“Sean becomes a tropical storm”

My mother, who has been tracking the 2011 hurricane season very closely in anticipation of my eponymous storm, seemed a bit disappointed to learn that Sean will likely not achieve hurricane strength. I have mixed feelings, myself. As much as I would love to devastate eastern coastlines (particularly south and central Florida), there are, reportedly, actual human beings living there, presumably capable of experiencing suffering and loss, and I guess, in the final analysis, admittedly, I would rather not hurt anyone.

In 1983, Hurricane Alicia (Wikipedia) smashed into Texas, causing almost $6 billion in damage in adjusted dollars, making it among the most damaging (or “bad ass”) hurricanes in our state’s history. Mom, whose name is Alecia, was, I think, hoping I could also experience the pleasure of having one’s name on everyone’s lips as an unstoppable force of nature. Looks like that will have to wait until The Omega Device is complete.

But it won’t be long now, mother. Not long at all.

1 comment to “Sean becomes a tropical storm”

  • Just wait. Pretty soon the headlines will be calling you “poorly organized,” and then they’ll wonder why you’re slumping into a depression. That said, NOAA tends to recycle hurricane names if the storms don’t do any major damage, so you could get another shot in the future.

    I’ve always been bummed that they misspelled my name in 1980. They retired the name “Allen” from the list after that, and it seems unlikely they’ll ever bring it back with the correct spelling. When you break a bunch of records for wind speed and kill a few hundred people, the officials tend to take a zero-tolerance approach to your successors.