NIPOMO, Calif. (AP) El Ninoās been taking the blame for a lot of ugly
weather. So has Al Nino.
Alfonso Nino listed in the phone book as Al Nino has fielded a few
calls from people who for some reason think a weather phenomenon would
have a telephone.
Nino (pronounced NEE-no) was awakened at 2 a.m. recently by an
enraged, foul-mouth woman complaining about the weather. The retired
Navy man replied in suitable nautical language and hung up.
"It's happened at least a half-dozen times all phone calls," Nino
said. "It's always something like, 'Why are you doing this?' And I
say, 'Well, I didn't really have nothing else to do. I thought maybe
it would be kind of fun.' I usually joke around with them a bit."
The 74-year-old Nino is one of several Californians whose first name
is a variation on the theme. There's Albert, Alfred and Alfredo.
There's also Eleazar, Elpidia and Eliseo. And thereās all those
listings for L. Nino.
Eliseo Nino, 62, a retired San Gabriel teacher, has had the vanity
auto license plate "L NINO" since 1970.
"I do wonder sometimes what they think when I drive by," he said. "I
saw one lady pointing."