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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Ceruis » Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:32 am

Dizzylizzy wrote:heh this is worff's son..


Worff has a son? How did this escape my attention? And who authorized him to procreate anyways? I blame Zyzz shoddy leadership! To allow such a thing! Scandalous! :chair

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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Serano » Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:39 pm

Cer - you didn't reply to my PM. bastard. I need your POC data for next month.
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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Ceruis » Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:03 am

What a PM?
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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Aithzar » Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:11 am

Ceruis wrote:What a PM?


PM = Private Message
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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Worff » Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:09 am

Yay got power back yesterday (Thursday) :banana and I fixed my own phone line and all haha... as I didnt want to wait on the Telco, I'm sure they have tons to do. So, got internet and phones back now $$$.

Was a huge mess, the fridge was RIPE as hell, I'll spare the details on that /smirk. Dizzy is ok too. I should be back in action in a week or so, lots to do still to get it back to normal, but all in all it could have been a lot worse, especially for Galveston folks like Dizzy and Caniza. My place is about 15 miles inland from Galveston so we didn't get the surge, just wind damage. Our house is surrounded by big oak and pecan trees... one of the oaks split in half but fell on fence and not the house. Took 2 days of cutting and dragging to get all tree debris to the street. Neighbors have all been good, everyone helping everyone with whatever.

Salv. Army has food trucks setup for free hot meals, store has been giving away free ice daily. Things are starting to head uphill now with cleanup and infrastructure repair well underway. Anyone want to buy some mosquitos?? hehe

I feel bad for the Galveston and other folks right on the coast, I fear they have no idea what they are actually heading home to (they started letting peeps back on the island Wednesday). Many homes are just plain gone, and thousands with 2-4' of water damage or more. Walking in to a house that has had no power for 2 weeks and water/mud means major stinky and fuzzy-furniture (mold and stuff). Things float around and are just jumbled around the house and stuff. What a mess. It will take several months to a year at least for the region to return to normal, but it WILL!!

I feel very lucky compared to some of these other folks and what they have lost. They are all in our prayers.

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Dizzylizzy wrote:heh this is worff's son..


Worff has a son? How did this escape my attention? And who authorized him to procreate anyways? I blame Zyzz shoddy leadership! To allow such a thing! Scandalous! :chair

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lol Cer .. yeah I ninja'd 3 of em in :)
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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Zyzzerzazz » Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:26 am

good to hear you are back on track worff, hope the others are on the uphill also.
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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Worff » Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:10 pm

Dizzylizzy wrote: im in La Grange fuckin redneck town with 5000 people..


lmao yeah ... no clue why ZZ Top made a song about that place .. well I guess it coulda been the legendary brothels :P
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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Hilf » Thu Sep 25, 2008 5:17 pm

HOOKERS!!!! WHERE!?!?!?!?
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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Worff » Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:25 pm

In the shack outside La Grange :P
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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Dizzylizzy » Sat Sep 27, 2008 6:48 am

Worff wrote:In the shack outside La Grange :P


yea, the best little whorehouse in texas. its still here but its not anything like it was before.
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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Worff » Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:18 am

What is it like now? hehe

Would be funny if they made a wax museum memorial out of it or something.
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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Dizzylizzy » Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:59 am

i dont think its a whorehouse anymore.. thats what someone around here said but im gonna go look today
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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Caniza » Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:55 am

@Worff

Good to hear things are getting back on track.

I finally got around to reading the rest of your post earlier. Its a shame FEMA decided not to help with anything. They should be helping those who don't have insurance and such get things in order as well (even more so) as help those with insurance get things processed quickly. I'm surprised you didn't get any foodstamps though. I know they were giving them out in San Antonio, enough to cover this month and next month to compensate folks for food lost in Ike. I didn't bother to get any stamps myself, I was about due for a grocery run before Ike came in so I didn't lose much food.

I'm up in Maine now, spending time with some family till I figure out what to do back in Galveston. I spent 2 days straight on buses to get here, not the most comfortable way to travel, but was great having a real bed to sleep in for the first time in almost 2 weeks.

I've been reading the Galveston Daily online and it still sounds like a real mess down there. Housing shortages are causing staffing problems for alot of businesses. Several apt complexes are giving residents a few days notice or none at all(hopefully not mine) to get their stuff out before they start ripping drywall and carpets and appliances out.

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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Worff » Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:20 am

Still up in Maine Caniza?

