I survived Hurricane Ike and all I got was this stupid t-shirt.
Gotta get me one of those shirts. Even tho I think its a cheap way for folks to make money.
It was a hellish experience but it could have been much worse for me so I should not complain I guess. It wasn’t a Katrina so I guess thats why some say it wasn’t soo bad but can anything beat Katrina? My God nooooooo and thank goodness. Hopefully that was only once in a lifetime thing. But Ike was still the worst Hurricane I ever experience because it affected me the worse. But I digress, besides not being able to find the food I want due to the pickings of food at groceries stores being real slim and being in desperate need of gas right now plus businesses I want to go to still being closed I am ok right now. I wasn’t one of the ones that lost their homes and got washed out to sea but I was one of the first to lose their power.
Even after all the hoopla I still didn’t think Ike would effect me any. I was wrong. I was up watching the news on Friday night, the bf was on the couch sleeping through it all, and boy the wind was really blowing strong. I went outside and was surprised to see my whole little neighborhood standing outside. I guess they were curious about what the hell ike was up to as well. I stayed outside about 15 minutes talking to my homegirl Cee on the phone then came back into the house and laid back on the other couch to finish watching the news.
The lights blinked off around 9. I was surprised as hell that my lights blinked off that soon. Afterwards I heard that the energy company was surprised as well by this. It was unexpected. 99% percent lost power!!! That is freaking amazing. One guy they interviewed that works for the energy company was on the radio describing how it felt to watch his little screen at work and to see all the customers that lost power at nearly the same time. He was like I nearly lost myself. And as of today there are 3 million people stil without power.
The hurricane was not expected to make landfall until after 12 midnight and here it was just 9 and already problems.The lights did blink back on but the cable showed no picture so what the fuck ever I just turned it off. Woke up the bf to go upstairs and finished watching the news upstairs. We rolled a fat one and watched news a few minutes before laying it down.
Not long after laying down…the blinking of power started again. The fan and the clock radio kept blinking off on off on off on off on off on off on until I could not take it anymore. I don’t know why everytime the clock radio blinked on the radio blinked on as well because the radio on my clock was not even turned to on but I made the bf get up and turn it off for good and then the lights went off for good. And then came the heat and stickyness and uncomfortableness. I had the window raised up. I didn’t give a freak if Ike was coming I was hott as hell. I could not even sleep good because the wind was blowing soo freaking hard it kept waking me up. Ya’ll I had never experience wind like this. I thought it would break my window.
When I woke up I got to witness just how strong Ike was. It completely destroyed my fence in the backyard and ripped my umbrella that goes to my patio set to shreds. We took a ride just to see the damage it caused in our neighborhood. A lot of trees knocked down, fences knocked down, street lights hanging on for dear life by a thread, some street lights was completely in the middle of the streets. No one had power! No one had power at all! I was amazed.
It didn’t even rain in my area.
Ike was nothing but wind and that wind did all that damage. I mean I can take a little rain and a lot of flooding and I thought that was what Ike would mostly be. I was like oh its going to rain. Its going to flood. Whoop te Do. I was wrong.
Saturday we didn’t have any water. And thats when things got real personal lol. No way to take a bath. Had to deal with washing our asses with a piece of soap, a jug of water, and a towel. I look and felt a freaking mess. Hair all over the head. I was like damn Ike If I had known I would have at least got my hair done for you so I would not have been lookin this way.
We was unprepared. The bf downplayed the whole thing. You know how men is. I wanted to go get this get that to be prepared you know but I let him be the man and let him squash what I wanted to do. Next time I am taking my ass to the store to get some shit. Luckily Saturday we found this little Cajun stand that was open owned by Chinese that was selling food. Line was out the whoo zoo. We was there 3 hours until we finally got our food. It was the only thing open. I ordered the catfish basket and he ordered some boudin and chicken wings. Thank God for Asians. I found more Asian places open the day after the hurricane then anything. Them Asians is not going to lose no money. They gonna make it do what it do. Also thank God for H-E-B. They was open the day after the hurricane. They didn’t have a damn thing on they shelves but they was open. I felt soo proud of that at the time. Walgreens was one of the first ones to open back up as well and you know McDonalds is down for the people.
Its funny me and the bf was sitting in the Tundra listening to music in the truckand kept seeing our neighbors come into the complex with McDonalds bags. We was like unh unh where is they getting this McDonalds from??? Fucked up part is we couldnt get shit tho because we didn’t have enough gas to go anywhere and did not know who was selling gas at the time.
All that FEMA shit was unorganized. People on the radio complaining how Houston was the first to open they arms to New Orleans but we felt as though no one was there for us. All the FEMA pods that were set up for people to go get water and food was no where near my area. Some lady called in and was like all ya’ll complaining like this is Katrina when you can go walk or drive to get something to eat. Ummm….. nooo…. maybe she had a FEMA pod in her area but the majority of people did not have gas to go a got damn where. Oh well I guess every hurricane we have from now on is going to be compared to Katrina from now but things were pretty bad for some more than most. For a lot of people this was the first time they had went thru anything like this. Any whooo We thought we found a store that was open because we saw people coming out with juice and shit turned out they were looting. Yep we had looters.
Me and the bf basically spent our time between talking shit to each other while playing Monoply. I beat him twice!! and Going to the truck to listen to the radio and find out what the world was up to. Sunday we found a Mexican Restaurant open that we walked to selling Mexican food. It was dark as hell up in that restaurant. Don’t know how they did it but we ate it and it was good lol. I saw an open sign and me and the bf was thankful. Monday I don’t think we ate anything or at least nothing memorable. I remember telling the bf i was hungry he told me don’t think about it lol. Hard times people….
Tuesday we found gas. The bf got fed up finally and was like fuck this shit he manned up and was like I am about to find some gas. He was like we can’t spend another day cooped up in this house. So he went to walking and turns out the Chevron up the street was where all the people was getting gas. While we was sitting in the truck we kept seeing people leaving back and forth and he was like it gotta be a gas station near here open. I was like maybe they filled up before the hurricane. He was like naw its something open and he found it. 9:00 at night while he was in a long ass line waiting for gas, I called him and told him the good news that the power was back on. Thank you Jesus! Afterwards we just rode around and found a pizza place open that sold some nasty ass pizza. Took us an hour and a half because the line was long.
Damn near five days without power. It was hot. The house stunk from like the bad food. When he was getting gas I was cleaning up the place and while I was cleaning up the lights came back on. I was like ain’t this a bitch haha. Baby came in the house and saw I had all the candles lit up I had found and was like now you want to light candles. Ummm yea! lol funny stuff.
After all this I am thankful because it showed me to be thankful for the small things like electricity and water. Me and the bf depend on the tv a lot of times to entertain us and it was good that we got to do something outside of that like talk haha. We played Monoply and enjoyed our time together.It let me know our love can stand the times. He told me he wasn’t worried about the hurricane before it came because he was like we gonna have each other. Awwww…baby….soooo…..sweeet! Ha Ha.
I felt bad because I was complaining about how long they were taking to get our lights back on when some of the people I am close to are still without power.
I know this is a long post and maybe a few will read it but this is mainly a reference post for me that I can look back over and read from time to time. So sorry soo long