SO, is it a hurricane, a typhoon, or a cyclone? Am I the only one who has been wondering this?
Assuming I'm not, I'll tell you the answer, which I just found: Depends on your location. Who knew? Here's the deal.
If you're in the North Atlantic Ocean or thereabouts, it's a hurricane. Right. So when I moved to the Boston area in 1985, we all had to stay home from work to watch Hurricane Gloria on t.v. Really, what we watched was news reports of people storming Star Market to buy milk and toilet paper because that's what people always seem to stock up on in such emergencies. Gloria never really made it to Boston, but it was very exciting taping up all our windows.
If you're in the Pacific Ocean area, you've got a typhoon. I really was in one of these. On a ship in the ocean on my way to Japan. Just horrible. Our ship tried to dodge it, but it changed course, and we ran directly into it. My roommate celebrated her 21st birthday the night it struck at Monte Carlo night, and the ship being tossed around like a cork and the shots everyone bought her conspired to cause her to barf all over our room. And I mean ALL OVER. I evacuated to another room down the hall.
If you're in the Indian Ocean area, you've got a cyclone. And if you've deforested all your mangrove swamps to farm fish and shrimp, you've really got a problem. And I'm kind of concerned I've been contributing to this by eating imported frozen shrimp. Seems when we're paying a little, some people are paying a lot.
You can read more about it here.
In the meantime, it doesn't have to be the end of responsible shrimp eating. Freshwater shrimp farming is less environmentally damaging in part because these shrimp are raised in ponds rather than the saline water of mangrove forests. So check your labels or ask at your fish counter.
All right, I'm descending my soap box. Next post will document Sophie's opera rehearsals, where we'll take you backstage at Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall.