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September 6, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Requesting Air Cover

Vintage car and hilly landscape (1920 postcard. USPD. Pub.date, artist life, Unico postcard/Commons.wikimedia.org)

We’ll be wishing us up the mountain when she comes…”(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Dad would yell, “We’re going up a hill. Pick up your feet so we’ll make it”. As little kids, we were sure the car would stall – and maybe even roll backwards – if we didn’t comply.

Extend that concept:

Everyone west of the Mississippi please face Eastward/ South east, puff up those cheeks and exhale with such force and determination that Irma and Associates blow into reverse.

Wave brooms and towels, too.

All together now: “Hurricanes, Hurricanes. Hurry, hurry far away!”

Seriously, Harvey must have texted, “The water’s fine. Come on down!”.

Won’t show you any flood recovery images. Residents are tired of being gawked at by outsiders. Enough already; we’re busy.

You’re probably glazed over by now anyway. Yes, there’s still flooding.

We’ve been warned if and when Irma makes landfall, resources will be shifted there.

tree shadow against brick wall.© Venus de Milo pose appealing to Aphrodite< Goddess of Love and Beauty, for help (ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted )

Having watched far too much of Twin Peaks, a tree strikes a Venus de Milo pose in a shadowy appeal for help turning the storms. (Image ©)

So we really need air support right now, if you don’t mind.

Florida and the Carolinas would appreciate the assist, too.

Huff and puff and blow that storm down.

Driving rain.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Hurricane Harvey recovery notes:

  • Birds. It’s so quiet. Not even doves. I heard a bird calling early Monday morning sounding so lost and lonely. That night we heard, then saw, an owl perched on a roof gable. Tuesday morning a whole line of ocean-going birds sailed over headed to the coast. Later that afternoon, our local red tailed hawk swooped over us hunting once again in the neighborhood. Hopefully we’ll be in fine feather again soon. Fall migration isn’t too far away. Worried the Whooping Cranes will find their wetland habitats south of us too damaged to sustain them this year.
  • A neighbor has spent the past 3 days helping to clean his mother-in-law’s room and her nursing home. He’s older himself with health problems, but what can you do? He was chuckling this morning when I ran into him walking his Labrador. Said he’d gotten a postcard from the nursing home in that “handwritten” script relaying how much fun his Mother-in-law was having playing bridge and that she enjoyed organizing bridge tournaments the past couple of days. He said, “How would we know? These cards always looked authentic and reassuring.” Smart marketing strategy by Corporate, but easy to get tripped up during hurricane season.
  • Tell me again why it’s a smart idea to take down the elevated portions of both Hwy 59 and Hwy 45 and run them underground instead of over downtown as they are now. I know the tunnels of Boston, but considering the massive flooding issues that don’t seem to be so rare any more? All I can say is “I see dead people.”
  • Being ridden out on a rail maybe isn’t such a bad thing. Gee, what if there was high speed commuter rail from Galveston to Houston to Dallas to San Antonio to Austin? We’ve been asking for decades, DC and elected officials. Considering the need to move large numbers of people quickly before and after big storms, all the people with flooded out cars who could really use a ride – not to mention taking cars off the roads and easing everyday traffic problems.
  • Need more proof German Shepherds are really smart? People noticed him in the GRB regional shelter. Nobody seemed to come check on him. Had he been left behind as families and evacuees were moved to apartments and hotels accommodations? A volunteer took him in as a foster. Social media scorned his owners. Actually, the dog’s a typical self-reliant Texan. A Metro bus driver surfaced with his story. While she was shuttling people to the shelter during the hurricane, she noticed this German Shepherd standing on the corner – by a bus stop. It was storming, so she pulled over, opened the door, told him to get on and he did. Sat quietly and once at the shelter, he was escorted to a nice dry spot, feed, and generally pampered by volunteers in the pet area. He’s got a spot now. Not to worry. Safe and sound no matter what. (Animals need to be chipped, but owners need a good picture, too. This app also provides new hope: Finding Rover  and the story “APP uses facial recognition to reunite owners with lost pets”)
  • I’m healing a small gash (stupid stick) on one leg and some fire ant battle scars on the other ankle, so no contaminated flood water or bacteria oozing mud zones right now. Busy making dog beds. Lots and lots of dog and cat beds that are badly needed. Not fancy but just as comforting. Which brings up these two local groups sheltering lost pets: League City Pets Alive (Volunteers fostering keep our city shelter no kill) and Bayou Animal Services (Galveston county: Dickinson/and others) Both of these shelters took in over 100 pets and are working to reunite them with ones as well as offering to house pets until owners can get things sorted out. They are also handing out pet food and supplies to evacuees and pet owners who are in hotels or damaged houses. Galveston Island Humane Society has offered dry rooms to store (and distribute) donated food. Big thanks for all who swam, rowed, waded in to rescue and those who are tending (a young vet from out of state is one), driving in food and pet supplies, fostering, and walking all back to normal-ish. We won’t forget. Thanks.

