From a friend in East Texas.....
Lessons Learned During and After the Storm:
No matter how many times you flick the switch, lights don't work without electricity. Lucy: This is a fact, I tried to turn the lights on so many times out of habit. Our power came back on Tuesday night at 7:30pm. and now the light switch works again….
Vienna sausages only appear on the food pyramid during hurricane season. Lucy: So true….
Gas mileage is recalculated based on miles per fume. Lucy: Gas was a “hot” commodity after the storm. I am grateful that I filled up the car before the storm. I drove very little the first five days and still had a half a tank of gas when I finally filled up.
Lovebugs do not disappear in 80mph wind gusts. Lucy: This I did not check for during the heat of the storm…
Disasters can cancel Texans football game. Lucy: Games, like school, were cancelled. Many of our kids are back in school, but Bonnie is still out because of extensive damage at her college. I hope they begin soon so she doesn’t get too far behind.
Despite protests, kids can re-live their parents¹ youth when there were only 3 tv channels! Lucy: She is talking about the portable TV’s and I was lucky to get two during the storm. I was up at 4:00am. the night of the storm, watching where it was and what it was doing. I am grateful for that.
Cats are even more irritating without power. Lucy: Our cat hid during most of the storm.
Houston without traffic lights resembles Mexico City , Rome , Los Angeles and New York City all rolled into a single snarl. Lucy: Some people just don’t know how to use a 4 way stop…..It is a wonder no one was killed.
There are/were a lot of really big trees around here! Lucy: I know that our neighborhood has a lot less trees…..Sure looks different around here.
Just because you're 18 doesn't mean you can stay out as late as you want. Mayor White meant business when he said curfew. Lucy: They were arresting people who did not follow the curfew. Mayor White really did mean it. I did not venture out because it was really dark at night and it was spooky.
People will get into a line that has already formed without having any idea what the line is for. Lucy: There were a lot of lines for ice and drinking water. I thank God for the Champions Forest Baptist church who were the friendliest people I have meet in a long time.
Calories consumed during a hurricane or power outage do not count. Lucy: I sure hope this is true. I ate some really weird food during the power outage.
Telemarketers function no matter what the weather is doing. New Delhi does not check the weather report in Houston . Lucy: Most of the phones were down, so I didn’t get any of these calls…..
Most popular text message after September 11: do u hve pwr Lucy: A friend of mine, in the neighborhood, just came by and asked if we had power. He still does not have power….I hope he gets it soon.
Twenty-seven of your neighbors are fed from a different transformer than you,
and they are quick to point that out! Lucy: We only have four houses on our transformer….I am glad our power situation wasn’t transformer related because they have been put on the back burner till all of the switches are up.
Crickets and cicadas can increase their volume to overcome the sound of 14 generators. Lucy: We had a generator about every two or three houses. The sound of the generator was very annoying at night when the windows were open and we were trying to sleep. I’m grateful that we had one though….
Dirty clothes in an unsupervised hamper multiply at an exponential rate. Lucy: I washed up all of the clothes before the storm and we went two days on a set of clothes after the storm. I did wash “whites” mid way thru and hung them on a make shift clothes line. Now that we have power, I can use my washer and dryer…..YEA!!!
Coffee, spaghetti and frozen pizzas can be made on a grill. Lucy: We used our single burner butane stove to cook on, but I did not try spaghetti and frozen Pizza….Ha Ha.
He who has the biggest generator wins. Lucy: He who has any generator wins…
Tree service companies are under-appreciated, except after hurricanes. Lucy: Most of them are great, but he had some who charged outrageous prices for their work. I hope the Attorney General is paying attention…
Water will fill the I-10 & SW Freeway. Lucy: Water will flood any freeway. The Gulf Freeway has some extensive damage because of this hurricane.
There are a lot more stars in the sky than most people thought. Lucy: It is wonderful to look up at night and see stars. With all of the power down and no back lighting the skies were awash with stars……They are heavenly gifts from God. I especially enjoyed the full moon that we had while the power was out, it lit the way in the darkest of night.
If you owned a store that sold only ice, chain saws, gas and generators, you would be rich. Lucy: This is absolutely true.
With only a small amount of guilt Houstonians can collectively pray a second hurricane to landfall in another state or country. Lucy: I know that when Gustav was coming our way I “wished” it would go elsewhere, but I know deep down that wherever it went, someone was going to get a real mess. I really don’t pray that on anyone.
And so to our friends and families, some who are still without power and others who have endured great personal loss, you are in our prayers. Hang in there, we are making progress. Thank you to all our first responders, healthcare professionals, service technicians, teachers, police officers, small business owners, and more who join with the thousands of individuals sharing their time and talent to help restore our community to wholeness.
The most important lesson of all learned from Ike in the last week is that the human spirit has an amazing resilience that even a hurricane cannot bend. Through God’s love and amazing grace we can endure all things.
Have a great week everyone.