Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Good for 3 days, anyway

(Via Drudge)

Im usually encouraged by news of people trying to prepare themselves for bad times, but this is so asinine that I can't do it.

Consider businessman Tony Blank, whose new South Miami-Dade home will include a large generator hidden behind a decorative wall, with two 1,000-gallon propane tanks buried under the driveway to keep his entire home going for three days after a hurricane.

It will be able to power all air-conditioning and appliances in his 9,000-square-foot house, as well as the Jacuzzi, pool pump and the electric outlets at his dock. Estimated fuel cost: $1,846 a day.

This is so blazingly stupid that it's hard to catalog all of it. But for funzies, let's try:

  • You have 3 days of propane, and when a hurricane comes to call, the power can be out for weeks. Where are you going to get your resupply from?
  • You're going to be an oasis of light and air conditioning when everyone else doesn't have any. I hope you like your neighbors, because they will be calling on you.
  • What's Plan B, which comes into play on Day 4? You do have Plan B, don't you?
  • What if the local ner-do-wells decide to come help themselves to your air conditioned abode after Hurricane Whup-ass? Face it, you house is going to stand out at night. Are you ready for that?
  • What's the plan for dealing with the fully powered house with no roof after the hurricane? Do you have 9,000 square feet of blue tarps?
Fitzgerald was right--the rich are different than you and me. They think their money can buy anything, including safety.

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