what’s up

I’m getting a lot of emails and messages on Facebook and MySpace from TJB, CL, and TJL readers who are wondering if we’re okay and what happened to us before, during, and after hurricane Ike. I’m doing my best to answer them, but thought I’d post answers to the top five questions here.

1. Is Rex okay? (Tie: Is EZ okay?) Yes. Rex is fine. Although he was glued to my side throughout most of the hurricane, he was quite brave. In fact, he wasn’t shaking at all, so I think his need to be near me may have been his way of protecting me and making sure I was safe. Because I’m sure his main thought was I must protect the Giver of Pickles and Car Rides! As for EZ, I’m not sure she realized there was a hurricane. She spent the early hours of the hurricane in my apartment, and then around 2 AM when the winds started getting fierce and we worried my apartment might blow away, I ran across the backyard to bring her back to Becky’s house. We put her in one of the east wing guest suites (The Fran Lebowitz Suite, which has a sofa and hot plate.) where she slept through the rest of the night as if nothing out of the ordinary was going on.

2. Do you have power? We didn’t lose power until around 4:30 AM the night of the hurricane, and we were only without power for about 24 hours. CenterPoint Energy rules. Hopefully, the rest of the Houston metro area will be up and running as soon as possible. Our water and gas were never off. We’re quite lucky.

3. Any damage? Not really. I lost some shingles from the roof of my apartment, some small limbs came down from a few of the trees, and one tree in our front yard is split down the middle, but it didn’t fall. Nothing fell on the house or on my apartment. Again, we were very lucky.

4. Are you guys okay? (Tie: Do you need anything?) We’re fine! We had enough supplies to get us through, so, no, we don’t need anything. If you feel compelled to send food anywhere, check with the Red Cross or Second Harvest and see if they’re doing food drives for Galveston and Houston. I’m not caught up yet with everything that’s been going on, but I’m sure they could use your donations.

5. Why didn’t you evacuate? (Tie: What did you do while the power was out?) An order wasn’t given for a mandatory evacuation of Houston. The Compound has been standing since the 1940s, so we had an inkling it would be a safe haven. It was. Also, we had vivid memories of “evacuating” three years ago before hurricane Rita and what a ridiculous joke that turned out to be, so we decided to stay put. If reports had indicated that Ike was stronger than a category 3 storm and an evacuation order had been issued for Houston, we probably would’ve heeded it. While the power was out we mostly sat around and sweated a lot. (Poor Mark G. Harris. I feel bad he came to visit for this!) Rhonda and Lindsey came over, bringing some of their food with them, and ate with us. Then we sat around, talking and laughing, which is what we usually do, only this time we did it by candle light and without air conditioning. They’ve stayed with us since (In the Sylvia Plath suite), but are returning home today now that the power is back on in their home.

And that’s it for now, because I feel guilty for having power and internet access while the vast majority in Houston doesn’t.

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26 Responses to what’s up

  1. dukecityjim says:

    Glad you guys fared well.

    I remember being very relieved about getting my power on the next day after going through Frances and then Jeanne when I was in Florida. Later I found out I was on the same grid as the police and fire stations which make a big difference in getting your power on.

  2. geb1966ky says:

    Glad to hears everything turne dout relatively well!! Thanks for the update.

  3. I know what you mean. We actually never lost power, just water for a while. We’ve had some friends staying with us for a few days, but they think they’re power will be back on tonight.

    Driving home from work today, i was happy to see that they’ve done a lot of cleaning up in the Galleria area and most of the traffic lights on Richmond seemed to be working.

  4. Anonymous says:

    from what i can tell, i’ll be without power a minimum of two weeks, cable and telephone probably longer since they can’t do any work until centerpoint gives clearance. we’ve yet to see one centerpoint vehicle in our neighborhood yet.

  5. Glad to hear all the Compounders weathered the storm with no major problems. I was worried about you guys after I saw the devastation on TV. And IKE was still going strong when he blew through Saint Louis from 3 to 11 a.m. on Sunday — 60.5 mph gusting and the highest rainfall ever recorded in the city which resulted in a lot of flooding and caused three deaths.
    And we have never had hurricane damage before! Tornados, earthquakes and floods … but never a hurricane or tropical storm.
    Like Rex, Oskar stuck to me like glue most of the morning.

  6. varsitynj says:

    Glad you have come through unscathed. I just got When You Don’t See Me as a birthday gift.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’m relieved to hear you are all okay.

  8. Glad to hear you’re all ok.

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