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May 10, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Big City Challenge

Four cat acrobats (ca.1890 greeting card/, artist life/

No cats were harmed in this photo. Either a demonstration how everyone gets into sports in this town or practice drill for house getting an unexpected indoor pool. (USPD/

You know you’re in Houston when the weather guy tells Astros fans to remember not to park on the lower floors of the underground parking if they are going to the baseball game because heavy rain is moving in.

(And the ballpark roof will be closed, but you know umbrellas may be required for dry viewing…)

You know you’re in Houston when the local emergency management authorities tell people to stop parking cars in the streets because the streets were designed to be part of the drainage system and all you guys are impeding the flow of water and causing flooding.

(Meanwhile some are still waiting to hear if their homes are also part of that plan of “secondary storm channels to hold storm runoff”. Shouldn’t that be noted in the seller’s disclosure?)

You know you’re in Houston when a county flood management official says with a straight face “This was unprecedented flooding” and people politely let that pass while thinking, “Unprecedented maybe in the last 24 hours.”

(It’s flat here. It floods. Wonder if anyone will notice the typo in flood maps: One Hundred Year Flood Plain, must actually be One Hundred Day Flood Plain. Probably not if it’s written in curses cursive.)

Bayou City life

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

You know you’re in Houston when food mirrors basketball players…

Fancy donuts and Rocket's basketball player James Harden (Facebook/click2houston)

Fancy donuts in honor of Rocket’s James Harden’s eye injury in game 2. It’s Houston. We do food for everything. I know, you can tell by the crowd scenes.(Facebook/click2houston)


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  1. shoreacres / May 10 2019 7:02 am

    Glad you see you up and about. How about that lightning? I lost power at 11 p.m., but when I woke up at 2 a.m., it was back on. I certainly didn’t mind the wait. I wouldn’t expect any power company employees to go out in that mess: at least, until the lightning stopped.

    The best news is that my cardinals have stopped by for breakfast already. Now, if I just can see the bluejays, all will be well. I’m sure glad I don’t have to go into Houston, though!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 10 2019 8:25 am

      The trees threw down yet more sticks and leaves last night. I think they are using the storm winds as an excuse to clean house.
      Apparently some people have clearing skies, but about ready to put the rain coat on Molly – she’s darted out once in the yard, but is hiding every time she sees the leash and rain boots now. She says she left the life of a drenched stray long ago and points out the we never drag the cat out in the rain…
      Glad you’re charged up again. Thanks for surfing by here


  2. Kate Crimmins / May 10 2019 7:26 am

    I whine about our weather but it’s just been cool and rainy. No storms of Houston proportion! I get a kick out of the “100 year flood.” We’ve had several in this decade! Perhaps there is confusion on just what a 100 years is.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 10 2019 8:07 am

      It’s the new math?
      We’ve been lucky to have some breaks in the rain to allow water to drain off this time. But waterways are getting pretty loaded and more rain coming. Well, they said the Pacific El Nino weather pattern always brings big spring rains…but I was hoping Cino de mayo might offer a sidetrack to that routine. Sigh.
      Getting ready to force the dog off the couch and into the drizzle…the cat will snicker and giggle through the window.
      Thanks for adding a splashy comment

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  3. Ally Bean / May 10 2019 7:45 am

    I like your idea that it’s 100 Day Flood Plain. Makes perfect sense. I live in a hilly region. We have our flooding but not like yours. Aren’t you lucky? 😉

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 10 2019 8:11 am

      Maybe it should be 100 year Flood Pain? So far so good as there have been breaks between storms. (While we wisely chose to live on a “hill” (also known as the dirt that they dug out for the marina years ago), we are considering moving to be less lucky Ha Ha) Thanks for the flat out funny comment

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  4. anotherday2paradise / May 10 2019 8:33 am

    I’ve never been to Houston. If I ever get to visit, I’ll remember to pack my galoshes, sou’wester and umbrella. 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 10 2019 12:11 pm

      People tend to forget it is the semi-tropics here – and while Houston is inland quite a bit from the coast, it’s flat coastal plain. Bayous exist for a reason – and it’s not just to be a picturesque view out the back window…newcomers seem to forget that.
      This is a Pacific El Nino weather pattern that we get periodically which means wet stormy springs, but maybe fewer Gulf hurricanes.
      So bring the foul weather gear at the end of August-early Sept and maybe some April, May, but the rest of the time, just haul the coolest things you have. Ha Ha Thanks for treading through some water to chat over here

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  5. RKLikesReeses / May 10 2019 11:03 am

    ☔️Oh, my gosh! ((((((hugs))))))

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 10 2019 11:52 am

      It’s just the Pacific’s El Nino weather pattern. We get this periodically. The up side is that pattern usually means fewer hurricanes. Fingers crossed ( and thankful the power is staying on.) We’ve always been OK here as we are so close to the big drain: the lake HAHA
      Thanks for checking in on the muddle here

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  6. sustainabilitea / May 10 2019 11:03 am

    We’ve had flooding here, but nothing personally, just in the parks and the downtown Naperville Riverwalk. Hopefully there aren’t people getting flooded out and it looks like we’ll have more dry days now, thankfully. The flooding you mention sounds quite bad. If we could just save that water somewhere for forest fire season…


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 10 2019 11:48 am

      You think like me. Every time it floods anywhere. All this free water – relatively clean as it falls – that could be saved in massive cisterns/underground storage like strategic fuel reserves – or redirected to be used as needed. If the Romans can built aqueducts that still exist, why can there be some national engineering prize to solve the problem of water here, but not there? Today there have been short breaks allowing water to head downstream towards the gulf, but the next 24 hrs will bring more storms.
      Riverwalk areas are so wonderful. San Antonio’s is designed for tourists also works when needed during big rains – just cleans it out so they don’t have to close it off and drain/scrub it so much. HA. A break in the drizzle? Time to get the dog out…prying her off the couch has been difficult since she got little sleep with the winds and lightning all night ( and fighting the cat for room on the bed…she’s gotten used to the pampered soft life – deservedly)
      Thanks for splashing down here to chat

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  7. Spinster / May 13 2019 3:22 pm

    Yeah… after getting stuck out there on the I-10 back in 2015… no sir & no ma’am…

    Be careful out there.


  8. LordBeariOfBow / May 13 2019 11:42 pm

    I suppose swimming is a popular pastime in Houston, get in some practice time


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