This is a brief update as of 5:00/6:00 p.m. No damage on Friar Tuck, Weeren is unknown, two houses lost on Country Oaks (our prayers go out to you), Shady Oaks is okay and North and South Hall Drive is okay. Saw a fire spark up to the lower east as visualized from FM 1486 just past Tisdale, within seconds, we saw the DC-10 en route to this fire and on the return of our drive from Mt Mariah, the fire was gone. The Red Dragon (our new name for that DC-10) kicked the butte’ of that attempt at becoming wildfire!! Remember folks, these fires will continue to crop up, be alert and be ready!
Now let’s look at a topic that always warms the heart and brings a smile to the soul and reminds us that humanity exists, especially in Montgomery County!
Random Acts of Kindness:
For tonight’s update, we are going to change the tone a bit. This reporter is truly certain there are so many little and grand stories out there and would love to chat with people about someone special or something special that has occurred in his or her life since the start up of this tragic Labor Day Wildfire that has taken the wind out of their sails and brought a moment of peace, joy and hope. Just like H.E.B. coming out and setting up a meal trailer for the Crisis Command Center and firefighters and Kroger opening their store and cooking lunch for all police, firefighter, and emergency assistance personnel. We look forward to your comments. In the meantime, below are just a couple of Random Acts of Kindness that this reporter has experienced during these times.
The Robinson Family: We met the Robinson family on the side of the road of FM 1486 at Jackson Road on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 on one of our scouting trips to see just what was really going on with the Tri-County Wildfire known as the Riley Road Fire. They were parked on one side of FM 1486 in their white truck pulling a horse trailer. They were on standby waiting to go into the danger zone to go rescue livestock. It did not matter if the livestock was a horse, cow or goat, they were, without request or regard, on standby to help. Their daughter was with them and what a sweet young lady she is. Anyway, in our conversation about the latest events, Mrs. Robinson extended her hand of kindness and gave me her business card and told me if we needed to get our horse out, just call her and they will come.
On September 9, 2011, this reporter was in dire need of moving their ½ Tennessee Walker ½ Quarter horse who was just two years old and never been on a trailer. We reached out to the Robinson family and they happened to be right at FM 1468 and Texas 105 en route to give a pony party (this is their livelihood). They asked if they could come right then. Of course they could, the fire smoke was too worrisome and evacuation was nearing. Within 10 minutes they appeared with their beautiful personalities and kind souls. They knew that the horse had never been trailered and they did not flinch. Stella is very social, sweet and follows without a leadline. She just isn’t greenbroke or trailer broke.
It took Mr. and Mrs. Robinson and their daughter a bit of time (remember, they were on their way to give a pony party) for everyone to bribe, insist and finally convince Stella that loading on the trailer was in her best interest. After loading Stella, they took off for their pony party as if it was nothing. Like this was something just as simple as dusting off the television.
The Robinsons then took Stella home for the evening – this was the same evening of the DC-10 made its debut performance. The next morning, Saturday, September 10, 2011, they brought Stella home with groomed hooves and placed her back in her pen and were gone in moments. Never saying a word about fixing Stella’s hoof that was chipped pretty good. Stella graciously thanks the Robinson Family and would like for others to know the Robinsons. If you are planning a party for a child(ren) in your family and want pony rides and a petting zoo, please contact the Robinsons at [email protected], or go to their website www.ejcfarms.com,
The Correa Family: The Correa family is a cute bunch. Very intelligent and truly are humanitarians. This family has an open door policy at every crisis. They are always taking in strangers and neighbors when the crisis is upon them. Their grass is just as dry and brittle as anyone else and their lake is dried up, they do not have a well for water, its monthly billing, and they never complain. They never ask for a dime and always try to feed the crowd. No matter how large a crowd it is. The Correas love animals and people as shown through their kind acts. As with Hurricane Ike, the Correas have opened their doors again to take in families in need of evacuation. They seem to open the spare bedroom and the living room gets an air mattress and becomes a bedroom and all are welcome, if they fit!
Yesterday, we stopped by unannounced for a visit. Most country folks would prefer a phone call. Mrs. Correa was very warm and inviting with her magnificent smile. She looks so much like Liza Minnelli. While chatting with her on the back porch and watching the various wildfires crop up just over the tree-line across the dry lakebed, she found humor. Mrs. Correa also has a pet hummingbird. Well, she actually has two hummingbirds, but here is always an alpha and they were quite entertaining. Again, the Correas have taken in another family and their house was full with a family from Shady Oaks, this family had to evacuate and the Correas were smiling all the way through. Kudos to the Correas!!
So the next time you see the Icecream Lady in the big Yellow antiquity of a truck, be certain to extend an extra smile, she certainly has one for you.
Now onto a topic that befuddles even the greatest of minds. This section of the article goes out to:
Random Acts of Stupidity:
Yesterday, Friday, September 9, 2011, there were 17 illegal fires reported in Magnolia. Now lets analyze this a moment. Not only is the entire State of Texas under a complete burn ban, but the counties of Montgomery, Grimes, and Waller are on fire. Not just a little bit on fire, but fully engaged in home threatening, livelihood threatening on fire. And there were 17 people, in their infinite wisdom, burning whatever they were burning and doing so in Magnolia. The same Magnolia that is on fire and in and out of mandatory evacuations, school closings as a direct result of this wildfire – firefighters from throughout various counties and states volunteering to put out these wildfires and we have 17 people who felt compelled to light up a “controlled” fire on grass that when you step on it shatters. Not crackles, but shatters. Folks this is the ultimate in Random Acts of Stupidity!