All of us on the Texas coast are now keeping a very wary eye on Tropical Storm Rita, which is now forecast to slip into the Gulf Of Mexico between Florida and Cuba and strengthen to a major hurricane by Wednesday. With the water in the Gulf at record high temperatures this one could get very bad indeed. Current estimates put landfall early Saturday somewhere between Brownsville and Corpus Christi, and we should all hope this holds - there may be no better place in the US for a hurricane to hit, considering the majority population is the cattle that forage on the massive King Ranch. But each forecast shifts the track a little northward, and that's definitely not good for Corpus and the Houston area. I live about halfway between Galveston & Houston, and even though I'm miles from the coast I'm in a zone that would flood from the storm surge if a Cat 5 hurricane came barreling up Galveston Bay. So you can bet I'm making my plans to get out if need be. Luckily I have a place to go - my parents and brother both live in Bossier City (across the river from Shreveport) and both have rooms ready. Good luck to all my fellow Texicans, and let's hope this thing takes a less dangerous track than she now appears to be on.