Friday, September 23, 2005

sheet-waving deemed a success!

Well, the effort appears to have paid off. We found that once the rain started, the sheets were useless for waving, so we came up with the idea of starching the sheets to keep them a little stiff. We gathered up the starch amongst us, but apparently starch just isn't as popular as it used to be.

We all ran back to our houses to get potatoes. After a mini-marathon potato slicing session, we immediately rubbed down the bedsheets with the potato slices, and were able to stiffen the sheets enough to be effective "air-movers".

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We caught this shot as the sheet-waving seemed to create furrows in the clouds...

Blowing off Rita...

Our neighbors and ourselves have embarked on a bold scheme to divert the hurricane.

We have gathered all our old bedsheets and are outside in shifts waving the sheets in the direction of Louisiana. Hopefully, the combined air current will move the storm further to the east, and away from Houston...but this side of New Orleans. We'll see how well it works. Keep everything crossed...

Special thanks to the big Samoan guy at the end of the block...I think that big persian rug will move a LOT of air...

Stay tuned...

Rita location - 6:30PM Houston time

Here she is...using Google Earth to track the storm...

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5:20PM

Starting to look a little grim...5:20PM


3:20PM



This guy did a pretty poor job of window-boarding. Yikes...

"Lovely...Rita" - Meet her, mate. :)

The storm is closing in, and I took a walk to see what was up. These were taken around 3:15PM. Sept. 23, 2005.

This is looking northeast, where the winds are coming from at the moment. 3:15PM.


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