As the city struggles to recover from Hurricane Ike, more and most people are hitting the roads. Driving to work, running errands, etc. Of course with a lot of the city without power there’s a lot of traffic lights that are just dark. Traffic during peak hours, while not all that great on a normal day, is extremely bad as those who barely (if at all) qualify for a drivers license vainly struggle to sort out the de facto 4-way stops that plague even the shortest trip on any given surface street.

Today was the first day I’ve seen the local police out directing traffic. It helps, but there’s still a lot of congestion. As I was driving into town this evening the traffic on 59 headed out of the city was the thickest I’ve ever seen it. And that was at 8:00 pm.

I swung by KPFT to see how things were going. I’d heard that the station had gotten back on the air on Friday and actually played “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles repeatedly for an hour. For those not in the know, this was the first song played on KPFT when it went on the air on March 1, 1970.

As of now the station is on the air and returns to the normal schedule first thing on Tuesday morning. We’re actually hijacking our own Internet connection to send the signal to the transmitter over IP until we get things sorted out with the microwave.

Of course this means Technology Bytes will be back on Wednesday which gives me the happy. Anything to return my own sense of routine and normalcy goes a long, long way.

Post Ike Post
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3 thoughts on “Post Ike Post

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  • September 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    2 things I’ve learned from Ike:

    1) Pinecones are sharp.

    2) The majority of drivers in this town need remedial Driver’s Ed!!!!!

  • October 9, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    I haven’t seen police direct traffic in my neighborhood except when FEMA setup a POD. That had traffic backed up everywhere. In one dark neighborhood I saw the simplest cleaver idea is use. Power was out and the traffic light unseen in the dark. Stops signs were placed between the lanes at the intersection. it’s simple and just right for the new Idiot 2.0 driver.

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