Ike

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sigh…

Today was my official first day back on my normal working hours. Hurricane Ike has made quite an impact upon those living in the Houston and Galveston area. I can truly say I’ve been worked to the point of exhaustion. Never in my life had I put that man hours in such a short period of time. At Ike’s peak 96% of the company’s customers had no electricity. As I left work today 18 days after Ike hit landfall, over 98% of the company’s customers had electricity restored. Yesterday was the first day since Ike’s landfall had I been home during daylight. And as of today my refrigerator still sits empty minus drinks; everything else has been tossed. At the height of Hurricane Rita 750,000 customers lost electricity compared to the 2.1 million of Ike. All in all, it’s good to be home.

Lights!

the working life 4 Comments »

About 5:00pm today I got a txt saying we have electricity. sigh…………….

It’s been 10 days since I had electricity in my own home. It’s been inconvenient, but I’m relieved it’s finally over.

Many thanks to Jason/Ken/Jason for letting me use internet for 30 min. and to let me crash while I had no lights.

Ike

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The calm before the storm.

Actually this picture was taken at 6:55pm.

yIKEs

the active life 1 Comment »

We’re about 24 hours before landfall for Hurricane Ike and now there’s nothing but hurricane coverage on TV. Living in Texas all my life we’re use to the hurricane mode. Everyone in panic mode, streets full of cars, and gas stations packed. The city and the state has changed policy regarding hurricanes and so far it’s for the better. Now the mayor of the city can call for an evacuation whereas they didn’t have the power before. Plus this time most of the greater Houston area wasn’t told to evacuate which keeps the freeways from congestion. The true freeway test is tomorrow, the last day to leave before the big storm. Of course if residents choose to ride out the storm, they won’t be forced to leave. So far I’m pleased with the new changes during a storm. One thing I would like to see is for businesses to allow non-essential employees off as soon as possible to allow employees to evacuate. Just today businesses allowed employees to leave work for storm preparations. I would also like for employers to give first responders an opportunity to evacuate if they so please and not force employees to ride out the storm.

iPod Touch

the technology life 1 Comment »

I’m always excited like a kid in a candy store when Apple makes new announcements. Apple usually makes 2 big announcements a year at Mac World and WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference). These past 2 years Apple has made quite a splash with their iPhones and shortly after the iPod Touch. June 11th we saw the release of the 2nd generation iPhones and today Apple makes waves again with the release of the 2nd generation iPod Touch. As usual Steve Jobs stands in front of a huge audience of Apple fanboys to present the newest products. The single best thing about Apple’s announcements is that once Steve Jobs finishes the presentation, the product is available immediately via iTunes or the Apple store.

This year’s 2nd generation iPod Touch has added a volume control button, longer battery life (very subjective), Nike + iPod, and a much needed built in speaker. Don’t forget with the addition of the App Store you have access to thousands of Apple approved third party applications. All in all I think Apple’s created another must have for gadget freaks. Prices start at $229 for the 8GB and $399 for the 32GB.

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