Thursday, March 26, 2009

Good News In Twos


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Good News In Twos


They say that bad news comes in threes. The ubiquitous they. I am always reminded of many years ago when there would never be just one airline crash. There were always three. One and then two and we would hold our breath knowing there would be a third. Or at least that is how it appeared. I remember consciously thinking about that before I would fly.

No one ever talks about the number of good news events. There is no standard. Well today I am setting a standard. The standard for good news is two.

I start my morning before 4 am listening to the BBC World News. That way I get the bad news and the good news before my head can wrap around the events.

This morning the good news report was that world markets are rebounding and that foreign markets now believe that the bottom has been reached. So why is the bottom good? Because there is only one direction it can go now and that is up. If this is true then the timing is close to being as positive as possible. We have not gone into an economic depression. We have not even come close to experiencing the deepest recession in recent years. The two areas that were hit the hardest were credit markets and the housing market. There are so many other things tied to these two that we all ended up feeling the pain.

Now this does not mean that Happy Days Are Here Again. That will take a year or two. It does mean that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is not a train coming toward us.

Oh yes. The second good news. The forecast for today is for the high country and Denver to receive as much as 24 new inches of snow in the next 24 hours. You cannot believe how important that is to the ski industry and to our precious water supply. March is historically the snowiest month and this month has not been snowy at all. My driveway and lawn have been void of snow for weeks.

So effective today, March 26, 2009, a tradition of good news coming in twos is hereby established. g

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