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I have heard of at least a couple of powerful-in-number and powerful-in-intention groups doing "mass consciousness" intentions to lessen the destruction of Hurricane Ike. One of them was George Noory and his Coast to Coast AM radio audience, his show being the most-listened-to national radio show during the graveyard shift (on from midnight to 4:00 a.m. Central time and also through live streaming for members of the coasttocoastam.com website). After such a HUGE threat as Ike, this is my only explanation for how much less destruction the hurricane has caused compared to what it could have been. It's a category 2, and look at the damage it has already done on the Texas coast. Terrifying. Thank goodness it was not a category 3, 4 or 5...!

Here in Austin the weather predicters have been telling us we had a 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms today (Saturday, September 13, 2008). This morning that percentage has been adjusted to a 20% chance of rain, and looking out my window I see wind, but nothing scary.

Here in Austin there are facilities where a lot of evacuees have come up from the coast and the Red Cross is desperate for more volunteers. Posted on a local radio station's website:

"AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) -- The American Red Cross of Central Texas and the City of Austin will open the Volunteer Resource Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday to process volunteers who want to help with the response to Hurricane Ike.

"Austin is receiving large numbers of evacuees and new volunteers may be asked to work in the evacuation centers or in other roles during the operation.

"The VRC is located at the Northwest Hills Recreation Center at 2913 Northland Drive in Austin.

"Those wishing to volunteer are asked to visit the Central Texas Web site to fill out a volunteer application and request a background check in order to expedite the process of volunteering. Volunteers must then report to the Resource Center for training, credentialing and scheduling. Those without computer access are encouraged to go directly to the VRC for assistance in applying and training for volunteer opportunities.

"Through this and all its efforts, the American Red Cross of Central Texas is taking all necessary action to prepare for any possible disaster response to Hurricane Ike."

My niece who is visiting from Ireland says she may volunteer, but right now she is still working on shaking off a traumatic nightmare she had last night of an apocalyptic America. Scary dream about surveillance cameras everywhere, most of the citizenry as spies, the Army busting into people houses both to search for AWOL members and to "set the tone" with the citizenry of "who's the boss." In short, one of those dreams you don't really want to have!

I noticed that with Hurricane Ike a lot of the reports on the radio here were exaggerated to make us afraid. My take on it is that they are trying to boost their ratings. Sorry, but that's what I think. For instance at 6:00 a.m. this morning a local reporter on an Austin radio station said, "Ike is headed straight toward Austin and will be here wthin an hour." Silly me, I thought he was telling the truth. I got up and turned on my computer, found a website that is tracking Ike, (it has a new refresh only once every hour or so as far as I can tell) and Ike was not only not "heading directly for Austin," but as a matter of fact it was (and still is) heading directly AWAY from Austin. Here's that tracking website:


Lots of events and things were cancelled in Austin for today since everyone expected it to be much crazier here. Even the Farmer's Market was cancelled. Which was kind of peculiar how that happened, because first I got an email from the usual people that included a long letter about how the farmers were going to be there rain or shine, "Don't worry, we'll be there," and saying a lot of things with bravado. And then what seemed like less than an hour later I got another email from the organizer of the farmer's market that it was SO cancelled. Makes me feel sorry for the farmers who must have really needed the revenue this weekend too. Maybe the "Top Chef" thing is still going on at Whole Foods Market. I would have been interested and was interested, until I found out they want the AUDIENCE members to pay 30 bucks apiece for the honor of being there. Sorry, I'm much to old-fashioned for that. I think studio audiences should get in free and even win prizes and get free tastes of the food. Forget that 30 dollars a head stuff. No more salt of the earth in TV audiences now? Is that what this sort of thing means? I don't know.

Well, I'm going for a walk outside now. Just because I can. And because it is SO peaceful in Austin today. Saturdays are usually buzzing and bursting with activity. This morning things are starting off really, really slow.

Meanwhile, I am sending out all the good vibes I can to those who ARE in Ike's path. Not a fun place to be...!

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Comment by Avocadess on September 14, 2008 at 4:02pm
That's so cute! ;)
Comment by Alex Wrekk on September 14, 2008 at 3:35pm
I don't know how far the grocery store is but my mom was always good at having a stocked pantry. When I lived in Houston as a kid our pantry was actually the linen closet in the inner hallway. When there would be hurricane and tornado watches I would think it was fun to drag all my bedding in the hall and make blanket forts I didn't realize until I was older that our food was also there. I wonder if that was on purpose?
Comment by Avocadess on September 14, 2008 at 3:31pm
Glad your folks are okay, Alex! Good ole land lines. I can't wait until my Time Warner year contract is over and I can get a land line again! Drag to have no electric in this heat though! I hear they are out of unleaded gas in Houston as well. Do they live near a grocery store that is open?
Comment by Alex Wrekk on September 14, 2008 at 2:34pm
I love Coast to Coast AM... but I really miss Art Bell.

I spent the first 9 years of my life in Houston and my parents live there now. They are ok but they don't have any electricity but they phone land line works!
Comment by Avocadess on September 13, 2008 at 7:38pm
I hope your friend and family are doing all right, redguard!
Comment by redguard on September 13, 2008 at 7:09pm
I'm waiting to hear from my friend Tonia and her family in Winnie, Texas. They couldn't evacuate because they spent all their money on preparations for the last hurricane. I love how the newscasters and "officials" talk about "people who refused to follow the evacuation orders," as if they had a %$#@! choice.


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