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Well we got through Ike ok... What a day though!<p>We were outside Friday evening looking at a strange sunset - cloudy sky with bright orange highlights and perfectly still.<p>The storm began late evening and got steadily stronger through the night. We lost power around 2.30. At 4am we could feel the house moving.<p>Saturday was a LONG day - non stop heavy rain and the strongest wind I have ever experienced (I went outside to take a reading with a handheld gizmo but, on seeing tree branches flying horizontally, I thought better of it). The storm finally gave out in the afternoon to our relief!<p>We were shocked when we toured the neighborhood on foot that afternoon - so many downed trees. Our neighbors lost a huge pine, our favorite tree down the street appears to have exploded into splinters. The pocket park down the road is in awful shape with several downed trees. We were stuck in the neighborhood as both roads out were blocked.<p>I have never seen anything like it. It's like half the forest was put through a chipper and blown through the neighborhood.<p>We are still without power and phone service still and the estimates seem to be somewhere between 2 and 5 weeks for restoration.<p>I did have mobile for some time after the storm but then it went away - wondering if FEMA or local authorities took it over to coordinate the response... It came back tonight.<p>We are bored but fine - we have food, we lined up for ice today and the store was exponentially better than yesterday.<p>Probably going to volunteer at FEMA POD tomorrow if they need the help... <p>The sense of community is fantastic here - the radio stations are doing an incredible job of helping people find information they need.<p>I have some pics but no means to upload them yet.<p>Did you miss me <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>UKMatt<br>
 

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Re: yIKEs... (ukmatt)

Glad to hear you're OK! It's hard to find an intelligent lib to debate!<p>Just kidding, folks... I know there's another one here. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Honestly, glad to hear you're OK, and have food and shelter. Hastee says you have beer also. This is good.
 

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Re: yIKEs... (ukmatt)

ukmatt, glad to hear you all made it thru relatively unscathed. I mean, it sounds better than a whole lot of of others.<p>Are they saying that your power will be 2 weeks to get back or your phone, or both?? Just curious. <p>In '04 we were quite lucky, we were only without power for about 2-3 days each during the 3 hurricanes that seemed to come back to back. Some folks barely had theirs back, and along came another storm.<p>We had at the time undeveloped property behind us, all big tall pines. Not after Charlie. The only good thing about that was there wasn't much for the next storms to blow down.<p>I'm assuming you have a generator <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> Hope so anyway. Also, did you board your house up or have hurricane shutters, or just hope for the best?? I was wondering how other states deal with it.<p>Take care. Glad you are safe.
 

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Re: yIKEs... (momscar)

moms; i just got an e mail from matt. i think what i would like to do is ship him a small generator, and a room air conditioner if he can not get one locally. they have been in the house for only a few months after leaving the sf bay area.<p>if all the local, or even dallas, or san antonio stores are out of generators, and room air conditioners i want to ship him one from here. what is needed is some inter modal system. someone within half a tank drive from houston who could take delivery until matt could get there. that is as far as i have gotten in the thinking.<p>after the n. o. storm i helped a friends kid get out and set up in a friends place in hawaii. i did not know him but i was with the kids dad in viet nam, so i helped with what i could.<p>i know matt. well we have had a few lunches, and he'd been over to our house many times.<p>so he is more family than many, i think we all feel that way. let's see what we can do to help.
 

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Re: yIKEs... (hastee)

some nonsense was here, but deleted. see edit.<p><br>houston needs something, what do you have that will help.<p>edited for stupid overreaction, and stupid thought that went away, thankfully.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by hastee at 7:29 AM 9-16-2008</i>
 

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Matt,<p>Let me know if you need anything from San Antonio. I should be able to cross into Houston with my credentials.<p>Seriously let me know
 

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Hey guys,<p>Thanks for the responses!<p>We are waiting to hear about a generator from a friend so fingers crossed for that. Otherwise the lines are huge for generators and gas.<p>Thankfully is's cool and not humid here at the moment so it's bearable <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Your good wishes are most appreciated.<p>The interface frm my blackberry sucks so sorry if this makes no sense!<p>UKMatt<p>We
 