For whom is interested: Yeah it's still a mess in Galveston... got things pretty much back to normal on the mainland where I am, but a lot of folks on the island are still facing a lot of problems. Lots of waiting... for insurance adjusters, city inspectors, FEMA inspectors, etc .. then some folks find out they won't get enough to rebuild (or in some cases demolish/rebuild) to the new city code, part of which explains:

If the necessary repairs cost more than half the property’s value, owners must bring their structures into compliance with the city’s current codes, which include base flood elevation requirements.

Living areas will generally have to be rebuilt one story off the ground, but the exact height varies in different parts of town. If existing structures can be elevated, property owners will not have to demolish them.


Add to that the Appraisal District is doing revalues... which are less than market values... making the number who's homes will take more than 50% of it's value to repair (and fall into the new city code) rise. Building permits from the city are virtually non-existent right now too, which is really angering a lot of residents.

Also heard something about the city/state getting the lots that are below the new elevation code, and the owners cannot afford to rebuild. I don't know the details of this, if they would be paying the owner anything for it or not, and if they do I'm sure it would be "emminent domain" style prices.

All in all when the dust settles, I bet ya anything the Frititas, Moodys, and Mitchells end up with more property to build hotels on '.....'

UTMB (a hospital and medical university, also the county's largest employer) is in big trouble too. Most of their revenue generating facilities are offline, they took 700 million in damage with only 100 million in flood insurance, and they have 50 million per Month in payroll to pay 12,000 employees that are mostly idle right now with it being inoperative. The state pledged to help them out (ironically from a "tight-fisted" Aggie conservative's efforts) but of course pledge does not = a check in hand. UTMB is poised to lay off 4,000 employees.

This pledge comes as a surprise actually, because there have been tensions for a long time between the state and UTMB, because some lawmakers were bitter about how much money the state already sends to UTMB. They were bitter because, and I QUOTE, "They feared UTMB was using some of the funds to help poor people in the county." /gasp Imagine that, a hospital treating a poor person =\

Anyway lol, some things are getting back to normal on the Island like utility restoration and school started up again... but still a long way to go, especially for the average citizen.
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Re: HUrricane - Texas

Postby Caniza » Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:26 am

Yep, up in Lisbon Falls, ME, not far from Portland. I used to spend summers up near Portland as a kid. The weather's been nice and cool and the trees are showing their fall colors.

I haven't kept up on whats going on down in Galveston for a bit, but I did read that excerpt about houses on the flood plain being required to be brought up to code regarding elevations. I'm not sure which parts of the island that affects though. I know some houses built over the years in my area have been elevated, but there's tons of others that aren't. Lots of middle class housing that I wouldn't be surprised, if required to be raised, would prolly be too expensive for the owners. I did see the highlights of the mayor's address to the Senate for federal aid. That was a doozy, esp seeing how outdated Galveston's infrastructure is and how much she's asking to upgrade it.

My place was inspected about a week ago, there was quite alot of mold from what I heard. I haven't seen it yet, I authorized one of the apt management pple to walk through with the FEMA inspector. I also heard that my apt's management company was one of the first back onto the island and fixing things fairly quickly, which is somewhat surprising given the lousy management before Ike. They cleaned out all the fridges so they didn't have to throw them out as the city's been suggesting pple do. In my apt they tore out the drywall in my living room and master bedroom ceilings, wall around the bedroom windows, some of the walls in my living room as well. They put plastic in place for now, till they can get around to putting in new drywall. Seems their focus as of last week was on getting everything cleaned up first, then fix things.

The management stated the apt is livable (pfft, with plastic for walls). That there is running water, but still a boil water order for drinking or cooking. That the power was back on, but no phones or internet at the time. The phones in my area appear to be working now as my cousin was able to get an answering machine for the apt office. (why aren't they forwarding calls to an answering service like they usually do outside business hours?)

On a more positive note, after putting it off for a loooong time, I've started studying again for my A+ cert. I'm a bit surprised how much I remember from the courses I took so long ago, or how much I already know from reading tech mags or from building and playing around with my own pcs. Of course there's still plenty to learn, I skimmed ahead to the sections on printers and sound and failed most of those questions. =P

I will be coming back to Galveston to collect my stuff down there this month or next month. I've been thinking of moving to Austin. I used to live there for a few months a long time ago, also have spent several weekends there. I also recall its a big tech town. So I'm hoping I'll have a decent chance of finding work there after I get my A+.

If anyone up here in Maine or down near Galveston or Houston when I head down there want to meet, let me know. I'd love to meet ya'll face to face for once. =)
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