This is a question of pressing importance. What do you suggest in the way of stylish rain boots, something that can stand up to the demands of a Category 4 hurricane? — Ellen

Manolo says ayyyyy! 2011 is turning out to be the annus horribilis, the Latin technical term which sound like the unpleasant personal condition, but actually means “Year of Horrors.”

Our horrific year began with the succession of the late winter Snopocalypses, each one colder and snowier than the last. This was followed by the chilly, soggy, and disappointingly brief spring, which gave way to the summer of successive and unprecedented heat waves.

And that was just the weather!

The Manolo has not even mentioned how our politics and economy and society have all simultaneously gone cuckoo crazy. Up is down and backward is forward, what with the flash mobs, the rioting, the stock market crashing and the unseemly political wrangling.

And this week … Ayyyy! It is not enough that we have just had a major earthquake, but now there is the hurricane forecasted to barrel down upon us by the weekend.

What next? Meteors?

In light of this, the Manolo recommends the original high-gloss Hunter
rain boots in candy pink (one of nine colors, $125, At the least, you can wear something fun and girly as you wade to the corner Quikmart to loot the Kardashian wedding issue of People from its ruins.