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Re: yIKEs... (hastee)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>hastee</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">classic, a swedespeed response, that means NOTHING, using the adp style.<p>which means NOTHING, to me.<p>you all are looking smaller, and smaller to me.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>(Clears throat). This is my first look at the OTF since about 6:30 a.m., Monday the 15th. What can I do to help, hastee? I'm on the Left Coast, too. I'd be glad to pony up some cash. I know freight brokers that'll haul a Less-Than-Load from point to point. Wanna ship a pallet to Matt via Cope? You can pm me if you want.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: yIKEs... (Steely)

got a couple of e mails from matt. and, it appears the help is sufficient so far. with my busy life, and school now open, i have some time to get down there. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>i kinda want to wear out my 30k michelins so i can put the ones on the garage floor on before winter rains come. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> damn things will not wear out!<p>but matt has said what he did because all seems it is going ok and the weather is working in everyone's favor right now.<p>i thank you for the concern, but, matt seems confident.<p>after returning from disneyland last month, i need a vacation. and the family could use me getting one. i wanted to drive down there, and like cope said, credentials are needed. i was hoping that he could help, and i bet he could, and would. thanks cope.. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>thanks all.
 

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Wait a second, are you Matt's wife?<p>I am confused on the relationship here...<p><br>And ya, if I can help I will. Ill put my floaties on!
 

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Re: yIKEs... (ukmatt)

Am glad to hear that you weathered the storm.<p>Yes, we missed you. The damned inmates have almost taken over the asylum, again.<p>Hastee: Sorry, but I never even OPENED this thread. Look at the title. Who the heck is gonna open "YIKES"? <p><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>I am also happy to pitch in, if Matt needs some help and if you are organizing it. It's a nice thought. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: yIKEs... (adp)

sorry adp, and cope, matt and i are acquainted and he just moved from here. i have way too much time on my hands and am an ol' boy scout from way back.<p>i just want to help, and knew most here would if they could. so far power is about a week away, as matt said, and i know how hard it is to move the right people into a zone as large as houston. sometimes those of us on the 'outside' have an easier time getting the things that are in short supply in the damaged area.<p>i have everything he would need stacked in my garage, room air con, generator, 12-3 electrical cord (300 feet), and transfer boxes for routing, etc.<p>i will not let my beer get warm! <p>well, thanks all and i am sorry if i was short with any in anyway. <p>well matt is a brit, so he will do fine in that dept. i would not.<p>the largest hurdle is the transportation of goods down there.
 

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What category Hurricane was it when it hit?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AbsolutZer0</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">What category Hurricane was it when it hit?</TD></TR></TABLE><p><A HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Ike" TARGET="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Ike</A><p>3
 

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Matt, it looks like your power will be off for quite a while until 9/25. Are you with Entergy? Here are their repair time estimates:<p> Area Date for<br> 100 Percent Restoration<br> Orange, Vidor 9/21/2008<br> Navasota 9/22/2008<br> Port Arthur, Port Neches, Nederland, Groves 9/23/2008<br> Winnie, Anahuac 9/25/2008<br> Dayton, Ames, Daisetta, Batson, Saratoga 9/25/2008<br> <B>The Woodlands 9/25/2008</B><br> Woodville 9/29/2008<br> Silsbee, Lumberton, Kountze 9/29/2008<br> Conroe 9/29/2008<br> Huntsville, Madisonville 9/29/2008<p>Here is the <A HREF="http://www.marke****ch.com/news/story/entergy-texas-estimates-power-restoration/story.aspx?guid=%7B9CF25C5A-789F-434F-A590-C39BCC9426E6%7D&dist=hppr" TARGET="_blank">linky</A>
 

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Re: yIKEs... (hastee)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>hastee</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">sorry adp, and cope, matt and i are acquainted and he just moved from here. i have way too much time on my hands and am an ol' boy scout from way back.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>no problem re your boy scout tendencies. I applaud the sentiment, wholeheartedly<p>but I do think you are posting while drunk, too often (lately) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>[urp!]<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: yIKEs... (adp)

Here is a video from THE Woodlands <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> Matt's part of town<br><A HREF="http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid823425601/bclid1785352196/bctid1785322777" TARGET="_blank">http://link.brightcove.com/ser...22777</A>
 

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Thanks for the info... Thankfully we liove in the red-headed stepchild part of Woodlands so we are supplied by Centerpoint, not Entergy.<p>We are hoping for better news <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>They did deliver a new pole for the downed one in our neighborhood so they are on the case.<p>Still no power, no phone and sporadic cell coverage at the moment. Gas supplies are improving.<p>We tried to to volunteer at the FEMA POD today but we were not allowed - have to be registered with the church at which the POD was located... How dumb is that?!?!<p>UKMatt
 
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