Monday, June 15, 2015

Hunker Down: The Calm Before the Storm...

Back in 2008, in Houston, Texas (where I live y'all) a menacing Hurricane by the name of Ike, hit the Gulf Coast, and wreaked havoc  all across the board.  Ike was no joke.  Houston was brought down that day.  I remember that the morning before the storm touched land, city and county officials held a press conference to tell us what measures they were taking to make sure we were all safe.  There was a lot of "blah blah blah" said that morning, but what I will always remember is a county official uttering these now infamous words "Hunker down Houston, hunker down!"  And so, that became our mantra.  People made jokes about it.  After all, most of us had never heard that saying before.  Ok, ok, "I" had never heard of that saying before.  At any rate, it stuck.  And now, some seven years later, we are faced with the impending arrival of Tropical storm Bill.  Bill is slated to hit land in the wee hours of the morning.  At least that was what the last weather report projected.  And with that threat, the "Hunker down, Houston" chant has begun.    Ready or not, here Bill comes.

It's amusing to me how much the media plays a part in the hysteria that seems to have taken over our city.  Empty aisles at the grocery stores, no water, no bread, no canned goods.  On my way home I stopped to fill my gas tank and had to wait almost an hour in line,   Apparently, every person heading North on I-45 had the same idea as me.

I really hope this storm fizzles out during the night because our bayous and lakes have not yet recovered from the floods of Memorial Day weekend just three weeks ago and some people are still homeless because of the damage that storm caused to their properties, others lost their lives or were seriously injured.  So while I make light of the "Hunker down" saying and the panic mode this city seems to be in,  by no means am I making light of the loss and devastation that took place recently and may take place again.  Hopefully not.

So dear bloggies,  if you pray, please keep us in mind.  I'm tired of all of this rain and am seriously considering building an ark.  


5 comments: said...

It's not right. We'll take a lot of that rain in CA. I'm sending good thoughts your way - hopefully, you won't need to hunker down.

Thanks for visiting, Yvonne. Good to see you. I've missed you.

Stay safe, and keep a smile.

Robin said...

It's always a good idea to keep "staple" items on hand. Water. Canned goods. You can freeze bread, so it's a good idea to always have one in the freezer. You just don't know when a storm will hit, and you don't want to need everything and not be able to buy it.

I saw that you came by and voted, but I wasn't clear on who you chose... can you come back and clarify? Thanks!

Oh, and be safe out there!

BB said...

Like Rawkinrobyn said above, it's amazing that one area is desperate for rain and another is flooded and destroyed by too much rain. Mother Nature plays games with us.

I live in Florida on the coast. We are always reminded to have a "hurricane kit" on hand. Water, canned goods, flashlight, radio and batteries. Do we have this? No. I think I need to take it more seriously. I do not want to get caught with my pants down when a hurricane decides to make landfall.

Hope you didn't get much of Bill.

CWMartin said...

You got the prayers.

Yvonne said...

RR- Ha! i'll gladly send it to you! I think it rained here every day, in May. Missed everyone too! Glad to be back. Thanks!

Robin- Yes I will!

BB- We didn't, thankfully! My family actually does have a Hurricane kit, along with a generator should the power go out. So in that regard, we were good. Thankfully, we were spared this time.

CW- Thank you so much!

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