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The lower ones probably. No one in my neighborhood has boarded up.

Thanks. I was about to board up the upper ones just so I could see out better. But boarding the lower ones probably makes more sense.

Only a few of my neighbors have boarded their windows. I think it's a smart idea, I just didn't buy any plywood - had a few sheets lying around, though.

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Very few people have boarded up in our neighborhood, either.

It might not be a bad idea if you have the flimsy single-pane aluminum windows that are pretty common in the 40-50 yr old houses that are plentiful through here, but most modern replacement windows - double paned and wind rated and impact resistant - should be ok this far inland. The might crack and need to be repaired later on if something flies into them during the storm, but they shouldn't fail for the most part.

We paid up for new windows a couple of years ago and I am very pleased with that decision right about now.

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Looks like a direct hit for Houston with eye going right over the city. The good news is that it will only be a cat 2 or maybe 3 as opposed to a 4 or 5... plus the strongest winds are actually 40 to 50 miles east of the center. The bad news?... the center may actually go in just west of Houston meaning we could be on the eastern side with the strongest winds.

Hunker Down!

Looks like I may go 2 for 2 on Houston hurricanes. Alicia's eye passed over my apartment in 1983. Now, Eye of Ike may do the same. I can probably parlay this into some sort of instant celebrity if I play my cards right.

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Well that last hold out family at Surfside, that said on TV that they weren't leaving, and the cops kept telling them they needed to leave. And they blew them off saying you won't be hearing from us, we got it covered. This is all just a bunch of BS panic.

Well the coast guard is out there right now rescuing those idiots, because they called 911 saying their house was going under water..............well boo frigging hoo

They should be charged with felony stupidity.

Looks like I may go 2 for 2 on Houston hurricanes. Alicia's eye passed over my apartment in 1983. Now, Eye of Ike may do the same. I can probably parlay this into some sort of instant celebrity if I play my cards right.

Hell Red, you're already a celebrity

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Well that last hold out family at Surfside, that said on TV that they weren't leaving, and the cops kept telling them they needed to leave. And they blew them off saying you won't be hearing from us, we got it covered. This is all just a bunch of BS panic.

Well the coast guard is out there right now rescuing those idiots, because they called 911 saying their house was going under water..............well boo frigging hoo

They should be charged with felony stupidity.

Seems to me, when you talk tough on TV, then bail 14 hours before landfall, you should be forever more known as a...even more so than those who left intelligently. :D

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Here is video of one of Houston Media's finest and brightest

http://www.khou.com/video/topstories-index.html?nvid=281935

To hell with KHOU... around 4pm yesterday they reported that Hobby was closing at 6:30 - No one at Southwest or Hobby knew anything about the report or where they got their data. I didn't fly out until about 9pm. (not evacuating, was scheduled to leave for vacation Friday night... but at least I'm dry where I am)

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Is it just me, but it seems like days of putting tape on windows are gone. I don't see people doing this nowdays.

Seriously... what's the point of doing that... I never understood that. If something hits a window tape isn't going to keep it from breaking. ha ha

But anywayz... it's getting windy out... really eerie... we have been talking about this storm for days and now it's really starting to hit that it's coming.

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I'm not trying to predict any certain level of damage. When they put the wall in, what it supposed to do? If the answer is keep the storm surge out of Galveston for cat 2-3, then it will not be accomplishing that. That's all I'm saying. Sure, it's better to have an inadequate wall than no wall at all, that goes without saying.

I think the intent was to prevent the near complete obliteration of the city a la The 1900 Hurricane.

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Seriously... what's the point of doing that... I never understood that. If something hits a window tape isn't going to keep it from breaking. ha ha

But anywayz... it's getting windy out... really eerie... we have been talking about this storm for days and now it's really starting to hit that it's coming.

Well, i think it is more for not having it break into many pieces. However, the way i see it, either you board up to prevent it from breaking, otherwise it will break anway, so that is why i don't put tape on. I am just used to seeing people do this, but the frequency of seeing this has declined over the years.

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KHOU is currently showing footage of some absolute MORONS walking along Seawall Boulevard and tiptoeing past debris and the waves. Perhaps their relatives should be recording this newscast for posterity's sake and one last glimpse of their loved ones. GET OUT NOW!

yeah, saw this too. can't believe the stupidity of some people. debris was strewn all over and they're walking right up to the seawall.

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Seems to me, when you talk tough on TV, then bail 14 hours before landfall, you should be forever more known as a...even more so than those who left intelligently. :D

CNN just interviewed the two rocket surgeons who had to be rescued.

When the CNN reporter asked Marissa McMahon why she stayed she responded, "*giggle* I don't know. *giggle*"

The guy who was with her was asked if he made the right call and he said, "The surf was great, yeah!"

