Wednesday, August 31
it's a long way to Tipperary
It's an 8-hour drive from Dallas to New Orleans (a distance of about 525 miles), so I was surprised to hear that some of those who were in the path of Hurricane Katrina ended up here. Was every motel between here and there full? What will happen when the mandatory evacuation order takes effect? That's a LOT of people to relocate (the 2000 census says 484,674).
Word is that those who ended up at the Superdome will soon be en route the Astrodome in Houston (a mere 350 miles away).
For years, I've known about calling
911 (emergency!) and
411 (directory information) and
611 (telephone service) and even
311 (city services)
but somehow I missed 211 (community services and volunteer opportunities). According to their website, dialing "211" works all across Texas.
PS: bonus points to anyone who knows that Tipperary is an Irish County. Pity points to anyone who knows the complete lyrics to the World War I song "It's a long way to Tipperary"