Six Months Ago, Ike Officially Entered Bastard Status

What were you doing at this time six months ago?

One thing you probably weren't doing, if you lived in the Houston area, was checking blogs on the net.

Today's the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Ike, the third-most destructive hurricane ever to make landfall in the US. Unfortunately, it made landfall right on us.

There will, of course, be lots of media remembrances today. Here's the Chronicle take. Here's Channel 11's (Amazingly, they have an exclusive interview with someone named "Dr. Neil Frank.")

After the jump, we'll reprint our item that wraps up the slideshows we did on Ike.

Also, here's some video, and here was our take on The Safest House In The World, that Gilchrist home that was featured in photos worldwide.

Our post from September 17:

We've been loading up Ike-related posts at all hours here on Hair Balls, so we thought it'd be a good time to pause and look back at all the images we've seen over the past seven days. Click each photo below to get to a larger slideshow.

Hurricane Ike Slams into San Leon


Businesses, homes and cars were destroyed, and plenty of folks wound up with boats in their yards.

The Aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Galveston


Scenes from Monday, September 15, of boats pushed way onto land, piers shattered into thousands of pieces, and people giving each other a helping hand.

Hurricane Ike Smashes the Kemah Boardwalk


Kemah definitely experienced the storm's wrath more than most places in Texas did.

More Images from Before and After Hurricane Ike


Fires, rattlesnakes, boat thieves, flotsam, flooding, cracked trees and shattered boats in Galveston, Houston, League City, Texas City and Kemah.

Hurricane Ike Slams into Seabrook

More images of Gulf Coast destruction from Saturday, September 13.

Hurricane Ike Slams into Baytown

The swell was anything but, as these photos from Bayland Marina attest.

Hurricane Ike Slams into Houston

When the storm hit town in the early morn of Saturday, September 13, it flooded roads, snapped trees, prevented firefighters from saving a culinary landmark and shattered windows on a downtown skyscraper.

Hurricane Ike Slams into Galveston


Before the rains even arrived on Friday, September 12, many parts of the island were already underwater, and the Seawall and Stewart Beach were covered in rough water and flotsam.

Houston Prepares for Hurricane Ike


Scenes from Midtown on the afternoon of Thursday, September 11.

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