Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pandemic? Lost Business?

Either way the coin comes up, Indianapolis loses: in just about a month, we'll be havin' the big, big wrap-up to a huge event that takes over the little town of Speedway and turns the race track for which the town is named into one of the larger cities in the state all by itself.

That is, we're planning on it happening that way. If fear of Swine Flu keeps people away, that will hurt the local economy; if it doesn't, we'll have a huge concentration of people from all over the world with a population density rivalling that of Harlem between the World Wars, a lovely situation to spread an illness like influenza and pretty good odds at least a few of them will be carrying it.

Heads, we lose; tails, flu wins. And there's no way to quit the game.

Could be quite a ride.

6 comments:

red said...

True.

Saw this and instantly thought of you,

Steam Powered Motorcycle:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/singequilit/1035976970/

wv: thopig

Lorimor said...

"walling" may be the world's first method of "torture" in which all the implements were made by Fisher-Price.Too funny!

Roberta X said...

Thank you, Red! That's a real mood-lifter. I especially like the steam whistle!

Anonymous said...

Pffft, a little swine flu isn't going to kill ya. . . . oh, wait a tick.

Hmmm, I think I will set up a Purell booth on 16th or Georgetown alongside the soft pretzel and t-shirt vendors. Just imagine all the gun money we'll make!

Shootin' Buddy

Timmeehh said...

Not to mention the huge target Indy provides for Al-Qaida.

Joanna said...

Timmehh: Only if they can hit it from orbit. From everything I've heard, security at the race is along the lines of "If you can get past us, you *deserve* to set your bomb off."