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I'd like to start this Saturday morning with a hearty "Fuck you!" to the lowlife who used my credit card number and expiration date to go on a shopping spree on Tuesday to the tune of nearly $750: $20 at BarBQ Barn in Plano, $500 at Target in Allen, and $225 at Petco in Allen! I hope you enjoy your ill-gotten gains, because karma's a bitch! And to BarBQ Barn, Target and Petco, another "Fuck you!" for accepting the charges without the card being present!

I've already talked to Citibank and they have put a security close on the account and will be sending me a new card via UPS 2-Day (I told them about leaving for Canada on Thursday). Thank goodness I filled up the gas tank yesterday! And, best of all, I won't be responsible for any of the fraudulent charges.

On to better news: going to a Browncoat shindig, followed by seeing Serenity again. (4th time for me)

Meme time!

Sep. 26th, 2005 05:06 pm
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Um... er... hmm... cute and perky?!? )

In other news I am back in Houston. My condo complex doesn't even look like it got any rain. I saw two branches on the ground.

Spent a half hour taking down the tarps and tape. I need to go to Home Despot and return what I didn't use; I could use the cash.
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Heard a glimmer of hope on the radio this morning: US 59 was wide open to Victoria. One piece of the puzzle was in hand: the escape route. The other piece needed: gas.

Googled all the gas stations in Victoria, started calling same. Nobody answered the phone.

Checked the Victoria Advocate web site and they had a story about 8000 gallons of gas being bought into town overnight. In fact, they got special permission to violate the dusk-to-dawn curfew (explaining the no-answer on the phone).

So I left Houston at 8 a.m. The place looked like a ghost town. I found gas in Rosenberg, which meant I wouldn't have to go all the way to Victoria. I cut up highway 111 in Edna to US 183, and followed that to I-35 in Austin, and took I-35 to Dallas.

Total drive time: 8 hours.

Total gas bill: around $60.

Feeling of ease at not being in the hurricane zone: priceless.
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I had the brilliant idea of using Westheimer to Fulshear, then cutting up to highway 6.

So did everyone else.

It took me six hours to get from Westheimer and the Beltway to Westheimer and highway 99.

I turned around and came back home.

Now I have 3/4 of a tank of gas, and will get up at 2:30 a.m. to see if I-45 has cleared out so I can get to Dallas within a reasonable time frame and with enough gas. If it has, jolly good, I'm going. If not, I'm staying. First floor, but on high enough ground. And I have a safe room with plenty of drinking water.

And so to bed.

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