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  1. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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  2. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

     
  3. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Rita downgraded to a Cat 4 hurricane...

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT3+shtml/221735.shtml?


    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 145 MPH...230 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. RITA IS A EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE LIKELY DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
     
  4. merrrrjig

    merrrrjig Turbo Monkey

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    New Orleans has a tropical storm warning out right now
     
  5. Barbaton

    Barbaton Turbo Monkey

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    GF's family is in Beaumont (1.5 hrs east of Houston). Her sister and step-mom left today but her dad's going to ride it out at the hospital where he works. We're all a little worried
     
  6. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    How far is Crawford from the coast?
     
  7. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Over 200 mi.
     
  8. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    Yea, you're not ignoring me!

    Have a good night monkeys! I think it's time to jump off the wagon tonight...
     
  9. Rip

    Rip Mr. Excitement

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    Now we get to see how Galveston's improvements will fair.
     
  10. luken8r

    luken8r Monkey

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    NO is getting flooded again. h2o is spilling over the levys in 9th ward
     
  11. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    Good thing the reason why the insterstate highway system was built was to handle evacuations due to natural disasters. Seems like it can't handle the load when it comes down to it.
     
  12. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Maybe now they'll decide to let 9th Ward revert to swampland? Sounds like a reasonable idea to me........... :think:
     
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    luken8r Monkey

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    well it probably could have when it was designed in the 50s. i dont know how old the highway in texas is, but unless its brand new, it cant handle the traffic. houston has grown pretty large over the last few years
     
  14. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Where did you get this information? :think:
     
  15. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    According to Toni, the freeways are clear this morning. Two days to move 5 million people is not too bad.
     
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    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    Maybe he uses wikipedia:

    Dual purpose design

    In addition to being designed to support automobile and heavy truck traffic, interstate highways are also designed for use in military and civil defense operations within the United States, particularly troop movements.

    One potential civil defense use of the Interstate highway system is for the emergency evacuation of cities in the event of a potential nuclear war. Although this use has never happened, the Interstate Highway System has been used to facilitate evacuations in the face of hurricanes and other natural disasters. An option for maximizing throughput is to reverse the flow of traffic on one side so that all lanes become outbound lanes. Several Interstates in the South U.S., including I-16 in Georgia, I-40 in North Carolina, I-65 in Alabama, and I-10 in Louisiana, are equipped and signed for reverse flow, with crossovers inland after major interchanges to distribute much of the traffic. This is however not limited to Interstates; State Road 528 has the same setup in central Florida.

    A widespread but false urban legend states that one out of every five miles of the Interstate highway system must be built straight and flat, so as to be usable by aircraft during times of war.[2] However, the Germans in World War II used the Autobahns for just such a purpose.
     
  17. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    Last report I heard this morning was they weren't but thats good if they are.

    These past few events have really made me realise how dependant on gas we are as a nation.

    I was blind to the fact till I saw all the people stranded because they didn't have any.
     
  18. valve bouncer

    valve bouncer Master Dildoist

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    I always thought it was so our new alien overlords would have somewhere to land. Learn something new everyday here. :)
     
  19. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    luken8r Monkey

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    wow, that is impressive.
     
  21. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    OK. He posted this last night at 11pm. Maybe there is more this morning.

     
  22. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Interesting.......... I had always heard that it was primarily for moving troops & military equipment. Never heard of the evacuation use being an impetus for building the system.

    I wonder if that was added recently...... :think:
     
  23. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    What I want to know is why didn't more people ride their bikes out of Houston? :p
     
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    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    SK6 Turbo Monkey

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    he he......you said impetus........he he! :D
     
  26. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Did I spell it right? :think: :D
     
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    SK6 Turbo Monkey

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    Yup! :thumb: We're proud!

    im·pe·tus Audio pronunciation of "impetus" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (mp-ts)
    n. pl. im·pe·tus·es

    1. An impelling force; an impulse.
    2. The force or energy associated with a moving body.
    3.
    1. Something that incites; a stimulus.
    2. Increased activity in response to a stimulus: The approaching deadline gave impetus to the investigation.


    [Middle English impetous, from Latin impetus, from impetere, to attack : in-, against; see in-2 + petere, to go towards, seek; see pet- in Indo-European Roots.]
     
  28. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    <ahem>

    I *knew* I spelled it right. ;)
     
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    I new that! :p

    :D
     
  30. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I new you gnu. ;)
     
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    Barbaton Turbo Monkey

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    you know, i wonder how much the gas shortage in texas is due to the fact that they all drive cars that get 10mpg...
     
  32. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    or maybe, the fact that a couple million people decided to fill up all on the same day(doubt many infrastructure anywhere could handle that kind of load) AND that a bunch of gas stations closed down so the folks could get the hell out of dodge AND that those millions of people are stuck on the highway for many, many hours(12+ hrs for a normal 3 hr trip).
     
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    bah - it wouldn't be any fun for people that don't have to deal with it to not criticize something they know nothing about, Wumpus.
     
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    -dustin boring

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    imagine an evacuation of Austin. oh god...the horror, the horror.
     
  35. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Rita is now a Cat 3...
     
  36. The Toninator

    The Toninator Muffin

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    i could then and can only verify conditions as far as i can see. Traffic in town is nil. all the pictures i have been posting were takin by me.
    i took a ride this morning and although there appeared to be people around they werent out moving about.
    eerie. The cops however were everywhere putting a kink in my looting plans. i was really eyeballing this lika sto for some henessy and the marble slab next to it.
     

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    The Toninator Muffin

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    these people probably arent going anywhere but they wanted to full up - just in case/their scared. The irony of it is they're wasting what little gas they have for a chance at a little 2pumper. They could have stayed at home and been better off there is NO WAY the 150 cars i saw in line are going to get gas.
    all the gas stations that i visited have closed because they were out of gas.
    this picture was takin at 11th and decoma/shephard.
     
  38. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Sounds like they should've ridden their bikes..... :p
     
  39. douglas

    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    you should rig up a sail to you bike, and have some fun once it gets real windy there !!
     
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    splat Nam I am

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    Back in the 80's when a Huricane came through Boston , a Whole bunch of college students were all wearing trench coats and using them as sails on Skate boards and having races.

    so you should just beable to adapt that concept to your bike .