I’ve been watching the news coverage this morning on Hurricane Ike.  I’m intrigued to see how bad the damages were last night and to see how they are gonna effect the Dallas area.  The news station here keeps showing coverage from the Corpus Christi news channels, among other cities like Houston.  Of all the hotels, motels and Holiday Inn’s they could have been showing pictures of today, to illustrate the damage from last night, guess which one they have been showing?  My beloved Sea Shell Inn.  

This place will always hold a special place in my heart.  When I was a kid, I made various trips to the SSI with my Mom, Dan, Grandma, and Ross.  There’s nothing glitzy about this place and its not very big, but it did have one pretty cool feature.  It had twin beds that slid in and out of a partial “wall” that separated the main bedroom area from the kitchen/dining area.  So, as a kid I not only had my own bed, but I also sort of had my own room.  And my bed rolled!  Granted, today I’d probably prefer a Heavenly Bed at the Westin, but back then… nothing could beat the bed at the SSI.

So, today as I watch the coverage and am seeing my favorite Corpus Christi hotel partially submerged in water, I can’t help but get a little choked up.  I don’t think the water is higher than the first level, since the place is on stilts, but you can’t see the pool at all.  I’m trying to stay positive that the damage is minimal.  Here are some pictures from a trip to the SSI from back in the day.  You can see how happy this bed made me.  Please also note that however much my haircut looks like a mullet in the pool picture, I assure you I did not have one.