Archive for December 17th, 2008

You Only Sell Umbrellas When It Rains

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

When I sold men’s clothes in Manhattan in the early’70’, I noticed the big bins of umbrellas were dragged out only when it rained. I asked one of the older salesmen about it. He shrugged. “I’ve been here for over 20-years,” he said, “I don’t remember one request for an umbrella when the sun was out.”

People have short attention spans. They need big visual aids to focus. They’re making a stupid mistake. Remember a few months ago when gas was almost $4.00 a gallon and people were freaking? Remember the outraged commuters and the talk of alternative fuel sources? Remember the convoluted economic theories and the fact gas would never again be cheap?

When was the last time you heard a news story about alternative fuel sources or my immediate answer: conservation? Now the sun is out and all the dimwits are dancing to Christmas tunes and have forgotten all about the “energy crisis.”

Me? I don’t like Christmas tunes and I don’t dance with my clothes on. So all I’m doing is hoping. I hope the damn stuff goes up to about $8.00 a gallon before Spring and everyone will have to consider once again alternative energy sources, off-shore drilling, and conservation.

Well, maybe not – I’ve been wrong before (I thought I made a mistake once-but I hadn’t). Maybe gas prices will remain low forever. And maybe it will never rain again.

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