The Plan

Thursday, August 28, 2008

So, as the day moves on and the storm slowly stays more or less on its projected path we've more or less firmed up our plans. Slappy's school is closing from tomorrow at noon (after his test) until Thursday morning in anticipation of Gustav. I am out of work at noon, so we're going to hit the road as soon after that as we can get the cat sedated. We'll be driving up to Nashville to impose ourselves on my friend's life until we can come home.

I realize that there's still a reasonable chance that this storm will be weaker or nowhere near here, but it's not a risk we're willing to take. And understand that I'm not trying to inflammatory with my concerns over this, but that this is a big deal. I got an email at work today telling us to unplug all our electrical devices, but to not bother moving anything to higher ground because if the levees fail again, the school won't reopen. It's a really stark reality and while the chances of it happening should be low, the anxiety of it is high. Our livelihood could be destroyed by this storm, and God knows we're not alone in that. This whole city is watching with bated breath because I think we all know what might happen if Gustav at all approaches the seriousness of the aftermath of Katrina.

As tomorrow marks the 3 year anniversary of the destruction that Katrina brought, let's spend tonight praying, thinking good thoughts and otherwise willing Gustav to stop in his tracks. That's really all we can do at this point. Besides take copious amounts of Xanax.

I need to go pack, I'll keep everyone apprised of the situation as it unfolds.


Sandra said...

Praying for your peace of mind and safety during this craziness of the storm... stay safe!

joanne said...

Hoping and praying that everything will be all right for everyone. Take care and travel safely.

Anonymous said...

Praying. I hope you get to have a bit of fun while you're in Nashville. Oh, and I gave you a Kick Ass Blogger Award:

Daisy, Just Daisy said...

Good Luck & Godspeed.

Enjoy your vacation- fingers crossed that is all it is- and you'll be settled in, ready to go back to school & work next week.

(There is a Houston's in Nashville. Not that we ate their on our hurricane evacuation. Except we did, and it was divine.)

Diana893 said...

Thinking of you and hoping things stay calm. And remember, you're always welcome here in Texas (let me clarify - NORTH Texas)... while we're technically not that far apart, it is of course a distance that makes a big difference. Hugs!

Flea said...

I'll be keeping a close eye on this one. I know what it is to experience loss from a hurricane. I'll also be praying.

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I have experienced some of these side effects -
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