the casey's (gaido's) shrimp
as i sit here high and dry (literally) in the desert, the rest of my family is cleaning up after ike. my sister and her husband rode out the storm at their house in southwest houston in grand style, drinking heavily and watching their fence fall down. you can't really sleep through a hurricane--it's just way too noisy--particularly if you own the house that is blowing down around you. they lost some branches but no trees and their roof seems to be in place. they still don't have power. my mom's brick fortress held up beautifully--they lost some branches and power, but it was back on in less than 24 hours. i am convinced they fixed her part of the city first because george and barbara bush live like a block away...
i haven't talked to any of my galveston relatives yet and i so hope they left the island. i know gaido's lost their roof off the motel; no word on if the crab and/or the shrimp survived. the austin american-statesman published an honest review of staying along the gulf coast on the cheap just two weeks ago, which of course highlights gaido's motel...although this may not be the best time to visit. there are several forums online (click here, or here, or here for more info) with people asking about gaido's--i think that is wonderful and terrifically kind. it is an island institution. i wish i had some news myself.
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