June 10, 2005

The Perfect Storm

I am TINGLINGLY AWARE that tropical storm ARLENE is heading FOR ALABAMA!!! (For those not in the know, Arlene is the name of the heroine of gods in Alabama) If this Arlene follows in the footsteps of her namesake, it is certain to become a hurricane and take out half the state. I hope for Alabama's sake that the storm version of Arlene quietly patters some gentle raindrops onto the upturned face of Mobile and then sits down and shuts up in a mealy-mouthed, ladylike and utterly UN-Arlene-like manner.

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BUT the piece of me that does sidewalk yoga to avoid stepping on cracks is trying to READ what this all MEANS...ANYONE HERE UP ON THEIR SIGNS AND PORTENTS???? I am not good at omens. Real life and proprty damage aside, in a strictly "fingers on the planchette" way, is it GOOD if it becomes a hurricane or BAD? If it damages the whole state is that a JUDGEMENT on me? If it fails to damage the whole state is that a judgement on THE BOOK? Someone who is a bone-roller and a dream interpreter needs to explain the inner workings of MoJo to me in relation to this storm...

Posted by joshilyn at June 10, 2005 10:11 AM
Comments

Well, at least she's not coming down from Chicago ;)
Terrific book, btw.

Posted by: jonathon at June 10, 2005 10:26 AM

It will be oh so wonderful she will not turn into a hurricane. Since I LIVE in Alabama, I may be biased. Yet, it will give everyone a chance to read the book and not have their roofs come dropping on their heads. Also, we do not need any tornadoes or straight line winds. I DO NOT want to spend the weekend doped up on Xanax and hiding in the closet. This happens because I am terrified of these things. Especially after being in a fab shop made of metal, running for the safe room with the guys as the skylights were being ripped out of the building by the wind.

Posted by: Robbie at June 10, 2005 10:38 AM

I think it is one of two things.

A. You have a direct link to God and are controlling the weather to up your book sales or...

B. Whoever names the storms just read gods in Alabama before this one formed. *snicker*

Posted by: Heather at June 10, 2005 11:17 AM

There's only one way to settle this. The weather deities must be soothed... with an offering... of pretty shoes! So go out and buy some. That will make everything all better.

Well, okay, maybe not. But then you'd have pretty shoes and you wouldn't care. So.

Posted by: Mir at June 10, 2005 11:30 AM

I think it means your book will take the world (or at least the Gulf States) by storm!

Posted by: Laura at June 10, 2005 11:57 AM

Ohhhhhhh...I am PRAYING that she becomes a hurricane. I like to conveniently forget about the lives of people who are displaced from their homes or washed out to sea, in favor of being ENTHRALLED by the magnificent power and beauty and wonder and lovely horror of such powerful storms. I felt the same way about Arlene Fleet. I would love to meet her somewhere and jump feet first into the crazy muck that is her life and just enjoy the 120 mph wind that comes as part of her package. Whatever this storm does, there is no DOUBT, your book gets a big cosmic thumbs up. YOU get a big cosmic thumbs up for surviving the terrors of slimy newt-dom. ICK!

Posted by: Angela at June 10, 2005 12:43 PM

Possibilities:
1. Pure coincidence.
2. Heather's right.
3. You are a prophet.

In any event, you may want to have a brief word with Burr. He seems to have a calming effect on the girl. *grin*

Posted by: David at June 10, 2005 1:11 PM

Well, I interpret dreams for a living but this is not a dream, it's a tropical storm. And a good powerful storm now and then re-arranges all the ions from negative to positive. Like I know. All I know is when I have good parking karma the rest of my life is crap. When I can find a parking place right where I need it downtown, I duck for the rest of the week. That's all I know about mojo and karma. Good luck.

Posted by: vicki at June 10, 2005 3:22 PM

I concur with Mir. Storms call for new shoes.

LOVED the book.

Posted by: Carmen at June 11, 2005 8:23 AM

My mojo's not workin' right now...but I can tell you this... I moved to a tropical island five years ago that had been MOWED DOWN by my namesake hurricane five years before...and the place was still trying to recover in some ways. Some suggested I might wanna change my name before moving there, since it had such a bad association for the locals. But every time a West Indian asked me how to spell my name and I answered with, "like the hurricane"...all I got were big smiles. So I say, let Arlene do her thing, girl! I think it's a GOOD sign!

Posted by: Marilyn at June 11, 2005 8:58 AM

Aren't the storms named alphabetically? And don't they use alternating male/female names? So, if the next tropical storm is named Burr, you will know that Heather is right and you have a fan in the National Weather Service. Otherwise...enjoy the free advertising!

Posted by: Amy at June 11, 2005 11:16 AM

Don't worry about Arlene; It's Hurricane Aunt Flo that you need to watch out for.

Posted by: Lee at June 12, 2005 10:35 PM