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I am in Baton Rouge, with not a drop of rain on my brow. But a lot of sweat is there.

I got up early and piled some of my junk from the porch and yard into the doorway, ziplocked my hard drives and such, fed the fish, and left my apartment at around 10 am. All the fast food places were closed, so I just went to the ferry. It was a really beautiful morning, I was looking over the seawall South into the gulf and it was placid and clear, like it only gets in summertime before about noon. I waited only 10-20 minutes, but by the time I got on the boat, the line was stretching past eyesight. I got onto highway 87 and then 124, and then I-10. There were some traffic jams due to road construction, but not so bad. I was listening to Houston radio all the way into Lake Charles, and basically I was hearing that every major road in Houston (which is quite a few, dozens) was either blocked off or was bumper-to-bumper all the way through town, towards the designated evacuation cities several hours north of the SE texas area. Mandatory evac didn't begin until 6 today, but it was apeshit by 11 AM. Luckily, that was well after I had arrived in Baton Rouge. I had one of the easiest drives in besides the road work jams, and even stopped in Frog City to get something to drink. I broke in my GPS along the way too.

However the storm became cat5 while I was on my way out, and I was thinking more and more about all the little things I didn't do to prepare and secure my shit, like I didn't move my motorcycle into the yard and how it's gonna be either stolen or float away. Realistically it's not going to float away, it weighs 700 pounds, and it can't be driven away, I pulled the rear shocks off. But it can flood up into the exhaust pipes and into the cylinders and carb. It's insured, but not the custom work. And I didn't bag the TV downstairs, or the paintings and prints in the living room and computer room. I did cover some of my loose comics in a plastic box, but my books were too many to cover up. I turned off the UPS but I should've hooked it to the aquarium aerator. Who the hell thinks of that beforehand though? I was way too preoccupied with getting off of the island before the traffic blew up (and wisely so as it turned out).

The more I think about what's lying in that uninsulated plaster and cypress apartment, the more uneasy I feel. I'm going to be checking the Galveston public webcams (and you can too, at www.galveston.com/webcams/ , as long as they're still running). I wish that I had hooked up my webcams and pointed them out the windows, but then again, the landlord was supposed to come and board them up today. I hope he did, although not all could be boarded up. I value my hard drives and photos more than anything else in the apartment, and they are the most watertight now.


Anyway better safe than sorry, and I'm safe AND sorry.


p.s. The voicemail on my cellphone is apparently sometimes accepting calls through and sometimes not, but my email always works and I check it at least once or twice a day.

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skorzy
Sep. 22nd, 2005 06:47 am (UTC)
Geeze.. good luck. I hope things don't turn out as terrifying as they might be. How much "warning" did you have about evacuation?
floyd_mephit
Sep. 22nd, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Actually, they gave us plenty of warning relative to landfall (which isn't until Friday or Saturday), but relative to evacuation it was very little warning. At work our 'emergency plan' was activated all of a sudden and everyone was scrambling for LN2 and dy ice, and to turn off all the specs and stuff. I stayed behind at work late to finish up and bag up my data, but everyone else had booked it right after the announcement. The traffic in the Houston area sucks anyway, but those poor bastards that didn't leave WAY before the mandatory evac (where they blockade all the off-ramps and convert southbound lanes to northbound) are probably going to spend the entire day today in their cars.

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Actually, they gave us plenty of warning relative to landfall (which isn't until Friday or Saturday), but relative to evacuation it was very little warning. At work our 'emergency plan' was activated all of a sudden and everyone was scrambling for LN2 and dy ice, and to turn off all the specs and stuff. I stayed behind at work late to finish up and bag up my data, but everyone else had booked it right after the announcement. The traffic in the Houston area sucks anyway, but those poor bastards that didn't leave WAY before the mandatory evac (where they blockade all the off-ramps and convert southbound lanes to northbound) are probably going to spend the entire day today in their cars.

<lj-user="shragjag"> decided to stay in Galveston until today at 4am, I wonder where he's parked now?
wezweasel
Sep. 22nd, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
glad to hear you made it out..
Hope for the best, Be prepaired for the worse. I hope when this is all over your one of the lucky ones. Keep us all posted!
floyd_mephit
Sep. 22nd, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: glad to hear you made it out..
Yea totally, thanks I'll post w/ any info and such as I get it, but unfortunately that won't be much b/c the only people on the island now are:

a) dumbshits who obviously never looked at a map of Galveston island and the Gulf of Mexico

b) a few cops and essential ER staff

c) Anderson Cooper
vespavago
Sep. 22nd, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
Man!
Glad you got the fuck out of there. My rents left around the same time and made great time t San Antonio. Things are getting pretty dicey righ now.
floyd_mephit
Sep. 22nd, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Man!
Yeah, I think you were wise to move to Houston when you did. You'll probably be much better off in terms of wind and flood damage than if you'd stayed down here. San Antonio should make for a good refuge, seems like.
furrysparkles
Sep. 22nd, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
Good to hear things are alright for you, I was worried. The Coug and I chateed for a bit about how nasty this might get for your town. Hope things work out, if you need, I'm in ABQ, will help however I can!
floyd_mephit
Sep. 22nd, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, were you picturing me washed out to sea, never to be heard from again? That would be really .. sub-optimal, as you say. I'd probably put on my scuba gear and float around looking for things to grab and such, maybe try to swim out to one of the oil rigs nearby, stuff like that.

anyway gracias, I'm fine until I survey the apt in a few days.
furrysparkles
Sep. 23rd, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
Yes, you being safe is infinitely superior to such a sub-optimal alternative. I also reccomend you consume several highly delicious food items, and then spend a little alone time for a mesome. Death! Curses be upon you and your evil ways! Generic conversation ending phrase!

Sorry, had to go through my most common phrases. My staff commonly makes fun of both 'sub-optimal' and 'infinitely superior'. They're just jealous, I've subverted them all!
mrcougar
Sep. 22nd, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
its gonna suck but I'm hoping it wont suck too bad.
floyd_mephit
Sep. 22nd, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
If my house is gone I'm gonna come live with you okay?

And then I'll be a greasemonkey and you can teach me how to rebuild trannys for exotic cars...

It may suck in a few days but for now I've got dinner cooked by my mother and the washing machine works, so I'm dealing.
furrysparkles
Sep. 23rd, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
Coug can teach you a shitload about trannies, but it'll have nothing to do with cars.
mrcougar
Sep. 23rd, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
hahahah fucker! how was lobster nite? :P
mrcougar
Sep. 23rd, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
sure you can live here I have like 3 spare bedrooms but you CANT use my litterbox! hahaahaa mi casa is su casa but like I'm not here very often.
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