Took out a big chunk of the beach town where my family used to stay when I was a kid.→
[More:]I've got a lot of great childhood and teenage memories of this place, where the houses on the barrier beach were always built on stilts because of the frequent flooding, and life was relaxed, and everyone swam and ate and played and was in a good, beach mood. It looks like a pile of toothpicks
. Thus passes away a glory from the earth.
Despite my sadness, I could not help but relish a very Texan detail:
Of particular concern is a resident who collects exotic animals who is now holed up in a Baptist church with his pet lion. "We're not going in there," Jones said. "We know where he (the lion) is on the food chain."