Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hello Dolly

Every year on TV we are shown pictures of people nailing plywood over their windows in preparation for a coming hurricane. Tonight is no exception. It immediately is followed by someone bemoaning how high the price of plywood has become in the buildup in preparation for the arrival of the storm by those exploitive profiteers at Home Depot.

It is their plywood after all, Lady, not yours. Why didn't you buy your plywood earlier? Better yet, What did you do with last year's plywood? Or, how about shutters -- the real ones, not the decorative ones that you already have on your house.

I grew up in a two-hundred-year-old house in Pennsylvania. Rarely, a hurricane would live out its final days running up the Delaware valley. But the houses in my neighborhood were prepared -- with real working shutters that could be closed over the windows with minimal effort. Not so in hurricane alley. There the working plan is to nail up plywood again and bitch because the mean old lumber yards expect to sell it to the highest bidder.

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