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Hurricane Ike

  • News

    September 19, 2013

    Hurricane Ike: Then and Now

    Photographer Daniel Kramer returns to the scene of Houston's most recent tropical nightmare.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Hurricane Ike: Then and Now in Photos

    Five years ago today was the anniversary of Hurricane Ike. When it swept through Houston in 2008 - and was subsequently swept under the rug by national media thanks to a collapsing economy - it packed much more punch than anyone expected. A massive storm that, at one point, filled almost the entire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    10 Hurricane Season Postcards: Wish You Were Here Instead Of Me

    Yesterday brought the opening of what will no doubt be a tense hurricane season. Memories of Ike and Allison are still vivid, and the wild weather in the U.S. so far this year seems to promise plenty of drama. As in all things, however, it always makes sense to turn lemons into lemonade, assuming y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Remembering Hurricanes Alicia and Claudette

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Ice Storm Hooky: Why Aren't You Spending Your Ice Day in the Bar, Houston?

    No one knows how to spend a snow day anymore​It was a happy moment when Hair Balls' editor gave us permission to leave the office and cover the ice scare in a bar. Specifically, we were asked if we would go out and see where the biggest Friday early afternoon party is, presumably comprised of ... More >>

  • News

    September 23, 2010

    Our Mother of Mercy

    How far did cardinal go in tearing down Ike-ravaged church?

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2010

    10 by 10

    Local playwrights show off their short works

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2010

    10 by 10

    Local playwrights show off their short works

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Hurricanes: Rice Says Ike Was Nothing

    Just a fresh seabreeze compared to what could have been​Just in time for hurricane season, a group created in the wake of Ike has issued a report that should be entitled "The Bejesus, And Scaring It Out Of You."Remember Ike and how much that sucked? Destruction in Galveston, no electricity in Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Bureaucracy: Galveston May Resort To Video To Determine How Bad It Is

    To be clear, this is not the judge's wife​You know things are bad in the bureaucratic red-tape department when you're thinking of resorting to videotaping events just to see how bad it is.That's what Galveston is thinking of doing, since getting hit with a ton of complaints that people tryin ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Houston Symphony: Forces of Nature

    Listen to Mozart's and Beethoven's versions of the natural world

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    January 13, 2010

    Extreme Makeover: Kemah Edition

    Photos by Lee Riner / Click here for a slideshow​The Kemah Boardwalk has been hopping more than usual lately -- and in a weird way, some of it's because of Hurricane Ike ("You Bastard!")It's not gawkers hoping to see debris everywhere, 16 months later. Although we did see a large, phallic-shaped e ... More >>

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    September 24, 2009
  • News

    September 10, 2009

    Life, Post-Ike: A Full Recovery

    Just when it looked like UTMB might leave Galveston forever, local legislators saved it.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    "Galveston's Coming Back -- It Looks Like Home Again"

    Marie Creasy is the manager of the Poop Deck on Galveston's Seawall, so she's been at Ground Zero for the past year's efforts to recover from Ike.As far as she can tell, things are back: "Everybody seems to be putting their lives back together, and those that aren't putting their lives back toge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    If Who's On First, What's On Second: A Post-Ike Diary Documenting One Family's Attempt To Get Past First Base With The Houston Housing Authority

    ​Ike's anniversary is coming up, an event which will be well-covered locally. We're doing out part with the September 10 issue; until then we'll be posting some Ike-related items to whet the appetite.In the 1950s the famous comedy team of Abbott and Costello developed what is probably their most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Houston: It's Worth Hurricane Ike

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt HIWI: Ike, the exhibition at the Galveston Arts Center​Nearly five years ago, Houston became home to one of the most unusual and subversive tourism campaigns in recent memory. The Houston: It's Worth It (HIWI) campaign began with a simple website and a list ... More >>

  • News

    August 6, 2009
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    June 25, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    This week features not only restaurant closings and openings, but reopenings as well. The first of those, as expected, was Cafe Le Jadeite (1952 West Gray), which reopened this past Monday. Despite the fact that the name and decor have remained the same, the owners and the menu have changed. B4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Bolivar Peninsula

    Photos by Brittanie SheyCrystal Beach, TexasSometimes vacations don't always go as planned. Texas Traveler hadn't been to the Texas Coast since last summer, a month or two before Ike hit. We'd seen the footage and heard the stories -- it was just too depressing to imagine our favorite beaches cover ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    June 1: And So It Begins......

    NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!!! (MUST CREDIT HAIR BALLS!!!!!) Today is the beginning of the hurricane season.While the rest of the so-called mainstream media will ignore this important milestone simply because writing or airing stuff about hurricanes in Houston results in cheap increases in ratings and clic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Did Video Games Really Kill Generator-Using Ike Victims?

    For a few hours yesterday, the lead story at Chron.com gravely warned Houstonians on the dangers of mixing generators and video games. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston evidently found that this happened often in the blacked-out weeks in the wake of Hurricane Ik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Galveston's Hendley Market Finally Reopens (Kinda) After Ike

    Hendley Market, Galveston's destination shopping place on The Strand for knick-knacks, sweets and other things you never knew you needed, is finally reopening after fixing its Ike damage."We are back in business after getting rid of that bad old Ike hangover," their announcement says.They also note ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    That Pavilion No One Uses At Galveston's Seawolf Park To Be Replaced

    Pretty much no one ever goes to visit the modernistic white pavilion at Galveston's Seawolf Park.Now they never will.The building, which is mostly a kind of visual landmark seen by people cruising on the ferry, was heavily damaged by Ike. Since it was a bit of a white elephant, the city's Parks Boar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    The Strand's Historic Buildings Get A Boost

    Photo courtesy Galveston Historical FoundationThe Strand, downtown Galveston's most historic district, is getting a little help today in its efforts to preserve itself.The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named "The Cast-Iron Architecture of Galveston" as one of its 11 Most Endangered Hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Trouble With Trees On Galveston Island

    Galveston needed more bad Ike news like it needed more Ike. But more bad news is being reported: The leafy trees that provided a distinctive canopy over many of the island's most charming streets ain't coming back. The Galveston County Daily News reports that the salt water that inundated three-quar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Ed Emmett Is Officially Pretty Pleased With The Ike Response

    Harris County Judge Ed Emmett's official and final scorecard on local-government response to Hurricane Ike: "Pretty good."At a press conference Monday he addressed what worked and what didn't, and announced that most things worked out well."A state has the primary responsibility, if you will, and if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    The Kids At Valley West Elementary Finally Recover From Ike

    Like a drunk wandering a pub that has run out of beer, so fourth-grader Andrew Jok roams his school's library looking for interesting books to read. He devours nearly a dozen books a month, you see, and he needs his fix. Jok's problem, however, along with the rest of the students at Valley West Elem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    The Top Hurricane Ike Myths

    The Bay Area Houston Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau says there are a lot of myths going around about Hurricane Ike damage, and they're determined to stop them.So they've issued a release listing the Top Five Myths Following Hurricane Ike, and they address each with no-nonse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2009

    Taking Stock of Galveston's Restaurants

    Driving along Broadway on your way into the heart of Galveston, it would appear that the island has finally sprung back to life five months after Hurricane Ike passed directly over it.  Stores and restaurants are open, medians are planted with fat clumps of flowers, traffic -- even on  ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    Finally, Some Good News For The Bolivar Peninsula

    Good news has been in short supply on the Bolivar Peninsula since Ike hit, but something that could pass -- these days, anyway -- as good news was announced this week.Crenshaw, a pre-K-8 elementary and middle school on the peninsula, will reopen February 4, GISD announced to the applause of resident ... More >>

  • News

    January 8, 2009

    Hurricane Ike's Wake

    Forgotten and overlooked, Galveston and the Texas Gulf Coast struggle on in the storm's aftermath

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    January 6, 2009

    Trying to Put Humpty Dumpty Together Again in Galveston

    Got a historic photo that shows what Galveston looked like before Hurricane Ike came through town? How about any documents pertaining to commercial or residential properties on the island? The Galveston Historical Foundation is putting out the word that anyone in possession of either of these thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2008

    Top Ten Houston Sports Moments of 2008

    10. I never really followed the Houston Comets, who folded several weeks ago. By the time they came on the scene I was getting pretty sick of professional basketball. So I never became invested in the team, and I can't feel any real loss behind their demise. Still, unlike the Rockets and Astros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2008

