A dozen twisters flattened 650 homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area yesterday. Hundred-mile-plus gusts of wind decimated tree branches and street signs. More than 400 flights were grounded at DFW Airport.
None of that stopped 22 young alumni of the Texas Exes Dallas Chapter from getting together at Dallas’ Barcadia for a very unusual happy hour.
The worst of the storms passed by early evening, but many Dallasites stayed indoors. A more typical happy hour turnout would be 40 to 50 people, says past chapter president Maria Garate, BBA ’98, Life Member.
“We filled the bar,” Garate says. “I think there was just one lonely guy who wasn’t a Texas Ex.”
Attendees swapped horror stories from the day of extreme weather. “Some people, depending on where their offices were, were told to hide out in bathrooms or stairways, ” Garate says.
Many attendees were first-timers. They realized quickly how serious Dallas young alumni are about their UT pride and their happy hour drinks.
“As people walked in, Bobby [Miller] was shouting, ‘Welcome to Tornado Tuesday!'” Garate says.
Members of the Texas Exes Dallas Chapter hook ’em at Tuesday’s happy hour.