> I've been following these threads and wanted send along my best wishes
> for you and Schatzie, Jim, believe it or not! And a word to the wise,
> if you go out for some evening entertainment, you'd better make sure
> the places you visit allow the long-haired pony tail types, lol
Thank you. Long-haired, skinny rednecks don't get a second look in
central or east Texas. It's yuppies who have to be careful, and guys
with neckties who get them cut off.
I've got time to post some details. It was announced Tuesday afternoon
that mandatory evacuation would be called for Galveston on Wednesday
evening. I was in Houston at the time. As soon as I got home, I
started looking for a hotel room. The nearest available room was in
Lubbock, about 600 miles!
Carol kindly offered to put us up here (Austin), and I'm eternally grateful.
We left home at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Traffic was clear at that time. I
had to drop off Schatzie's Coggins certificate at the stable, which is a
25 minute drive, thankfully, along the evacuation route.*
We followed Texas Route 6 and did fine until we reached I-10. That's
when the brake pedal in one of our cars went to the floor. Fortunately,
we found someone to fix it and got on our way again around 5 p.m.
By then, I-10 west was stop-and-go for about 100 miles. People were
surprisingly well-mannered. No panic and no wrecks along the way.
We went west, circled San Antonio, and took U.S. 281 north to Dripping
Springs without further incident.
The owner of the stable where I board Schatzie got all her horses to
Katy and they're doing fine. I'm sure they had the drive from hell, as
they were planning to leave Thursday. However, I haven't been able to
catch up on details.
At this point it doesn't look like Galveston will be hit hard. My home
phone still works. We visited Lyndon Baines Johnson's home in Johnson
City today, after making ourselves somewhat useful around the house.
All in all, I feel fortunate; but every once in a while it hits me like
a bad drug interaction. My biggest concern is how long we will have to
stay away due to flooding and windstorm damage between here and there
even if our house is undamaged.
It's just incomprehensible that a million people are displaced by this
mess and plenty of people still in danger.
*Memo to self: Keep the original on the same premises as the horse.