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Sunday, October 12, 2008

But the Rich Are Enjoying the Mildew

It rained last week for the first time since the hurricane, prompting this headline in The Houston Chronicle:
"Rain Adds Urgency to Roof Repairs in Low-Income Areas"
Because people with mediocre or above incomes LOVE water all over their stuff!!!!! Yeah.

I understand that it's a whole 'nother level of desperation if you have water coming inside and you can't even replace your now grungy bath towels. But seriously, I think even relatively well-to-do Houstonions felt a little more urgent about their roofs when that water began pouring in again.

I just got water all over the carpet though. It didn't get all over my stuff, because I got the room without a ceiling all cleared out.

According to the Houston paper there are now 200 people still missing in and around Galveston (200 people having been found and cleared from the list) 23 of which are missing from Bolivar:
"Authorities say they continue to believe many displaced Galveston Islanders and others are on the list in error. Those authorities are openly worried, however, about missing Bolivar Peninsula residents."
The paper doesn't exactly say WHY it's more productive to worry about the 23 from Bolivar rather than all 200. Perhaps worrying about 23 people seems like a more manageable task? One hundred seventy seven less gray hairs?

In other hurricane news (because I'm borderline obsessed, so it seems...either that or because there just happen to be a lot of photo ops), our street signs are a little more accurate than they were pre-hurricane.

There used to be more signs on my road warning of short silhouette people toting silhouette briefcases:
Because those silhouette people can be quite alarming and it's best to know in advance if you're going to encounter any on the road. You hardly ever run into (over over) any of those guys though.

With all the repair that's been going on, street signs are pretty low on the list of priorities. So now some of those signs don't actually warn of what's ahead. They just say "ahead":
Which is really more accurate, 'cause who the heck really knows what's ahead around here anymore? (Or anywhere else for that matter?)


Lara Neves said...

Too true. At least you know that SOMETHING is ahead. You can be a little bit prepared.

Lorie said...

I love the street sign! And true! Who knows who is ahead!!

Unknown said...

I guess then I should get into the premium bespoke mildew business.

ALF said...

What is funny is that you had a picture of the "before" sign.

I agree that "ahead" is a much more generalized, all purpose warning.

Beth said...

thanks for explaining what those signs mean, I have always wondered, now I know, watch out for short silhouette people carrying briefcases, what a relief to have that mystery finally solved! I will have to be much more alert now when driving if I see one of those signs!

Jill said...

Glad we're in agreement Lara & Lorie!

SJ - Yes, I think it would behoove you to get into the mildew business post haste!

Alf - Actually, it's just that some signs made it unscathed. I'd like to claim to have thought of taking a "before" picture though! Or of having STP and pre-ignition so I knew which signs would be destroyed... :-) :-) :-)

Beth - Glad I could help!

Anonymous said...

That sign was funny hehe
I hope you get your roof fixed soon...

Ingrid said...

The sign is too funny. I hope if my roof ever gets blown off they'll put me into the low-income category.

Jill said...

Thanks Noelia! Still no roof in the apartment, but it's ok because we moved on Saturday!!!!

Ingrid - Yeah, here's hoping! But actually, let's really just hope you don't lose your roof to begin with. :-)

Janet said...

Love your signs. Do you carry your camera with you at all times to capture these stellar images??


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