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Just wanted to let everyone know that we're not part of that exodus of poor fools trapped on the interstates trying to evacuate. We're sticking the storm out at home with our bottled water and our non-perishable foods. And our friends Richard and Stacy are taking refuge at our house because their apartment complex has a nasty habit of flooding in hard rains, so woohoo, hurricane party!

I'll try to post updates as long as the internet connection holds out.
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Okay, now I'm starting to worry.
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Dang, I was too late to beat the pre-emptive Rita panic. The bottled water isle at the grocery store already looks like a warzone and you'd have to be Laura Croft to unearth a pack of D batteries in this town. Good thing I still have some left from the last hurricane scare.
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Well it looks like my days of volunteering at Reliant Park may have come to an end: Katrina Evacuees in Houston Shelters to be Transferred in Preparation for Hurricane Rita.

I tried to go up there yesterday to volunteer, but they weren't letting anyone into any of the parking areas, possibly because of the First Lady's visit. I also tried to get in touch with a couple of people who were supposedly coordinating rides for evacuees looking for housing, but so far no luck. I'm considering signing up with Neighbors2Neighbors, but I hear they've got a waiting list for volunteers so I don't know if anything will come of that either.

In the meantime, I think I'm going to spend this week making sure that we're prepared for the potential arrival of Hurricane Rita. Houston doesn't have the river/lake levee situation that New Orleans does so things aren't nearly as dire here, but everyone's pretty paranoid after Katrina. I expect a run on batteries and masking tape to start any second now.

We're on the west side of town, outside of the evacuation zones, and our house is pretty decently elevated from the street, so I'm not panicking. But a good heavy rain will flood all the streets in our neighborhood and with the potential for power outages and wind damage it's best to be prepared.

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