Having participated in the snarl of freeway madness along with millions of other Houstonians to avoid Hurricane Rita in 2005 , three years later I decided not to evacuate during Hurricane Ike, thus, spending a mostlysleepless night listening to the winds and rain. After the electricity went out, I was able to keep up with the local broadcasts with a small hand-held TV. Therefore, I feel fortunate now just to be glued to the unfolding events of Hurricane Irene as it moves up the East Coast. The AC is humming, but I’m comfortable and relaxed on the sofa.
Here in Houston, it may have been the hottest day of the year. The thermometer on the back fence goes sky high out in the sun so is not very reliable, but I think the temperature may have been higher than the 105 that weather.com gave for my zip code.
It’s still in the high 90s here nearing 10 PM. The heat was still suffocating when I went out to the super market in search of that summer treat–Blue Bell’s Tin Roof Ice Cream. (Blue Bell ice cream is made in Brenham, Texas about 50 miles up the road from where I live. Tin Roof is vanilla ice cream laced with chocolate covered peanuts and chocolate syrup.)
To my good fortune, Blue Bell was on sale if you bought $10 of groceries. I had already picked up a few other items, never thinking that total would be less than even $15. I guess I had a lot of bargains because when it came to the ice cream, the cashier said, “You have to buy $10 worth to get the ice cream.” When I told her just to charge me the regular price (because that was my real reason for going to the super market), she seemed to be perplexed and had to call a manager over to finish out the transaction, charging me the sale price.
I exited the store out into the heat radiating from the parking lot, wondering what would have happened if I’d brought just the ice cream up to the counter.
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