Sunday, September 28, 2008
I haven't mentioned one of the things that impressed me most in the aftermath of Ike's visit to Alvin: the clean-up. Within a couple of days after the storm, people had recovered from their initial shock and the song of the chainsaws filled the air. By the end of the third day, the streets of town were lined with debris, the yards were clean, and a lot of them (mine included) were even freshly mowed. People really jumped in to help their neighbors, even reclusive guys like me. I pulled big limbs with four or five different neighbors, people I hardly ever see otherwise. It was a good feeling to help out and to be able to get things done after feeling so helpless during the storm itself.