So Ivan, in America, in California we have earthquakes. Do you
have any natural disasters in Houston?
Uh, it floods a lot and we get hurricanes. Houston's called a bayou city.
Bayou is kind of like a dirty
river. Sometimes it rains a lot, that thing fills up over, and the next
thing you know you got water
in your house. Hurricanes are really, really angry typhoons I think. The
first hurricane I ever remember
we name our hurricanes, you give them names, usually girl names, and the
first hurricane I remember was
back in 1984 named "Hurricane Alice" I believe. Um, I was in a soccer
camp. It starts raining, oh my God
it's raining, trees are falling down and cars are kind of being pushed
away from the water and stuff
and I'm scared to death that my parents are dead right. I was only seven
years old. So I remember, I couldn't
remember my phone number and the camp counselors were trying to look it
up. Call up: ring, ring, ring. My
mom answers the phone, "Are you OK? Are you OK?" "Yes, Ivan, we're OK.
Don't worry about it. It's just a
rain storm." But it was an absolute mess. The next day, the soccer
field is completely wiped out. It was,
yeah, they're big angry storms.
How long does a hurricane usually last?
Usually, about two or three days. (Oh, really) Yeah,
they just kind of stay in Houston. They like Houston.
Something about the weather pattern. They just float to Houston and stay
Man, that's pretty intense. (Yeah!) So afterward
everything is just kind of wiped out.
Ah, a lot of windows are broken. I said a lot of cars are upside down
sometimes, cause the wind is really,
really high, plus you got the water that floats the cars, but it's fun
when it stops cause the streets are flooded
and you can go swimming.
You swim in the water?
Sure. Sure. It's just rain water.