Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Ike, The Bay of Pigs and Me and Bobby MaGee...

Ike, The Bay of Pigs and Me and Bobby MaGee...

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Ike, The Bay of Pigs and Me and Bobby MgGee...

I do have a tendancy to become fearful of storms. Growing up just outside of Camp Atterbury as a young child caused a major impact to my personality. Camp Atterbury was being used at the time for the "test bombing" operations. We were not allowed to be on the street when they were actively bombing so when a loud siren would sound we would scatter down the street and I would immediately end up under my bed. This was the Kennedy era and we were taught to climb under our desks at the sound of the siren in the sanctity of our classrooms. As a child I (we) were being taught that bombs or missles could begin to fly at any time. We faced the fear of the Bay of Pigs. Even as small children and today a loud boom such as thunder can rattle my world.

I want to say thank you to all my Active Rain friends that have helped me get through Ike. Your phone calls and concern is truly endearing to me. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers. My husband put ike.jpg Hurricane IKE image by SarahOgohis foot down and made me go to my Aunt June's house in Wichita Falls. Now, I'm glad he did.

We have two houses on our property. One is the main house and the other is used as our office. Our main house miraculously made it through IKE unscathed. We lost a few trees and large limbs.

The office took a hit from a tree and is experiencing a roof leak...just minor in my book. Hubby and the animals made it safe and sound. They are without any electricity and he told me it looked a bit like a war zone.

My daughter, her husband and children are fine. One street over from her a tree went into a neighbors home and killed the lady inside. So, not all were as lucky as we were.

FEMA is bringing in MRE, "meals ready to eat" just down the road from our home so Scott is taking advantage of that. I, on the other hand, am having a wonderful time with my Aunt June and cousin Ruby! I worry, yes. But, he was right about not staying there.

I'M GOING TO HAVE TO OWE YOU THE SONG "ME AND BOBBY MAGEE" BECAUSE I'M ON DIAL UP! The song has been going through my head after hearing it on satellite radio on the way here. It warmed my heart and reminded me just how lucky I am to have this great network of friends!

I never thought I would appreciate dial up this much! I grow older by the minute waiting for the pages to load but could be so much worse. I am counting my blessings.

Thank you friends...hopefully we can get back to normal soon.

Later in the rain~Deb


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Comment balloon 27 commentsDeb Brooks • September 15 2008 09:47PM


I am very glad no one at your home was hurt. My son lives works in Houston and hasn't had electricity now for several days. He is single and young and will survive but I wonder about all those that are elderly, etc.  Also I have been working with another agent in Houston on a contract and the only way he can reach me is by the internet on his blackberry.

Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) over 11 years ago

Deb - I am so glad to hear you are ok. I thought of you and all my other TX friends. Especially when last night my daughter called to say they felt the effect all the way in Ohio. Yes, 5 people died there - same story, a lady got killed when a tree fell on her house. My daughter lost THREE trees. Now, I'm not saying that Ohio's problems are as bad as TX - but just knowing how wide spread this thing was... the winds made it there at 75 MPH forces and many people are going 24 hours without power. Here's the article: 


Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 11 years ago

DEB, I do remember getting under our desk for those bomb scares but we are of the same generation.  We came through okay also.  We don't have power but we do have water and if I had my choice between power or water I would take the water any day. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

So glad to hear you are safe and sound with little damage at home.  Dial up is a wonderful thing compared to not having any!  Enjoy your visit with your Aunt!

Posted by Sherry Scales, Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 11 years ago

Very pleased to hear that you made it through unhurt and that all your family is OK. You had us worried for a while - especially when we thought you weren't leaving!

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) over 11 years ago

Oh Deb, we have been thinking about you.  Thanks for the blog to let us you know you are ok.  It has been a sad few days between Ike and the horrible train wreck out here in So Cal.  I am glad your husband made you leave and that he is ok with the animals that were past due on the rabies shots! :o)

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) over 11 years ago

I too am glad you and your loved ones are okay. My brother lives in Houston and my sister told me Friday night that he went to stay with his fiancee in Dallas.

Posted by Rich Dansereau (Positive Real Estate Professionals) over 11 years ago

Deb...thank God that you and your family are all right. I grew up in the same era, so I hear ya about the desk crawling. Personally, I love storms but understand someone being nervous. Sounds like you made the right choice listening to your husband.

Posted by Sharon Young (Ivy League Mortgage Philadelphia, Pa) over 11 years ago

Deb, glad to hear your story and that both you and your husband and your house are ok. Wow, what an adventure. You'll hate dial up if you don't get something faster soon. Wi fi at a hotel??

Carol is right about Ike moving fast northward. Arkansas and Missouri also got hit hard.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

I'm so glad you're ok - I was sooo worried about you...and your and your husband too!  What a rel...:-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago

Deb - I'm so happy to hear your family (and your home) made it through relatively unscathed.  We can replace things, but people are a mite harder to fix.  :)

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Deb - I am so glad that your family survived the storm, we were all praying for you. It's just sad that our prayers didn't work for everyone. Take care and thanks for the read.

