Galveston residents make smooth return from Ike exile

This picture and the comment, “Welcome hone! (if there is one) … I meant ‘home'”, summarize life for Galveston as residents were allowed back Tuesday, September 23.

Silent Victims of Hurricane Ike

Two days after Ike’s landfall, water gurgled and bubbled ominously from submerged graves, and an invisible cloud of formaldehyde stung the eyes and throat. The only water left was filling now empty graves and vaults.

We Survived Ike

This is Houston radar at 10PM last night. The storm hit us around 4 AM and lasted most of the day – ’til about 6 PM. We survived. More importantly, the trees pulled through 50+ mph winds. I saw very little tree damage in the streets this morning when I took the dog for a walk.

Tropical Weather and Storms – Hurricane Updates from weather.com

Tropical Weather and Storms – Hurricane Updates from weather.com: “On its current track, Ike should make landfall along the central Texas coast early (late) Friday night as a major hurricane. Models are honing in on a landfall location very close to Freeport, Texas. However it is very important to emphasize that tropical storm and hurricane conditions will be felt well before Ike’s center of circulation makes landfall. Conditions will deteriorate along the Texas coast well before that point.”

UPDATE:
Texas A&M University will be closed Friday (Sept. 12) as a precautionary measure as Hurricane Ike nears the Texas coast and tropical storm winds and heavy rain are projected to reach the Bryan-College Station area.

UPDATE:
HOUSTON — George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) will stop commercial flights beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. No airline service is expected to operate at IAH on Saturday. Southwest Airlines at Hobby Airport will stop flights at 9:00 a.m. –khou.com

Round Two – Spite of Hurricane Ike

The funny thing is that the predicted landfall gets shorter by 8 hours every day. Today is Wednesday, September 10, and it’s now predicted to land early Saturday morning near Corpus Christi.

The lots have been cast…let the battle begin

On the left we have history-making campaign of Barak Obama, Senator from Illinois, and Joe Biden, Senator from Maryland. Obama, the black man, is the one running for president.

On the right we have the other history-making campaignof John McCain, Senator from Arizona, and Sarah Palin, Govenor of Alaska.

Like McCain is fond of saying, no matter what next year things are going to change in Washington and history will be made.

Personally, I’m not in favor of anyone of the canidates. Some have suggested we look closely at the Vice President canidates because chances are high that the President wont finish their term. That doesn’t help! I don’t know either VP and that gives me no confidence.

Phone Phishing or Telemarketing Gone Wild

This is a serious problem folks! I’m getting 2 and 3 calls per day on my cell phone from some unknown telemarketing “company”. Apparently, the national do not call list doesn’t apply to these folks – or maybe the law doesn’t apply.

The numbers that have called me
9/4/2008 50622914747
9/3/2008 50622313055
9/3/2008 50622747453

I ran across http://whocallsme.com/ from which I see dozens of numbers. People can comment on

Caller ID: 1 561-253-1135
Caller: FBK Products

The last person on the list suggested call them toll free 1-800-880-7122
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 8am-10pm (EST)
Friday – 8am-5pm (EST)
Saturday – 8am-2pm (EST)

Another person said flood them with email/virus/dos/phish

(I like that idea)

Sales and Marketing: info@fbkholdings.com
Finance: accounting@fbkholdings.com
Employment: jobs@fbkholdings.com

Hurricane Gustav

Gustav comes ashore this morning as a Category 3 hurricane, but getting weaker by the hour. Texas needs the rain, and maybe we’ll see some, maybe not.

Maybe big brother got lucky on this one. Two things: 1) the gov was proactive and evacuated at the right time; it’s cheaper to move half a million people and then to search, rescue and recover half a million people, and 2) people responded (most any way).

This year though sees another player – the Republican National Convention is scheduled for this week. Now the story is how the storm of ’08 affects politics and the presidency.

It came from lessons learned, but what about the next one, what if it’s a near miss (or near hit). Will people still respond. Will they say “better safe than sorry,” or, will they cuss the government for making them leave for nothing.