Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Hey you guys

I have to admit that I am not particularly concerned about Hurricane Rita, despite the fact that pretty much the whole of my extended family lies in its path.

With the exception of an uncle and two great aunts, all my family -- on both my mother's and father's side -- live in Brazoria County, Texas. The uncle lives in Houston (the great aunts live in Alabama and San Angelo, Texas).

I have heard from none of them -- I would be surprised if I did. In the more than 150 years that my family has lived in the region, hurricanes have rarely been more than an inconvenience or a reason to get drunk ("No work tomorrow? Oh, hell yeah!").

Meanwhile, my sister-in-law, Tami, of Internet bodice fame, lives in Katy, Texas, a suburb of Houston. This morning, my wife's mother called and gave me a very stoic update on Tami's family's plans. Her matter-of-fact delivery made it sound as if Tami and her family were trying to escape some war-torn African country before the rebels arrived. I realize that sort of behavior is to be expected from a mother -- it's that mama bear instinct -- but it seems silly to me. If I lived in Houston, I would probably follow Rea's lead and throw a hurricane party. We would, of course, serve hurricanes and margaRitas. Every guest would have to dress as a hurricane survivor (gym shorts, T-shirt, tennis shoes) and bring along some sort of hurricane survival-related item that we could use at the party.

But maybe (and quite probably) I don't know anything. Stubborn thinking like mine is most likely what led to the train wreck in New Orleans -- like those boneheads who just sit there and say, "Well, the only thing we can do is put it in God's hands." No, you dope, you can also buy some bottled water and some pancake mix and the like.

Remember when Chris Farley dressed as El Nino? The cable networks need to do something similar in their coverage of Rita.

  • Good name for a band: Death Biro.

  • Poor Allison is too smart for Kentucky.

    Anonymous said...

    Hoss spoke the truth - it was worth my while to visit you. While I only read this post today, (Hoss left us regulars quite a recommended list)I assure you I'll be back for some more.

    Chris Cope said...

    Thanks Mike. You're a glutton for punishment.

    OldHorsetailSnake said...

    The story re the pre-schooler increased my bile level by at least 75%. Is there something worse than asshole that I can call that school super?

    (You find the neatest links in the world.)

    Dave Morris said...

    I feel a certain kinship with those who use a hurricane as an excuse to drink. I live in St. Louis and I'm going to use Rita as an excuse.

    God I miss Chris Farley.

    Curly said...

    Can't find it myslef but have a look around for the news story in Manchester, England where two dogs are "Working together" to kill local cats... made me laugh when I heard it on the radio. I then made a comment about them workmates just shook their heads in shame.

    Chris Cope said...

    Is it this story?

    TotallyHappened said...

    Living very close to Erlanger, KY, I can understand the school being reluctant to allow that little girl to skip kindergarten. For the most part, being *gifted* in that area of Kentucky, means you are able to eat a bowl of Cheerios without getting any milk on your chin.

    Curly said...

    Yeah, that's the one, Chris. I love news stories like that. Calling dogs 'Killer Beasts' if they attack Cats or rabbits. If they had attacked rats instead they would be hailed as saviours!