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Hurricane Arglebargle, Day 6 - The online computery journal thingy of a turtle

Sep. 18th, 2008

09:04 am - Hurricane Arglebargle, Day 6

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9:05 a.m. at Borders at the Galleria. Still no power at home.

For a few days, Kroger has been opening at 8 am, leading people through a line demarcated by huge flowerpots and other large objects, and selling bags of ice from a huge stack in the produce department. I've been buying ice there (except on Tuesday, when Mom's friend Joyce had a bunch of ice from her icemaker ready to give to me. She got her power restored on Sunday, sheesh.)

Today Kroger is finally starting to look normal again. They took away the flowerpot queue, and the ice is available in the ice cooler at the front of the store again; though it's a good thing I showed up at 8 am, because it was going fast!

About 3/4 of the city still doesn't have power. Apparently there is a *lot* of damage to power lines that has to be cleaned up. On Buffalo, north of Braes Bayou, there's a huge tree that's fallen over and pulled down the power lines next to it. They're still connected to the poles at both ends, but pulled down into a V shape like the line in that Pixar short "For the Birds" when the huge goony bird lands on it. That tree is also mostly blocking the street, and cars have to shift into the left-turn lane to get around it. Need to avoid driving that way for a while.

Oh, speaking of trees, the tree that was blocking our street has been removed! Not by the city, but by a smiling neighbor with a chainsaw. Yay!

More and more restaurants are open. Our favorite Chinese place, China Stix, still isn't (waah), but every place in the Galleria food court is except Chili's (though I haven't been that way today yet; it may open today, who knows).

I'll see about coming here to the Galleria three times a week to get caught up on internet stuff until we get our power back. That, btw, is estimated to be sometime next week.

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:September 18th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Exactly!

I saw a letter in the paper today calling for all new development in Houston to be built with underground power lines. Sounds like a good idea. It would be nice if eventually all the existing power lines could be buried as well.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:September 19th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
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I've heard about those for a few years now! I've always thought they were a good idea as well (and always leaves me wondering why they make power lines in the sky like they do) - and this coming from a guy whose dad worked for Manitoba Hydro (the local hydroelectric power utility) for over 35 years!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:September 20th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Of course, in Houston there's a difficulty: the water table is very high. Houston is built on what's almost a swamp.
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From:swift_fox
Date:September 18th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
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*Hugs*

How long do they think you'll be without power yet KT?

I sent you a PM via LJ. Please give it some thought and get back to me.

I hope you get your power back soon!

Swift
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 1st, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Man, I can't figure out how to find that message. Could you email it to me at my Comcast account?
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:September 19th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
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Hurricane Ike - restoring the good name of Texas chainsaws everywhere.
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