    Top Ten Houston Sports Moments of 2008

    10. I never really followed the Houston Comets, who folded several weeks ago. By the time they came on the scene I was getting pretty sick of professional basketball. So I never became invested in the team, and I can't feel any real loss behind their demise. Still, unlike the Rockets and Astros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Rice Wins The Mayor's "What Do We Do With All This Ike Crap" Contest

    The results are in for the contest to see just what the hell Houston should do with the millions of  cubic yards of Ike debris, and the big winner is Rice University.A team from Rice will get $10,000 for its plan to convert all the fallen limbs, brush and other wood crap into something called " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Don't Let The Doorknob Hit You In The Ass On The Way Out, 2008 Hurricane Season

    As of 12:01 a.m. today, the 2008 hurricane season is over. That doesn't mean there won't be any more hurricanes, it just means when they occur we'll be told what a surprise they are.As a practical matter, of course, Texas is largely free of hurricanes once you get into late September.But now we're r ... More >>

  • News

    November 27, 2008

    Turkeys of the Year

    DA Chuck Rosenthal flies off with top honors

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Slideshow -- Ike's Still Here

    Hair Balls made a tour of downtown and some inner-city neighborhoods and found that evidence of Hurricane Ike's destruction is still very much evident. It's nothing like what Galveston and other beach-front communities are facing, of course, but plenty of Houston  businesses and homes are still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    The Bolivar Ferry Is Back, Baby

    It's back! As of six o'clock this morning, service on the Bolivar Ferry has resumed. The biggest job in getting the boats back in service wasn't any damage to the ships themselves; rather it was dredging a bay that had been transformed by Ike. There was minor damage to boats and facilities, but th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Book Review: A Collection Of Female Noir

    Sure, ice may be a dominant form of currency in the aftermath of a hurricane. But here’s what Tunnel Mole needed to survive two weeks of no electricity: a miner's hat avec flashlight. That's best for bedtime, to snuggle in and devour some juicy noir -- make mine the XX chromosome variety, please. ... More >>

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    October 28, 2008

    MasterMinds -- Deadline Approacheth

    Deadline is fast coming up to apply to win one of three Houston Press MasterMinds grant, a cool $2K prize to any local gifted artist, entrepreneur or innovator. Hurricane Ike messed with us a little, so the original deadline was moved back. But the new one, October 30, is nigh. Here's how editor M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Galveston Releases A Damage-Assessment Map

    The city of Galveston has released its first damage-assessment maps after Ike. There are three maps listed here. The one most people are interested in is the first, from 61st Street east. Increase the size of the blow-up on the toolbar to, say, 50 percent and you get a pretty good idea of how bad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008
  • News

    October 16, 2008

    Ike's Fuzzy Animals

    All kinds of cuties are showing up

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    Public Storage Inc. -- Protecting You From Your Belongings

    In the midst of natural disasters like Hurricane Ike, some businesses find a way to both help the community and land new clients. To wit: When Ike was ready to pounce on the Gulf Coast, U-Haul offered a free 30-day storage space deal for people in Ike’s path. A U-Haul spokeswoman told Hair Balls t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    AG Says Two Motels Gouged Ike Victims

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has brought the hammer down on two motels he says gouged Ike evacuees. The Super 8 Brookshire Motel near Katy and the Hotel Nacogdoches were named as gougers. The Hotel Nacogdoches typically charges $49 for a room, the Ag's office said; two days before Ike that we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    The Safest House In The World

    It was one of the iconic pictures of Ike. Taken by the Houston Chronicle’s Smiley Pool (and other photographers with access to a helicopter), the shot of a lone house still standing in Gilchrist on the Bolivar Peninsula was used by media outlets around the world. And wherever it showed up, people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Always Look On The Bright Side Of Ike

    Over the past couple of weeks, we've heard ad nauseam about the painful effects of Hurricane Ike -- the flooded homes and businesses, the damaged rooftops, the rampant power outages, the lingering failures of Comcast not only to provide cable and Internet but also to explain coherently why they are ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    There's No Roof, But The Cock-Ring Sale Goes On!!

    First, it was the historic Balinese Room. Then it was venerable Brennan’s. Now Ike has claimed a victim we’ll miss even more: the Erotic Cabaret Boutique at 6509 Westheimer, in the Galleria area. Seems Ike blew the store’s roof off, and it’s not reopening. Where in the world will the bachel ... More >>

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