Re: sizing paper
WOW, Clay. Thanks for the update. I totally forgot Marek lives in Houston,
too. Thoughts are with you. What a season this year has seen.
Christina Z. Anderson
----- Original Message -----
From: "Clay Harmon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 6:28 AM
Subject: Re: sizing paper
Hey Chris and list citizens,
Thanks for the concern. We are all fine here at the Harmon household. I
have not heard from Marek, and I am guessing his neighborhood still has
no power. Communication is an issue right now, with a lot of cell towers
down and most of the landlines dead after the battery backups ran out.
I'm back in the electrified world as of this morning. I'm not sure why we
are so lucky, because adjacent neighborhoods are still powerless and many
are being told that it will be another week, and in some cases, two or
three weeks before their power is restored.
The hurricane itself was a pretty wild event. It was very large, and it
took about 16 hours to pass through. We had 75-90 mph winds here at the
house. Fortunately, we only lost some trees and had some minor damage to
the roof. A lot of people were not so lucky. Galveston and Bolivar
Peninsula and a good bit of Liberty County (just to the east of Houston)
Lots of interesting sociological observations occur during events like
this. I've had plenty of time to sit in the dark and think over the last
five days, and I have come to the conclusion that a natural disaster is a
behavioral amplifier, like four quick shots of Jim Beam. The old line
about liquor and money making good people better and bad people worse
should be expanded to encompass natural disasters. People that tend to be
pleasant, helpful and sympathetic become even more so. There were lots of
neighbors helping neighbors remove trees from houses, cleaning yards,
sharing chain saws and ice chests, etc. And unfortunately a few
not-so-postitively inclined people who take the probable lack of
consequences as a green light to break into stores, steal stuff, and
just generally be bad people. I chatted with a very tired looking cop
outside a grocery store the other day, and he gave me a rundown on a few
of looters that they actually caught who were just busting store windows
to steal sunglasses and designer jeans. Silly stuff.
The other interesting thing to observe is that FEMA is about as ham-
handed as they were three years ago after Katrina. They just seem to be
the gang that couldn't shoot straight. One of the more idiotic things
they did was require people who were picking up water, ice and food to
drive up in a car for the pickup. They turned away walk-up traffic. And
this in a city where gasoline is in very limited supply because none of
the service stations have any electricity to power their pumps! Not
really bright, IMO. By far the best 'relief' has been provided by a local
grocery store chain called HEB. They had the stores open the very next
day with a very organized system for getting people in and out in a very
But the city is slowly doing what it does best, muddling toward a
recovery. I'll bet in a month or so, things will look and seem normal.
This won't be true for Galveston and Bolivar, unfortunately.
On Sep 14, 2008, at 10:58 AM, Christina Z. Anderson wrote:
Nice Sunday morning, hope all who live in Texas are doing well...Clay
Harmon and the Texas contigent? Any damages from Hurricane Ike? I've
been glued to the news, having relatives in Harlingen and Austin. I wish
I could go back to Haiti after Gustav and Hannah wreaked havoc there.
They've got to need intense amounts of aid now. You'd think a country
couldn't be worse off and then...it can. Makes Montana winters look not