As the impending Hurricane Harvey approaches Texas, I can’t help but recall the last hurricane I experienced.
Nearly 10 years ago in 2008, Hurricane Ike blew through Houston. Honestly, I believe that the psychology of Ike did more damage to Houston than the actual storm itself did.
A BIT OF HISTORY:
A few years before Hurricane Ike, the world was shocked by Katrina. For those of you who don’t remember, Katrina completely decimated New Orleans. In the aftermath, the essential majority of New Orleanians relocated to Houston. Queue the FEMA jokes…
Shortly after Katrina, Houston had a complete false alarm with Hurricane Rita. It was kind of a hilarious nightmare: people were stuck in traffic for nearly 12 hours trying to escape to Austin (usually only a 2.5 hour drive), only to come back and find out that it was mostly all in vain – Rita didn’t quite “bring the pain” in the way that we were all expecting. In fact, she hardly even did anything at all. Can you blame us, though? We obviously were nervously acting in the wake of Katrina. And then, following year, Houston experienced ANOTHER false alarm in the form of Gustav.
Obviously, Mother Nature is quite the deceptive bitch.
When we heard Ike was on his way, the majority of Houstonians (myself included) nonchalantly said, “whatever.” We were all jaded, and couldn’t have given two shits about another so-called “hurricane.” In my haste, I decided to stay home along with most of my neighbors on my street.
It was the worst decision I ever made in my life.
At approximately 1am, the wind picked up – and ALL of my windows blew out simultaneously. The back wall of my den was creepily “breathing in and out” before it finally gave way and crumbled before my eyes. My family and I had to literally shield ourselves with mattresses from flying fence boards. At the time, I found solace in my wife telling me over and over again that it would only last for a “little while” – until the eye of the storm had passed over. But the way I see it, Fort Bend County never received the “eye.” It was just three hours of continuous hell.
The following day, I obviously called my insurance company immediately and reported all of the damage. It literally looked like someone had set a bomb off on my street. All of the (remaining) trees were twisted at the top, which is an obvious sign of the havoc wreaked by a tornado. Oh, and just to be clear, I also was left with zero shingles on my roof. It was all brown board.
I’ll outwardly admit that it was a very dumb decision to stay – my family and I could have been killed. In my defense, I will way the false alarms of the most previous “hurricanes” most definitely gave me a false sense of security.
In the aftermath, I was without electricity for three weeks, and had to live in my home with a tarp over where the wall in my den used to be. My wife and I had to work out alternate schedules so that at least one of us was always home – because our home was literally wide open for awhile.
There is a happy ending, however! State Farm quickly arrived, assessed the damage to my home, and put a huge smile on my face. My home was fully remodeled within a month – so, I guess not all was lost.
BACK TO THE HARVEY AT HAND…
I’m sure that many of you may be mulling over the decision of whether or not to stay.
Despite the entire experience I’ve shared with you above, I’m going to say that I’m much more mature (?) now, and am fully committed to riding this thing out. Hopefully all of you are better at learning lessons that I am. Let it be known though that I’ll be waiting for looters with my loaded gun in hand.
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Buffalo Bills Running Back LeSean McCoy does not believe Kaepernick is good enough.
Daryl Morey joined Charlie Pallio. It was a cool interview, but I definitely noticed Morey’s subtle jab in the beginning of the interview.
QUUTE OF THE DAY
“Of all the major religions, or lack thereof, the atheist’s is one of the best pretenders: his foundation for all existences, as well as moral behaviors for the permanent good of mankind, begins at science but ends at himself, the Napoleon complex of both intelligence and imagination. On the other hand the anti-theist wouldn’t survive without a deity beyond himself to hunt. He doesn’t pretend, he simply nullifies his own position.”
― Criss Jami
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Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is your weekly Friday updater, and also weighs in on a variety of subjects throughout the week. Former military man, UH Grad. Follow him on Twitter: @sportsmedialm