Andy Avalos, my favorite weatherman, is retiring today. Since 2003, he's been a positive and comforting presence on my TV screen. There have been sleepy, confused Friday or Monday mornings when I thought it was the weekend but realized I had to get my ass out of bed because I saw Andy, my weekday weatherman.
Before covid, he would do a weekly remote at Chicago's Anti-Cruelty
Society, spotlighting pets who need homes. He ended those spots with,
"Always make pet adoption your first option." During covid, his own
(one-eyed) dog and cat frequently crashed his from-home broadcasts. I
can tell by the casual, confident way he handles these critters that he
really is a pet person. (He's also mentioned a bird that sits on his
shoulder while he reads.)
|"Always make adoption your first option"|
Over the years I've learned that he is cheap (he prefers "thrifty"), loves (free) donuts, wears a snowman tie if he expects to report accumulation, and always looks sharp -- a former USAF pilot, that was drilled into him during his service and he's carried it with him for life.
I will miss him.