hot meal and even let the girls watch Camp Rock.  The adult interaction was a god-send and I know Sarah enjoyed having the opportunity to gush over the JoBros with someone her age.   I was also lucky to be in contact with J throughout the week.  He evacuated to San Antonio and kept me updated on new via text messages.  He also helped me pass the time in those hours bewtween nightfall and bed time :o)

5.  No Damage — My apartment complex was spared any serious damage.  Several small trees fell and one covered parking area was destroyed but that was the extent of the damage.  The complex across the street had serious problems (trees through windows and roofs) and the neighborhood behind us was hit very hard; many homes lost a majority of the shingles and all the yard suffered major tree loss.  Overall we were incredibly fortunate that none of the buildings were damaged.   

6.  Family — In the days following the storm, Sarah and I were able to count on a hot shower and a hot meal thanks to Mom and Aunt M.  They didn’t have power but have gas appliacnces.  Aunt M cooked us dinner twice and let us take really long showers, too!  They had power restored on Thursday and Sarah and I were able to crash there all weekend.  I joke about the fact that I could never live there but I am so thankful that in this situation I was able to do just that.

THE BAD (otherwise known as “why Ike pissed me off”)

1.  Cancelled Party — Mikey’s party was originally scheduled for the 13th.  Obviously that didn’t happen.  I was looking forward to meeting lots of new people and seeing J again.  I was majorly disappointed.  The good news is that the party is back on — Saturday the 27th…whoo hoo!

2.  Cancelled School — I can’t even think about how I’m going to finish out this term.  Due to our schedule we have basically lost 16 days of class time.  Aghhhhhh!!!!

3.  Missed Football Games — An entire weekend of college and professional games missed! 

4.  Peanut Butter and Jelly — Seriously, I don’t want another PB&J for a very long time.  My apartment has an electric stove so that mean Sarah and I were eating sandwhichs and chips for 5 days.  I love PB&J sammiches and now they are ruined for me.  Dammit!!

The Ugly (otherwise know as “why the hell can’t people behave better”)

1.  Stoplights — We all had to sit through at least 8 jillion downed stoplights.  The law says these are to be treated as four-way stops.  Many people on the roads were courteous and followed the rules, but I saw too many assclowns barrel right through the intersections without care for the safety of others.

2.  Idiots — I can’t think of a better heading for this story.  Friday night I was lucky enough to spend time with friends at a bar in Katy.   L went to the ladies room and found another patron in the midst of a seizure.  The woman stopped breathing and L had to preform CPR.  The waitress at the bar didn’t want to call 911 because the bar was open past curfew and she was afraid they would get a citation.  L had the good sense to place the call herself once the woman regained consciouness.  How dumb can you be!?!?



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