What’s In a Name?

3 Nov

My house was destroyed by a hurricane named Sandy! Sandy is a dog that says woof…not a Frankenstorm!  If we are going to watch our houses destroyed and our property blown away and our livelihoods threatened and our families scared witless on a yearly basis, now that global warming is upon us like it’s The Day After! (Did you happen to see the satellite picture of this last storm?) then we are going to have to give them better names!

They need to be names like Dr. Doom! Or Mr. Destructo! Or Megatron! Or Holy Crap! So then at least we can say things to each other like “I remember back in 2K12 when Dr. Doom wrecked my house.” Or, “It was way back in 38 when Megatron came up from the south and ate New York!” Or “Remember when Holy Crap left us with a shitstorm of trouble back in Ought6?”

Now those are names to be afraid of and to get people’s attention.

“Look out! It’s The World Eater! And it’s headed our way! Evacuate!”

Now that just might get folks to pack up and cross the bridges and seek safe haven someplace else.

I know this was a terrible tragedy and I’m really not trying to make light of a horrible disaster. I’m just trying to relieve some anxiety after 4 days of worry and fright in the face of Mother Nature. She really does deserve more respect than to be called Sandy or Irene or Andrew or Ivan.

We need to start giving nature her or his due and name these storms for exactly what they are and then get the hell out of the way!

14 Responses to “What’s In a Name?”

  1. John November 3, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    Seriously? Was your home taken out? I hope not. Good idea on the names, they really are lame!

  2. Janyaa November 3, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    I really hope your home wasn’t actually destroyed. 😦

  3. lederr November 3, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    i have been thinking about you and others i know up there. hope you and your family are ok, most importantly. do hope your home is not really damaged. my family went through andrew in miami (i was away at school) and didn’t have power for weeks. not fun at all. hope you are able to get things back to normal soon. just wondering, and not sure if you can answer this, was there as devastating of an animal rescue situation this time as there was for katrina? as i recall, people were not allowed to evacuate with their animals, their animals were not allowed in any of the shelters, etc. while i am not disregarding the complete destruction and loss of human life, some of the saddest images (for me) were the dogs waiting for their owners on the roof or the thousands of starving, abandoned animals who had homes before the hurricane hit. and worse, the homeless animals that had nothing and no where to even try and hide. once again, i am not downplaying the loss of human life, but dedicating my life to animal rescue makes the tragedy that much worse. to not only lose human lives but thousands of animals’ lives…and for no reason. i hope you all had more humane animal procedures in place. i can say, should i ever have to evacuate, i will load my car with my “pack” and keep driving until i find somewhere for all of us, or just keep driving. i would easily lose my house and possessions, but to lose a part of my heart and soul…the little ones that make me laugh everyday, who wake me up with cold noses and warm hearts, who love unconditionally…THAT would be a tragedy. i do hope people learned from katrina, that, for some of us, our animals are our “children” and should be considered in disaster/evacuation plans. if not, and the choice was leave them alone or stay, i am afraid i would make the unsafe decision to stay as i would never abandon that which i have tamed. “You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”~Antoine de Saint Exupery (one of my favorite quotes). so glad you are safe and sound!!!

    • gpicone November 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

      Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and concern. We are all safe and well and my house is still intact although many others were not so lucky. We were without power for 78 hours and don’t have much news about what has gone on at the barrier islands. Our friends who live close to the water usually evacuate to our house with their animals which can make the place feel like Noah’s Ark at times 🙂 However we have heard stories about rescued animals being brought into shelters but not if they come accompanied by their owners which is definitely the stupidest thing I have ever heard but I’ll let you know more when I am able to get more information. Thanks again and it’s good to be back! 🙂

      • lederr November 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

        thank you for being “an ark in the storm” when you can to others’ animals! glad all is well and you are back. was listening to npr’s coverage of the ‘aftermath’ of sandy. especially liked their “random acts of kindness” spot about people going out of their way to come together and help others, not to mention lack of opportunistic crimes and looting. it was a nice story and sets a great example.

  4. missriete November 3, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Goodness, I so hope you mentioning your house being destroyed was just an illustration to your story and not reality. Those names are lame indeed. I have a friend named Sandy … the girl went into hiding these last days. The jokes on her behalf were lame too!

    Any way, good to hear from you again. And I really hope your house is intact! if not, I wish you lots of strength and all the help you need!

    • gpicone November 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      Thanks so much! My house is OK just some near misses with trees, thank goodness!

      • missriete November 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

        Pheww! That’s good news! 🙂

      • gdmkimages November 6, 2012 at 12:07 am #

        Glad to hear you are all ok over there, must have been pretty scary

  5. MikeW November 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Great lead sentence! A grabber.

  6. momshieb November 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Remember Hurricane “Bob”? I had the same thought that time. I mean, I remember Bob Newhart!
    I vote that we name them “Spike” and “Wolf” and “Viper”.
    Glad you’re all OK!

  7. Alice Miller November 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    I’m glad your house is ok and I totally agree with your names for the storms. The World Eater would definitely get peoples attention!

  8. camsgranny November 4, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    My Family all live on the gulf coast, and they survived Katrina, when I saw Sandy, my prayers automatically started., I hope that y’all arel ok, and I know what the hardships are. Finding a displaced animal and helping it is truly awesome. I hope that y’all are ok and your house is too….

  9. Liz November 6, 2012 at 1:32 am #

    Glad your house is good, but even the power outage had to be tough. You have a strong spirit! Love your proposed hurricane names. Thinking you should get paperwork into the National Weather Service asap.

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