Welcome Instapundit, Michelle Malkin, Defense Tech, and Laurence Simon readers. I have a very full inbox after taking a few hours this evening to help friends of a friend secure their house. The work didn’t take long but folks showed up with wine and a ton of greek salad so we took some time to decompress and have a few (very nervous) laughs. Of the entire crew I’m the only one staying behind. The rest are heading for San Francisco, Toronto, and other far nicer places.
One of the guys was a Katrina victim from New Orleans who had just lost 2 homes and multiple cars. He was completely wiped out by the storm and now he faces an emergency evacuation from Houston. I think he is taking the easiest route out in the morning and he’ll drive until he can find a place to stay.
I haven’t followed the storm in much detail tonight but what I could catch was bad. Very bad. I’m still comfortable with my location but having surivived hurricane Alicia and a few other hurricanes I know that we could be in for a very rough night in Houston.
On my way home tonight I drove by a gas station near downtown with maybe a hundred cars lined up. Otherwise most of the streets were pretty quiet. I’m sure the roads north are chaotic and will remain so until it’s almost too late. A nearby bar had painted “Blow this Rita” on their windows. I’m not feeling quite that cocky.