I find it funny that I came across an article tonight that explains the history of the Sub-tropical Cyclones that are always much maligned and often ridiculed. There is this sense of either it is or it ain't. Is it Parkay or Butter as the commercial goes... Sometimes, you just can't tell but no matter what it is exactly it is a named storm with the National Hurricane Center giving out coordinates and advisories.
Seems way back when, before the birth of being politically correct the word was Neutercane. The early 70s brought a period when you were either on the bandwagon burning your bra or you weren't and alas... they became Sub-tropical Storms which oddly go by the initials STS. Who got the last laugh here I'm wondering.
There is a really nice, brief explanation on www.flhurricane.com today. Main page, good story and worth reading up on before the season starts and we talk on whether the first storm out in the Atlantic is or isn't a real storm. http://flhurricane.com/
The beautiful picture above is Nicole in 2004.
Here is another link to a beautiful storm off of the coast of Florida in 2007 named Andrea.
Why I think this is so funny and worthy of being written about tonight as I sit here, trying to unwind listening to Harvey's music and pondering life is that I read several articles today about Elizabeth Taylor and her close friendships with men that were not sexual in nature and her very sexy persona that more than a few times came in to conflict with the Women's Lib movement who felt it was better to burn their bra and not use their sexual charms to fight the battle of the sexes.
A few articles stand out.
And, a long but incredible article about Elizabeth and the women of her era.
She used her charm, her beauty, her talent and her brains.
A woman is or should be equal parts of those traits as well as maternal, loving, strong and independent.
Elizabeth Taylor was some woman.
Many love to make jokes about her many husbands and marriages. But, she did it her way and she was an original. An old-fashioned girl who believed if you were going to sleep with someone you ought to marry them ;) and she did . . .
There is a famous quote by Anais Nin is " I have the right to love many people at once and to change my prince often." I'd say that quote could apply to Elizabeth as much as Anais.
It's said her jewelry is conservatively estimated at 150 million dollars and it's believed except for a few pieces she bought and gave away to friends, all her jewelry was given to her as gifts by her husbands, the men in her lives.
However, her fortune is supposedly worth over $600 million dollars and she had some business head on those beautiful shoulders. She knew how to demand money for a movie and was the first to receive a Million Dollars for a role. Note, she demanded it or rather said this is what she would accept to do the role. Not exactly some 1930s starlet that was pushed around by the studio. So, who was truly liberated the Womens Libbers of the 70s or Elizabeth Taylor? She, like Dolly Parton, used her image in the same way men like Jimmy Buffett do and built a line of perfumes and other ventures that were built around her simply being "Elizabeth Taylor."
So, we can no longer just use women's names for Hurricanes which makes sense as they are not called Himmacanes are they?? No... because some women complained and made a fuss and it wasn't politically correct so in 1979 we were forced to use men's names which brought us Hurricane David in 1979.
Personally, I was always annoyed when they went with men's names. I sort of liked being a woman who could be compared to a hurricane. I'm sorry but Hurricane Mitch just does not have the same image as Hurricane Camille.
Then again, I enjoy being a woman who adores men and has great male friends as well as having been blessed with some great boyfriends... husbands... and I'm never gonna burn my bra or worry on political correctness whether it's on hurricanes or life.
Life is what it is and more so it is what you make it.
Elizabeth Taylor had some life. She lost the love of her life early on and she kept on going. She became a grandmother before she turned 40. She left behind 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, a legacy of friends and fans and she never apologized for being a woman.
I think a Hurricane should definitely be named after her. Maybe she could hit Elizabeth City, North Carolina or Elizabeth City, Maine.
Come on guys... think about it ;)
Just my thoughts on life in this busy evening in the world of news and weather.
Sweet Tropical Dreams
Ps Mel if you are out there, just want to say... been thinking on you, hope you are doing okay!