Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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Well, after an exhausting day I finally made it to Ft. Worth, and my kids and grandkid all made it out as well. An old family friend of ours is on vacation and offered up his farm house in west Tarrant County to us to have an impromtu family reunion, an offer we gladly excepted. An event like this allows one a clear picture of what matters in life, the fact that my home is probably heavily damaged, the status of my various mechanical toys, all of that didn't seem to matter much as my adult children and their families and pets all dribbled in from massive traffic-jam land.
The most aggravating thing right now is the inability to get any information from the area. It is looking like most of the destructive power fell slighty west of me, but the first aerial photos from Galveston are not encouraging. One of my close friends owns an iron-construction boat parked in Kemah Harbor, and he insisted on riding the storm out on his boat despite all of his friends pleading with him not to. I am terribly worried about him because I have been in cell phone contact with people via cell phone in other parts of Houston, and none of us have been able to get in touch with him.
If you have been following news reports, you may have seen the Hilton Hotel in Clear Lake City that has sustained damage - I parked my Benz and bikes in a parking garage across from NASA about three blocks from there, I hope they made it - I parked them on the second and third floors.
My house is in an area that took a hell of a storm surge. Its a total of 21 ft above sea level. Initial news reports look promising.
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