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Weathering the Storm

I have been teasing my wife the past 24 hours, calling her a "hurricane magnet". As I ponder my past though, I seem to be the "her-i-cane" magnet, while she is really a "him-i-cane" magnet.

Although I barely remember it, I do remember my family evacuating Lumbertin, TX, to avoid the worst of hurricane Carla in 1961. The eye of hurricane Alicia passed right over my home in the Houston, TX suburbs in 1983. Before leaving the Houston metropolitan area I also experienced a Harvey like storm in 1995 named Allison, by the time it arrived in the Houston area it was more of a tropical storm that lingered and caused significant flooding.

With the exception of several significant typhoons, whose names I either never knew, or more probably have forgotten, while on a U.S. Navy destroyer in the South Pacific during the early 1970's, the storms I mentioned were all before moving to the Phoenix metropolitan area, where aside from 120 degree summers and a few Haboobs, I felt relative safe weather wise.

Now that we are in Clearwater, FL I am again chased by a feminine monster named Irma, and it seems her eye has me in her direct path at the moment. I do so hope she is my last storm.

I suspect she has seen more, but my wife has told me of her encounters with "him-i-canes" Hugo and Andrew.

What a magnetic couple we must be.

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