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The Coffee Shop / Re: Brrrr II
« on: December 11, 2009, 11:39:39 PM »
we are a warm 50 degrees here in houston and my dog acts like I am making her go out in antarctica...but last friday we did get about 2-3 inches of snow and she absolutely loved it... 8)

The Coffee Shop / Re: Swine Flu...Impending pandemic?
« on: May 01, 2009, 04:39:24 PM »
34,  on may 21

The Coffee Shop / Re: Swine Flu...Impending pandemic?
« on: May 01, 2009, 04:32:15 PM »
Sure, but if you do get sick, please isolate yourself so you don't pass it to others. I doubt the shot would be mandatory even if this thing hasn't blown over by the time CDC gets it made.

They better not make it mandatory.....I'm allergic to the flu shot.   So I have never had a flu shot and I don't remember ever having any flu's (or flues or....what is the plural of flu?)

I have had bad colds, bad allergies, ear inf. etc but never the flu  (that I remember)

The Coffee Shop / Re: Swine Flu...Impending pandemic?
« on: May 01, 2009, 04:28:46 PM »
I'm very interested in what your Mom finds at school as this thing progresses. Thanks for sharing.

Update for the day.....the loudmouth at work said that there was a confirmed case in my mom's school.  the principal is denying it.

No principal wants the schools to close this week due to statewide testing. (test scores are used for bonuses and such)

My mom truly believed they would shut down the school today because of the flu...but it did not happen.

One more school has shut down to the southwest of us (richmond / rosenberg area). And the entire school system in Navasota TX has shut down (navasota is nw of houston.....just south of Bryan / College Station ---- Texas A&M

some of the school closures are for an indefinite period of time, others are closed till May 11.

most schools are abiding by the CDC recommendation, which states that if students are sent home because of the flu, then the school should remain closed for 14 days.

My aunt who works in the health care field told us that they are monitoring the CDC for info

locations of school closings in Houston area  (if you are interested)

You can see the progression of the virus

The Coffee Shop / Re: Swine Flu...Impending pandemic?
« on: May 01, 2009, 09:51:32 AM »
  So far in the U.S. there has been only 1.  {death}

This one death occurred in Houston....It was a two year old visiting here from Mexico.   The main concern the media has here about this death is that the child spent a day at the Galleria before he showed symptoms.

We have shut down 4 schools so far.   One teenager was reported to have the flu in Ft Bend Cnty (just sw of Houston) and she has already recovered and is back in school.

My mom works in the nurses office at a local High School.  Yesterday they sent two kids to the hospital with suspicion of the flu.  Others have been sent home with fevers.  No official word yet if these are associated with the flu.  The school has not been shut down.

The Good Old Days / Re: Another Person of Interest From Elk Falls
« on: February 09, 2009, 11:34:55 AM »
see if this is okay

The Good Old Days / Re: Cresco Cemetery Gate
« on: January 09, 2009, 06:48:00 PM »
never an obit on that link and it seems that it was a community at one point north of howard

The Good Old Days / Re: Cresco Cemetery Gate
« on: January 09, 2009, 06:46:08 PM »
Does any one know why it is named Cresco?

I always thought it was a family named cemetery but according to the link below, there is no one surnamed Cresco buried there.

Ann Marie Hogan Giesy

February 25, 1912   ~  September 25, 2008

The Coffee Shop / Re: hurrican ike ---- we are hunkered down
« on: September 25, 2008, 01:38:52 PM »
I've been watching more of the live streaming. Houston downtown has lost a lot of glass in the tall buildings, the Reliant Stadium roof had some damage and Galveston really got swackered. The old Balinese Room that was out on the pier is on the beach and just toothpicks and the causeway is full of debris, including buildings. At least 20 homes collapsed and several burned. Many were severely damaged. No power, no safe water, but the people generally seem to be in good shape. No death toll as of yet, too soon.

Galveston got pounded hard.  The pictures and video that ya'll were watching of the waves coming over the seawall...that seawall is about 16 ft tall.  Galveston will always does.  The worst of the damage was on Boliver pennisula in a small community called Crystal Beach.  THere is nothing left.  One of my employees in part of the USMC hurricane team.  His outfit was the first to hit Crystal beach after the storm (they got there via amphibious tanks).  He said that everything looked like broken matchsticks.  Their objective was to collect bodies (he was also involved in Rita and Katrina), and he said they pick up about 15.  Not as bad as it could have been.

He was mostly amazed by seeing boats on top of the Causeway and in peoples living rooms.  Now understand these houses are on stilts 10-15 ft in the air and the causeway is one of the tallest bridges down here.

I have to say that I am really proud with how the people of this area responded to the storm.  Everyone stayed friendly (no poor pitiful me) and the city and county governments responded quickly (we had trash pickup the monday after the storm..not storm debris though).  To heck with fema we helped ourselves and our neighbors.  There is still alot of clean up that needs to occur but all in all we are fine.

Ike may have been only a Cat 2 but it did more widespread damage then Alicia (cat 3) in 1983.

I was 8 years old when alicia hit and it did not scare me like this storm did.  Around 1:30am the night of the storm I stepped out on my front porch.  The wind was whipping the trees around and all of a sudden I heard this whirring whistle and the oak tree in my front yard and in my parents yard just started twisting and slamming from side to side.  I decided to go back in the house and I could barely get the storm door open.

I didn't go out again until the next day to take pictures.  All night you could here things pelting the windows. Things banging on the roof, on the side of the house.  Aluminum bending on the shed in our back yard.  I kep thinking the eye is about to come and then it is all down hill from there.   BOY were we wrong.  The back side of the storm was even worse then the front, which is highly unusual.  So for 3 - 5 hrs we took 80-100 mph winds from the east then we had 90-110 mph winds from the west for about 4 - 5 hrs. 

anyway i'm done for now...thanks to everyone who kept us in their prayers

ps these photos are from

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