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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Return from Rita: The Plan

Well, at least it's simple (click for full-size):


I have no expectation whatsoever that a significant percentage of the estimated 2.5 million people who've evacuated Houston will actually adhere to this plan. And I just love that orange area marked "Pending" — yeah, as if. They shoulda just marked that: "Purty Soon Now, Just Don't Y'all All Hurry." [Edit: Yes, I realize the orange area represents Rita's landfall path that suffered the most damage, with consequent longer delays in restoration of power, water, etc. I apologize if this remark seemed insensitive; I meant not to minimize the effects of Rita, but to express my view that those affected are nevertheless going to be eager to get home, to get about putting things right. — Beldar]

Nevertheless, in these particular circumstances, it's not a bad thing for the authorities to announce some kind of plan — not out of an expectation that it will be followed scrupulously, but simply in order to impress upon a substantial fraction of the folks returning that there are good reasons why not everyone ought to try to return all at once.

My guess, however, is that that impression was already conveyed — rather forcefully and more effectively than any PR campaign could do — by the outbound gridlock.

Nevertheless, asking Houstonians to wait for very long before getting back to their miscellaneous affairs — business, recreational, and otherwise — is a lost cause. This is a city noted and notable for its "industry" — and I don't mean just the corporate type. This place has get-on-with-it, get-ahead, time's-awastin' just-do-it energy. It's a city that can't sit still. Outside my house, the low 24/7/365 hum of the Southwest Freeway, about six blocks away, has already returned. This place is just ridiculously alive. And that's kinda cool.

Posted by Beldar at 12:21 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink


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(1) ebnelson made the following comment | Sep 25, 2005 10:01:03 AM | Permalink

Mayor White needs to quit while he is ahead. He is in over his head, and trying to give orders to people he either has no call to direct, the many non-Houstonians he helped panic, or cannot control, ie, everyone else. He blew it and he needs to just take a good long nap.

(2) DRJ made the following comment | Sep 25, 2005 10:22:47 AM | Permalink

Don't (almost) all Texans have that "get up and go", "take charge" and "can do" attitude? I love Texas.

(3) Beldar made the following comment | Sep 25, 2005 11:06:21 AM | Permalink

Mr. Nelson, both during the evacuation and in Rita's aftermath, I've heard Mayor White make frequent comments acknowledging that he has no power to compel, and really nothing more than a bully pulpit from which to attempt to persuade.

It occurs to me that when one's trying to herd cats, one's likely to have somewhat more success using a barking dog than a whistle. Either way, though, the cats are going to make their own decisions, for reasons good, bad, and sometimes inexplicable.

(4) From the Swamp made the following comment | Sep 25, 2005 6:23:53 PM | Permalink

Face the facts -- the leftists-MSM caused the panic evacuation. The public was already traumatized by the endless pictures of houses made out of sticks and straw being blown to bits. I guess mommy never read those people the book "The Three Little Pigs"

As to the pending area, I assume not many of you have been run over by a real hurricane. If you had you wouldn't criticize.

(5) austin taylor made the following comment | Dec 1, 2005 10:36:20 AM | Permalink

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