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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

TX 0908 2

Wed PM, Sept 10th. We – OD, GM5, the Spice and I – were in their fully packed-out van headed north. We kept in touch with FSIL and GM2 by cell phone; they later caught up with us and we followed them on to our destination in the Dallas area. He had a GPS device in his truck and it guided us straight to our place of abode for the next unknown length of time – TowneHouse Suites by Marriott in Irving, TX – a suburb of Dallas.

We got checked into two separate rooms across the hall from each other and later went out for a bite to eat. We were keeping a constant check on the weather and the closer the storm came, the nearer it was to the center of the town in which OD and crew reside. We finally crashed for the night, happy to have a good bed in which to sleep. Next morning we went down for the limited hot breakfast that was included in the price.

They had a waffle iron that made a sort of Belgium waffle in the shape of the state of Texas. After watching several waffles being made I tried it myself and it turned out fairly well with one problem. The waffle was perfect except for the fact that a corner of it was missing – the corner that represented the area in which Houston was located – the area the storm was supposed to hit. OD’s town was also in the missing piece.

Was this an ominous portent of events to come? Maybe it was a ‘battered’ warning from the waffle iron? Or was it simply a half-baked prophecy? No photos were made, I just smiled, shared this oddity with a few and ate the slightly incomplete waffle with relish – actually with strawberries – and it was quite good. Sometimes a bit of light-heartedness helps in times of real concern.

The days seemed to go quickly by with various trips around the area – for necessary shopping and to various restaurants. The worst thing to me and most likely to them was the uncertainty of what they would find when they returned home – concerning structural and/or water damage to their home.

We met several families that were evacuees and each morning at breakfast we would speak of their status, especially after the hurricane made land fall. Several of them were from Beaumont, TX and it seems that the town was hit pretty badly. They were thinking that it would probably be several weeks before they could go back to their homes because of electrical outages but some of them left this morning – Tuesday, September 16.

It seems that they lived in the same electrical grid as the mayor, superintendent of schools, etc. They were still concerned about water damage in their homes but they wanted to get started with the clean-up. FSIL got word that from all evidence their house was in good shape when viewed from the road. We got further word today that the power in their neighborhood came on as well. We are leaving for their home tomorrow.

FSIL and I are leaving early in the morning - Sept 17th - with a fully loaded truck to try to get back and start whatever cleanup there might be, with the lady folks and young ones to start out a little later. We are hoping for the best but will have to face whatever is there. Still in all, God is good, all the time. TBC ec


Blogger ancient one said...

I hope that things are as they seemed from the reports you received. I hope you find everything fine and that you don't have to do a whole lot of clean-up.

9/16/2008 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Mr. Eddie ~~ I do hope you found the house intact and not too much damage.
What a worrying time for you all. I am glad that you and the Spice are there to help in every way you can. Moral support
is worth a lot. I feel so sorry for all those who lost their homes or had severe damage. Glad you liked the Lawn story.
Take great care, Regards, Merle.

9/17/2008 09:33:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

ancient one - All things were found as we (and you) hoped with very minor damage and not a lot of clean-up - all were not so fortunate. God is good!

merle - We were glad that we could be with them as well and you are right, it is a comfort to have your family around in such times. ec

9/17/2008 09:31:00 PM  

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