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Ike Recovery Order

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Assuming that you have lost all public services due to Ike, rank in order (“1” being first, of course, then successively on) your personal preference for the order by which you would want restoration of services (with the order listed here not intended to suggest any particular desired preference):

___ Electricity
___ Water / Sewage
___ Home Gas (e.g., for stove, water heater, backyard grill, etc.)
___ Automobile Gas
___ Satellite/Cable TV
___ Landline Phone Access
___ Cell Phone Network Access
___ Internet Access
___ Trash Pickup
___ Grocery Store (with all basics available)
___ Postal Delivery
___ Airport
___ Mass Transit (bus, light rail, etc.)
___ Other (Identify) ___________________
___ Other (Identify) ___________________
___ Other (Identify) ___________________
___ Other (Identify) ___________________
___ Other (Identify) ___________________
___ Other (Identify) ___________________

[Additional Ike-related aftermath content: Hurricane Ike Aftermath]

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Written by macheide

15 September 2008 at 10:09 am

Posted in Houstonian

Inland Damage from Ike

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Compared to the utter devastation down at Gilchrist and Crystal Beach and Port Bolivar, it feels almost petty to show some of what Ike did inland, near us. Even so, this video walk along several streets in the Kirkwood South neighborhood near Beamer and Beltway 8, taken about 12 hours after Ike made landfall in Galveston, is pretty much what you will see step after step after step, mile after mile, if you walk around here perpendicular to Ike’s path. Turn and walk the 20+ miles from here down to Galveston, and it only gets worse the closer you get to the Gulf.

[And I can’t resist adding a side comment about YouTube’s practice of selecting one frame from any video to represent what you can expect to see once you hit play. I challenge any viewer: Is it possible to find any frame in this clip with any less damage than the one picked out by YouTube editors??? Like, you can’t be any less representative than YouTube must have strained to be on this one. (Maybe they work as insurance adjusters on the side?)]

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Written by macheide

13 September 2008 at 2:43 pm

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Hurricane Ike Preparations

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* * * At midnight moving into Saturday, 9/13,
Ike’s eye should pass over our roof within about 4 hours
still at hurricane strength when it does.
* * *

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Most of my blogging on Hurricane Ike from here on out will be contained on notes under the markers on my personal tracking map. And I’ll keep this aftermath post sticky until the storm is history, building it through then.

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Written by macheide

10 September 2008 at 7:45 am

Local Pothole

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Three days ago when I took this short clip, that pothole was almost getting big enough to show up on the next update of those satellite pics of our local streets. This afternoon, it was “fixed.” As seems typical around here, filled in poorly enough to pretty much guarantee that traffic will have to swerve dangerously around the crater once again within a month.

The snapshot to the right is Google Street View’s image for the same spot on the road, that pic obviously taken earlier, but probably by no more than 6-8 weeks.

[Irrelevant Side Note: Not until this ultra-brief video did it occur to me that when YouTube posts a video I’ve uploaded, their reviewers choose a representative frame from that video to act as the “teaser.” I know – duh me. I’m slow in that department.]

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Written by macheide

22 August 2008 at 4:13 pm

Posted in Houstonian

Local Accident Zone

When they write up the report and file charges on this one, they seriously ought to place a fair share of the blame on the local police. It is impossible to drive down this stretch of road without encountering numerous drivers ignoring every single local traffic law, frequently quite recklessly, sometimes even when police are obviously present, sometimes with the police themselves leading the parade of scofflaws. Scenes such as this are all but inevitable when everyone knows this to be the only law that rules this road.

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Written by macheide

4 July 2008 at 8:30 pm

Posted in Houstonian

Cool Cloud Cover

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cool cloud cover

Houston skyline from the window outside my office, under two banks of morning clouds in on the heels of cool weather.

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Written by macheide

12 May 2008 at 8:28 am

Posted in Houstonian

Some Old Houston Trivia

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According to the Grateful Dead, what’s wrong with Houston?

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Written by macheide

2 April 2008 at 1:11 pm

Posted in Houstonian