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Monday, September 15, 2008

TX 0908

For several months the Spice and I had been looking forward to a trip to Texas to see OD and family. We had our flight reservations for some time and were hoping for a snag-free trip. Since we have been making these treks several objects of trepidation and/or irritation have emerged. One is whether or not we will have a plane waiting for us to depart for Atlanta – this because we had one previous flight cancelled.

Another was if all of our luggage would arrive in Houston, TX on the same flight with us – because one trip they didn’t. Then there was the irritation of delayed or changed flights – all of these so far have been the leg of the trip between Augusta and Atlanta. The delayed flight thing almost happened to us but we checked in on line and discovered the schedule change. After this close call the trip was as they said it would be.

If these minor/semi-major items were the only issues involved in this trip, it would have been a breeze – but then hurricane Ike raised his ugly head. The closer the date for our departure came, the more this storm loomed toward Texas. But we decided that even though we may have to evacuate with them we would go. Even up to the eve of the trip OD was in doubt as to whether they would have to head for parts of Texas further north.

About 2am on our morning of departure (Sept 10) we learned that they would indeed have to evacuate but we decided to go anyway to be with them and maybe help them clean up after the storm. BIL took us to the airport – our flight from Augusta was on time and we landed in Atlanta without a hitch. We only had a short wait for the flight on to Houston and that too was safe and uneventful except for a few bumps due to rough air.

We had deplaned in Houston and were on our way to the restroom when Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel – and his cameraman – walked right by us. They had been on our flight but we had not seen them until all had deplaned – they were in first class. I had seen the tall guy with the large video camera but didn’t know who he was. We saw Cantore a couple of days later on their channel – he was broadcasting from Galveston Island.

We had called OD as soon as we landed and she was on the way to the airport. The Spice picked us up a bite to eat and we met in the luggage pickup area where I had retrieved our checked bags. We had just finished our snack when OD arrived to get us. We loaded our stuff in her van, departed and headed north to safer territory. GM5 was with her and FSIL and GM2 had packed and left later in their pickup truck – with their two dogs.

We knew when we left home that this visit would be quite an adventure and also knew that God is good – all the time. TBC ec

PS - As you may have guessed computer access has been spotty - we are still in a hotel with no promise of when we can return to their home. We did get word that their house was relatively uneffected as viewed from the street.


Blogger Brenda said...

Thank goodness everyone is safe! I hope their house is ok too. You're a good daddy Mr. Ed!

9/15/2008 12:27:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

It made me feel much better to be with them and to know about their welfare rather than having to guess and wonder. It has been an adventure thus far and will be more so when - and if - we get back to their house before we have to leave for home. ec

9/15/2008 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger ancient one said...

I'm glad you were able to be with them through the storm. So glad that all appears to be fine with their home.
What an adventure. We visited my daughter when she lived in the mountains to avoid a visit your daughter and head into a hurricane...LOL

I know she will appreciate you helping with the clean up after she gets back home.... even if all you have to do is rake leaves..

9/15/2008 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger Kila said...

I'm sure it helps that you are all together. Hopefully their home is OK.

9/15/2008 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

ancient one - We have enjoyed being with them even at the hotel here. FSIL and I have have done a bit of shopping and got a generator and a window air conditioner for when we go back.

kila - We are looking to go back on Wednesday and will just have to deal with what is there - but at least we will be there to help. ec

9/16/2008 12:29:00 AM  

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