September 12, 2008

Galveston, oh Galveston

See you on the other side.

"Ike waves crash into 1900 Storm statue"

Storm surge breaks on top of the Galveston Seawall around the statue honoring the victims of the 1900 Storm on Friday.

-- caption from The Galveston County Daily News, photo by Jennifer Reynolds


Anonymous said...

Please stay safe.

A Stroke Above said...

4 am sink or swim, God and I are with you and yours found you thru a stampin buddys website, ana M. Do you belong to her? She is a dynamite designer....don't know how all this wrks, but it is interesting to see normal folks blogs. I a newbie to this blog world and got into it about July, looking for card samples. I do paper art... saw your link to the statue and I just had to send you a prayer. good luck.......

Blognor Regis said...

I guess you're a ways inland but I did think about you when the news was on earlier. I hope you're staying safe and well, and all of Texas too.

Michael Suzich said...

Hey Chris,

Give us an update on how you're doing. I hope all is well as can be under the circumstances.

S R Management said...

I read today that the statue was destroyed in the storm. Do you have power? Here in Longview it's spotty.

Anonymous said...


It's tough to ponder the significance of Sinatra, or any of our other beloved performers on modern culture, when so many folk are without. As I've said to you many times, my absolute favorite memories of childhood occurred on the beaches of your home town. In fact, the NYT's highlighted the old fishing pier where I caught my first (and last) flounder in 1968. I hope you and yours fared well.
A toast to Galveston!!!
Your pal,

Anonymous said...

So, I read the Galveston paper today and discovered the 61'st street pier is no more. But, the Landmark lives on! I guess I stretch for what survived knowing, like NO, the city won't be the same in my lifetime.
Regardless, you're worry us all with your usual quick comments back to your posse. Hope all is well. Seriously.

Chris said...

Hey all! The hallelujah moment finally arrived, and our power returned this evening (Tuesday the....16th), here in Nacogdoches. It was like awakening from a bad dream. Speaking of which, Galveston is a place where it will take a while for that to happen. It sounds like it has been totally devastated. Breaks my heart! I knew it looked bad Friday night, but you always hope for things to turn in your favor. Not this time for little, old Galveston Isle. Thanks for everyone's concern, that's very nice of all of you!

Leigh said...

Just found out that the Giant East Texas Family business is going to do some storm recovery work in Houston. I'm off to Nac, and thence to Houston, tomorrow.

I wish it was Galveston. We were all just there in August for a family wedding at the San Luis Hotel. I stayed up all night listening to the reports and pulling remote data backups here to Austin in case the main office in Nac got hit too hard (didn't, fortunately); some of the coverage was from the San Luis. Weird to see that beautiful seawall under siege, but its construction was vindicated. Thank God so few lives were lost, though my heart breaks for all the people who lost their homes and businesses.

One of our favorite family memories is Middle Daughter's 15th birthday, spent at Dickens on the Strand.

I wish we were going to Galveston. I would really like to be a part of putting that very special place back together.

Chris said...


It is heartbreaking to see what has happened to Galveston - inevitable, of course, but still wrenching. I was born and lived there till my early 20s, so I am partly a product of those years spent down there. I'm hoping this will scare off a lot of the developer$ (ba$tard$!) who have descended upon the Island in the last decade.