Hey All - Just wanted to let my forum homies know that I made it through the onslaught of Ike. I heard from ShawnTX, and it sounds like he's OK, as well. Wow, what an awesome and overwhelming experience, but not in a good way. I have never experienced anything quite like it, except perhaps for the Colorado blizzard of 1997. As I laid in bed, that night, the house (and my bed) literally shook and the wind howled like nothing I've ever heard before. It literally felt like we were in the midst of an earthquake, at times. Shit was flying through the air and, as broken tree limbs danced across my roof, it sounded like a small army was running drills up in the attic. For the first few hours, the horizontal wind and rain came out of the south, pounding the back side of our house. A few hours later, as the eye passed over downtown Houston, the wind did a 180 and started pounding the front side. It was apparently the northerly wind that wreaked the most havoc on the city.
Back at our house, we only had some minor roof and water damage, and our power came back on Sunday night -- for which I'm very
grateful. Compared to the folks on Galveston and Bolivar who experienced utter devastation, and the millions of Houstonians still w/out power, I feel extremely fortunate. Comcast is another story, though. A couple blocks from my house, there lies a coaxial cable that separates me from my RJ addiction, the victim of a 100+ y/o pecan tree. I'm tempted to drag an extension cord and my modem over there so that I can get high speed internet, back.
I finally got laptop tethering configured, though, so I am hobbling along at dial-up speed.
In closing, I would respectfully ask that each of you consider a small donation to the Red Cross Ike Relief Fund. As soon as I'm able, I'll post a few photos, as well.