Trapped, my god, trapped!

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In Dallas for IETF. Current weather conditions:
Several areas of rain and embedded thunderstorms will continue to affect much of North Texas through 1100 PM. However...the strongest storms will affect locations along and south of a line from Comanche...to Hillsboro and Palestine...where a warm front is located. Large hail and damaging wind gusts will be possible with storms in this region. Otherwise...rainfall rates on the order of 1 to 1.5 inches per hour can be expected from embedded thunderstorms across the northern portion of North Texas...along with frequent cloud to ground lightning strikes. The heavy rainfall will result in rapid runoff...and will aggravate ongoing flooding problems across North Texas. Outside of rain areas...skies will remain mostly cloudy through late evening...with temperatures remaining nearly steady in the upper 40s and lower 50s.

The road to the hotel is flooded and intermittently closed. Many people (including hotel staff) can't get in and some of those who did had to wade through waist-deep water. Many people won't leave because they're afraid of getting trapped away from the conference. Making the situation even better, a lot of the hotel staff aren't in, so service in the restaurants is.... marginal. Dinner is Powerbars and beef jerky from the hotel convenience store eaten in the hotel bar. (Mrs. Guesswork: "Is a blue cheese martini nutritionally complete?") The fire alarms just went off. Dick Hardt asks "when will the drinks arive?"

UPDATE: More on this from Ben Campbell.

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from Ben Campbell's site --

'I did witness some strange things, though. Lots of people were arriving via taxi, and were getting out on the freeway. There was a line of people fording the access road, carrying bags on their heads and everything.'

nothing stops the IETF ;)

Did you bring along your MREs?

No, but I do have a bunch of powerbars.

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