Well it has been a long 2 months. On the blog I usually don’t talk about myself. Instead I try to tell stories about places and the people I meet while traveling. I think it is much more interesting to read about that than me telling you about what I am doing but I want to at least tell you why the blog hasn’t been updated and the newsletter has been late or not sent.,
I did tell you in July that I had cancer surgery. What was supposed to be a 2 hour surgery and go home in a couple of days turned into a 7 ½ hour surgery and a week in the hospital. Then I went home and a week later was readmitted due to complications from the surgery and an infection. After another week of enduring the hospital, by the way my apologies to the nurses for being an ass, I went home again. Weekly visits and tests and now it seems all is well. I still have another doctor visit next week to take a tube out my kidney but they got all the cancer and I am feeling okay.
Just when I start feeling well the storm of the century hits Houston, where I live. Even though the actual hurricane hit 220 miles south east of where I live, Houston received 50 inches of rain over a matter of days. The problem was the storm was very slow moving and basically just sat over head and poured water. The many rivers, creeks, streams and bayous around Houston began overflowing and neighborhoods which have never flooded soon were under five, six or even more feet of water. Apartment buildings had water to the third floor, Miles of subdivisions, businesses and highways under water. Many of the roads had washed out, including sections of the major roads around Houston.
Many people have lost everything. Some have lost everything in their homes, their cars under water and they left with only the clothes they were wearing. I have been through many hurricanes and floods but nothing like this. Luckily my home was not affected and we never lost power. Just 2 miles from me people were being rescued by boat since the neighborhood had six feet of water in it. The people of Houston during this time banded together and people from all over the state and even Louisiana showed up with boats and large trucks and began rescue efforts. It was heartwarming to see everyone come together and do whatever they could to help others. Unfortunately during times like this some resort to social media and begin second guessing or making statements based on their political beliefs to lay blame on someone. The Governor of the State is Republican, the county Judge is like the county mayor of sorts, he is Republican, the city of Houston Mayor is Democrat and there is a mixture of political beliefs throughout the region. During this time everyone has worked together, police from around the state have come to assist the local law enforcement, the entire Texas State National Guard has been deployed, the mayor of Boston has sent resources along with those from other cities and States. In my opinion everyone has done a stellar job in directing resources, rescuing and housing people, marshaling volunteer efforts and doing the best they can n what has been the largest natural disaster in Texas and probably the US history.
One last word and then on to travel. If you feel the need to donate money to the Hurricane Harvey relief, don’t do it because a telemarketer calls you, instead do a little research and find a good charity that you can trust and donate directly to them.
Now that I got that off my chest, I plan on visiting Phoenix and Puerto Penasco Mexico in a couple of weeks. I am looking forward to getting back on the road. Look forward to some blog posts about one of the lesser known tourist destinations in Mexico.
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Till next time!