Dogs and cats in western costumes. League City Animal shelter event.

 

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  1. Anne Mehrling / Sep 6 2017 8:36 am

    Thank you for giving us real news of your area. My regional paper is on to other things, while I’m still interested in the recovery in Texas.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 6 2017 10:49 am

      A few vignettes- people get worn down with grim situations. We are so lucky in this spot. A few blocks away – just imaging 1-3 huge dump truck loads of building materials, carpet, sogged furniture sitting in front of house after house after house for miles. Authorities are getting the mess picked up as fast as possible – just in case a rain comes back or another storm tears up some place else. Whew – we need some serious cold front moving across ASAP. Thanks for brushing a comment this way

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  2. pensitivity101 / Sep 6 2017 8:40 am

    keep safe.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 6 2017 10:44 am

      As long as the cold front stays strong we are probably safe from more rain. The Caribbean, the Leeward Islands, and on to Florida then up the coast? Wouldn’t wish this mess on anyone any place. Fingers crossed. Thanks for sweeping a comment this way

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  3. Littlesundog / Sep 6 2017 9:02 am

    I have not heard or seen the whooping cranes, sandhill cranes or Canadian geese overhead yet, but our woodlands are becoming quiet with migration underway here. It always feels strange when the birds make their exit for the season.

    A high-speed commuter rail is an excellent idea… and well worth the cost it would take to make it happen. I would be very inclined to make more trips to Dallas to catch the rail on south. We have family on the coast and we miss the ocean something fierce!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 6 2017 10:41 am

      Normally we have tons of birds. It was so still it was weird. A neighbor is headed to Victoria area to assist friends there. Reports say Rockport, Corpus and the whole area got smashed big time. Last time we had a big storm the whoopers relocated for a while so we’ll all be watching. Sounds like you are in a migratory path. Nothing is a s cool as an early crisp morning with ducks and geese getting organized overhead.
      We need rail – everywhere needs it, but the coast needs it desperately. All the small communities between Galveston and Houston got together, did the paper work, visited DC and things looked really really promising until Houston barged in and said Metro would be in charge, manage it all, and the feds would only talk to them..got people so confused the committee shelved the plans – and nothing happened. Sigh. (But somehow the developers with big new planned communities north and NW of the city seems to get HYW funds so easily…developers have far too much influence.) Trains would be so cool and handy for everyone. Thanks for driving a comment over here

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      • Littlesundog / Sep 7 2017 6:37 am

        Jeepers… I had no clue about all that is involved in getting a rain in. So many complications – all about money and funding and control.

        It will be interesting to follow the changes in wildlife since the storm. Now that there is a threat to Florida, it might really get interesting. 😦

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2017 8:18 am

          Irma is a monster storm. If it doesn’t make that turn predictions are it will hit somewhere between NOLA and Texas. So we hope this cool front is strong enough to hold and that the little Katia storm stops dawdling by the valley and goes on into shore quickly. Sept storms are traditionally the worse.
          Where are the whoopers going to go? (Going to check on them shortly – hopefully they are sitting where they are for a bit.

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  4. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Sep 6 2017 9:21 am

    Thanks for the Houston news – my friends in Friendswood have been giving updates as well.

