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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Red Ball of Joy

Another busy week at the Cancer Shoppe and still trying to catch up from my Dallas journey. Mostly I still like the job thing but Manager and I will be having some discussions at week's end to clarify direction. Nothing big, just clarification. Meanwhile Sistah L, the J's and I continue our ritual Friday lunching at Specs in downtown Houston. For those not knowing, Specs is a kajillion square foot liquor store with a deli and specialty groceries. The sandwichs are basically big enough for 3 and cost $6. I seriously couldnt buy the lunch meat for the price of the sandwich. We lunch, shop for new wines and snacks then return back to researchland. (I promise a picture next time!)

In other news, there is the recurring joy of living in a tropical weather zone.

Its a little early to tell but Hurricane Ike appears to be gunning for the Texas Coast. If you follow the path of the Red Ball of Joy you can see it leads to the little divet on the Texas Coast otherwise known as the 8-million person metro Houston area. I looked at the weather underground computer models and the paths basically center around Houston. Just for fun they predict by next weekend the Red ball will turn to a Pink ball, meaning Category 4.

Perhaps another trip to Dallas is in order.



Blogger suzy said...

Stay safe and dry. We will think lots of good thoughts.

9:30 PM

Blogger Jim said...

Thanks Suzy, I will. I'm just glad at this point that it doesnt look like its heading to New Orleans.

10:08 PM

Blogger JC said...

They are all getting their panties in a wad here in Austin casue they might have to cancel the Ark.vs.tu game... and the only free date both schools have is the weekend of the ACL Fest and all the hotels are already booked for that.
I think you'd be perfectly fine riding it out in Houston. You are not on one of those bayou area's right...
My Mom is in Corpus and she is planning on staying put for now...

Let's just hope that is stay 3 or less and just drops a lot of rain with minimal tornados... That is always the cause of the most death and damage. The wind shear and tornado that get spawned on the Eastern side -- the wet side of the eye.

12:06 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay safe and dry. We are thinking about you.
DC Mom and Andy

10:00 AM

Blogger Jim said...

JC, I think I will ride it out for now, if only because tomorrow after work it will take forever to get 5 miles.

Ike is supposed to strike somewhere between Corpus and Houston as a Cat 4. By the time it makes inland points it should be a Cat 2.Unfortunately Houston metro will be on the East side of the storm as it comes in and again as it curves to the north on its way to Austin then Dallas.

We'll hope for the best!

7:12 PM

Blogger Jim said...

Thanks DC Mom and Andy!!

7:12 PM


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