Robert Swetz

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 11 years ago

Deb - Very happy to hear you and your family are okay. I know it is difficult to make the decision to leave, but you must always remember you can always replace property, but once you make that decision to stay and find yourself in trouble there is nothing anyone can do. So many found that out too late. Glad you made the decision to leave.

Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Morning Debra,

Glad to hear that your family made it thru without serious incident. WE don't like the thought of having to leave either. So far we have been very fortunate.

Stay well!

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Deb, Thank God you, your family and your pets are all okay.  What a complication, having the cats under quarantine now of all times.  These are things you don't realize.  People wonder why some don't leave the area when a storm is coming... life is full of complications and situations where it's not so easy to just pick up.  Nature is awesome and horrible at times.  By the way, your home is just breathtaking.  xxoo

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 11 years ago


I'm so glad to hear that you made it through relatively unscathed.  A leaky roof isn't that bad.  What I am sorry to hear about is that you're using dial up!  You poor thing.  I hope you can recover from that soon!!  Be well, until then...

Posted by Yvette Smith, Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale (LONG & FOSTER) over 11 years ago

Glad to hear you're doing well. And thnk you for putting Me and Bobby McGee in my head. I love Janis' version and I love that song!

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose, Nothing don't mean nothing honey if it ain't free, now now. And feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues, You know feeling good was good enough for me, Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 11 years ago

Oh Deb, I love Janis Joplin and Me & Bobby McGee -- yep, we're from the same era --  I remember ducking under our desks when the siren or bell rang at school.

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) over 11 years ago

Deb.. I'm glad to hear that you and your husband are fine.  Your husband is a smart man, not to have you in the line of fire.  I've been thinking of you and was hoping all went well.  Thank you for letting me know.

valerie osterhoudt

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago


Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) over 11 years ago

I love hearing from you all. Thank you so much for the good wishes. I am having a great time with my family but I'm fighting the nagging feeling to go back home with my husband, home and daughter and kids...

I want this to have never happened...we don't always get what we want now do we? I am so grateful to have  you all as friends. Thank you for being here and the prayers are welcome for all involved. I have prayed that all is well quickly.

There is so much clean up to be done and I am mourning the loss of life. We are fine and for that I thank the Lord. I wish all could be as lucky.

Love y'all,


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 11 years ago

Deb, I didn't want to pester you with calling, but I am glad to finally hear you are OK.  REMEMBER what I said, GO HIRE A PUBLIC ADJUSTER - no matter how serious or minor you think the damages are!!  DO NOT hesitate, believe me, I speak from experience!  They can be with you when the insurance adjuster comes out, and you NEVER pay anything out of pocket!  I would suggest trying to get a local one - easier to deal with - but no matter if out of area HIRE ONE!!!  If it is not worth them helping you, they will tell you right up front!


Posted by Ronald Gillis, CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY (Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent)) over 11 years ago

Deb, I haven't been online much but was THRILLED to see your post and to know that you are ok and so is your family.  That storm would have scared anyone, I am so glad you left and very happy to hear you are enjoying your Aunt.  Stay safe!!!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago

Ronald, I will do just that. I have not personally seen the damage yet but as soon as there is electricity I will head that way. Thank you so much for the recommendation. Hugs,


Carole, Thank you. We have not checked out the other house yet so we don't know whether it is standing or not. I do plan to hire you to help me set up the furniture and I will be sending you photos to study as soon as life gets back to normal. Thank you so much for being concerned. I was too. My family was in great danger and I thank God all are okay.

I love my friends that have stayed in touch with me. Ron, you are one and JuJu, Judy Morgan, Sondra Meyers, Marchel Peterson, Carolyn, Erik, Gary, Liz, and so many other friends and I just can't thank you enough. I do not care for what life throws us always but I'm ready to jump into the game.

Trey, Carole and YOU SIMON~are very special to me. Simon it made my heart jump to know you cared. Thank you for being there and your advice encouraged me to do the right thing.

Cristal, Sherry, Sharon, I love you guys...or I love y'all. North or south it means the same. Your smiles are important to me and I want to visit with you soon.

Rich, Harold, God I hope your family and friends are okay. I do hope this goes without too much pain and suffering.

Susan, Valerie, and Yvette, I love you ladies. Don't stop blogging ever. You are three of the women I most look forward to reading. I wish  could have my own top 100.  Don't worry you're there!

Later in the rain and I love and miss you all. Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 11 years ago

Hi Deb,

Soooooo glad to hear everything is alright.  Love that song. Be patient with dial up it's better than nothing.


Posted by Lisa Glowacki, Real Estate Broker - RI & MA (Lisa Glowacki - Rhode Island & Massachusetts) over 11 years ago

Hi Deb, I'm so glad you and your family are ok. Scary I am sure, I would be a basket case. I haven't been on AR for awhile, just taking a little break. Dial up isn't so bad, we have it at home, not the greatest but glad to have something. Take care.


Posted by Jacqueline Tolstyka, Realtor - Selling Beautiful Northern Michigan (Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors) over 11 years ago

Hi Deb A little late I know, but, I ws just wondering if you were affected and I wandered over aand saw this post.  I m glad that you and yours are well.

Posted by Gayle Balaban, E. TN Waterfront Real Estate (The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E) over 11 years ago