For those of you who don't watch the news, Hurricane Ike bitch-slapped the Houston area like his namesake used to do to Tina Turner. Well, much like her, we stood up to him and came out of the situation much stronger. Yesterday evening, power was finally restored to our area after nine days. We had no air-conditioning, which can be rather brutal in Houston. Fortunately, a cool front blew in, easing our burden for a few days. All of the family is fine, and looking forward to life returning to normal.
Many were not so lucky. One friend lost his apartment, along with most everything inside. He and his 8 & 1/2 month pregnant wife and two kids are now staying in a two bedroom apartment with his mother-in-law and brother-in-law. Another longtime friend lost her house, along with all of the contents. Yeah, it pretty well sucks. Overall, I cannot complain too much about being without my TV and AC for a few days when these folks lost so much. What amazed me about both of these individuals is their good attitude about their situation. Both seemed truly grateful to be alive and knowing that their loved-ones are safe. These kind of things bring perspective to our lives about what is truly important.
So, taking our cue from Tina, we may have been abused, but we don't just stay still and take it. Our city has pulled itself up by the bootstraps, and started putting the pieces together. Many still don't have power, and water is out in some regions, but I have to say that I've been impressed with how quickly the local utilities have taken action. I have seen, all over the area, a concerted effort to clean up and restore our infrastructure in a timely manner. Ike is gone, but we aren't letting his actions get us down!