Rita Update From The Marriott

I’m sitting in my room right now in the Westchase Marriott at Beltway 8 and Westheimer. In a last minute decision, my family decided to “evacuate” to a hotel due to the fact that we have a large tree in our front yard that could potentially fall over our house. Better safe then sorry, right?

The people at the Marriott are doing a wonderful job. There’s three HPD vehicles parked outside the hotel and plenty of officers inside. The lobby is full with people hanging out, chatting, or having some drinks at the bar. No one seems worried, and there’s plenty of laughter going around. Everyone seems calm and prepared. I’ve also seen a lot of people with pets. I don’t know what the Marriott’s regular policy on pets is, but I think that it’s a good idea that they allow people to bring them in given the situation. The last thing we want is for people to be stranded in their homes because they couldn’t find shelter for their pets.

On our way to the hotel, I noticed that the Godfather’s Pizza on Westheimer was open and serving food. Unfortunately, by the time that I got there they had ran out of everything. So I decided to instead go to the buffet at the restaurant downstairs. Surprisingly, the food was good!

According to an announcement earlier in the day, the management team has decided to close the doors shut at 11 p.m. to prevent any damage from winds. They’ve also boarded up and sealed quite a few windows and doors around the hotel. Once the doors are sealed, people are welcome in the main ballroom to hang out while the hurricane passes. As tempting as it sounds to linger in a large room with a bunch of random people in the middle of the night during a Category 3 storm, I think I’m going to have to skip.

The winds haven’t been that bad. I’ve stepped outside a few times and I know that I’ve felt winds of this intensity in Houston before. I guess the worst is still to come.

I tried to take some pictures, but considering it’s dark none of them came out that well. Just visualize some trees and plants moving because of wind. That’s basically it.

Oh, and a nice little addition is that the tub in my room came pre-filled with water. You know, just in case we run out we can drink out of the tub.

Hopefully my house will be in one piece when I go back tomorrow..

1 Comment so far

  1. katya (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 11:41 pm

    Who needs mints on the pillows when you’ve got a bathtub full of agua!

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