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Victim of storm hype

I knew all along that Hurricane Irene almost certainly would not be the Storm of the Century Armageddon that everyone predicted.  If any Las Vegas oddsmakers were offering bets on whether the flooded streets would be filled with the bloated corpses of storm victims I’d gladly take the contrary bet.  One of the many, many consequences of the cardinal rule of modern life – namely, that People Are Such Schmucks – is that we get a sublime thrill out of exaggerating minor risks.

Normally I’d just laugh at all this panty piddling paranoia, but unfortunately it had very real, very adverse consequences for me.  It turned out that people who were living in dread of the Stormageddon had very little interest in hearing about the products and/or services that I sell.  This translated into two days of very poor sales with consequent diminished income.  I am not pleased with all the weatherpeople who overhyped the storm, nor with the idiot politicians who got their thrills from issuing dire warnings.

Published in: on August 30, 2011 at 1:42 am  Leave a Comment  

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