26 August 2011

Hurricane Alert

Yes, the name is Irene, but as the hurricane bears down on the East Coast of the Atlantic, I’d like to take this time to urge my readers to choose Debbie Reynolds as their role model in the coming days.

After all, Debbie Reynolds starred in the Broadway musical comedy Irene — and in the Hollywood classic Singin’ in the Rain — and in another, lesser Hollywood classic, The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

So as the wind rises and the rain falls, as the floods are unleashed and the roof flies off, my friends, I hope you will do what Debbie would do, and start singing and dancing.

Would Debbie be afraid? No, sir! Would Debbie back down? Not likely! Why, if any hurricane ever tried to get the best of her, she’d just look it in the eye and entertain it into submission!

And when the storm has passed, please take a moment to pay tribute to this lady, too.

Irene Dunne


Jacob Paul said...

Love it!!!

Michael Leddy said...

We just saw Irene Dunne (and Cary Grant and Randolph Scott) in My Favorite Wife.

William V. Madison said...

I should hasten to add that, since hurricanes are violent and unpredictable, and their damages often truly devastating, this blog post is intended optimistically — a wish, if you will, that the whole thing turns out to be far less than catastrophic for everybody concerned. (And I couldn't inflict on you "Hurricanes I Have Known," so soon after writing about earthquakes.)

It's certain in any case that Hurricane Irene could never be as much fun to watch as either Debbie Reynolds or Irene Dunne.

John Yohalem said...

Hurricanes? Maybe, maybe not. Hard to get the right angle. The restaurant at the End of the Universe. (Closed for repairs; call back in two weeks.)

But once I was in north-central Oklahoma (Glencoe), and while my host played the cello to entertain me, a mighty Plains thunderstorm came up. I sat on the porch and stared out at it for hours, thoroughly entertained.

Nature has her place. Although ticket prices are through the roof and so, often enough, is the storm.