Octogenarians are the new teenagers

Seems like you just can’t tell octogenarians anything. Well, my octogenarians, anyway: they already know it all.

Two of them left Southeast Texas this morning bound — or so everyone thought — for Columbus, Mississippi. They were planning to spend a night here before traveling to South Florida to stay with other relatives. But, no one has heard from them since they left. They were briefly spotted on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish, but appeared to be doing drive by’s of various family residences. They didn’t stop even when it was evident that someone was around. Very odd.

This is the pair that didn’t evacuate for Katrina until Sunday at 3pm, and then only because someone on TV told them that if they didn’t leave by 3, they wouldn’t be allowed to. And, like teenagers, they don’t like to hear about what they can’t do. Never mind that we asked them multiple times on Saturday and Sunday morning to leave. Apparently, they also didn’t want to leave Southeast Texas just because Miss Rita might visit. What do those so-called weather people know about hurricanes, anyway? That last one missed New Orleans by at least 20 miles.

So, if you happen to run across a couple of elderly people driving towards or in Florida with Louisiana plates on the car, tell them I said they can’t call home. We’d like to hear from them.

5 Comments so far

  1. Craig (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 11:41 pm

    If I am lucky enough to be an octagenarian, I will be exactly like these two. Or at least I hope so.

    My observations have told me that age breeds caution, but, hopefully, only to a certain point.

    This sounds like the beginning of a tremendous story.

    …Craig


  2. drury (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 4:23 am

    I’m so sorry you all are having to be worried again.

    I feel so safe and secure here in Seattle. We’re experiencing a menacing carpet of moist dew in the mornings these days.

    Believe me, I no longer take our current uneventful circumstnces for granted.

    Be safe every one.

    Drury


  3. Heidi (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 2:37 pm

    This is very funny in spite of it being a bummer that you haven’t heard from them.


  4. Dawn (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 2:45 pm

    Octogenarians are some of my favorite people. I will keep these two precious ones in my prayers.


  5. e (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 10:15 pm

    yeah. my aunt is some months short of 100 and all i can say to you is, just wait a decade or so….it actually gets worse!:)



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