    And I will be outside doing my part to blow Irma away!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 6 2017 10:33 am

      We might be able to throw rocks/palm fronds at your friends HAHA. We’re halfway between Galveston and Houston. Cooler breezes today which are promising. Thank for the whooshful comment

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  5. Kate Crimmins / Sep 6 2017 9:56 am

    Thanks for the update. Always appreciate real news from real people. (You are real, right?) 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 6 2017 10:32 am

      You notice the absence of those boxes with “Prove you are not a robot by copying this sequence of weird swirly letters”?
      Ah, there’s air waves coming in from cooler areas right now – cloudy but lowering humidity. A real help.. Happy Full Corn Moon…who knew?
      Thanks for whisking a comment this way

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  6. Amy / Sep 6 2017 2:22 pm

    Love your imagination, seems to have come from your dad. Yep, GSD’s are smart!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 6 2017 3:59 pm

      Hopefully his sense of wit and humor, too.
      That GSD. They said “If you need a ride to a safe place, get to a bus stop” and he did. Worth a smile or three!
      Thanks for passing to chat.

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  7. petspeopleandlife / Sep 6 2017 11:17 pm

    Good reading here about what is happening in your area. Nice news about the shelter caring for the animals. My yard is pretty quiet as well. Not sure why. Only heard a mocker sing briefly and a brief song by a white eyed vireo which is a summer resident. Have not seen very many migrants- the warblers and vireos have been passing me by. A rail system would be ideal in the Houston area. It’s a shame the city does not push for it

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2017 8:14 am

      Saw a couple of butterflies, more sea gulls and other bird flocks yesterday. At least the skies are looking more normal.
      Houston had rail and a commuter rail originally. There was even a weekend train between Houston and Galveston for a while a few years ago. Rail rights/space/clearance has been given by the commercial lines for commuter. The people of Houston have voted repeatedly for decades for funds and to build rail, yet we get buses. Old discarded buses from other cities no less – and a few lines of tiny Disney-type rail inside downtown that were constructed so if it rain hardly at all they can’t run. Totally insane. The surrounding communities from Galveston to southern city limits of Houston got together, created a good solid plan for rail and went to Washington and the Transportation committee – but Houston got wind of it, Houston Metro barged in and said they had to be in charge and confused people there so much that the promised funding was put on hold.
      Odd Houston managed to get state and fed. funding to enlarge roads W, NW, and N that provided great access to developers’ lands and new planned communities…meanwhile along the coast where we basically have 1 main exit route. Snort. The people vote and demand – business and Houston Metro say “you get what we want you to have” Really really annoying.
      But the sky is clear, there’s a cooler breeze, and the birds are returning, so you have to be happy about that! Thanks for flying in to chat.

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  8. cat9984 / Sep 9 2017 9:56 am

    Amazing how quickly people get together to help each other. Hope the government works as quickly. (Or as fast as the government does anything)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2017 8:17 am

      Help is always faster and more effective if it is local – those who can actually see what is needed and do something about it quickly.
      Somehow people revert back to the spirit and compassion that was required to survive in the wildernesses. Good is there – wish it would surface more frequently. (Not having out of the area people/news media snidely whispering “will it last?” and “will the friction return?” is always a big help…seems like they only want to start trouble so they can be there first to get it on the air. Most annoying.)
      Let’s see, last summer FEMA finally paid the city of Houston (after years of nagging) what FEMA promised and owed for taking in, feeding, housing, schooling the evacuees from Katrina.(2005) I think NOLA also got some more money then, too. Multiple hurricanes and wildfires? We’ll see.
      Thanks for storming over with a comment

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  9. kourtneyheintz2 / Sep 9 2017 10:43 am

    Thanks for sharing what is going on there. It’s heartening to hear about all the good people can do for each other and for animals. I agree with you on the highways staying elevated and the need for railroads. Hope these things are prioritized soon. Hugs.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2017 8:21 am

      Nothing like a little forced redecorating. Hope Florida/Georgia come through with less damage. So many little towns that are barely noticed on the map are going to need help too. We love seeing the pet reunions on local TV news – just makes you smile. Hope you are feeling the fall energy storing up warmth for the winter! Thanks for traveling this way

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