Too bad the rescuers weren't hurt saving their soggy butts so they could be charged with aggravated attempted homicide. There really should be some sort of penalties for people who are given plenty of warning and then have to be rescued. They should at least be billed.

yeah, saw this too. can't believe the stupidity of some people. debris was strewn all over and they're walking right up to the seawall.

Getting their money's worth out of those tetanus shots.

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Well, i think it is more for not having it break into many pieces. However, the way i see it, either you board up to prevent it from breaking, otherwise it will break anway, so that is why i don't put tape on. I am just used to seeing people do this, but the frequency of seeing this has declined over the years.

I saw a post yesterday about blinds - my thoughts are that keeping them closed will at least hold back some glass flying in if something does come at the window. Obviously it won't help it not break but the less far broken glass flies the better in my opinion.

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I saw a post yesterday about blinds - my thoughts are that keeping them closed will at least hold back some glass flying in if something does come at the window. Obviously it won't help it not break but the less far broken glass flies the better in my opinion.

yeah, my blinds are definitely gonna help. I have some extra old blinds laying around i put up to cover the arches part of the window that didn't have blinds in the first place.

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I saw a post yesterday about blinds - my thoughts are that keeping them closed will at least hold back some glass flying in if something does come at the window. Obviously it won't help it not break but the less far broken glass flies the better in my opinion.

I think that makes sense in homes. In office buildings, though, I think it's the opposite. Since there won't be people inside to get hit by the glass it's better to confine it inside the building where it can't hurt people below, and retracting the blinds can help keep them from coming out and falling on people below.

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I can't wait until Erik Barajas comes back on as anchor at channel 13.

THIS, times a million. :wub: Hello, pretty!

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In other news, the adult bookstore down the street from me is absolutely jumpin'. People stocking up on pr0n before Ike?!? Seems like an odd use of your time and money before a storm...

Also, swung by Spec's earlier to pick up some more beer (yeah, more beer... :blush: ) and the cashier told me that they'll be open all day today for normal business hours and will be back in tomorrow morning. I told her I really hoped that wasn't the case and she just shrugged. C'mon, Spec's! Have a little compassion for your employees!

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CNN's talking on the phone to a guy in the old Galveston News building who's with a family of 16, including children.

I can see people staying behind if they're big drunk rednecks, or a stubborn old people; but if you've got kids, you really should get out. Why would you put them through a traumatic experience, when it's far easier to just go on a little family road trip?

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CNN's talking on the phone to a guy in the old Galveston News building who's with a family of 16, including children.

I can see people staying behind if they're big drunk rednecks, or a stubborn old people; but if you've got kids, you really should get out. Why would you put them through a traumatic experience, when it's far easier to just go on a little family road trip?

Mrs Cottonmather0 has been in a good mood all day long and then when she saw the people playing on the seawall about an hour ago, her eyes narrowed and she got all serious... "They have CHILDREN with them. What the HELL is wrong with those people? It's one thing to be stupid with your own life, it's another to risk the life of someone you're entrusted to protect! Throw those people in jail right now."

She has a point.

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Anyone hear anything about services for the homeless? I stopped at a traffic light earlier and there was this old homeless woman. I asked her if she knew a storm was coming. She said, "Yes, God will protect me." I asked her if she knew it was a strong hurricane coming and she just looked kinda stunned and didn't say anything else to me.

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I'm getting kinda antsy and nervous, questioning this decision to "hunker down." People west of downtown in the Heights/Montrose area near bayous shouldn't be too concerned about flooding and storm surge, right? Right?

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Pretty amazing and scary watching this online. They're saying that 40% of the people in Galveston have stayed on. What are they thinking?

The mayor really shouldn't waited so long to issue a mandatory evacuation. Maybe that made some island residents feel Ike's not going to be that big of a deal?

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The mayor really shouldn't waited so long to issue a mandatory evacuation. Maybe that made some island residents feel Ike's not going to be that big of a deal?

Please don't blame this on the mayor. Personally, I think all the elected officials have acted responsibly, prudently, and timely. People have to take some resposibility in this. They got the official word yesterday and knew this was coming our way as early as Tuesday.

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Anyone hear anything about services for the homeless? I stopped at a traffic light earlier and there was this old homeless woman. I asked her if she knew a storm was coming. She said, "Yes, God will protect me." I asked her if she knew it was a strong hurricane coming and she just looked kinda stunned and didn't say anything else to me.

11 just did a report from under the Pierce Elevated. The remaining homeless told 11 that most went to the GRB and were put on buses for Dallas. I wonder how many will come back.

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Pretty amazing and scary watching this online. They're saying that 40% of the people in Galveston have stayed on. What are they thinking?

Just on a personal note I want to wish everyone at HAIF and back in Houston best of luck and stay safe.

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Looks like we have ourselves some potential Darwin Award winners! :blink:
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