Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Exposure

Do you love tree frogs like I love tree frogs? I love how they look, I love the noise they make and mostly I love how they cling to my window and look in with their whole underside exposed. I mean ya gotta love that!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't write the following, but it's a favorite forward in these days of recovery from Hurricane Ike. It is all so very true... thought someone might enjoy it. I mean..... the part about getting in a line that you don't know what it's for ..... very, very true! Ike Survival Guide or Lessons Learned During and After the Storm The hurricane grouch quotient can be calculated by adding the number of children and pets in a home without power, multiplied by the number of days quoted on the CenterPoint telephone recording, divided by the number of fans or portable air conditioners powered by your home generator, (however if you were last in line at Home Depot and have no generator then multiply by the daily high for that day reported by Frank Billingsley), then add the number of trips to the washateria and the days left until school opens. Discount by the percentage of time spent at neighbors who have power. Recalculate daily. No matter how many times you flick the switch, lights don't work without electricity. Vienna sausages only appear on the food pyramid during hurricane season. Gas mileage is recalculated based on miles per fume. Everyone, but everyone will decide tonight is a great night to eat out at the same restaurant you do. And amazingly they just keep coming. Lovebugs do not disappear in 110 mph wind gusts and bullet like rain. Disasters can cancel one Texans football game but there will be even bigger casualties if we cancel two. If 66% of the people don't have power, why are you the only one at work who doesn't? Despite protests, kids can re-live their parents youth when there were only 3 TV channels! Cats are even more irritating without power. Dogs are still your best friend. How is it that no matter when you visit the grocery store they just ran out of ice. Houston without traffic lights resembles Mexico City, Rome, Los Angeles and New York City all rolled into a single snarl. Isn't it interesting that the Red Light Camera stop lights were the first ones repaired. A 7 lb bag of ice will chill 6-12 oz sodas to a drinkable temperature in 11 minutes, and still keep a 14 lb. turkey frozen for 8 more hours. There were a lot of really big trees around here! It may actually be possible to survive without a microwave. It has been done before. Just because you're 18 doesn't mean you can stay out as late as you want. Mayor White meant business when he said curfew. That tiny 1% deductible on your home owners insurance all of the sudden seems really huge. People will get into a line that has already formed without having any idea what the line is for. Calories consumed during a hurricane or power outage do not count. Telemarketers function no matter what the weather is doing. New Delhi does not check the weather report in Houston. Most popular text message after September 13: do u hve pwr. Twenty-seven of your neighbors are fed from a different transformer than you, and they are quick to point that out! Crickets and cicadas can increase their volume to overcome the sound of 14 generators. Dirty clothes in an unsupervised hamper multiply at an exponential rate. Soup, spaghetti and frozen pizzas can be made on a grill. He who has the biggest generator wins. Tree service companies are under-appreciated, except after hurricanes.If the quote for tree removal is 5 figures, just say nooooo!!! Water will fill freeway underpasses, even sometimes when it is not raining. There are a lot more stars in the sky than most people thought. If you owned a store that sold only ice, chain saws, gas and generators, you would be rich. If the blessed cool front doesn't make you a believer, than nothing will!! With only a small amount of guilt Houston can collectively pray a second hurricane to landfall in another state or country. And so to our friends and families, some who are still without power and others who have endured great personal loss, you are in our prayers. Hang in there, we are making progress. Thank you to all our first responders, healthcare professionals, service technicians, understanding employers, teachers, police officers, small business owners, and more who join with the thousands of individuals sharing their time and talent to help restore our community to wholeness. The most important lesson of all learned from Ike in the last week is that the human spirit has an amazing resilience that even a hurricane cannot bend. Through God's love and His grace we can endure all things.

6 comments:

Julia said...

Linda....I love this...somehow I think you had to be here the last 11 days to fully get it! Julia

Shopgirl said...

Thank You for sharing....this is so hard to wrap our minds around. We know it is bad, but without going through it, well we try. I have been through many earthquakes in California, and to explain the feeling and the fear would be hard.
I wish you well, I wish you safe, Mary, Idaho

Just Between Us Girls said...

I love tree frogs and their sweet sounds which are loud compared to their size. The words you left for us really make us think. I especially love the last line. SO VERY TRUE.
Pat

Jeanie said...

The part about the Vienna sausages and the food pyramid totally cracked me up! Very nice post Linda -- and cool frog!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

i almost feel guilty giggling at this post while you are without power and dealing with hurricane aftermath! Good luck.

Nathalie Thompson said...

She's back at posting again! I almost feel guilty having electricty and being dry in my own home.