Thursday, September 18, 2008

Aftermath and another quiz

Well, Ike has come and gone, and good riddance! Thankfully Mom sustained no damage, and the storm didn't even knock out her power. Almost every building in her complex did, and the neighborhood and basically most of the city did, but she did not. However, Centerpoint did turn off her power AFTER the storm so that they could do repairwork. It stayed off until Monday night. She still doesn't have hot water because the complex boiler is in a building without power, but she's doing alot better than alot of people.
Now I need to gripe. OK, I've stayed glued to the local Houston station websites, and have been reading alot...trying to stay informed on what's going on. I am seeing and hearing lots of whining and moaning about FEMA. My 2 cents...

1. At the beginning of hurricane season, the newspaper and local stations always do a special or two about hurricane preparedness. They give a list of the supplies that you need to have on hand, just to be safe. Some stores even let you return the supplies AFTER hurricane season if you didn't end up needing them.
2. When Ike was several days out, the stations and paper were all pressing the need for people to have at least 3 days worth of supplies on hand just in case....and also said that you should have a full tank of gas.
3. When it was apparent that Galveston was going to get hit, the city was evacuating people on if you didn't have a way of your own off of the island, there were other options.

24 hours AFTER the storm, people are griping (Channel 13 really disgusted me...Miya needs to go!) about not getting assistance. THIS IS WHY EVERYONE WAS TOLD TO HAVE AT LEAST A THREE DAY SUPPLY OF NECESSITIES. It takes time to get roads cleared and to bring in supplies for 5+ million people.
I am disgusted that people are bitching and moaning (pardon my French...this just REALLY ticks me off) about not having ice when there are people who no longer have a home. People managed 100 years ago without ice at hand 24/7. I know that some people supposedly need ice to keep milk cold for their babies/toddlers. I have a 2 yr old who would be miserable w/o her milk. But if these people had used their heads, it would have occured to them that if power goes out, they wouldn't be able to keep milk cold. BUY POWDERED MILK FOR EMERGENCIES PEOPLE!!!!! It might not be the best, but it doesn't have to be refrigerated.
When my mom went to the grocery store right before the storm hit, she saw that people had cleaned out the freezer/refrigerator sections of the store...that makes no sense, unless the only people buying have generators. And from what I'm hearing in interviews, that's not always the case.
OK, enough venting from me. One thing that has impressed me is Channel 2's Frank Billingsley's reporting. He's the head meteorologist and has a home on Galveston Island. Instead of being at the station griping (like certain Channel 13 reporters), Frank was in the Channel 2 helicopter helping people. Viewers who lived in the Galveston area who couldn't get down there to see their homes were able to email Frank. While he was in the chopper, some of those viewers were called back, and Frank and the helicopter pilot would fly over that person's home and take video so that people could see what was left of their homes. It was nice seeing someone trying to help instead of trying to sensationalize a disaster. KUDOS TO FRANK AND CHANNEL 2.
Mom has taken some photos and as soon as I'm able to get them from her, I'll share them here.

Okay, on to my trivial matters. Today's FOB2Y quiz at Sweet's a Twilight themed quiz. I've not read the books, don't want to read the books, and have no plan to do so. But I want the point LOL, so I'm taking the quiz anyway. Here goes:

You Could Be a Vampire... If You Had To

Like most people, the thought of being a vampire has crossed your mind. But you're not sure if you'd do it, even if you could.

Living forever doesn't sound half bad, if you could live forever with the people you love the most.

But do vampires even love? And would the vampire version of you even be you?

It's all too much to contemplate. Luckily, the chances of you ever becoming a vampire are astronomically low.

What you would like best about being a vampire: Living forever

What you would like least about being a vampire: Blood stained teeth

OK...let's forever...yes, in Heaven with the Lord...but not as a vampire. Blood stained teeth..gross...I would NOT like that. I won't even eat a hamburger if it's the tiniest bit pink inside. So being a vampire or vamp wanna-be is definitely out for this gal.

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