It’s Official!

So like the title says, it’s official  I’ve been retired. Some of you might be thinking that’s old news and you would be mostly right. I lost my job in the 2008 downsizing extravaganza and resisted using the “retired’ designation preferring the ever popular “unemployed.” After all I tend to think of retirement as a choice and my job cessation was not  my choice.

However, I’m not talking about my loss of employment but rather the fact that I will never ever again be a named storm. Some of you might remember how ecstatic I was to be a named storm this last hurricane season before I became a super storm of massive destruction and then I felt a little silly for wanting to have a hurricane named after me. To be fair to me, it’s rare that Sandy comes up as a name and even rarer that it gets a chance to be used. But global warming being what it is, my name came up and then I turned into a super storm and now I’m feeling ambivalent about the whole “I got a hurricane named after me” thing.

But good news! I will never ever be another hurricane. Brian Williams just told me and everyone else watching NBC Nightly News that my name, much like Michael Jordan’s number, has been retired.

But don’t cry for me, Argentina, or anywhere else that a hurricane might hit. I had my day in the spotlight of The Weather Channel. And though I didn’t save all the news headlines as one friend suggested, I’ll always have the memories of how I became the most talked about weather phenomenon in recent memory.

Satellite image showing Hurricane Sandy near peak intensity on Oct. 25, 2013 from Wikimedia Commons.

Satellite image showing Hurricane Sandy near peak intensity on Oct. 25, 2013 from Wikimedia Commons.


35 thoughts on “It’s Official!

  1. Your last incarnation just couldn’t be beat in the Northeast. Contractors will tell stories of you to get their children to grow up properly and incorporate proper drainage on properties.
    I hope your last iteration retires to a nice field somewhere and has fun spinning the legs off those lawn flamingoes.

        • I haven’t been shoveling dirt but I have been putting down edging and planting some plants and spreading mulch. I need to hire someone to clean out vines and grind stumps near a group of palm trees which will leave a large hole for the rest (I hope) of the dirt. I hope to get that done in the next week or so.

          The blind, incontinent slightly senile cocker spaniel survived my care and I’ve been asked back to stay with him the last weekend of this month which is good because the fees from that are funding my plant, edging and mulch purchases.

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  3. I do remember your initial excitement over the news of hurricane Sandy. I would have been the same way had they named it Lisa. I’ve gotta say, though, for that particular storm, Sandy was the perfect name. It brought to mind all the sandy beaches being whipped up into a frenzy. Lisa would be a lame name, let’s be honest.
    If you’re gonna get a storm named after you it might as well be the real deal, right? I will forever connect that storm with you, my blogging friend. That’s pretty cool.

  4. Must’ve been blown away by that news! Or it put the wind up you … as it should do, if peak intensity is still coming on 25th October 2013 as captioned!

  5. Congrats on your name being officially off the grid. Now you can concentrate more fervently on other escapades…like dirt, and plants and senile puppy-dogs…and wine. Don’t forget the wine…

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