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Fall Friday

Fall begins today. I wonder if they will open the roof at The Yard this evening.

I can’t decide if it is funny or scary.  The name calling with the North Korea leader.

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus will hold a forum this evening at Bering Memorial.

Commentary gives a thumbs-up to most government agencies on their response to Harvey during and afterwards.   Convince me why I should include the Houston Housing Authority on this list. Here is from the Chron: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Elderly-Houston-residents-lambaste-city-for-12219457.php.

Reminds me of Brownie doing a hekuva job.

At least our leadership now knows that we are going to get hit hard again with a storm and they are finally getting serious about safety, mitigation, coastal barriers, regulations, reservoirs and development efforts to name a few. Everything needs to be on the table.

I try to take my Dad oysters once a week. He loves them with some crackers, red sauce and a cold one. Here is from the Chron:

Oyster lovers will shell out more for the marine delicacy this fall, as freshwater runoff from Hurricane Harvey’s historic floods killed virtually all of the bivalves in the prolific seabeds of Galveston Bay.

The storm was the latest setback to a multimillion-dollar commercial fishing and seafood-processing industry that appeared poised to finally rebound from floods, including two devastating tropical weather systems, and an extended drought in less than a decade. Shrimpers, crabbers and other fishermen who work the bay also will feel an impact.

But it’s most lethal in the case of the oysters, as Harvey-spawned rains and rainwater runoff drove down the bay’s salinity to fatal levels. Salinity levels of 12 to 30 parts per thousand are ideal for a healthy oyster harvest in Galveston Bay, which researchers say is the nation’s most bountiful. Yet preliminary tests performed by commercial fishers on Tuesday revealed salinity levels at 0 to 5 parts per thousand – and excessive water continues to drain into the bay.

Industry leaders fear no more than 10 percent of oysters in the bay prior to the storm have survived. It’s possible, they said, that the entire crop is lost.

“That much freshwater in the bay has taken its toll on us,” said Mark Lewis, sales representative for wholesaler, Jeri’s Seafood. “There’s nothing in Texas to buy.”

Wholesale and retail prices already have risen by 15 to 20 percent, according to one estimate. Given the expected length of the recovery and the added expense of shipping in oysters from other parts of the country, further price spikes are expected.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/retail/article/Harvey-decimated-Galveston-Bay-s-oyster-population-12218312.php?utm_campaign=btfpm.

Double sigh!

Speaking of my Dad, my niece Rachel is texting us that he is getting a lot of love at Hobby this morning as he prepares to board the Honor Flight – nice.

We only have three more regular season homies including tomorrow’s nooner and Sunday evening’s ESPNer. We lost last night and lost ground to Cleveland. Ten games left to play.

 

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