Monday, August 28, 2017 – Harvey, You Monster and If You Don’t Know Texas
Back story – I am a Native Texan. I was born in Houston and raised just north of the city. My family still resides in the Houston area. I now live 150 miles inland from the Gulf Coast. It has rained at my house constantly for the last 24 hours and as of daylight break, rain continues. I have witnessed Carla, Alecia, Brett, Allison, Rita, Katrina and all the other storms that slammed Texas in the past 68 years.
People unfamiliar with the state of Texas tend to say things such as “They knew the storm was coming so why didn’t they evacuate? This Here’s What I’m Thinking is for you.
Let me put it bluntly! If are not familiar with Texas or Texas geography and hurricanes, then shut up!
Houston, Texas is the fourth largest city in the United States with millions of people calling it home. This does not include the hundreds of bedroom communities that surround the city for miles. Nor does it include the fishing and vacation communities that sit directly on the coast. The territory and population of Houston proper are larger than many of America’s largest cities and smaller states.
When hurricanes hit Texas the escape routes become limited. Moving south is never an option and Harvey’s expansive bands of wind and rain caused escapes to become even more limited. To evacuate the millions along limited escape routes was not logical, as Mr. Spock would say.
Yes, Texans were well aware of the coming of the storm. But Harvey WILL NOT GO AWAY! It continues to sit over Southeast Texas and promises to do so for the remainder of the week. This is dumping rainfall measured in feet. Places that have never experienced flooding in the history of Texas are inundated. Every Houstonian is impacted. People are being rescued from the multi-million dollar homes that sit along the bayous.
So unless you have walked in our boots or waded in our waders, then please do not second guess the actions taken by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner or Texas Governor Greg Abbott – born native Houstonians. They did and continue to do an outstanding job during this continuing crisis.
Instead of criticizing our Great State, please send dollars to the relief organizations, thank yous, appreciations and prayers to the states coming to the rescue with relief efforts and resources, the first responders on the ground, the citizens of Houston, the Texans coming with boats, and all of Texas.
Oh yes, to those not familiar with Texas, I am sorry about that fuel increase this winter and the increase in prices of beef, seafood, fruit, vegetables, cotton, and all the other items.
And to you Harvey – you need to get the Hell out of Texas. It is bad enough that you did not see the signs – Don’t Mess With Texas. You are fixin to start messing the with Texas football at all levels throughout the state.
One more thing, Harvey. Check your Texas history. We have survived way worse than you. And no way will you get us down. As we also say in Texas “…and the horse you rode in on.”
God Bless Texas!