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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Running From Rita - Part 4


We are still at the house. Email exchanges with friends here in Houston indicate a lot of people are still at their houses, uncertain about the traffic. Unbelievable stories about how long evacuating is taking. Lots of news coverage on TV and so forth.

I found this interesting paragraph on a CNN story:

  • Houston resident Tim Conklin told CNN that he had been in bumper-to-bumper traffic for 13 hours and had only gotten about 48 miles. He said the drive to Dallas, where his father-in-law lives, usually only takes about four hours.

13 hours to go 48 miles is the 4 mph average walking pace. Wild.

My primary concern is that if we get out on the freeways and have to drive at less than 10 mph for an extended period of time, we'll run out of gas or our car will overheat. And it's hard to find gas in the city. I imagine it is similarly difficult along the freeways.

Good news for denizens of southwest Houston and for the treasured ducks is that the meterologists keep inching the projected landfall to the north and east.

8 Comments:

Blogger Dongley Shlongford said...

Well, I guess that only leaves one thing to do......

Yep, you guessed it: Polynesian Cartography!!!!!

10:57 AM, September 22, 2005  
Anonymous AAA said...

Could you leave in the middle of the night, or would that not make any difference?

10:58 AM, September 22, 2005  
Anonymous itunes said...

Long Line of Cars by Cake has now been approved for use during Hurricane Rita..

11:03 AM, September 22, 2005  
Blogger Dongley Shlongford said...

You could be Fu**ed.

11:40 AM, September 22, 2005  
Blogger garrett said...

We are thinking about trying to head out in the middle of the night tonight. There are just so many people heading west and north that the freeways were totally jammed all night. A friend of a friend left his house in Houston at 4:00 in the morning this morning (Thursday) to try to get to Austin and by 8:00 this morning was still inside the Houston city limits. Another friend emailed me to say that he'd spent 8 hours trying to find a back way out of Houston and had given up and gone back to his house in Sugar Land. He was on the freeway for 4 hours. He reported that he was able to travel 1 mile during that time.

11:50 AM, September 22, 2005  
Blogger Chris said...

Do you own a surfboard?

12:42 PM, September 22, 2005  
Anonymous Shower Curtain Fella said...

Welcome to Wichita!

Odds are you'll be eating your turkey roll right here.

12:58 PM, September 22, 2005  
Blogger garrett said...

Don't own a surfboard. But we've got several kites. Looking forward to breaking some records!

1:15 PM, September 22, 2005  

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