Hurricane RITArded or not?
Remember all of the hurricane ordeal last year? It’s this time of year again.
I’m sure we had all kinds of experiences with Hurricane Rita. We haven’t even finished taking care of and giving relief to those who came to Houston from Hurricane Katrina, and now we had to deal with Hurricane Rita (just 3 weeks later).
Some people think Hurricane Rita was a tease, others thought it was RITArded, and still others think Houston still has a long way to go, in terms of preparation for future hurricane evacuations.
For me, at least, the whole thing felt ridiculous, and I was frustrated. Since I live way out (in Friendswood and Clear Lake area), we were ordered to evacuate. And what do you know, I think I spent at least 24 hours on the road getting out of Houston and returning home to Houston. I wish I had photographs, but I was watching people acting very much like ants–hoarding carts and carts of water, tanks of gas, nonperishable food, and hygienic items. I find it scarier to meet cars (or drivers really) fighting each other for gas at gas stations than the whole evacuation itself.
Plus, I think we coined a new term for the dictionary. Instead of “major traffic,” it’s now called gridlock.
For the next hurricane, my dad says that we’re not going anywhere. We’re gonna ride it out, he said.
For two weeks after Hurricane Rita though, my house turned into a daycare center for 2 families (my cousins and their wives and screaming kids), because where they lived was in Rita’s path. It was so difficult to concentrate on school work or anything else. I sort of turned into a social worker and helped them with applications for FEMA and among other things. And if you ever had guests in your house, you would definitely understand how crazy it can get. I’m glad that no one was hurt though, and they evacuated as soon as they could.
As for my best friend’s birthday, it was ruined the entire week. She didn’t get to celebrate it, but since this year is her 21st, it’ll be a blast and no hurricane can ruin it.
To conclude, I can’t believe it’s been a year since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. What were your experiences from Hurricane Rita? After all, Rita gave us a bruise and not a punch. Should we be thankful? Maybe we were just lucky and got away this time.
*Note: Photo courtesy of Scoop.