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Old 09-21-2005, 07:56 PM   #1
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Things are getting pretty weird down here people. Every gas station I've been to has been sold out of gas (except diesel...God I love my Excursion). The shelves are bare in all the grocery stores. Schools citywide are already closed, or will be closing this afternoon. There's a line two blocks long to fill up your propane tank. No telling what it's like at the liquor store...I'm heading there now. I'm 90 miles north of the coast, and my neighborhood looks like that scene in Independence Day...all of my neighbors have already boarded up their windows and are throwing their stuff in the car and heading out. We're still 60 hours from this thing hitting...wonder what it's gonna be like by Friday.

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Old 09-21-2005, 08:12 PM   #2
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Things are getting pretty weird down here people. Every gas station I've been to has been sold out of gas (except diesel...God I love my Excursion). The shelves are bare in all the grocery stores. Schools citywide are already closed, or will be closing this afternoon. There's a line two blocks long to fill up your propane tank. No telling what it's like at the liquor store...I'm heading there now. I'm 90 miles north of the coast, and my neighborhood looks like that scene in Independence Day...all of my neighbors have already boarded up their windows and are throwing their stuff in the car and heading out. We're still 60 hours from this thing hitting...wonder what it's gonna be like by Friday.
You sticking around? Not to make light of the situation, but got yourself enough homebrew?
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Old 09-21-2005, 08:50 PM   #3
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Fun times.... :|

I remember going through all of that last year. 3 times.

Unfortunately, these things bring out the bad in a lot of people.. I remember people fighting over propane and ice last year.
On a good note, I met most of my neighbors and discovered they're all pretty nice people. Nothing brings people together like sawing through fallen trees.

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Old 09-21-2005, 08:54 PM   #4
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You sticking around? Not to make light of the situation, but got yourself enough homebrew?
No homebrew at all...poor planning has left me with nothing but 5 gals in the primary. I do have at least a weeks worth of store brew in the fridge tho, including a barleywine that should go well with the eye.

And lest anyone think I'm taking the situation lightly...I'm sending the wife and kids north. But me and the dog are gonna have to wait it out I think, at least until it looks like the eye is gonna pass right over us...then we'll skidaddle (note to self...don't drink barleywine till you know where Rita's headed ).
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Unfortunately, these things bring out the bad in a lot of people.. I remember people fighting over propane and ice last year.
On a good note, I met most of my neighbors and discovered they're all pretty nice people. Nothing brings people together like sawing through fallen trees.
They're fighting over ice and propane already! Not to mention some little old lady offered to kick my butt over the last banana in the grocery store.

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I suspect I'll be enjoying that pleasure this weekend...I just hope I'm not enjoying it while sitting in my living room.
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It's amazing that we can go from a civilized society to one where Granny is going to kick your ass, in just a few days...

Chain saws are fun and all, but let's just hope this bitch takes a last-minute turn for Mexico. :|

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Holy Hannah! Rita is now the third strongest atlantic hurricane on record!

I may not have enough beer after all.

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EL P. , if you wait to see where its going to hit and that looks like friday. You are going to be stalled on the highway with everyone else waiting to see where its going to hit. Pack your chit and get the hell out now. I mean it Man, the roads are going to be thick with panicing people trying to get out at the last minute. There isn't anything that important. There is a good chance you might not get out.

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Old 09-22-2005, 01:59 AM   #9
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Quite frankly I don't know if I'd buck and leave either El. I got to look at a map but when you say 90 miles north; that is 90 from the gulf/water? Could get rough but your in a ways. Never had that decision to make. Keep us updated on your decision. Oh, you got the diesel Excursion, are roads really necessary anyway if you do decide to skeedaddle?

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I hear ya, but it seems as tho it may be too late to get out already. The wife left south Houston at 3:00pm for the normally 45 minute drive up here...she may get here by midnight if things go well.

Can you imagine...there are probably 2 million people heading north from here right now! That is a lot of people on the road.

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