Thanks to everyone who has sent messages.  It’s the coast of Texas that is really suffering right now and it looks as if it is going to get worse before it gets better. Wishing the very, very best to everyone, whether huddled in shelters or in their homes, or out trying to help with stranded people and downed power lines, or manning essential services.

Here, over a hundred miles inland, it has been raining steadily. There are currently 427 road closings in Austin and the surroundings areas so we are not planning on going anywhere.  Indeed the whole neighborhood has been eerily quiet.

Luckily the rain has not come in torrential bursts.  When it does, which is quite often, the terrain here means that flash floods are a huge problem. My personal check, the dry creek about fifty yards behind the house that turns into a torrent about once a year, is still not running in spite of about 7 inches of rainfall, meaning that the containment ponds are coping with this kind of rain.

Since some smart alecs on social media were still last night making comments about how Texas deserved this, here’s another set of photos, this time not of historic Texas but of today’s Texas.

As Hurricane Harvey approached, Texans poured into one or other of the state’s signature gas stations/convenience stores, Buc’ee’s, as they do every day. Strategically placed at highway intersections and well stocked, the Dallas News carried a story (behind a paywall so no link) on everyone from National Guard rescue teams to ordinary citizens stocking up at Buc’ee’s.

This is the one just outside Bastrop, about 40 miles east of Austin, which I visited earlier this year.  Here’s The Eater story on How Buc’ee’s Became Texas’s Most Beloved Road Trip Destination.  From it, I learned that one Buc’ee’s has 68,000 square feet of space.

By the way, is anyone researching convenience store food? There’s so much on fast food such as McDonald’s but I don’t recall seeing much on what appear to be the huge sales from convenience stores.

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