Life After Ike

I have wasted a serious amount of time writing various versions of “What Happened to Our House in Seabrook When Hurricane Ike Hit,” and now realize it’s best to sum it up in three words, briefly elaborate, and move on.
We got hammered.
A little over three feet of Galveston Bay paid the house a visit, moving furniture and personal items with the random efficiency that only a 15-foot storm surge can muster.
Some 80 percent of our belongings are history, the house is devoid of everything including sheetrock and I won’t begin to go into the alleged insurance policy debacle (not for now, anyway) other than to say you need to be damn sure that you really do have a flood policy that is a really a flood policy before another hurricane hits.
You may not be in such good hands after all.
We have found a condo for which we have signed a one-year lease, and will move to said residence in around a week. From there we will set up house (and the office) and with that as our headquarters do what we can to rebuild.Hummingbird
Meanwhile, Liz and I continue to be extremely grateful for our friends and family. My brother, Bill, and sister-in-law Pam opened their doors to us on September 11 (ironic date, that one) and we have been here since.
I won’t thank friends at this point for fear of all too easily omitting someone.
They didn’t do it for publicity, anyway.
That’s why they are friends.
We have watched virtually no television in the past six weeks, but have caught up on plenty of patio time. Two weeks on generator power had something to do with that as well.
Kicking back on the back porch, I finally got a chance to photograph a hummingbird. And it occurred to me:
If God can give this tiny little bird the power to navigate the open seas during its annual migrations, He can and will see us through this as well.
If you are interested in seeing some of the photos of what happened to our little neighborhood east of Highway 146 in Seabrook, Texas, go to and search under “coastalangler.”
To all of those who have shared and continue to share their good wishes and prayers, it’s summed up with two more words.
Thank you.



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