"Laura lives up to hurricanes’ maddening, frightful nature" by: Mike Reddell

   To show the last ordeal of hurricanes, I started last week’s column about Marco and Laura churning inexorably in our direction. 
   Tuesday afternoon, Marco has taken a stage right but Laura is taking aim at SE Texas and SW Louisiana. 
   The most anguishing thing about hurricanes is their slow tortuous and seeming unpredictable path toward their victims. 
   Take this morning. We awoke to the weather news that Laura had shifted west.  
   Wait, we were told we were out of it Monday night, and now we have to shift to the worry mode on Tuesday, and evacuate Galveston for good measure. 
   Oh wait again, Harris County Judge Hidalgo just ordered part of Harris County evacuated. 
   And, there’s still more to worry over. 
   In a lot different way, I remember when we evacuated during Rita and Katrina and those storms decided on an eastern jaunt. 
   Still, not much percentage is second-guessing those powers that be pulling the trigger during emergencies. 
   I don’t want to make that call. 
   If the evacuation wasn’t bad enough, there’s hardly an emergency destination that’s fun and giggles during a pandemic.    
   And, no, the hysterical media is not driving this hurricane to harass you. But don’t forget to take your mask. 
                       ... 
   Shifting gears a whole bunch, I interviewed Benjamin Gibson on his plans to restore the Landmark Building to its early-1900 respectability. 
   I’ve always loved that building and thought it would make a great newspaper headquarters. 
   As always, the interior work necessary for restoration was staggering. 
   But Gibson is an experienced hand as a project manager for large plants, including Tenaris. 
   He exudes confidence and an understanding of the challenges he faces. 
   As my article on front page indicates, his approach to the interior dismantling needed is one of careful demolition. 
   He intends to pull layers up and see what lies below and to determine if something can be preserved. 
   Considering the Landmark was built as Bay City Bank in 1903, there’s got to be some interesting things in those walls, floors and ceiling. 
   He hasn’t made it to the attic yet. 
   Looking out the second-floor windows towards the courthouse that is one terrific vantage point, particularly since you can look in two directions. 
   When that place was built nine years after Bay City’s founding, horses were the primary conveyance. 
   It’s a cool building and I think Benjamin is up to the task. 

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